Applications for 2018/19 are now open - it’s time for full-time undergraduate students to apply
Students applying for university or college in 2018/19 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.
EU nationals and Student Finance in Northern Ireland
EU nationals who are currently in receipt of student loans from Student Finance Northern Ireland, and EU students applying for university places in NI in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic year will continue to have access to student loans and grants, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU.
This applies to all student finance from Student Finance NI for students in Northern Ireland for which EU nationals are eligible. This includes grants and loans to cover tuition fees (for those resident in the EEA for three years), loans and grants for maintenance (limited to those resident in the UK for at least three years), and some other grants and allowances.
Student Finance NI will assess these applications against existing eligibility criteria, and will provide loans and/or grants in the normal way. EU nationals, or their family members, who are assessed as eligible to receive grants and/ or loans by the Student Loans Company (SLC) will then be eligible for the duration of their study on that course.
Students should consult their university’s student finance office, the Student Finance NI website or NI Direct, for information about the support available.
Apply for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan now!
If you’re starting a full-time or part-time postgraduate Master’s degree, a Postgraduate Diploma, or a Postgraduate Certificate from 1 August 2017, you can apply for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan now!
The quickest and easiest way to apply is online at www.studentfinanceni.co.uk
You should apply as soon as possible. You don’t need to wait till you have a confirmed place at university – you can use your preferred choice and change the details later if you need to.
Tuition Fee Loans for Part-time Undergraduate (and Distance Learning) Students 2017/18
The Department for the Economy (DfE) is to extend its student support package from the beginning of the 2017/18 Academic Year, with tuition fee loans being made available for part-time undergraduate and full-time distance learning study. Read the full DfE statement Tuition Fee Loans for Part-time Undergraduate (and Distance Learning) Students 2017/18.
Tuition Fee Loans for Postgraduate students 2017/18
The Department for the Economy (DfE) is to extend its student support package from the beginning of the 2017/18 Academic Year, with tuition fee loans being made available for postgraduate study. Read the full DfE statement Tuition Fee Loans for Postgraduate Students 2017/18
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.