Getting to grips with student finance

5 Mar 2018
Student in the library

As a student, you may be able to borrow money to help fund your university tuition fees and to help you with the cost of living whilst studying. Although getting to grips with student finance can be tricky, it is an essential part of university preparation for most students, so we thought we'd put together an easy-peasy guide to help you with your application. 

1. Apply online

Applying online is one of the quickest and easiest ways to apply for student finance. You'll also be able to log back in to apply for your second and third-year loans as a continuing student. 

2. Have your details ready

Before you start your application make sure you have your passport, national insurance number and bank account details to hand. This will also help speed up the process!

3. Give yourself plenty of time

Don't rush your application, it's very important to get it right to ensure you get your student loan in time. You should allow plenty of time to do this before your course starts, as it can take up to six weeks before your application is processed. You'll also need to print off and sign your declaration form and send it off to Student Finance England in order to get your loan. 

4. Don't have a confirmed place at uni?

Not to worry! You should use your preferred choice of uni (we hope you choose us!) to submit your application - this can easily be changed later on when this is confirmed. 

Need some motivation to help you finish off your application?

Check out our student finance survival playlist on Spotify and check out the student finance section on the government website. 

What tips would you share? Let us know in the comments below!


*all information has been adapted from information available at Student Finance England.

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