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Government support

If you’re considering going to university, you may be eligible for a range of Government support in the way of loans and grants to cover your costs. 

The main student finance package available includes:

  • Tuition fee loan
  • Maintenance loan
  • Maintenance grant

Use the Student Finance calculator to estimate what you may be eligible for through the loan and grant packages and other financial support available to you.

Tuition fee loans

  • Cover the cost of your tuition fees
  • Are paid directly to the University on your behalf
  • Must be paid back

Maintenance loans

  • Are available to help with your day-to-day living costs such as accommodation, bills, books, etc.
  • The loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of term
  • The amount you receive is means tested on your parents / household income
  • The loan must be paid back

Maintenance grants

  • Are also available to help with your day-to-day living costs such as accommodation, bills, books, etc.
  • The grant is paid directly into your bank account at the start of term
  • The amount you receive is means tested on your parents / household income

The grant does not have to be paid back, but any grant you receive will reduce the amount of repayable Maintenance loan available to you.

Repayments

  • You will only start to repay your loan in the April after the year you graduate and only once you are earning over £21,000 per year.

Repayments will be made through the tax system - this is taken as 9% of any earnings over £21,000.

For more information visit the Student Finance website