When applying to university, there are several different ways to finance your degree and living costs, depending on what course you are studying.

The two main finance options are ‘Student Finance’ and the ‘Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA); both are managed by Student Finance (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland). There are numerous bursaries, scholarships and awards available, subject to the individuals’ specific needs and their chosen place of study among other criteria.


Student Finance and Extra Help

Most universities can charge up to £9,250 per year in tuition fees. You can cover the cost of your tuition through a student loan, which you only start to pay back once you are earning over £21,000 a year.

Based on your salary, you will only repay the same amount each month, regardless of whether tuition fees are £6,000 or £9,000. However, universities which are charging more than £6,000, have to put in place measures to support students whose parents’/ own income is below a certain amount.

There are also maintenance loans and grants available alongside extra financial help from Student Finance dependent on your financial circumstances.


For full details on costings and how to apply for Student Finance click here

For full details on ‘Extra help’ you may be eligible for from Student Finance, click here


Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)


Watch our video that explores the DSA process. It looks at preparing for assessments, what equipment might be available and some top tips.


Read our DSA guide outlining the key things that you need to know about accessing DSA


Bursaries, scholarships, and awards 

Students in Higher Education can apply for money directly from their university or college on top of any other student finance. Each university or college has their own rules about bursaries, scholarships and awards Bursaries are like grants and do not have to be paid back. You get your bursary directly from your university or college. Talk to your student support service to find out what is available.

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