Student Finance

Overview of the Government’s Student Finance System

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The link below provides a succinct guide outlining what the government offers for funding Higher Education study, how to apply for this and how repayments of funding work:
GOV.UK -Student Finance

* Please note - figures quoted in these resources may be for previous academic years. Figures for funding change on a yearly basis, so for up to date information visit GOV.UK website

Funding from the Government in 90 seconds

The government’s student funding department, Student Finance England and the Student Loans Company have two types of products available to support funding Higher Education: loans and grants. This quick video explains briefly what is available:

Student Finance explained
(approx. 1.5 minutes long)

Student Finance explained in 5 minutes

This informative video from DeMonfort University explains some of the main costs of going to university, what loans are available from the government’s funding department (Student Finance) and how this works:

Your university fees and funding explained
(approx. 5 minutes long)

Your Student Finance Questions Answered

Watch the following videos, made in collaboration with Kingston University and the WIN, to help answer your key student finance questions:

Introduction to student finance
(approx. 8 mins long)

HE costs and funding
(approx. 12 mins long)

Extra funding available
(approx. 7 mins long)

How repayments work
(approx. 9 mins long)

Student Finance - a students perspective
(approx. 12 mins long)

Which?University’s Guide to Higher & Degree Level Apprenticeships

This guide talks through some of the main features of a higher or degree level apprenticeship. If you are considering this route for progression, it is a good idea to contact the apprenticeship provider (e.g. university) to see what financial support is available, as apprentices are not eligible to apply for student loans or grants. You should also thoroughly consider their employment contract to check for the financial implications of certain circumstances (e.g. if you leave your apprenticeship).

The Complete Guide to Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

Funding HE for Care Leavers

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There is a lot of information available on Propel’s website for care leavers, detailing funding available for Higher Education.

You can also visit the Care Leavers section of our website.

HE funding for Young Carers

Most universities offer additional financial support for young carers whilst they are studying.

The following are examples:
University of Bristol - Bursary for Young Carers
City University, London - Young Carers
Sheffield Hallam University - Support for students with caring responsibilities

The Young Carers section of our website also has useful information on supporting Young Carers.

Funding for Students with Disabilities

Disabled Students' Allowances
(approx. 1.5 minutes long)

Applying to University?

Scholarships and Bursaries
(approx. 4 minutes long)

The link below also provides some useful information about bursaries and scholarships:

The Complete University Guide - Bursaries and Scholarships

Scholarship hub
Various organisations offer scholarships (non-repayable sums of money) to students who meet certain criteria & are going to university. You can search a catalogue of available scholarships & find out how to apply for them. The scholarship hub has some paid features of the website, but you can access the search functionality with a free account: The Scholarship Hub - Fund Your Future

Student Finance Calculator


Find out how much maintenance loan you could get (based on your household income):
Student Finance Calculator

Student Money Guide
For useful tips and information on how to manage your money at university, from food and clothes to household and socialising costs, click on the link below:
Student Money Manual

Extra funding for Higher Education
For a brief overview of what extra funding is available from Student Finance England, respective bodies (e.g. NHS) and Universities, click on the link below:
GOV.UK - Extra Help

Save the Student website
For a 'one-stop shop' on the latest discounts and deals for students, visit Save the Student
Save the Student also produce a host of articles on money-related topics for students (e.g. accommodation, food, budget-saving tips and student finance updates).