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2017 Government support

If you are a UK student undertaking your first undergraduate degree, you will be eligible to access a loan from the UK government for the full amount of your tuition fee and do not need to pay anything upfront.

Tuition fee support arrangements have not yet been confirmed by the UK government for EU applicants starting in 2017. Information will be updated on this page as soon as it is announced.

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 access additional maintenance support.

You should apply to your regional funding agency (see below) before the end of the Easter holidays to ensure that funding is in place for the start of your course, and should remember to apply to be means-tested, if appropriate.

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

If you want to be considered for additional maintenance support, 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 you are starting your course in 2017, information from the 2015/16 tax year will be used.

The regional funding agency figures below may be subject to inflationary changes in future years.

If you are from England

  • Apply to Student Finance England
  • Tuition fee loan of up to £9,250 per year
  • Maintenance loan for living costs (2017-entry figures below are subject to confirmation)
Household incomeMaintenance loan
(repayable after graduation)
£0 - £25,000£8,430
£25,000 - £42,875£8,430 - £6,266
£42,875 - £62,187£6,266 - £3,928
£62,187 +£3,928

If you are from Northern Ireland

  • Apply to Student Finance Northern Ireland
  • Tuition fee loan of up to £9,250 per year
  • Maintenance loan and maintenance grant for living costs (2016-entry arrangements included below as a guide, as 2017 information not yet confirmed)
Household incomeMaintenance 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

  • Apply to Student Awards Agency for Scotland
  • Tuition fee loan of up to £9,250 per year
  • Maintenance loan and maintenance grant for living costs (2016-entry arrangements included below as a guide, as 2017 information not yet confirmed)
Household incomeMaintenance 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

  • Apply to Student Finance Wales
  • Tuition fee support for all Welsh students (2017 information not yet confirmed. In 2016, students received a tuition fee loan of up to £3,900 and a tuition fee grant of up to £5,100 to cover the full tuition fee)
Fee levelUp to £9,250
Tuition fee loan available from Student Finance WalesTBC
Tuition fee grant for remainder of fee from Student Finance WalesTBC
  • Maintenance loan and maintenance grant for living costs (2016-entry arrangements included below as a guide, as 2017 information not yet confirmed)
Household incomeMaintenance 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.

FundEligibilityAssessmentApplication
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

If you are from the rest of the EU

Tuition fee support arrangements have not yet been confirmed by the UK government for EU applicants starting in 2017.  Student Finance information for 2016-entry EU students is available at www.gov.uk/apply-for-student-finance.

Information for EU applicants on the impact of the result of the UK referendum on its membership of the European Union is available on the Oxford Students website.

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.

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