New Part Time Maintenance Loans offer extra support to students

English students starting a part time course in the 18/19 academic year can, for the first time, apply for a Maintenance Loan to help them with their living costs.

15 June 2018

The funding will be available to new students starting their courses on or after 1 August 2018. Part time students can also apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and extra help is available for students who have a disability.

Student Loans Company (SLC) Executive Director of Operations, Derek Ross, said:

“It’s easier than ever to apply for your part time student finance as SLC’s use of digital technology means the whole application process can be completed online.  There’s no reason to delay, apply now at to ensure your funding is in place when you start your studies.”

Here’s five facts about the new Part Time Maintenance Loan:

1. The Maintenance Loan is available to new students starting their course on or after 1 August 2018

2. How much funding  you get depends on:

  • Where you live while studying
  • Your household Income
  • Your course intensity (we will measure this by asking you how many module credits you’ll study – check with your university or college if you’re not sure.  You must have a course intensity of over 25% of the equivalent full time course to be eligible)

3. The quickest and easiest way to apply for your Maintenance Loan is online at You need  to apply for funding for each year of your course

4. You should apply for your funding as soon as possible to be sure your money is in place when your course starts – you can apply even if you don’t have a     confirmed place on a course

5. If you are studying part time by distance learning because of a disability you may also be able to get a Maintenance Loan.

(SFE) provides a range of interactive guides and films providing you with all the information you need to make the application process as smooth as possible.

Online resources can be found on the Student Finance  area of and on the SFE area of the UCAS website  You can view our playlist of films about part time student finance here:

You should also follow SFE’s facebook and twitter channels @SFE_England  for all the latest news and updates.  These channels can also be used to talk to SFE advisors about their accounts as SLC is one of the first Government Agencies to use private social messaging to communicate with customers.