Whether a student can get a part-time Maintenance Loan depends on their:
- university or college
- course intensity
- previous study
- 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.
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.
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
- veterinary sciences
- agriculture, food and related sciences
- physical sciences
- general and others in sciences
- mathematical sciences
- engineering and technology
- geographical and environmental studies
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’ (meaning there are no restrictions on how long they can stay)
- 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
They may also be able to apply 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 of 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)
- granted ‘Calais leave’ to remain or are a child of someone granted ‘Calais leave’ to remain
- given indefinite leave to remain as a victim of domestic violence or abuse
To be eligible as a ‘stateless person’ they must:
- be a new student starting on or after 1 August 2018
- have lived in the UK and Islands for 3 years before the first day of the first academic year of their course
To be eligible as someone granted ‘Calais leave’ to remain or the child of someone granted ‘Calais leave’ to remain they must:
- be a new student starting on or after 1 August 2020
- have lived in the UK for 3 years before the first day of the first academic year of their course
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.
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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