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Government support

UK or EU students undertaking their first undergraduate degree, who started in 2016/17  or before, are eligible to access a loan from the UK government for the full amount of their tuition fee and do not need to pay anything upfront.

Are you eligible for government support?

If you are a UK student, in addition to tuition fee support, you can also apply for funding towards your living costs, and the amount available to you will vary according to where you are from in the UK.  You will be able to access a basic maintenance loan towards your living costs regardless of your household income level and if you are from a lower-income household you will also be eligible to additional means-tested maintenance support.

You should apply to your regional funding agency (see below) each year before the end of the Easter holidays to ensure that funding is in place for the following year of your course.

What does it mean to be ‘means-tested’ or ‘financially assessed’?

If you want to be considered for a higher level of maintenance loan (students from England) or a non-repayable maintenance grant (students from Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales), you will need to complete a financial assessment as part of your application to your funding agency in order to calculate your household income. Although much of this process is automated, you may need to provide financial information to support your assessment.

What is household income and how is it calculated?

Your household income is made up of your income plus that of the people who live with you, such as your parents / step-parent / partner. Household income is assessed based on gross taxable income for the last full tax year. If your household income is likely to drop by at least 15% you can request a Current Year Income Assessment Form from your regional funding agency.

What if I suspend my studies?

If you decide to suspend your studies for any length of time you will need to inform your regional funding agency. If you repeat any years of study, you should be aware that this might affect your entitlement to financial support.

Funding available in 2016/17 by region

If you are from England

For students who started in 2016

  • Tuition fee loan of up to £9,000 per year
  • Maintenance loan for living costs

Household income

Maintenance loan (repayable after graduation)

£0 - £25,000£8,200
£25,000 - £42,875£6,095 - £8,200
£42,875 - £62,180£6,095 - £3,821
£62,180 +£3,821

For students who started from 2012

  • Tuition fee loan of up to £9,000 per year
  • Maintenance loan and maintenance grant for living costs

Household income

Maintenance loan (repayable after graduation)

Maintenance grant (non-repayable)

£0 - £25,000£4,185£3,387
£25,000 - £42,620£4,185 - £5,853£3,387 - £50
£42,620 - £62,143£5,853 - £3,820£0
£62,143 +£3,820£0

For students who started in 2009, 2010 or 2011

  • Tuition fee loan of up to £3,465 per year
  • Maintenance loan and maintenance grant for living costs

Household income

Maintenance loan (repayable after graduation)

Maintenance grant (non-repayable)

£0 - £25,000£3,612£3,110
£25,000 - £50,706£3,612 - £5,267£3,110 - £50
£50,706 - £57,714£5,267 - £3,810£0
£57,714+£3,810£0

If you are from Northern Ireland

Household income

Maintenance loan (repayable after graduation)

Maintenance grant (non-repayable)

£0 - £19,203£2,953£3,475
£19,203 - £30,000£2,953 - £3,625£3,475 - £1,215
£30,000 - £41,065£3,625 - £4,790£1,215 - £50
£41,065 - £53,035£4,840 - £3,630£0
£53,035 +£3,630£0

If you are from Scotland

Household income

Maintenance loan (repayable after graduation)

Maintenance grant (non-repayable)

£0 - £18,999£5,750£1,875
£19,000 - £23,999£5,750£1,125
£24,000 - £33,999£5,750£500
£34,000 +£4,750£0

If you are from Wales

Fee level

Up to £9,000

Tuition fee loan available from Student Finance Wales

£3,900

Tuition fee grant for remainder of fee from Student Finance Wales

Up to £5,100
  • Maintenance loan and maintenance grant for living costs

Household income

Maintenance loan (repayable after graduation)

Maintenance grant (non-repayable)

£0 - £18,370£3,603£5,161
£18,370 - £30,000£3,603 - £5,134£5,161 - £2,099
£30,000 - £50,020£5,134 - £6,158£2,099 - £50
£50,020 - £58,484£6,158 - £4,637£0
£58,484 +£4,637£0

Additional support from the UK government

If you are a UK student and have additional costs because of a disability or dependants, you could be eligible to receive the following extra assistance from the UK government.

Fund

Eligibility

Assessment

Application

Disabled Students’ AllowancesUK students who require funding to meet course-related costsBased upon needApply through regional funding agency
Parents’ Learning AllowanceUK students with dependantsBased upon household income
Childcare Grant
Adult Dependants’ Grant
Tax creditsApply through the Government website

If you are from outside the UK

Students from the EU

  • EU students who started in or before 2016 are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from the UK Government.
  • EU students should note that they are not eligible for living costs support from the UK Government.

Islands students

If you are from the Channel Islands or Isle of Man, you will be entitled to different support to that of students from the rest of the UK. Find out more at:

US and Canadian Loans

If you are from the US or Canada, you can apply for loans to help with fees and living costs. Details can be found at:

All other students

You should also check whether there is any funding available to you from your home government to support your studies at Oxford.