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Government funding for undergraduates

All eligible full-time and part-time Home and EU undergraduate students are entitled to apply for student loans to cover the cost of their tuition fees. 

Maintenance Loan

Home students may be entitled to a Maintenance Loan, which can be used for living costs. If you are an EU student, who has lived in the UK or its islands for three years or more, you may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan.

Personal eligibility

Students looking to receive student finance need to meet certain criteria on nationality, residency, age and previous study. Visit the government's student finance website for more information. 

You can also get a personalised online quote by providing some information about yourself, your course and your household income on the student finance calculator

How to apply

Students from England
Most full-time and part-time students can apply online to Student Finance England. You don’t have to wait until you’re accepted on a course to apply for student finance. If you haven’t accepted a place yet, create your student finance account and apply using your first choice of course. 

Students from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
There’s a different process for students from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. More information is available on gov.uk.

Students from other European Union countries
There are loans available to help EU students studying in England pay their tuition fees. For more information on which loans are available and how to apply see the guide for new and continuing full-time EU students studying in England 2019/20.

Notification of finances

Once Student Finance England has assessed your application, they will send you a financial notification letter showing what help you are entitled to. This letter will include a declaration that you must sign and return to Student Finance England.

Don't forget, Student Finance England can't pay you until you enrol with the University.

Annual application

You need to apply for student finance each year of your course. Student Finance England will contact you when you need to re-apply.

If you have any questions about applying for student finance email admissions-london@sunderland.ac.uk or call on 0207 531 7333.