Clearing 2021

Get results day ready with our guide to Clearing 2021.

If you have not applied for student finance yet

If you’re thinking of attending uni or college this year, you should apply for student finance before A Level results day. It’s easy to apply and only takes 30 minutes use your first choice of course and this can be changed if it needs to. Watch our film to learn how to make a student finance application

How to make a student finance application

Going to uni or college in 2021 to 2022? Watch this film to find out how and when to apply for student finance.

It’s not too late to apply

#DontDelayYourPay, apply now for student finance to get funding as early as possible!

If you apply for the higher amount of student finance based on your household income, make sure to ask your parent(s) or partner to provide their financial information as soon as possible to avoid delays to your application. 


Check what’s available

Before you apply, make sure to check what’s available for the 2021 to 2022 academic year.

If you have already applied for student finance

If you have already applied for student finance, you won’t need to do anything unless your university, college or course details change.

If your university, college or course changes

If you accept a place at university or college through Clearing, you’ll need to sign in to your student finance account and let us know of any changes. You must do this even if your UCAS application has changed as your student finance application is not linked to UCAS.

You’ll need to change the university or college on the application as well as your course. You should also make sure you tell us the correct tuition fee being charged for your new course.

If your living situation changes

It’s important that you update where you’ll be living on your application if this has changed, otherwise you might not get the right amount of Maintenance Loan. You should do this at the same time that you update your university of college and your course on your online account.

For example, if you’ll now be living at home with your parents instead of moving away, you’ll need to let us know. Find out how this will affect your entitlement:

Making changes to your application

For full-time students, remember the simple #3ClicksToClearing:

  1. Sign in to your online account
  2. Change your uni, college or course details
  3. Submit, sit back, and relax - we’ll take it from here

Find more guidance on how to change your application for part-time and EU students.

You should allow 6 weeks for your application to be approved after you make any changes. We recommend regularly checking the progress of your application by signing into your online account.

Updating your student finance application

Check out our step-by-step guide on how to update your student finance application.

After you’ve updated your application

We’ll review your application and get back to you to let you know if there’s any change to the amount of student finance you’ll be paid.

If your application is based on your household income, make sure your parents or partner give us their income details as soon as possible. Don’t forget, you could also get more student finance if your household income has dropped.

Are you the parent or partner of someone who’s applying for student finance?

You’ll need to support their application with details of your household income so they can get as much student finance as possible. Visit our parents and partners page for more information.