Applications for 2017/18 are now open - it’s time for full-time undergraduate students to apply
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DfE have released a statement relating to EU nationals applying for Student Finance
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Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loans in Northern Ireland
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Applications for 2016/17 part-time students are now open
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Education and Library Boards (ELBs) have been replaced...
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What's New


Applications for 2017/18 are now open - it’s time for full-time undergraduate students to apply

Students applying for university or college in 2017/18 should apply for their student finance now.

We're encouraging all students to apply now to ensure their funding is ready for the start of their course.

They don’t need to have a confirmed place at university or college - they can use their preferred choice of course and change it later.

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loans in Northern Ireland

The Department for the Economy plans to introduce Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loans for Northern Ireland students from the beginning of Academic Year 2017/18.

Whilst the exact details are yet to be finalised, it's likely that non-means-tested tuition fee loans of up to £5,500 will be available to help with course costs, and that students will be able to apply from Summer 2017.

This page will be updated in Spring 2017 when further information is available.

Students from other EU countries

The Department for the Economy have released a statement relating to EU nationals who are currently in receipt of student loans from Student Finance Northern Ireland, and to EU nationals who intend to begin studying from this autumn.

View the full Students from other EU countries Statement on NiDirect website

New Videos and Fact Sheets for Schools, Pupils and Parents

Working in the higher education sector? Applying for finance in 2016/17 or know someone who is applying?

We're pleased to bring you a range of resources, including short video guides and fact sheets, all aimed at making it that little bit easier to understand what student finance is available, what you need to do to get it and when you need to do it.

Get the information you need, check out our videos, presentations and fact sheets for academic year 2016/17


Education and Library Boards (ELBs) have been replaced

Education and library Boards (ELBs) have been replaced by a single Education Authority (EA) with regional offices from 1 April 2015. Your entitlement to student finance won't be affected by this change and you should continue to send your application to the same address as you did before.

The address of your EA regional office (formerly ELB) can be found by using the EA finder


Birth Certificates or Adoption Certificates for evidence

If you are sending in your birth or adoption certificate for evidence you must also send a completed Birth/Adoption Certificate Declaration form below, you can also find a list of acceptable countersignatures who can sign the declaration form on your behalf.


Your security is important to us

At Student Finance Northern Ireland, we take your security very seriously and are committed to protecting you whenever you use our services. To help us do this you should always have your Customer Reference Number and Secret Answer available before speaking to one of our advisors.

If you don't have your Customer Reference Number and Secret Answer you will be asked some additional security questions before we can access your account and help with your enquiry.

We are also aware of a number of email campaigns claiming to be from Student Finance ni.
These bogus emails (phishing) may ask you to provide your security details. If you receive a suspicious email please forward it immediately to phishing@slc.co.uk.

Protecting you and your information is paramount to Student Finance ni. Remember we will never email you asking for login or user details. It's easy to protect yourself online - to find out more, visit our security information page.