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Student loans

Explore your funding options and how to apply

  • For Undergraduate students

    You can apply for a student loan to cover the cost of your tuition during your studies and a maintenance loan to help towards the cost of living expenses.

    These loans means that you will not have to pay fees upfront yourself and instead can repay the cost of your degree once you have graduated and are earning over a certain amount.

    Find out more about undergraduate finance

  • For Postgraduate students

    You could be entitled for a loan from Student Finance of up to £11,222 for taught and research master's courses. This is a non means-tested loan to help cover your fees, other course costs and living costs.

    • Courses that are eligible include full-time, part-time and distance-learning courses.
    • You can repay the cost of your degree once you have graduated and are earning over a certain amount.

    Find out more about postgraduate finance

    Download our postgraduate master's funding leaflet

  • Starting university

    Once your application has been approved, you will be asked to confirm your attendance for the current academic year. This process is automated and usually completed on the same day that the request is received.

    In order for a Confirmation of Attendance to be sent please ensure you have:

    • Fully enrolled
    • Attended an ID check

    Once confirmation has been sent, your first instalment will be released and, subject to the above, you should expect your payment in the first week of term.

  • Making changes to your application

    If you need to update your details on your loan application, you must do it as soon as possible on the Student Finance website. This includes:

    • Name and address
    • Course name
    • University place
    • Suspending or withdrawing from studies
    • Amount of loan you are requesting

    If you've changed course or university place since applying for student finance, there's no need to worry; you'll still get paid and you don't need to re-apply.

    However, we may be required to provide a manual confirmation until the change is updated by Student Finance. In order for us to do this, please scan a copy of your financial notification (which states a different College or University) and email it to our Student Financial Support office - sfs@mdx.ac.uk

Problems getting your loans/grants

If you have had an assessment and are fully enrolled but have not received your first payment within three days of the scheduled payment date, there may be a number of reasons why.

Please don't panic - here are some of the most common reasons for the delay.

Have you signed and returned your declaration to Student Finance?

You can find your declaration form online by logging into your account and selecting 'notification of entitlement letter in 'View correspondence'

If you applied on paper you should have already signed the 'loan declaration form' as part of your application.

Has your national insurance number been validated?

Your payment might be temporarily blocked while Student Finance checks your National Insurance number with the Department for Work and Pensions. Log in to your account to check.

Are you enrolled as a full-time student?

In certain instances, a Confirmation of Attendance has not been sent to Student Finance because you are not enrolled as a Full-time Student. This can happen when:

  • You are required to repeat elements of a Full-time course on a Part-time basis
  • Your studies have been suspended pending resits

In such cases, you might not have an automatic entitlement to financial support and you will need to email our Student Financial Support Office.

Further guidance

For advice and guidance relating to all aspects of student funding and student welfare, please email our Student Welfare Advice Team

You can also download the following guides for information on specific areas:

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