Completing your student finance application
To successfully fill in a student finance application, you will need to know beforehand what evidence you will need to supply, and how your household income and student status are worked out.
Making your student finance application
Before completing your student finance application, make sure you are aware of the following:
- what to supply with your student finance application
- how household income and your student status are decided
- what your parent(s), spouse or partner will need to do
- how to get extra help if you have children, dependants, or are disabled
- what to do if your circumstances change
What to send with your application
Whether you apply on paper or online, you will be required to submit certain pieces of evidence along with your application. These will be detailed on your application. If you do not provide the information requested, payment of your financial help will be delayed.
If you were born in the UK
If you were born in the UK, you will be asked to provide your passport. If you do not have a passport you can send your original birth certificate (or adoption certificate). If you send either of these documents they must be accompanied by an identity confirmation form.
Forms for academic year 2015/2016 are available below.
- Birth/Adoption Certificate Declaration Form (Student Finance NI)
- Student finance forms and guides
- Help with PDF files
If you were born outside the UK
If you were born abroad, you will be asked to provide either:
- your current passport
- a letter or other documents completed by a responsible person, confirming information about your birth
Your local Student Finance NI office will advise you of what you need.
The paper and online application forms will provide details of the supporting evidence required from you and your family. Depending on your circumstances, your local Student Finance NI office may request further evidence from you.
How household income and your student status are decided
When you are making an application for financial help, you will need to identify whether you:
- are classed as a 'dependent' or 'independent' student
- will be applying for the maximum amount of support available, or simply the non-income assessed element
What your parent(s), spouse or partner will need to do
If you depend on a parent, carer or partner for financial support, they will also need to submit their details. If you have applied online, they can then submit their details online. Otherwise they can complete a paper application form. They will also be required to send certain pieces of evidence to your local Student Finance Northern Ireland office.
Applying for student finance after your first year
You'll need to make a separate application for student finance for each year of your course. The sources of financial help open to you are normally the same as those available for your first year.
You can make an application even if you didn’t apply for student finance earlier in your course. If you’ve already made an application, unless your circumstances have changed, you won’t need to give evidence along with your application.
Applying for extra help
Students with a disability
Students with a disability can apply for a number of extra grants and sources of financial help.
Students with children or other dependants
If you have children or adult dependants, you can apply for extra help with your costs at the same time as applying for a Student Loan. Indicate on your application that you would like to apply for extra help, and you will be issued with a form to supply information about your needs. You may be asked to send your local Student Finance Northern Ireland office receipts for childcare you have used, so make sure that you keep evidence of payments for the period of childcare.
What to do with your application
If you apply on paper, send your application form plus any accompanying evidence to your local Student Finance Northern Ireland office.
If your circumstances change
If there is any change to your circumstances which you think may affect your entitlement to your support, contact your local Student Finance Northern Ireland office.