Image of: male and female student

How and when to apply

If you’re a full-time student you can now apply online for academic year 2016/17.

The quickest and simplest way to re-apply is online.

You just need to log into your online line account and re-apply again. Even if you haven’t applied online before, you don’t need to register as you’ll have had a customer reference number sent to you in the post.

Remember the online application offers many benefits

The online application offers many benefits and you can do this without having to call us. You can:

  • submit an application for student finance
  • check when your next payment is due
  • update your bank details
  • check your correspondence
  • tell us about a change in your circumstances
  • check the progress of your application
  • update your personal details.

Paper applications

Although we recommend applying online, we still have paper applications available if you need one. If you require a paper application contact us on 0300 200 4050.

Deadline dates

For student finance in academic year 2015/16 you should apply by paper as soon as possible if you haven’t already.

The deadline date for applying for student finance in academic year 2016/17 is 10 June 2016.

If you apply after this date you’re not guaranteed to have money paid into your bank account for the start of term so we recommend you apply as soon as possible if you haven’t already.

Final cut-off date for applications

You can apply up to 9 months after the start of your course. If you apply after this, then there is no guarantee you’ll receive any funding.

Getting paid

You’ll receive the first instalment of your student loan or grant approx 3 - 5 working days after you register on your course as long as:

  • your university has confirmed you’re in attendance
  • you’ve given us your valid UK bank account details
  • you’ve given us your National Insurance number and HMRC have validated it.

In some circumstances you may be paid more money than you’re entitled to. For example if you withdraw from your course you’ll be reassessed for the period you’ve attended. Any overpaid amount can’t be written off and will need to be repaid. We’ll contact you to arrange a suitable repayment plan.

^ Back to top