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Student finance and funding timetable

There's nothing more frustrating than missing a deadline you didn't know about. Be clear about the key dates for applying for student funding and your students won't miss out.

There are a number of important dates to know about on the student funding calendar. We've laid them out chronologically below, so you and your students can understand them together.

To find out more about student finance, download our Complete Guide to Student Finance; and to help your students get a better idea of their living costs at university, share our student budget calculator with them it's completely free and they just need to enter a university to get a quick result.

Student finance and funding: key dates

  • January onwards: applications for student finance in England opens, where students can apply for Tuition Fee Loans, Maintenance Loans and Advanced Learner Loans. Students usually receive their entitlement letter around six weeks after applying.
  • March/April: Students will start to receive offers from universities and find out what funding schemes are offered by each university in the form of bursaries and scholarships. Applications for student finance in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland usually open around this time of year.
  • April/May/June: The deadline for applying for funding through Student Finance for courses that start in September range from April to June, depending on where the student lives. Each year, we'll update our finance basics guide once we know more about when applicants should get their application in by, to guarantee their finance arrives in time for the start of term.

    Students can still apply for funding up to nine months after their course starts, however be aware that they won't get it as quickly this way.
  • June: The deadline for being assessed for a bursary. Students may receive an email letting them know if they've been awarded a bursary any time from now through to December. We asked students who received extra funding to share their experiences and tips.
  • September/October: The first instalment of the maintenance loan received (at the start of term).
  • October/November/December: The first instalment of a bursary or scholarship (dates may vary).


The following year...

  • January: The second instalment of the maintenance loan (start of the second term).
  • February: The second instalment of a bursary or scholarship (dates may vary). Some universities will pay one instalment of a scholarship and this may be around this time of year. 
  • April: The third instalment of the maintenance loan (start of the third term).
  • May: The third instalment of a bursary or scholarship (dates may vary).

The dates above are a guideline and vary from one university to another. 


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    Browse our full student finance advice, including our guides to what finance you're eligible for and extra funding opportunities.

    Also, don't forget our student budget calculator  share it with yourstudents (and their parents) if you're getting lots of questions about living costs and budgeting.