Most UK students receive funding from the UK Government via the Student Finance system of loans and grants. Student Finance England would administer funding for English students, SAAS administers funding for Scottish students, and Student Finance Wales and Student Finance Northern Ireland would assess application for their respective regions. Each of their websites have information on the funding available (some also have a funding calculator) so you can work out whether you are receiving the correct amount. For SFE funded students, we also have detailed information on our website here.
A good tip is to make sure that you have supplied the correct household income information with your Student Finance application so that an accurate assessment of funding can be made. For example, if your household income has reduced during the last year, you can ask your Student Finance body to re-assess your funding using a ‘Current Year Income Assessment’, which may increase your funding. Also, make sure that your Student Finance account is up-to-date with your term-time address, because a higher Maintenance Loan is paid for students living in their own accommodation as opposed to their parental home.
Don’t forget that any earnings that you, the student, make from part-time work do not affect the amount of Student Finance you receive. If you can find part-time work while you are studying, this is a great way to boost your income. You can speak to the University’s careers experts in Sunderland Futures team.