Firstly you will need to find out which funding authority you should apply to. To do this you need to determine in which country you have been ordinarily resident for 3 years prior to the start of your course.

1. If you are ordinarily resident in England then you apply to Student Finance England (SFE). There are 2 methods of applying for student finance through SFE, online or a paper application.

2. If you are ordinarily resident in Wales then you apply to Student Finance Wales. There are 2 methods of applying for student finance through SFW, online or a paper application (To obtain a copy call 0300 200 4050)

3. If you are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland you apply to Student Finance Northern Ireland. There are 2 methods of applying for student finance through SFNI, online or a paper application.

4. If you are ordinarily resident in Scotland you apply to Students Award Agency for Scotland. There are 2 methods of applying for student finance through SAAS, online or a paper application.

5. If you are ordinarily resident in the EU, a family member of an EU national, a refugee, in humanitarian protection, a migrant worker, a child of a Swiss national or a child of a Turkish worker, then you should look at the UKCISA website for detailed information regarding what fees you should be charged and whether you are eligible for additional support – go to the Fees & Money section, then Home or Overseas Fees for fee information and Government Student Support for information regarding maintenance support.

1. Application dates for students applying to Student Finance England can be found here.

2. Application dates for students applying for Student Finance Wales can be found here.

3. Application dates for students applying to Student Finance Northern Ireland can be found here.

4. Application dates for students applying to Students Award Agency for Scotland can be found here.

5. Application dates for students applying to Student Finance EU can be found here.

6. Application dates for students applying to the NHS for Student Bursaries (Nursing) can be found here.

7. Application dates for students applying to the NHS for Social Work Bursaries can be found here.

8. Students applying for US or Canadian loans should check with their loan provider to ensure they have funding in place for the start of the academic year.

For further information on what funding would be available to you, please check out the Student Finance documents/calculators listed below and also the Cross National Table created by the National Association of Student Money Advisors (NASMA)
1. Student Finance England
2. Student Finance Wales
3. Student Finance Northern Ireland
4. Student Awards Agency for Scotland
5. Student Finance EU – Please use the Cross Nation table for further information and contact the relevant authority in your home country – Cross Nation funding 2016
6. NHS – Nursing & Social Work
Students will receive an award/payment schedule from their funding body outlining the dates they should receive their funding.
With regard to payments from the Student Loans Company, the payment dates for terms 2 & 3 are normally accurate however the term 1 actual payment date depends upon ALL formalities being complete. Please also note that even when everything is ready, funding is only released about 1 week after enrolment as the University has to confirm the student’s enrolment to their funding body. This is usually done automatically as part of the enrolment process.
Students in receipt of the Social Work Bursary can find their payment date information here.
Students in receipt of a Student Bursary from the NHS can find payment information from the ‘payment schedule’ screen of their BOSS account.
1. Yes, students must reapply for their funding every year through their appropriate funding authority. The funding authority will also need the updated household income to calculate the students funding for the following academic year. Please check the application carefully as it will specify which tax year is to be used for household income purposes.
1. Yes. Applications for NHS Bursaries (Social Work and Nursing) must be made every year.
2. Yes. Applications must be made every year for the Foyer Bursary & Blackburn Bursary.
1. Processing times vary – students should allow a minimum time of between 6-8 weeks for their funding application to be assessed. However, this is for a straight forward funding application where all the evidence is provided. If further evidence is required, this will cause delays. At busy processing times, a queue system operates and additional evidence can wait a month before it is reviewed by an assessor. If the evidence is incorrect or insufficient then there can be a further month’s delay. It is important, therefore, to apply for your funding as soon as possible, to check the status of your application regularly via your online account and to send in any additional evidence requested straight away.
1. The deadline for applying to Student Finance England is 9 months after the start of the academic year for which they need finance. To ensure funding is in place for the start of the September 2016 academic year new students must apply by 31st May 2016, continuing students by 24th June 2016.
2. The deadline for applying to Student Finance Wales is 9 months after the start of the academic year. To ensure funding is in place for the start of the September 2016 academic year new students must apply by 13th May 2016, continuing students by 10th June 2016.
3. The deadline for applying to Student Finance Northern Ireland is 9 months after the start of the academic year.  To ensure funding is in place for the start of the September 2016 academic year new students must apply by 15th April 2016, continuing students by 30th June 2016.
4. The deadline for applying to Students Awards Agency for Scotland is 7 months after the start of the academic year. To ensure funding is in place for the start of the September 2016 academic year new and current students must apply by 30th June 2016.
5. The deadline for applying to Student Finance EU is 9 months after the start of the academic year.
6. The deadline for applications to the NHS Student Bursaries (for nursing students) is 6 months after the start of the academic year. To ensure funding is in place for the start of term for new students the deadline is 19th August 2016, for continuing students it varies from April – June and students will receive an invitation with their date.
7. The deadline for Social Work Bursaries (NHS) is 1st November 2016.
1. Students should always make provision for their living costs for at least the first 2-3 weeks after they enrol onto their course; longer if their funding application has not been approved / completed. Student Loans are paid only once fully approved by the funding authority, the National Insurance number has been checked and once confirmation of registration has been received.
2. Where the student is having difficulty obtaining their funding and needs help liaising with their funding authority, they should come to the Student Support Centre to see if the Student Funding Team can help. Drop-in sessions are available in the Student Support Centre, Monday to Friday 12 noon to 2pm.
1. No, due to the Data Protection Act SFE will not speak to third parties about a student’s funding application without the student granting their permission. Permission can be set up by the student (over the phone) which will enable relevant members of staff to speak to SFE without the student being present; this is called 3rd party consent to share information. The Student Funding Team can advise how this is done.
1. If a student is suffering from financial hardship throughout their studies at the University of Lincoln they can make an application to the University’s Hardship Funds. Forms can be collected from the Student Funding Team in the Student Support Centre from November each year. For further information on this please look here.
2. The Advice Service will be able to assist students with information and guidance regarding entitlement to benefits; their rights and responsibilities in respect of employment and debt issues and also offer help with budgeting. For further information please check out their pages or come to one of the drop-in sessions which run Monday – Friday, 12 noon – 2pm in the Student Support Centre.