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

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. 

 

Your funding

Once you submit your application, we may award you a Maintenance Loan and Grant that’s not based on your household income to ensure you have money for the start of your course. We’ll then process your household income details, and we’ll adjust your Maintenance Loan and Grant entitlement.

The Maintenance Loan and Grant that’s not based on household income is shown in the table below.

  Living with your parents Living away from home, studying outside London Living away from home, studying in London
Loan Grant Loan Grant Loan Grant
  £7,790 £1,000 £9,350 £1,000 £11,9300 £1,000
Total £8,790 £10,350 £12,930

Once we process your household income details, the total amount you’ll be paid will not change, but the ratio of Maintenance Loan and Grant might. If you’ve been paid too much Maintenance Loan, this may need to be paid back or will be taken away from any future Maintenance Loan entitlement.

If your Maintenance Grant increases you could receive a further payment. Grants do not need to be paid back.

Example

David applied late for student finance after confirming a place at university through Clearing. David’s annual entitlement for the 2021 to 2022 academic year is £8,790 as he is living with parents. The entitlement is broken down as £7,790 Maintenance Loan and £1,000 Maintenance Grant which is not based on the household income.
6 weeks after we receive the household income details of £25,000 we adjust David’s entitlement. The annual entitlement does not change, but now entitled to £2,860 Maintenance Loan and £5,930 Maintenance Grant. If David has received too much Maintenance Loan, this will need paid back but he will receive an additional Grant payment.

Find out what your Maintenance Loan and Grant entitlement will look like based on your household income.

Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for us to fully process your household income details, we recommend regularly checking the process of your application by signing into your online account.

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. Your student finance application is not linked to your UCAS account.
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 6-8 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.

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.