Applying for student finance: key steps
Submit a student finance application online via your regional funding body – all can be accessed via Gov.UK. Applications take a number of weeks to be processed (6-8+ weeks as a guide). To ensure your application is assessed and funding in place for the start of the academic year in September, apply as early as possible. A late application could mean starting the year without any funding.
Remember, you don't need to have a confirmed place at university to apply for your funding. Simply provide the details for the course that you are most likely to attend (e.g. your UCAS first choice). If this changes at any time, you can update your course details later on.
2. Action by your parents (sponsors) or partner
Student Finance will send your partner or parent(s) an email asking them to register as your sponsor/s. To support an application for the 2020/21 academic year, each sponsor will need to supply their income information for the 2018/19 financial year.
For many sponsors, their income information will be as stated on their P60 for 18/19; their figures from a submitted self-assessment tax return for 18/19; and/or a statement of benefits received for 18/19.
Your funding body will check that you are an eligible UK student and complete any requested household income assessment to determine what funding you are entitled to.
You will need to supply either a current, valid UK passport and/or your original birth certificate or adoption certificate accompanied by a Birth/Adoption Certificate Form
4. Notifying you of the outcome
Following completion of their assessment, your funding body will write to you confirming your eligibility for a tuition fee loan and the amount of maintenance loan you are entitled to borrow.
If you are sent a paper declaration form, you must sign and return it ASAP. Some regions are moving to online declarations and digital signatures. Check your online Student Finance account to ensure there is no action you need to take to complete your application.
6. Enrol on the course
In early September, you will be emailed details (from the university) and a link to enrol online. Once you have completed this, you will officially be confirmed as a Falmouth University student and your funding will be released.
7. Start at Falmouth
Once you arrive at Falmouth (assuming you’ve enrolled online), the first instalment of your maintenance loan will be released during the first week of term.
Get in touch
If you have any queries or problems, contact the Student Funding Team:
T: (01326) 213744 / 255159
Come and see us
Falmouth Campus - Student Funding Office, The Hub
Generally open Monday – Friday, 09.00 – 16.30
Penryn Campus - Student Funding Drop-in Sessions, The Compass, Pod 1, Level 0, Exchange Building
Open Tuesdays & Thursdays, 13.00 – 16.00 (term-time only)