UK students are entitled to

  • Fee Loan - A non-means tested tuition fee loan to the value of fees charged
  • Maintenance Loan - A variable means tested living cost loan
  • Maintenance Grant - A variable means tested living cost grant this is only available to full-time UK undergraduate students who commenced their studies before 2015/16 academic year.

EU students are eligible to apply for student support in the same way as UK students and are entitled to

  • Fee Loan - A non-means tested tuition fee loan to the value of fees charged
  • Maintenance Loan - A variable means tested living cost loan  

See links below for more info.

Please note

  • Please note BVetMed Graduate Accelerated students are not eligible for tuition fee loan and maintenance grant.
  • Gateway students (UCAS Code: D190) to ensure accurate assessment of financial support, Gateway students must state that they will be joining Foundation year  of the 6 year “Veterinary Gateway” course which awards a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine. 
  • Accelerated BVetMed Students (UCAS Code: D100) to ensure accurate assessment of financial support Accelerated BVetMed students must state that they will be joining Year 1 of the 4 year “Veterinary Medicine Accelerated” course, which awards a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine.

Tuition Fees Loan

If you are a full-time, undergraduate EU or UK student, you can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees. If you are unsure as to whether you qualify, please check the information on the UKCISA  and SFE Eligibility website.

Please note this doesn’t include Graduate Accelerated BVetMed students who are not eligible to apply for a tuition fees loan.

The tuition fee loan is paid directly to the RVC on your behalf. If you have not applied for a full tuition fees loan, or are not eligible for a loan for the full amount of your fees, you will be expected to make payment in full please see Policies & Payment

How Much is the Loan?

This will depend on whether you are a new or returning student for the 2017/18 academic year. If you began your course before September 2012 you will be able to borrow up to £3,465. If you started your course after 1st September 2012, you will be able to borrow up to £9,250.

How is the Tuition Fee Loan Paid?

The loan is paid directly to the RVC. It will be paid in the following instalments;

When payment is made to the RVC How much is paid  
 At the start of term 1  25% of the tuition fee
 At the start of term 2  25% of the tuition fee
 At the start of term 3  50% of the tuition fee 

Application 

Repayments

Using tuition fees Loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees means that you are deferring payment of your tuition fees until after you have left university and are earning at least £21,000 per year(This is expected to change to £25,000 a year from 6 April 2018). Please check the information in our page below.

IMPORTANT 

Undergraduate students who have previously completed an undergraduate degree at either a UK or an overseas institution will be ineligible for a tuition fees loan and Maintenance Grant.

Source: Practitioner.slc.co.uk 

Full-Time Maintenance Loan for 2016 cohort and new entrants in 2019/20

Maintenance loan for students starting their course in September 2016 or thereafter:

Support available in 2019/20 for 2016 cohort students (New current system full-time students who are starting their courses in 2019/20 and current system full-time students who were new entrants to higher education in 2016/17 and 2017/18). 

This loan is intended to help cover basic living and study costs such as rent, food, travel and books. A portion of the loan is not means tested, so is available to all eligible students regardless of household income. It is paid in three instalments, one at the beginning of each term, into your bank account. To be eligible for the Maintenance loan, you must qualify as a UK student for student support purposes. Check the UKCISA and SFE Eligibility website for detailed information on how this is assessed. You must also be studying on a full-time, undergraduate programme. 

Full-Time Maintenance Loan Entitlement: Illustrative Levels of Income. 

