First-time HE students urged to apply for financial help by 22 May

Two Bradford College students in Bradford city park

Are you planning your move into higher education this year? If so, you should make sure you apply for financial help with studies and living costs as soon as you can.

The deadline for students hoping to begin studying a higher education course at college or university for the first time is Friday 22 May 2020.

The deadline for returning student applications is Friday 19 June 2020.

The government’s Student Finance page gives students, parents and sponsors all the information they need to apply for student finance.  

Whether you qualify for student finance depends on:

  • your university or college
  • your course
  • if you’ve studied a higher education course before
  • your age
  • your nationality or residency status

You can check whether you can apply for financial help, and which loans and grants you may be able to apply for, on the government’s student finance website.

You can also apply online for student finance.

Updated Student Loan guidance: Coronavirus

The Student Loans Company (SLC)  has provided guidance for students and answers to common questions related to the COVID-19 outbreak for people who have applied for student finance. Its guidance has also been updated for migrant worker student applicants.

The SLC has confirmed that students will receive their scheduled or next instalment of their Maintenance Loan at the planned start of their summer term, regardless of whether their university or provider has made alternative arrangements for teaching.

A partial service is now being operated in the SLC’s contact centres for students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland following a temporary closure.

You can read the guidance for current students in full:


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