For more detailed information on how to apply see the ‘Apply and get paid’ fact sheet (FS03).
You don’t have to wait until you’ve accepted a course to apply for student finance. If you haven’t accepted a place yet, create your student finance account and apply using your first choice of course. So apply online now and have everything in place for starting your course.
If you’re only applying for the Tuition Fee Loan and the basic Maintenance Loan entitlement (the bit that doesn’t depend on your household income), you can fill in and send your application without your parent’s or partner’s involvement.
But, if you’re applying for finance that depends on your household income, SFE will ask your parents or partner to give us some information about themselves and your household income. If you’re not filling in the application together, your parents or partner can log on and fill in their part at another time. But remember, your application isn’t complete and can’t be assessed until SFE have all the information we need.
Before you start your online application make sure you have the following to hand: passport; course details; bank details; National Insurance Number and your parent’s or partner’s details, including their National Insurance Number and income if needed. Make sure you fill in all the relevant questions correctly as this will help SFE process your application quickly.
If any of your details change after you have sent your application for student finance to SFE, don’t worry – it’s easy to update. Using your online student finance account you can make changes to:
your course details
your college/university details
your loan amount
your personal details