Top tips for undergraduate applicants applying for student finance

If you are an undergraduate student applying for student finance, view our top tips below.

Apply now for student finance

You do not need to have confirmed your place at university to apply for student finance.

Apply for student finance online

Don’t forget the details that allow you to access your account online:

  • your account name
  • customer reference number
  • password
  • secret answers etc. 

This allows you to monitor the progress on your application. 

Information required for applications

Have all the information you need to hand before starting your online application and complete your application with your sponsors if possible. This can include National Insurance Numbers, course length and bank details. 

The documentation required will vary depending on your situation. Check what is asked of you.

Applying for means-tested funding

It is easy to apply for the minimal non means-tested funding in error.

Check your online account to confirm that you have applied for income-assessment. If you are applying for funding based on household income, you and your sponsor (normally parent or partner) must provide the correct financial and personal information.

Remember your sponsor's details

Make sure you enter your sponsor's email addresses on your application (such as your parents, step-parents or partner). They will be sent an email with a link to submit their income information.

Evidence of ID

Provide the passport number if you have a valid UK passport. If not, you will need to send your original birth or adoption certificate with the identity form signed by a professional. If you are an EU national, you will need to send the non-UK passport or identity card the first time you apply.


Tick the box to 'share UCAS information'. This will automatically input the information about your first choice course, and will be updated as you accept and confirm your place at your chosen university.

Previous study?

Ensure you know what funding you can get before committing to a university place and paying the fees. If you have been to university before, your access to funding may be limited.

Get your name right

Make sure you apply for student finance using your full name as it appears on your passport. Any discrepancies will almost certainly delay processing your application.

Give permission for income details to be shared with UWE Bristol

If you are funded by Student Finance England and from a low-income family (income below £25,000) remember to agree that your household income information can be shared with UWE Bristol so that we can work out your bursary entitlement. 

Sign on the dotted line

Remember to sign the declaration form via electronic signature when you apply online. Without this Student Finance will not release and pay your funding to you.

Further information

You can find out more in's undergraduate student finance information or on The Student Room.

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