UK and EU Students
Applying For Student Finance through the Student Loans Company (SLC)
If you are an undergraduate student from the UK or the EU you may be eligible for financial support from the Student Loans Company (SLC). The SLC provides loans (which have to be repaid) and grants (which do not have to be repaid) to cover tuition fees and living costs. There is additional support available to cover childcare costs or if you are disabled.
PLEASE NOTE- If you are over the age of 60, you will be subjected to limited eligibility for a Maintenance Grant ONLY and the tuition fees. If you are a resident of the EEA and have NOT been a resident of the UK for 3 years you WILL be eligible for the Tuition Fees ONLY.
Full details are available on the SLC website.
You should go to the Student Finance England section of the website.
You can speak to an SLC advisor by telephoning them on 0845 300 5090.
You can apply for funding online. This is the easiest and quickest way to apply. You can track your application and quickly make amendments if your circumstances change. Once your application is approved the SLC will send you a Notification of Entitlement and a Loan Declaration Form. You must sign the Loan Declaration Form and return it to the SLC. The SLC will not make any payments until they receive this form. To apply online click here.
- If you wish to apply for a Childcare Grant you must complete a CCG1 Form and CCG2 Form, which is submitted to you by the SLC upon a successful completion and approval of the CCG1 application. If you apply online these forms are completed and submitted online.
- If you wish to apply for a Disability Grant you must complete a DSA1F Form. If you apply online this form is completed and submitted online.
If you are seeking additional financial support, please refer to the SLC website for full details.
Please be aware that processing times for a standard application can take up to 12 weeks to be approved. We can wait for the payment of your tuition fees through the SLC. However, if you are applying for a maintenance loan or grant or other financial support, you must decide whether or not you can manage financially because you may have no income until your application is fully approved.
IMPORTANT – During the approval stage of your application, you must submit evidence of your ID (normally your passport) for verification, additionally any supporting finance documents MUST be submitted, in order that the financial assessment can be completed and approved.
If you DO NOT have a valid passport, national insurance number or evidence of 3 years residence history in the UK your application will NOT proceed further.
As stated above, when your application has been approved you will receive a Notification of Entitlement together with a Loan Declaration Form which YOU MUST sign and return.
Upon receipt of the signed Loan Declaration Form, the SLC will issue us with a student attendance request to confirm you are attending the College. Once we have confirmed your attendance, the SLC can take 7–10 working days to process your payment.
The final validation prior to payment is the National Insurance Number validation conducted by the Department of Work & Pensions. This process can take up to 2 weeks to complete.
Once validated, the tuition fees will be paid directly to the College in three instalments. Your maintenance loan, maintenance grant and any other financial support will be paid directly into your bank account.
You can find some useful step-by-step guides on the SLC website.
These step-by-step guides cover the following topics:
- Applying for student finance
- Full-time Students
- Part-time Students
- Students with children or adult dependants
- Disabled Students’ Allowances
- Other Help
- Repaying student loans
- Parent resources
If you still have any concerns about applying for student finance or have any issues or queries regarding an existing application you can visit our Finance Department.
Alternatively, you can arrange an appointment by contacting a member of the Finance Department on 020 7078 8840.
If you have not applied for funding by the time enrolment commences, you may be subject to deferment until the next intake period. The SLC will continue to receive applications after the enrolment date, but they will not guarantee that your application will be processed by the time your course starts.