What’s available if you started before 1 September 2018


This information is for students who started their course after 1 September 2014, but before 1 September 2018. Find out what’s available if you started after then.

Tuition Fee Loan

You could get up to £6,935 a year, depending on how much your course costs and where you’re studying. How much you get does not depend on your household income.

We pay your loan directly to your university or college. You have to pay it back, including interest once you’ve finished or left your course and you’re earning over the threshold.

2021 to 2022

Where you’re studying Maximum loan
At any university or college in Wales, including The Open University £2,625
At a public university or college in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland £6,935
At a private university or college in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland £4,625

2020 to 2021

Where you’re studying Maximum loan
At any university or college in Wales, including The Open University £2,625
At a public university or college in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland £6,935
At a private university or college in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland £4,625

Living costs

You could also get a Course Grant of up to £1,155 to help with your living costs. How much you get depends on your household income. You do not have to pay it back.

This table shows how much you could get based on examples of household income:

Household income Course Grant
£26,094 or less £1,155
£26,095 to £28,180 £1,155 to £50
£28,181 or more None

Extra help

If you have a disability or long-term health condition

You might be able to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance.

If you have children or adult dependents

You might be able to apply for: