Directgov Student Finance Cover Letter

  1. Check with your college or training provider that the course qualifies.

  2. Ask them for a ‘Learning and funding information’ letter - you need this to complete the application. It contains the details about your course.

  3. Apply online - you’ll need to register first. You can apply by post if you can’t apply online.

  4. You’ll get a letter confirming your loan - usually within 2 weeks if you apply online (postal applications take longer).

What you need to know

You can’t apply until you get a ‘learning and funding information letter’ from your college or training provider.

You can apply for a loan without a National Insurance number but you must have one before the loan can be paid.

Apply by post

If you can’t apply online, apply by post - the address is on the form.

Proof of identity

Include your UK passport details in your application as proof of identity. If you forget, use the ‘UK passport details form’. If you don’t have a UK passport (or it has expired), send your birth or adoption certificate using the ‘Birth or adoption certificate form’.

Supporting information

Use the ‘Evidence return form’ if you need to send extra information to support your application, such as proof of residency status.

Change an application

Once your application has been approved you can log in to your account to make a change online.

If you just want to change your loan amount you can use the loan request form instead.

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New students from England

Most full-time and part-time students can apply online to Student Finance England.

  1. Set up a student finance online account.

  2. Log in and complete the online application.

  3. Include your household income if needed. Your parent or partner will be asked to confirm these details.

  4. Send in proof of identity, if needed.

  5. Sign and return the loan declaration, which you should receive within 6 weeks.

Continuing students from England

You’re a ‘continuing student’ if you got finance last year. Log in to your student finance account and apply online.

There’s a different process if you became a part-time student before 1 September 2012.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

There’s a different process for students from Scotland,Wales and Northern Ireland.

New EU students

  1. Download an application pack - use the form finder to get the forms you need.

  2. Send in proof of identity, if needed.

  3. You’ll get a letter confirming how much you’ll get, usually within 6 weeks.

Continuing EU students

If you’re a continuing student you’ll be sent the application forms.

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