Full-time undergraduate students in England are being encouraged to apply now for student finance, as the application service launches for the 20/21 academic year.
The easiest way to apply is online and students should do so as soon as possible to ensure their finances are in place before the start of term.
Last year over 800,000 applications were received within the first four months of the service opening, with 250,000 being submitted within the first month.
Information is available to help guide students with their applications, and next week (24-28 February) Student Finance England will host Student Money Week – an online event dedicated to providing information to students and their parents.
Derek Ross, SLC Executive Director of Operations, said:
“The launch of the application service is one of the biggest dates in the student finance calendar. It means that students can get on with the important job of getting their student finances sorted.
“The application takes 30 minutes to complete online and for most students the process will be straightforward. However, we know that some individuals require extra support and our team of expert staff are ready to help them.”
SLC has compiled the following ‘top tips’ to help students with different circumstances get their student finances sorted in plenty of time for the new academic year.
All students should:
- Apply Early
Apply as early as possible to make sure your finances are in place before your studies start. The deadline to apply is 22 May for new students and 19 June for returning students. Even if you don’t know what course you are doing, you should still apply now, just enter your first choice and you can update the application later if required.