student finance deadline

Countdown to apply for student finance in England

SLC is reminding new full time undergraduate students in England that they have just over two weeks left to apply for student finance before the deadline on 21 May. The deadline for returning students is 25 June.

Applying before the deadline is the best way for students to ensure they have their finances in place for the start of the academic year.  New students can apply now even if they are unsure which course they will study, or what university they will be attending.

Derek Ross, SLC Executive Director of Operations, said:

“So far this year, we have already experienced a significant increase in students applying for finance. Applications have increased by more than 10% year-on-year and we are anticipating that this will be the busiest academic year ever.  We are urging students to get their applications in before the upcoming deadlines. By doing so they can be confident that they will have their student finance in place before their studies begin in the Autumn.

“To support students and their parents and partners (sponsors) with their applications, we have made information available aimed at helping to answer some of the most common questions about applying for student finance.  Throughout the year we will be making even more resources available online to support students as their student finance journeys progress.  They can also keep themselves up-to-date on the latest information by following Student Finance England on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.”

Students should apply online at remember:

  • Applications can take six to eight weeks to process. Students do not need to contact SLC during this time to check on the status of their application. They will be contacted if any additional information is needed.
  • Students can also check their application’s progress in their online account and view a ‘to do list’ of any action they need to take.
  • Parents and partners (sponsors) may also need to provide details of their household income if they are supporting a student’s application.  Once a student applies the named sponsor(s) will receive an email explaining the steps they need to take. More information on supporting a student finance application can be found at
  • Students may be asked to submit evidence to support their applications

For anyone unsure how to do this, watch the following video:

The sooner you apply, the less likely you are to face issues with receiving your student finance. The student finance team are contactable online through their Twitter account, or by phoning 0300 100 0607.

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