INCOME (£)   Income Assessment(£)

Suggested parental 

Contribution(£)

LOAN FOR 

LIVING COSTS(£)

Student living at home     Maximum £7,529
25,000 0 0 7,529
30,000 634 0 6,895
35,000 1,269 0 6,260
40,000 1,903 0 5,626
42,875 2,268 0 5,261
45,000 2,538 270 4,991
50,000 3,172 904 4,357
55,000 3,807 1,539 3,722
58,215 4,215 1,947 3,314 (+)
60,000 4,215 1,947 3,314
65,000 4,215 1,947 3,314

Student studying

in London

    Maximum £11,674
25,000 0 0 11,672
30,000 652 0 11,020
35,000 1,305 0 10,367
40,000 1,958 0 9,714
42,875 2,333 0 9,339
45,000 2,610 277 9,062
50,000 3,263 930 8,409
55,000 3,916 1,583 7,756
60,000 4,569 2,236 7,103
65,000 5,221 2,888 6,451
69,888 5,860 3,527 5,812(+)
70,000 5,860 3,527 5,812

Student studying

outside London

    Maximum £8,944
25,000 0 0 8,944
30,000 641 0 8,303
35,000 1,283 0 7,661
40,000 1,925 0 7,019
42,875 2,294 0 6,650
45,000 2,567 273 6,377
50,000 3,209 915 5,735
55,000 3,851 1,557 5,093
60,000 4,492 2,198 4,452
62,212 4,776 2,482 4,168 (+)
65,000 4,776 2,482 4,168
70,000 4,776 2,482 4,168
Source: Practitioner.slc.co.uk 

Points to note 

  • Students on household incomes of £25,000 or less qualify for the maximum loan for living costs at the respective Home, Elsewhere or London rate of loan
  • Home Rate: Students with household income above £25,000 lose £1 of loan for every complete £7.88 of income above £25,000 until the amount they receive reaches 44% of the maximum amount (indicated at (+) in the table above), at which point there is no further reduction.
  • London Rate: Students with household incomes above £25,000 lose £1 of loan for every complete £7.66 of income above £25,000 until the amount they receive reaches 49.8% of the maximum amount (indicated at (+) in the table above), at which point there is no further reduction. 
  • Elsewhere Rate: Students with household incomes above £25,000 lose £1 of loan for every complete £7.79 of income above £25,000 until the amount they receive reaches 46.6% of the maximum amount (indicated at (+) in the table above), at which point there is no further reduction.
  • New full-time students will no longer qualify for a Maintenance Grant.
  • Further information about government support is available.
  • Sources of potential additional support can be found on the BVA website.

Full-Time Maintenance Loan & Grant for 2012 cohort continuing their course in 2019/20

Maintenance loan for students starting their course before September 2016, but after 1st September 2012:

Support available in 2019/20 for 2012 cohort students (Current system full-time students who were new entrants in 2012/13 from September 2012 onward, in 2013/14, 2014/15 or 2015/16 who are continuing their courses in 2019/20)

This loan is intended to help cover basic living and study costs such as rent, food, travel and books. A portion of the loan is not means tested, so is available to all eligible students regardless of household income. It is paid in three instalments, one at the beginning of each term, into your bank account. To be eligible for the Maintenance loan, you must qualify as a UK student for student support purposes. Check the UKCISA website for detailed information on how this is assessed. You must also be studying on a full-time, undergraduate programme. 

Maintenance Loan Entitlement: Illustrative Levels of Income. 

INCOME (£)  

Suggested

Parental  Contribution (£)

Maintenance Grant (£)   Loan for Living Costs (£) TOTAL GRANT PLUS LOAN (£)

Student living at home

    Maximum £5,099(*)  
25,000 0 3,694 3,252 6,946
30,000 0 2,664 3,767 6,431
35,000 0 1,633 4,283 5,916
40,000 0 602 4,798 5,400
42,674 0 50 5,074 5,124
42,875 0 0 5,099 5,099
45,000 247 0 4,852 4,852
50,000 828 0 4,271 4,271
55,000 1,409 0 3,690 3,690
58,226 1,785 0 3,314(+) 3,314
60,000 1,785 0 3,314 3,314

