Maintenance loan for living costs
What is it?
The Maintenance Loan is designed to support full-time Home students with their living costs e.g. food, rent and travel.
EU students and students aged 60 are not eligible for this loan.
Find out more about who qualifies for financial support from the Government on the gov.uk website.
How much can I get?
The amount you can get depends on:
- where you live
- where you study
- your household income
All students who are eligible for the loan can receive up to 50% of the maximum loan amount regardless of their financial situation. The maximum loan amount for students living away from home in London in 2017–18 is £11,002.
Access to the remaining 50% is dependent upon your household income.
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Students from England
Students living in England must apply for financial support from the Government via the funding authority, Student Finance England.
You can find a guide to the Student Finance England Maintenance Loan amounts below.
Funding for students starting in 2015
|Household income||Maintainance Loan (living away from home)||Maintainance Loan (living at home)|
|£25,000 or less||£11,002||£7,097|
|£70,000 and above||£5,479|| £3,124
Students from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Similar living cost support is available for students from Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales – contact your relevant funding body for more information about the amount you may be eligible for:
Students from elsewhere in the EU
Do I have to pay it back?
Yes, but only once you have left university, are in employment and earning a pre-tax salary of £21,000 a year or more.
Find out more
For more information on loans, see the Government's GOV.UK website.