Funding for Pre-2016 Starters

Student Finance England

Government funding for current English students is provided by Student Finance England and generally consists of three main elements as follows:

1. Tuition Fee Loan

Students are able to apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their tuition fees, up to the maximum of £9,000. This is paid directly to the University on the student's behalf.

Whilst this is the most common way for students to pay course fees, you do not have to borrow the whole amount or take out a tuition fee loan at all - instead you can arrange to pay your fees yourself upfront or in two instalments (one at enrolment and one in January).

For more details on how to pay your own fees contact our finance team on:

2. Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a maintenance loan to help with living costs. All students who qualify for funding support are eligible for a minimum amount of maintenance loan. Higher amounts can be applied for, and are based on an assessment of household income.

Loans are paid in three instalments, one at the start of each term. They are 'lumped together' with a student's tuition fee loan to form their total student loan which is repayable after you finish your studies.

3. Maintenance Grant

To be eligible for a maintenance grant you must be income-assessed by Student Finance, and how much you might be entitled to will be determined by this. The maintenance grant helps with living expenses and is non-repayable.

Grants are paid in three instalments, one at the start of each term, alongside a maintenance loan.

Additional Student Finance

Students with particular circumstances may be eligible for additional funding and support from Student Finance England, such as:

  • Childcare Grant
  • Adult Dependents' Grant
  • Parents' Learning Allowance
  • Disabled Students' Allowance
  • Travel Grant (for students studying abroad)

For further information on these, please see the website here: Student Finance Extra Help

Applying for Student Finance

You need to re-apply for funding every year, and you should ensure that this is done in good time for the start of the next academic year. You should find a link to the relevant application form for the next academic year on the front page of you Student Finance on-line account.

For tips and advice on completing your Student Finance application, see our Top Tips for Applying for Student Finance page

To contact Student Finance England call the helpline on 0300 100 0607 or visit

As a current student, you should already be receiving the correct level of funding from Student Finance, however, if you experience any problems or difficulties or there is a change in your circumstances, please contact the Student Funding Team for help.

Tel: 01326 213744/255159

Student Finance in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland

Students from other UK regions - Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland should check out the relevant information on Funding for Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland page

Student Finance for EU Students

As a current EU student, you may be eligible for some funding support from Student Finance England. Please see the detailed information on EU Funding page.

Funding for International Students

Current international students should already have a funding plan in place for the duration of their course, and will be aware that there is no funding available from the UK government for international students.

Falmouth scholarships are only available for students in their first year of study, however, those who experience unforseen circumstances may be eligible for some support from the Falmouth University Hardship Fund

The UK Council for International Students Affairs offers various information. You can visit their website here: UKCISA

University Bursaries for Current Students

Current students should refer to the details of the bursary programme that relates to their year of entry