Student studying in London

    Maximum £8,946 (*)  
25,000 0 3,694 7,099 10,793
30,000 0 2,664 7,614 10,278
35,000 0 1,633 8,130 9,763
40,000 0 601 8,645 9,247
42,674 0 50 8,921 8,971
42,875 0 0 8,946 8,946
45,000 247 0 8,699 8,699
50,000 828 0 8,118 8,118
55,000 1,409 0 7,537 7,537
60,000 1,991 0 6,955 6,955
65,000 2,572 0 6,374 6,374
69,811 3,132 0 5,814(+) 5,814
70,000 3,132 0 5,814 5,814
Student studying outside London     Maximum £6,411 (*)  
25,000 0 3,694 4,564 8,258
30,000 0 2,664 5,079 7,743
35,000 0 1,633 5,595 7,228
40,000 0  602 6,110 6,712
42,674 0 50 6,386 6,436
42,875 0 0 6,411 6,411
45,000 247 0 6,164 6,164
50,000 828 0 5,583 5,583
55,000 1,409 0 5,002 5,002
60,000 1,991 0 4,420 4,420
62,148 2,241 0 4,170(+) 4,170
65,000 2,241 0 4,170 4,170

(*) The amount of loan for which students are eligible will be reduced by £0.50 for every £1 of maintenance grant to which they are entitled.  

Points to note  

  • The maximum amount of the maintenance grant is £3,694.
  • Students will qualify for the maximum where their household income is £25,000 or less.
  • Students lose £1 of grant for every complete £4.85 of household income above £25,000, up to a household income of £42,674 where the student qualifies for a minimum grant of £50.
  • Where household income exceeds £42,674, no grant is payable.
  • Students with household incomes of £42,674 or less have their loan for living costs reduced by £0.50 for every £1 of Maintenance Grant awarded.
  • Students with household incomes between £42,674 and £42,875 qualify for the maximum amount of loan for living costs.
  • Students with household incomes above £42,875 lose £1 of loan for every complete £8.60 of income above £42,875 until the amount they received reaches 65% of the maximum amount (indicated at (+) in the table above), at which point there is no further reduction.
  • Sources of potential additional support can be found on the BVA website.         

Full-Time Maintenance Grant

This grant is non-repayable and is intended to help cover living and study costs. It is available to full-time undergraduate UK (see the UKCISA website for detailed information on who qualifies.) students whose household income falls below the required threshold. The grant is paid in three instalments directly to your bank account, along with your student loan. If you receive a maintenance grant, your maximum student loan entitlement will be reduced.

For Maintenance grant rates for students starting their studies prior to 2016/17 please see our Full-Time Maintenance Loan & Grant for 2012 cohort continuing their course in 2018/19 page.

Key facts

2012 cohort students (Current system full-time students who were new entrants in 2012/13 from September 2012 onward, in 2013/14, 2014/15 or 2015/16 who are continuing their courses in 2018/19) will be eligible to apply for a maintenance grant of up to £3,593 in addition to a variable means-tested living cost loan.

  • You don’t have to pay the maintenance grant back, but any funds you get will reduce the maintenance loan you can get.
  • Students who have previously undertaken a first degree will not be eligible to apply for this maintenance grant.
  • The grant is worth up to £3,593 and is income assessed by Student Finance  
  • Grants will be payable in three instalments one at the start of each term together with your maintenance loan. 
  • Payments are made direct into your bank account.
  • You don’t have to pay it back, but any funds you receive will reduce 
the maintenance loan you can get.

2016 cohort students (New current system full-time students who are starting their courses in 2018/19 and current system full-time students who were new entrants to higher education in 2016/17 and 2017/18) will no longer qualify for a maintenance grant.

  • From September 2016, Maintenance grants will no longer be offered to students who start a new course.
  • Since 2016/17 all means tested student maintenance grants have been replaced with loans (this will not impact students starting courses before 2016/17).
  • Maintenance support available in loans will increase to the highest level ever for students from low-income households.
  • Targeted grants such as Disabled Students' Allowance, Childcare Grant, Parents Learning Allowance and Adult Dependants' Grant will still be available for students who are carers, disabled or have dependents.

