Apply for funding

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If you haven’t sorted out how you’re going to pay your tuition fees and living costs you need to apply for funding now.

Visit our help with finances pages for information on:

  • how to pay
  • paying your fees in instalments
  • government funding
  • ARU financial support
  • scholarships

If you haven’t applied for a student loan before, follow the instructions on your Student Finance website:

It can take up to 35 working days (Monday - Friday) to process student loan applications, so we recommend applying as early as possible. You can amend or cancel your application if your plans change.

When you’re applying for a loan for the new academic year, you’ll need to select the right course. Make sure it matches your ARU course title, location (e.g., Chelmsford) and course duration.

When you start typing the name of the course e.g., Animal Behaviour, it will bring up a list of potential matches.

If you can’t find your course or you’re not sure which one to choose, please email and we’ll give you the Student Loans Company (SLC) course code.

Deadlines for application

Students have up to nine months from the start of the academic year to apply for funding via Student Finance (nine months from the 1 September/1 January/1 March). However, you should apply as soon as you can to secure funds for your living costs and tuition fees as non-payment of fees can lead to suspension.

Receiving your funding

If you've applied for funding through Student Finance England, you should track your application to make sure it's progressing. Double check to make sure they’ve got all the information they need to progress your application to avoid any delay in receiving your funding. If you've applied online, please make sure you've signed your declaration and returned it to them.

If you’ve applied for your Maintenance or Postgraduate loan and it has been approved, you need to make sure you confirm your attendance in e:Vision before you start your course. This will start your payment schedule.

So, in the week leading up to your course start date you will:

  • See a red tile called “Maintenance Loan Confirmation”
  • Click in the box to confirm your loan and click ‘submit’
  • Once you’ve confirmed your attendance you’ll receive the funds within 3-5 working days, but not before your scheduled payment date.

If you have any questions about registering online, or the Maintenance Loan Confirmation, please contact us at

Make sure you arrive at university prepared – have enough money to keep you going for the first few weeks. Remember that we cannot accept cash to pay your fees.

What next?

Arrange your accommodation