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Student loans and grants (Student Finance England/Scotland/Wales/NI)

The Student Fees team is responsible for the receipt of tuition fee payments from SLC and confirming students’ registration with SLC to release maintenance payments to those entitled to this support. For more information on the funding you may be eligible for, please see Student Funding Support.

The SLC submission deadline for returning full time undergraduate students is Friday 23 June 2023. You can submit your application by logging in to your SLC online account.

Applying for Student Finance

When you apply or re-apply for student loans and grants it will be through your regional Student Finance body such as Student Finance England (SFE), Student Finance Wales (SFW), Student Finance Northern Ireland (SFNI) or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).
Both part-time and full-time undergraduate and PGCE students can apply online at EU students can apply for a tuition fee loan only and will need to complete a paper form which is available for download at


Once you have submitted an application you will be assessed by SFE, SFW, SFNI or SAAS and upon completion you will be advised how much support you are eligible for.

Once the signed declaration has been returned to SFE, SFW, SFNI or SAAS and processed your student finance application is complete. It is only at this point that your details are made available to the University and we can view your tuition fee loan information.

Confirmation of Attendance and Registration

When we can view your tuition fee loan information we are able to confirm attendance and registration to release payments on the dates specified by your awarding body. This is done by submitting an electronic file on a daily basis. We are unable to confirm attendance or registration until your application is complete - it is your responsibility to ensure it is accurate.


Once the steps above have been completed, tuition fees are paid directly to the University and applied to your student account. Any maintenance is paid into your nominated bank account - if there are any queries you need to contact your awarding body (please see Useful Contacts). Common reasons for not receiving payment are when you have not supplied your National Insurance number on your application, and when you are not fully enrolled at the University.

Making Changes to your application or information

If at any time your circumstances change which affects the amount your are eligible to receive it is your responsibility to update the awarding body by :

  • Logging onto your SFE/SFW/SFNI account and updating your personal details
  • Directly contacting SFE/SFW/SFNI to advise of changes to your circumstances or adjusting your Maintenance Loan amount

If you wish to make a change to the amount of tuition fee loan you are borrowing or change your course details before you start your course you should tell SFE,SFW,SFNI about this directly.

However, if you want to make changes to the amount you borrow after your course starts, you need to ask us at the University to tell SFE,SFW,SFNI. Likewise, if you change course, repeat a year or suspend studies after the course has started, we will inform the relevant body of the change in your circumstance.

If you would like more information on how your student finance may be affected by a suspension or withdrawal from study please see the Undergraduate Withdrawal Policy.

Postgraduate Loans

For full details of the scheme, visit the Postgraduate Loans webpage and take a look at the look at the list of eligible courses (PDF Document).

Useful Contacts

Student Finance England

Tel: 0300 100 0607

Student Finance Wales

Tel: 0300 200 4050

Student Finance Northern Ireland

Tel: 0300 100 0077

Student Awards Agency for Scotland

Tel: 0300 555 0505

Student Loan Repayments

For information on repaying your student loan, see our Student Funding webpages or visit