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.
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 2020-21 is £12,010.
Access to the remaining 50% is dependent upon your household income.
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Students from England
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
Students from elsewhere in the EU are eligible for a Maintenance Loan if they have been living in the UK for five years prior to the start of their course and EU students who meet certain criteria are eligible for a Tuition Fee loan.
Support for EU students has been confirmed for those wishing to attend from 2020-21
EU Fees from 2021:
EU students will no longer be able to claim tuition fee loans or the lower EU fee rates for programmes starting from 2021. Continuing students, who commence prior to 2021, will retain their fees and funding for the duration of the programme. For more information please see www.gov.uk/government/news/student-support-in-england
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 £26,575 a year or more.
Find out more
For more information on loans, see the Government's GOV.UK website.
Student finance for EU, Swiss, Norwegian, Icelandic or Liechtenstein nationals from August 2021
Please visit the Fee Status page for current and full information.