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Student finance: everything you need to know about managing your money
I was very pleased to act as the Guardian’s student finance expert for their Freshers Guide for 2020. If you’re starting uni this year, you’ll find lots of useful info, tips and strategies in here.
Is it too late to apply for student finance?
No – but you’d better get a move on! You can apply for student finance up to nine months after you start your course but your application could take up to six weeks to process.
How will I receive my student loan?
Your maintenance loan is paid at the start of every term into your student bank account. This doesn’t include extra funds you might get from your university if you’re eligible for further financial support.