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Frequently asked questions on student finance pre-2012

These frequently asked questions provide information for students entering higher education before September 2012. Separate information is available for students entering higher education from 2012 onwards.

Please note that HEFCE does not offer financial aid to individual students. For further information about current student finance arrangements see our links for students.

Last updated 31 March 2011

Undergraduates

1. I am a UK student going to university in September. Can HEFCE help me financially?

No. The role of HEFCE is to provide funds directly to English universities and colleges. We do not offer financial aid to individual students.

See our links to web-sites for undergraduates which may offer financial information for students.

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2. I am an overseas student. Can HEFCE give me a grant or award for studying in the UK?

No. The role of HEFCE is to provide funds directly to English universities and colleges. We do not offer financial aid to individual students.

For further information see the Directgov web-site.

All overseas undergraduate students (both EU and non-EU) seeking financial assistance should contact the British Council in their country.

For further information about studying in the UK contact UKCISA: The Council for International Student Affairs, 9-17 St Albans Place, LONDON, N1 0NX, tel 020 7288 4330. UKCISA cannot offer any financial aid itself but its guidance notes on studying in the UK can be downloaded free from its web-site.

See our links to web-sites for overseas students which may offer financial information for students.

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Postgraduates

1. I am a UK student and am thinking about taking a postgraduate qualification. Can HEFCE offer me any funding?

No. We cannot offer any financial assistance. Our role is to distribute funds from the Government to universities and colleges in England.

You should contact the institution where you wish to study who will know of any grants and awards that are available. Your local library may have publications listing organisations that sponsor students.

See our links to web-sites for postgraduates which may offer financial information for students.

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2. I am an overseas student and would like to take a postgraduate course in the UK. Can HEFCE offer me any funding?

No. We cannot offer any financial assistance. Our role is to distribute funds from the Government to universities and colleges in England.

See our links to web-sites for overseas students which may offer financial information for students.

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