It is estimated that more than 1.5 million people will be enrolled in colleges or universities this fall, and the Student Credit Company (SLC) is encouraging students to apply for student finance.

The role of the SLC is to enable students to invest in their future through access to further and higher education, and new undergraduate students in England have just under three weeks to apply for funding before the deadline on Friday, 20 May.

Students should apply online now even if they do not have an approved place at the university. By applying before the deadline, they can guarantee that their funding will be in place at the beginning of the school year.

Students returning to England are also required to apply for student funding each year, and the deadline for applications is Friday, June 24.

Chris Larmer, SLC’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “Our mission is to provide opportunity and we are committed to supporting students in achieving their ambitions.

“Our application window opened earlier this year, giving students enough time to apply before the deadline to ensure they have the best start to their further or higher education path. We know this may seem challenging, especially for new students, but there are a number of materials on our website and social media to help students, their parents or partners lead the process. Early application means that busy students can tick off their list as they prepare for university life. ”

SLC continues to improve the customer experience, and students have access to self-service tools that allow them to track their application online and receive progress updates.

Chris added: “We continue to invest in providing a digital service that offers students the best experience. Processing applications can take six to eight weeks, and for the vast majority the entire experience will be online. Students can follow the application process through their online accounts, and if we need more information, we will contact you directly. ”

Students may continue to apply for funding throughout the summer, but the SLC cannot guarantee that funding will be in place for the beginning of the semester.

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