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Part-time Maintenance Loan

Eligibility

Whether a student can get a part-time Maintenance Loan depends on their:

  • university or college
  • course
  • course intensity
  • previous study
  • age
  • nationality and residency status

If a student is studying a part-time distance learning course they'll only be able to get a Maintenance Loan if they're studying long distance because they have a disability.

University or college

The university or college must be in the UK and either:

  • publicly funded (paid for by the government), or
  • privately funded but running individual courses that receive public funding.

Course

This must be in the UK and one of the following:

  • a first degree, for example BA, BSc or BEd
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Graduate Diploma
  • an Initial Teacher Training course (if it’s degree level or above)
  • an integrated master’s degree
  • a Foundation Degree in dental hygiene and dental therapy
  • a DipHE in dental hygiene and dental therapy or operating department practice

If students are not sure whether their course qualifies for student finance, they should check with their university or college.

Course intensity

Students must be studying at a course intensity of at least 25% to get a Maintenance Loan. The Student will also need to know number of module credits they will gain in the academic year when they apply.

If the student isn’t sure of their module credits or course intensity, they should check with their university or college.

Previous study

Students can usually only get student finance for their first higher-education course. If they’ve already studied a higher-education course, they might not get help for a second course.

They can only have a maximum of 16 years of part-time funding. They will have to self-fund anything over this amount.

Age

Students must be under 60 on the first day of the first academic year of their course to get a Maintenance Loan.

Nationality and residency status

Students can apply if:

  • they’re a UK national or have ‘settled status’ (that means, they have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK)
  • they normally live in England
  • they’ve been living in the UK for at least 3 years before the first day of the first academic year of their course

The first day of the first academic year of their course is:

  • 1 September, if their course starts between 1 August and 31 December
  • 1 January, if their course starts between 1 January and 31 March
  • 1 April, if their course starts between 1 April and 30 June
  • 1 July, if their course starts between 1 July and 31 July

Students may also be eligible if they’re:

  • an EU national, or a relative of one
  • a refugee, or a relative of one
  • under humanitarian protection, or a relative of someone under humanitarian protection
  • under 18 and have lived in the UK for at least 7 years
  • 18 or over and have lived in the UK for at least 20 years (or at least half their life)
  • an EEA or Swiss migrant worker, or a relative of one
  • a child of a Swiss national
  • a child of a Turkish worker
  • a stateless person (including any family members).

To be eligible as a ‘stateless person’ learners must:

  • be a new student starting on or after 1 August 2018
  • have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for 3 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course

Students who live outside of England may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan if they’re:

  • a serving member of the UK armed forces
  • the spouse or civil partner of a serving member
  • a child, step-child or adoptive child living with a member of the UK Armed Forces serving overseas
  • a dependent parent living with a serving member
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