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

University or college

The course must be at an eligible university or college in the UK and either:

  • 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. They’ll also need to know the number of module credits they’ll be studying in the academic year when they apply.

Their course can last up to 16 years.

If they are not 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.

However, they may get funding if they're studying one of the following courses:

  • medicine and dentistry
  • subjects allied to medicine
  • biological and sport science
  • psychology
  • veterinary sciences
  • agriculture, food and related sciences
  • physical sciences
  • general and others in sciences
  • mathematical sciences
  • engineering and technology
  • computing
  • geographical and environmental studies

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 must be:

  • living in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 years before starting their course
  • living in England

And they’re either:

  • a UK national or Irish citizen
  • settled under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • granted indefinite leave to remain for other reasons

If they’re a UK national who was living in the EEA, Gibraltar or Switzerland, they also may be able to apply for full support.

 

They can also apply if they’ve been living in the UK, the EEA, Gibraltar or Switzerland for the past 3 years and are:

  • the child of a Swiss national and have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • an EEA or Swiss worker, or the family member of an EEA or Swiss Worker, and have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • a family member of a UK National - both the student and their family member must have lived in the UK, EEA, Gibraltar or Switzerland for the past 3 years
  • the child of a Turkish worker

They can also apply if they have one of the following Home Office statuses:

  • Humanitarian protection or the family member of someone with this status
  • Stateless status or the family member of someone with this status
  • Refugee status or the family member of someone with this status
  • Calais leave or the dependent child of someone with Calais leave
  • Classed as ‘leave to remain’ under the section 67 of the Immigration act or the dependent child of someone with this status
  • Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK as the victim of domestic violence or abuse
  • Leave to Remain as a person who has been a bereaved partner

A student could also be eligible if they’ve been living in the UK for the past 3 years with long residence and are:

  • under 18 on the first day of their course and have lived in the UK for at least 7 years
  • 18 or over on the first day of their course and have lived in the UK for at least half their life or at least 20 years

To be eligible for support under the long residence category, students must have limited Leave to Remain (including Discretionary Leave to Remain) and have lived in the UK for three years before the first day of their course. They must also live in England on the first day 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.

Most EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals starting courses on or after 1 August 2021 will not be eligible for support from Student Finance England.

 

Students whose courses start before 1 August 2021 will continue to get student finance for the rest of their course.

Find out more on GOV.UK

Distance Learning

Students studying a distance learning course cannot get a part-time Maintenance Loan, unless they are unable to attend their course in person because they have a disability.

 

Students who are overseas 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