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Funding your studies by Student Loans Company loan

Applying for a SLC loan

To have your studies funded by the Student Loans Company (SLC), you need to make your application to one of the following organisations. Which organisation you apply to depends on where you live within the UK.

Making changes to your SLC loan application

Up until 1 September you can make changes to your SLC loan application yourself. To make changes - log in to your student finance application. You’ll be able to change details about your course, College, course fees, additional funding (if applicable), your address and your bank details.

After 1 September, any changes to your chosen programme or course fees will need to be submitted to the SLC by our Funding team. Request changes by emailing funding@arts.ac.uk.

Undergraduate students: SLC loans and enrolment

In-progress SLC loan applications  

If you’ve submitted an application to the SLC but your application hasn’t been approved by the time you start your online registration step of enrolment, don’t worry - you can still complete online registration.

When you get to the ‘Fee details’ section of online registration - upload a screenshot showing you’ve submitted your SLC application to receive funding in the 2021/22 academic year. Alternatively, if applicable, you can upload a photo of your post office receipt showing you have supplied your proof of identity to support your application.

We will check your evidence shows you have applied for a loan for 2021/22, together with other final checks, and as long as you’ve provided everything else you were asked for during your online registration, we’ll be able to fully confirm your enrolment. If your SLC loan application is subsequently approved, we’ll be notified within 24 hours.

Once your enrolment is fully confirmed, you’ll be able to see how your tuition fees are being funded, and any outstanding balances owed in the ‘my Finance’ section of your UAL Portal.

It’s important to remember that if for any reason your SLC loan application isn’t approved, we will ask you to pay your full tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year (or any subsequent year you attend while you are waiting for the final decision on your funding) to us directly. Read our How to pay your tuition fees page for details.

Approved SLC loan applications

If you already have an approved SLC loan application when it’s time for you to start your online registration step of enrolment, and your loan amount covers the full tuition fee owed for your course - the SLC will make payments to UAL directly. You will not need to make any tuition fee payment to us yourself as long as the SLC continues to fund your fees. Please note: UAL is not automatically notified if the SLC subsequently suspends or declines your funding.

As long as it has been 24 hours since your loan application was approved, you’ll be able to see confirmation your studies will be funded by SLC loan in the overview part of the ‘Fee details’ section of your online registration for enrolment.

Once your enrolment is fully confirmed, you’ll be able to see how your tuition fees are being funded, and any outstanding balances owed in the ‘my Finance’ section of your UAL Portal.

How we’ll receive your SLC loan payments

The terms of your SLC loan include a requirement for UAL to confirm your course attendance to them throughout the year – which we will do.

Your tuition fee is paid to UAL in 3 instalments:

  • Term 1: 25% of tuition fee loan
  • Term 2: 25% or tuition fee loan
  • Term 3: 50% of tuition fee loan

Postgraduate students: SLC loans and enrolment

If you’re funding your studies in 2021/22 with a student loan from the Student Loans Company (SLC), you’ll be able to pay your fees in instalments that match the dates your loan instalments are paid to you.

When it’s time to complete your online registration step of enrolment - upload evidence of your student loan application in the ‘Fee details’ section. Once you’ve submitted your complete online registration, we’ll check your loan covers your full tuition fees, and if it does, we’ll set-up an instalment plan that matches your loan payment dates.

Typically, our instalment plans are:

  • Courses lasting up to 12 months: A total of 3 instalments paid in September 2021, January 2022 and April 2023.
  • Courses lasting 4 terms: A total of 6 instalments paid in September 2021, January 2022, April 2022, September 2022, October 2022 and November 2022. Please also read our important note for students on courses lasting 4 terms later on this page.
  • Courses lasting 2 years: A total of 6 instalments paid in September 2021, January 2022, April 2022, September 2022, January 2023 and April 2023.

It is your responsibility to pay make your instalment payments to UAL when they are due. We will not receive payments from the SLC. Instead your loan is issued directly to you by the SLC. Once your loan is available to you, you then must make your payments to us.

Once you’re fully enrolled, in the ‘my Finance’ section of your UAL Portal you’ll be able to see the tuition fees you owe, when the payments are due, and make your payments to us. Read our How to pay your tuition fees page for details.

Important information for students on courses lasting 4 terms

We’re required by the SLC to set-up payments for courses lasting more than 12 months as 2 year courses. Loan payments for the first year are paid in termly instalments, and payments for the final term are made each month for 3 months.

Your payment schedule may initially show termly instalments for the second year of your course which do not match the instalment plan we have listed, don’t worry - this will change in the summer of 2022 when we let the SLC know our term dates for the 2022/23 academic year.