Application process varies for students applying from England (Student Finance England), Scotland (Students Awards Agency for Scotland), Wales (Student Finance Wales), or Northern Ireland (Student Finance Northern Ireland).
To those living in the Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey) or Isle of Man, get in touch with the education authority.
To help you inquire about how you can apply for a Maintenance Grant in your country you may use the contact information below.
Office Locations & Contacts
Student Finance England
PO Box 210
Darlington DL1 9HJ
Telephone: 0300 100 0607
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 4pm
Textphone: 0300 100 0622
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm
The Student Awards Agency for Scotland
The number you should call will depend on your course type or where you are studying. Contact numbers – details
Student Finance Wales
Telephone 0300 200 4050
Minicom 0300 100 1693
Opening hours are:
Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm
Saturday 9am to 1pm
PO Box 211
Student Finance Northern Ireland
- Phone: 0300 100 0077
- Minicom: 0300 100 0625 You must have access to a Minicom device in order to use this service
Monday to Friday – 8.00 am to 8.00 pm
Saturday and Sunday – 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Phone: 01534 449450
Fax: 01534 447420
Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm
Philip Le Feuvre House
La Motte Street
PO BOX 32
St Peter Port
Tel: +44 01481 733000
Fax: +44 714475
Isle of Man
Education and Children
Isle of Man
Telephone: +44 1624 685808 or +44 1624 693838
Maintenance Grants are offered to full-time UK students. Part-time and EU students cant apply.
Your qualification for student finance depends on:
Your university or college: Must be in the UK and either:
- publicly funded (paid for by the government); or
- privately funded but running individual courses that receive public funding.
Your course: The course must be offered in the UK, and one of the following:
- a first degree, eg BA, BSc or BEd
- a Foundation Degree
- a Certificate of Higher Education
- a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
- a Higher National Certificate (HNC)
- a Higher National Diploma (HND)
- a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)
- Initial Teacher Training
Note: Get in touch with your university or college that ask if your course is recognised.
If youve studied a higher education course before: Generally, youll only get student finance if youre doing your first higher education qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.
However, you may still get limited funding if, for example:
- you change course
- you leave your course but decide to start again
- youre topping up a higher education qualification, eg youve finished an HNC, HND or Foundation Degree and now want to do an honours degree
Your age: Theres no upper age limit for Tuition Fee Loans or grants.
Your nationality or residency status:
- Applicants must be a UK national or have settled status (no restrictions on how long you can stay)
- Normally live in England
- Have been living in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 years before starting their course
Non-UK nationals must have settled status on the first day of the first academic year of the course – which could be 1 September, 1 January, 1 April or 1 July.
You might still be able to apply, if youre:
- an EU national, or a relative of one;
- a refugee, or a relative of one;
- under Humanitarian Protection, or a relative of someone under Humanitarian Protection;
- an EEA/Swiss migrant worker, or a relative of one;
- the child of a Swiss national; or
- the child of a Turkish worker.
If you normally live in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man you cant apply to Student Finance England. You should contact the education authority on your island to apply for student finance.
Maintenance Grant for living costs: Applicants may be asked to give details of their household income and course start date. The grant is paid into your bank account at the start of term. You dont have to pay it back, but any funds you get will reduce the Maintenance Loan you can get.
- Student finance guides for 2015 to 2016: