Student Finance Application Contact Number

0843 504 9343

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In This Guide

  • Who Can Apply for Student Finance?
  • What Finance Options Are Available for Students?
  • What You Need
  • How to Apply for a Student Loan
  • How Much Can I Get?
  • How Long Does it Take?
  • How to Get Help?

Applying for student finance will never be the most riveting of processes but we make it as easy as possible with our walkthrough steps. Find out if you’re eligible for a student loan and start the application procedure today, you could receive support with your tuition fees as well as maintaining day-to-day expenses.

Who Can Apply for Student Finance?

There are various factors that make a difference to what fees you’re entitled to and that includes the course that you have enrolled onto, your age and if you’re a UK resident.

Here are some of the things that affect whether you’re eligible for finance support:

  • There’s no upper age limit on the tuition fee finance but you have to be under the age of 60 to qualify for the maintenance one.
  • You must be a UK resident and have lived here for at least three years
  • You must be studying higher education for the first time
  • The course you are studying affects whether you’re allowed support

What Finance Options Are Available for Students?

Before going gung-ho and applying for just about everything in sight- take a second to research and discover some of the financial aids you were completely unaware of. As well as the main finance for course fees and day-to-day living, you could also be entitled to bursaries and grants too.

Student Loans

There are two types of student loans that you can apply for, the one for tuition fees and the maintenance loan. The first is to pay off the course costs and the latter to help you with daily living. We have already listed some of the variables that could affect your chances of applying; these are the two go-to options that many apply for.

Bursaries & Grants

It’s important to spread the word about bursaries and grants because not everybody is aware of them. Some are offered by universities and are performance based. Bursaries do not need to be paid back and you should call their customer service to find out more. You can also ask your university about various grants and entitlements.

What You Need

You’ve read up on who’s eligible for this type of finance and what’s out there, but now you’re probably wondering what you’ll need before beginning the application protocol.

Here are some of the things you’ll need at hand:

  • E-mail Address
  • Bank Account
  • University & Course Details
  • In-date Passport
  • Household Income
  • Other Benefits


You will need an active e-mail address that you can easily log into and utilise. When registering with the official Student Finance website you’ll be asked to enter your e-mail and they will then e-mail you confirmation which includes a reference number.


The bank account you enter will be where they pay the maintenance loan to, it needs to be in your own name and you will need to share the account number and sort-code on the application.

Course Details

The fee you’re entitled to is dependent on the course plus they will need to check that you have been accepted- keep your course information close-by when filling in the form. If you haven’t been accepted yet, simply list the one you are most likely to enrol onto.


A passport or birth certificate plus other ID will be needed so that you can prove your identity.


You’ll need to list information about your pension, savings and household income. This includes the amount that others in your home earn such as your parents or partner.


Any benefits that you claim for will need to be declared; if you qualify for DSA you will need to provide health evidence. Get in contact with their phone number for more information and they will let you know what they require.

How to Apply for a Student Loan

You can apply for the tuition fee payment, maintenance backing and a maintenance grant (only if your course began before August 2016). The process often changes from year to year and has changed somewhat in the last five years with the system changing and the fees dramatically rising.

There’s a different way to apply for students depending where you reside from, it’s different in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

How to apply in England:

  1. First of all you’ll need an online account at Student Finance, visit their website and create an account. You will need a working e-mail to setup this login.
  2. You can then log into their portal and complete the online application.
  3. You will need to enter your household income in some circumstances, if so, your partner or parents will need to confirm.
  4. You will be asked to send in proof of you identity.

The steps differ in the UK if you are new to the EU:

  1. You will need to download the application pack from the form finder and get the forms that you require.
  2. You will need to send off your ID.
  3. You can then await the response that should be with you in the next six weeks.

How Much Can I Get?

The amount you could be entitled to differs depending on whether you’re full-time or part-time, where you’re studying and what you are studying. Those enrolling for the next term could get up to £9,250 and part time students could get as much as £6,935. It’s also a different total for those that have already enrolled before 2017, the best way to discover exactly how much you could pocket is to use the online student finance calculator.

How Long Does it Take?

It typically takes around six weeks to receive feedback on your application and once it’s deemed successful you will receive your funds right away. We’ve compiled the deadlines below and you’ll notice that they are different throughout the UK. You should apply at least two months before the course begins even if are yet to be officially accepted onto the course. This way it gives you plenty of time to go through the process as a whole and wait for the money to be put into your bank.



When your course starts Apply by
Between 1 August and 31 December 31 May
Between 1 January and 31 March 30 September
Between 1 April and 30 June 31 December
Between 1 July and 31 July 31 March

Northern Ireland

New students- 13th April

Returning Students- 29th June


New Students- 30th June

Returning Students- 30th June


New Students- 11th May

Returning Students- 9th June

How to Get Help?

There’s an assortment of help available, with not only our website providing you with an array of information and advice on applications but also the official student finance website also talking you through the process. It’s also possible to call up their helpline and asking any questions that you may have.

Here are some tips to bear in mind when applying:


Do your research on how to apply, how long it takes, when the deadline is and of course, what you’re applying for. A lot of these questions and answers depend upon your situation and whether you’ve already began your study or you’re currently making preparations as we speak. It’s likely you want as much free money as possible and that’s why you should look into all of your entitlements including the opportunity for bursaries and grants.

Apply in Time

As discussed further up, you should leave yourself enough time to apply and submit your application at least two months before your start date. That gives you time to be accepted and have the money go into your account. Always check the deadlines and start filling in the forms a month before you hope to submit.

If you do miss the deadline, then you can still send you application afterwards but obviously you will be missing out on financial help until it’s granted. To avoid having to change your application or making mistakes, have a close friend or family member check through it and be sure to double check it yourself.

Also, remember, you will need to fill in an application every single year that you’re a student, so do not forget to re-apply before each starting term.

Contact Student Finance – 0300 100 0607

If you have a problem and you’ve not found the answers here, there’s only one thing to do! Get in contact with the student organisation yourself and ask how much you are entitled to and how you should apply. Lines are open Monday to Friday 8am – 8pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am to 5pm.

They will talk you through the process and there’s a department for each enquiry, speak to the expert that you require and find the phone number that will put you through to the professional personnel that can help you.

There are different numbers and departments for different students, you can phone the England helpline, New EU, post-graduate, advanced learner and many more. We help you pick out the contact details that you are seeking right here, phone today and solve all of your queries.