Student University Loans

If you’re a first-time undergraduate from the UK and studying in the UK, you can get university student loans to help you with tuition fees and living costs.

There are some requirements that you and your course will need to meet, but most UK citizens on their first degree-level course at a recognised establishment will qualify.

Take a closer look at these requirements on the UK government website:

Student loans aren’t just available for university courses; they’re also for Foundation Degrees, teacher training, Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, plus a couple of other course types.

Uni Student Loan options

  • As long as you meet the requirements, there are a few different student loans that you can access (and you can have more than one).
  • You DO have to apply for most loans every year (the applications usually cover one academic year)
  • You DO have access to more funding, including bursaries and grants if you’re a medical, dental or other healthcare student
  • You DON’T start paying anything back until you’ve graduated and you’re earning above a certain amount (currently £21,000 a year, but this is meant to go up in 2018)
  • You DON’T have to be young - there isn’t an upper age limit for tuition fee loans or grants (as long as it’s your first higher education qualification)
  • You MIGHT need to think about a part-time job if you don’t have any savings at all or any help from family, as you may not be able to borrow enough to live comfortably

There are differences for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland - some of these countries will pay for all or part of their citizens’ tuition fees depending on where they study.

This website goes into a bit more detail about how the loans work.

OK, so what loans can I get?

  • Tuition fees loan - automatically paid to your institution once your application for these is approved
  • Maintenance loan - to help with living costs. A bit of this is means-tested (everyone can borrow a certain amount but depending on your parents’ income you might be able to borrow a bit more)

There are differences for medical/healthcare/dental students and for students living in London (to allow for higher living costs)
The loans are usually paid in termly instalments, to help you manage your money across the academic year. This is where Smart-Pig can help - for those moments when you need next term’s money now. It’s a good idea to look at all the different student loan options (including bursaries, grants and scholarships that your university might offer).

So where does Smart-Pig fit into all of this?

Smart-Pig loans are designed to help you out in those unpredictable times when you suddenly need cash, and next term’s loan is just out of reach. They are:

  • Short term - they aren't for paying off other loans, and won't help with a long-term debt problem
  • With no late payment fees and a capped interest
  • Designed with students in mind - we want to offer a safer form of borrowing compared to other payday loan companies

What they’ve said about us

If you have to get a loan, use Smart Pig

Smart Pig is so easy to use and fast! It’s easy to be approved and they allow a grace period. The system is set up with low-interest rates and for short terms so that their clients are more protected than with other loan agencies. I highly recommend Smart Pig.



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Honestly the best loaning website

Honestly the best loaning website for students, there is honestly no way you can get bad credit from using smart pig due to the requirements for you to apply for a loan. They even give leeway with payback time which is so considerate. Have used smart pig for the three years I’ve been at uni and had NO PROBLEMS WHATSOEVER



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Honestly a lifesaver

Honestly a lifesaver, as a student when you apply for accommodation you usually have to pay some rent for August, before you get student loan. This can always be difficult to raise if you don’t have a job and having an option for a loan is so useful and what you pay back is pretty decent.



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Excellent customer service

Excellent customer service, quick and easy too use and low-interest rates. Perfect for students. I am very happy with this service and will definitely be using them again



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Amazing Idea!

As a student, you can't get a standard loan and student finance will happily watch you starve. This really helped in those last couple of weeks before my student finance loan came in! As long as you pay it back on time it's fantastic and super easy!



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Highly Recommend

Student loan not due for a week & I was desperate for funds to pay month-end bills and for transport. Thank you to smart pig who I found through google just before applying for a rip-off payday loan. The entire process took 30mins (from applying to having funds in my account).



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