Repayments

Loans will be repayable once graduates are earning above £25,000.

You will only start to repay your student loans once you have completed your studies and are earning more than £25,000 a year (your income is above the earnings threshold).You then pay back nine per cent of your income over £25,000. The level of interest charged will depend on the amount you earn and the lowest earners will only pay interest at the rate of inflation.

Repayments will be deducted from your salary. Your tuition fee loan and maintenance loan will be added together and paid back in the same way. You can pay back all or some of your loans at any point without having to pay an early repayment charge. Any amount outstanding after 30 years will be written off.

Example Repayments

Annual income
Amount of salary 
from which 9% will
be deducted
Monthly repayment
£25,000 or less        
No repayments
No repayments
£27000
£2,000
£15
£30,000
£5,000
£37.50
£35,000
£10,000
£75
£40,000
£15,000
£112.50
£45,000
£20,000
£150

If your income drops below the threshold, all repayments will stop automatically.

Read Repayment Quick Start Guide for more information on repaying.

Interest

You’re charged interest on your loan from the time you get your first payment until the time that the loans are repaid in full or cancelled.

Graduates earning between £25,725 and £46,305 will be charged (RPI) on a sliding scale up to a maximum of inflation plus up to 3% depending on your income.

Graduates earning above £46,305 will be charged interest at the full rate of inflation plus 3%.

For detailed information please see Repaying your student loan.

NB: the UK Retail Price Index (RPI) - currently at 3.3%

Source: Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS)

Changes to student finance

For students entering higher education in September 2016 or thereafter:

Key facts

  • From 2016/17 all means tested student maintenance grants will be replaced with loans. This will not impact students who commenced their studies on or before 2015/16 academic year.
  • Maintenance support available in loans will increase to cover the difference
  • Tuition fee loans remain the same
  • Targeted grants such as Disabled Students' Allowance, Childcare Grant, Parents Learning Allowance and Adult Dependants' Grant will still be available for students who are carers, disabled or have dependants
  • University will remain free at the point of entry – no one has to pay up front
  • Repayments will remain tied to earnings
  • From 2017/18 institutions offering high quality teaching will be allowed to increase tuition fees in line with inflation
  • EU students may be entitled to apply for student support i.e. Tuition Fee loan, Maintenance Loan and Bursary. New eligibility criterion in England for EU nationals with five years residence in the UK from 2016/17 academic year EU nationals will require five years ordinary residence in the UK and Islands, prior to the first day of the first academic year of the course before they may qualify for living cost support. This change has no impact on the eligibility of EU nationals for tuition fee loans or home fee status, nor does it change the eligibility requirements for EU nationals currently in the system qualify for living cost support once they have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years in the period immediately before the first day of the first academic year of the course.  Further details on Loans for EU students can be found on the Student Finance England.
Source: Student Loans Company  

Further information

UK students 

UK undergraduate students can apply for tuition fees loan and maintenance costs / living costs loan

If you want help with paying your fees and living costs you should apply to the following

For information please see How to determine whether you will pay tuition fees at the home or overseas rate.

EU students 

EU undergraduate students may be able to get a Tuition Fee Loan and help with living costs 

  • EU students starting their studies in 2017 will still be eligible for student loans for the duration of their degree. Read the UK Government statement 
  • If you want help with paying your fees and living costs you should apply to  Student Finance
  • You will not be eligible for this loan if you are a national of a country that is part of the EEA, but not the EU.

Other useful links 

Points to note

  • As is the case currently, tuition fees will not have to be paid up front.
  • Financial support will be available for UK students from a low income background.
  • Student loans (to cover fees and maintenance) will be available for all students, regardless of family income.
  • Student loans will continue to be available for all students, who will only start to pay the loan back after graduation and once they are earning over £21,000.
  • Any outstanding repayments will be written off after 30 years
  • Maintenance grants of £3,387 will be available to students from households earning less than £25,000, partial grants will be available to students from households with incomes up to £42,600.

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