Financial Support – FT

Support for Full-Time Students

Support for Full-Time Students

Making applications to Student Finance England

Before you make an application, you should check your eligibility.  All the HE courses that we offer are eligible for loan funding. Some applicants may not be able to get a loan depending on their nationality or residency status or if they are already holding an equivalent level qualification.  For more information click here.

You can apply for a tuition fee loan and maintenance loans and grants online.  Application deadlines for 15/16 can be found here.  Selecting your course- remember, when you make an application it is important to select the correct provider.  If you are applying for a University of Bolton course delivered at Salford, you must select Bolton as your institution, for University of Salford, you should select the University of Salford.  Only HNC/D students should select Salford City College.

Guidance on the application process can be found here.  Remember you may have to prove your identity and possibly confirm residency status and household income.  Allow plenty of time for submission of your application and all supporting evidence.

Continuing students

You’re a ‘continuing student’ if you got finance last year. Log in to your student finance account and apply online.

Tuition Fee Loan

Full time students can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover fee costs up to £9,000 per annum.

Help with the cost of living – Maintenance Loans

Full-time students from the UK can apply for a maintenance loan for living costs. You may have to give details of your household income (parents’/partner’s income plus yours). The loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of term. You have to pay the loan back. Students can apply for the following

  • Living at home – Up to £4,565
  • Living away from home, outside of London – Up to £5,740

Use the student finance calculator to estimate your Maintenance Loan.

Help with the cost of living – Maintenance Grants

To apply for a maintenance grant you must be a full-time UK student. Unlike loans for maintenance and tuition costs, grants are not repaid. You will have to give details about your household income (parents’/partner’s income plus yours) for your eligibility to be assessed. The grant is paid directly into your bank account at the start of term. Students can apply for the following:

Full-time student – household income Grant for courses from September 2014 Grant for courses from September 2015
£25,000 or less £3,387 £3,387
£30,000 £2,441 £2,441
£35,000 £1,494 £1,494
£40,000 £547 £547
£42,620 £50 £50
Over £42,620 No grant No grant

Use the student finance calculator to estimate your Maintenance Grant.

Special Support Grant

You must be a full-time student. Part-time and EU students can’t apply.

You may get a Special Support Grant instead of a Maintenance Grant if you get or qualify for:

  • Income Support
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • the housing element of Universal Credit

The amount you get is the same as the Maintenance Grant, but it won’t reduce the Maintenance Loan you can get.

You may get the Special Support Grant if, for example, you’re a lone parent or have certain disabilities.

Repayment of tuition and maintenance loans for full-time students

Your repayments are linked to your income. You only make repayments when your income is over £21,000 a year. If your income drops below this amount, repayments stop. Each month you pay back 9% of any income over £21,000.

Your income per year Monthly repayments
£21,000 and under No repayments
£25,000 £30
£30,000 £67
£40,000 £142
£50,000 £217
£60,000 £292

For further information on Student Finance England support, please click here.