Clearing and student finance
Find out how to update your loan application – or apply in just 30 minutes.
If you're funding your university studies with a student loan through Student Finance, here's what you need to know to make sure your loan application fits your Clearing choice.
How to change your student finance after Clearing
If you've already applied for student finance and you change your course or university through Clearing, you'll need to update this in your student finance application.
This isn't the same as updating your UCAS application – your student finance application isn't linked to UCAS, so make sure to follow the steps below.
If you're from England and studying full-time
Log in to your account and go to Your Account > Change your application > University/college course to update your details.
Student Finance England will re-assess your application and let you know if there are any changes to the amount you'll get.
If you're from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man
Update your details through your local government or education authority:
If you're a part-time student or from the EU
You'll need to complete a change of circumstance form, which you can submit online or by post.
Updating your living situation
If your living situation has also changed, due to the course you've chosen through Clearing, you'll need to update this on your student finance application.
For example, if you originally applied for a university close to home and planned to live with your parents, but your Clearing choice means you'll now be living away from home (or vice versa) – you need to update this on your application.
If you're from England, you can do this at the same time as you update your course or university via Student Finance England. If you're studying part-time or you're from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man of the EU – follow the instructions above for updating your application.
Not yet applied for student finance? Apply today
If you haven't applied for a student loan yet, do it as soon as you can – you don't have to wait until you have your results to apply and it only takes 30 minutes.
All you need to enter in your application is your first choice of university. If you decide to change your course or university through Clearing, after receiving your results, you can follow the steps above for updating your application.
This route is much easier than applying on A Level results day – you'll be prepared no matter what the outcome. Just bear in mind that applications take at least 6 weeks to process, so you might not get all your money in time for the start of your course if you leave your student loan application to Clearing. However, Student Finance England does its best to give you some of your loan as close to the start of your course as possible.
How to apply for Student Finance
If you're from England, apply through Student Finance England.
If you’re from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Island or Isle of Man, you can apply for student finance through your local government or education authority – see links above.
Student finance from the UK Government isn't available to non-UK students that don't meet the residency requirements for home fee status, but other funding options may be available.
Supporting your child or partner through their student finance application? The Student Loans company has a great article on supporting them in 3 easy steps.
Need more information first?
If you haven't applied yet, our guide to student loans has more advice on the difference between tuition fee and maintenance loans, how you'll repay your loans, and your eligibility.
Worried about money?
Coming to university and managing your money can feel quite scary, but there's loads of support available from both your university and your student union. Check out our guide to managing your money, which includes money saving tips and advice on how to budget.
Don't forget that most universities will have scholarships, bursaries and hardship funds available that you might qualify for. Here at Portsmouth, for example, we offer a wide range of different financial support.
Contact our student finance team
You can also get advice from our student finance advisers. Get in contact with the team via:
Opening times are Monday to Thursday: 8.30am – 5pm, Friday: 8.30am – 4pm. The advice centre is closed weekends and bank holidays.