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Useful links for student funding

By David Malcolm

Wednesday 10 February 2016 Info and advice

Here are links to the main organisations connected with student funding and support in the UK.

UK government

The government provides official information on student support for further and higher education.

Website: www.gov.uk/browse/education/find-course for further education details and www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance for higher education details

Student Finance England

Contact Student Finance England about applying for higher education support if you’re ordinarily resident in England or you’re from an EU country outside the UK looking to study in England or Northern Ireland. You can also find support for most undergraduates and PGCE students, plus information about postgraduate disabled students' allowances. You can also contact your local authority.

Website: www.gov.uk/student-finance

Phone: 0300 100 0607 (Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm)

NHS Business Services Authority

The NHS Business Services Authority provides bursaries for NHS-funded healthcare students and social work students in England.

Website: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Students.aspx

Student Finance Wales

Contact Student Finance Wales about applying for further and higher education support if you’re ordinarily resident in Wales or you’re from an EU country outside the UK looking to study in Wales. You can also find support for most undergraduates and PGCE students, plus information about postgraduate disabled students' allowances. You apply directly to local authorities, so you can also contact these.

Website: www.studentfinancewales.co.uk or www.cyllidmyfyrwyrcymru.co.uk

Phone: 0300 200 4050 (Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 1pm)

NHS Wales Student Awards Unit

The NHS Wales Student Awards Unit provides funding for healthcare students in Wales.

Website: www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/955/page/72050

Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)

Contact the SAAS about applying for further and higher education support if you’re ordinarily resident in Scotland or you’re looking to study in Scotland. You can also find support for undergraduates, NHS-funded healthcare students and some postgraduates, plus information about postgraduate disabled students' allowances.

Website: www.saas.gov.uk

Phone: 0300 555 0505 (Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm)

Education Maintenance Allowances in Scotland (EMA Scotland)

EMA Scotland has information about applying for further education support if you’re ordinarily resident in Scotland.

Website: www.emascotland.com

Student Finance Northern Ireland

Contact Student Finance Northern Ireland about applying for higher education support if you’re ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland. You can also find support for most undergraduates and PGCE students, plus information about postgraduate disabled students' allowances. You apply directly to education and library boards, so you can also contact these.

Website: www.studentfinanceni.co.uk

Phone: 0300 100 0077 (Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm)

nidirect

nidirect is the official government website for Northern Ireland citizens, which has information for further education support if you’re ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland.

Website: www.nidirect.gov.uk/money-to-learn-education-maintenance-allowance

Student Loan Repayment

Student Loan Repayment is the official site for information on repaying student loans across the UK.

Website: www.studentloanrepayment.co.uk

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Contact UCAS for information about applying to higher education institutions. Their website also contains details of the various bursary schemes offered by universities and colleges.

Website: www.ucas.com

Research Councils UK (RCUK)

Contact RCUK about funding for research and taught postgraduates across the UK.

Website: www.rcuk.ac.uk

Disability Rights UK

Disability Rights UK is a fairly new charity providing information for disabled students, including links to more resources.

Website: www.disabilityrightsuk.org

Phone: 0800 328 5050 (Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am to 1pm)

UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)

UKCISA has advice and information on all international student issues, including funding and immigration.

Website: www.ukcisa.org.uk

Phone: 0044 (0)20 7788 9214 (Monday to Friday, 1pm to 4pm UK time)

This information was updated in February 2016. NUS provides this information in good faith and has taken care to make sure it’s accurate. However, student finance issues can be complicated, and rules change frequently. You should contact the advice centre in your students' union, college or university for support if you’re uncertain or need more help.