Student Finances UK
UK Student financial aid has changed dramatically over the last
20 or 30 years with most UK students now having to take out a student loan. But there are also UK student grants
and scholarships available to some students.
Government grants can be obtained to cover both tuition fees
and accommodation and other living expenses. The amounts you receive for living expenses are determined by the
household income of the applicant, whether or not the student lives at home and where he or she
The first step is to find out if you and your university or
college are eligible for student financial aid. To qualify for a grant you must be ordinarily resident in the UK,
the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for the three years directly preceding your application.
You must have either UK nationality or 'Settled status' which
means that, in accordance with immigration laws, you are not subject to any restrictions regarding the period you
are entitled to live in the UK.
The course must one which is eligible for example it could be your first degree or an
initial teacher training qualification and you must be studying and living in the UK. You probably won't be able to
get a grant if you have received government funding for a first degree in the past.
There are some other courses considered eligible including,
Foundation Degrees, Certificates or Diplomas of Higher Education and Higher National Certificates or
You can calculate both the amount of student loan you can
borrow and the total of any grant you are eligible to receive here: Student finance calculator