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

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

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. Once this assessment is complete, you will be notified by letter detailing how much support you are eligible for.

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

Confirmation of Attendance and Registration

As soon as we can view your completed student finance assessment, we are able to confirm attendance and registration to release payments on the dates specified by your awarding body. We are unable to confirm attendance or registration until your application is complete.

We confirm attendance and registration by submitting an electronic file to the SLC. We do this daily and include all fully enrolled students whose student loan information is available to the University. This ensures that students’ registration and attendance are confirmed automatically and as soon as possible, in most circumstances within 24 hours of the information becoming available.


Once the steps above have been completed, tuition fees are paid directly to the university and we apply these to your university account. Any maintenance is paid into your nominated bank account. If you have not received payment of your maintenance you should contact your awarding body (please see Useful Contacts). Possible reasons for not receiving payment include: you have not supplied your NI number to the SLC or you are not fully enrolled at the university.

Making Changes to your application or information

At certain stages throughout your time at university or college, or before you start, your circumstances could change which might affect the financial help you’re eligible for.

At any point before or during the academic year you can:

  • Log into your online student finance (SFE,SFW,SFNI) account and make changes to your personal details
  • Advise SFE, SFW, or SFNI, of any other change in your circumstances
  • Contact SFE, SFW, or SFNI, to adjust the amount of Maintenance Loan you want

This can be done by completing a Change of Circumstances form which can be downloaded by logging into your online account.
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