Uni is a big investment, so you may need a student loan from one of the regional student finance organisations – they advise you to apply by around May/June before the start of your course. You might be eligible for additional funding from other organisations too.
Disabled students and care leavers
Universities and colleges have different ways they can support you in higher education.
International and EU students
If you live outside the UK you’ll need to arrange a Tier 4 student visa – unless you’re an EEA or Swiss national.
- If so, you’ll need to prove your English language skills, and make an application through UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).
- Your university or college will help you to apply, and you can enter your passport details here on ucas.com when you fill in your application or after you have submitted it.
If you have any worries about starting your university course, just make sure you’re prepared.
- Make a schedule and arrange any childcare you need.
- Ask for help if there are any skills you need to update.
- Take time to settle in and talk to other students and support staff.
Independent students who have no contact with their family
If you're applying for student finance through Student Finance England or Wales
If you are an independent student and you're estranged from your parents, you can find information about support, financing your studies and accommodation options in the StandAlone student guide.