The Department for Education (DfE) has announced the details of student finance arrangements for higher education students in England in AY 2021/22.

In summary, the maximum tuition fees and tuition fee loans for undergraduate students for AY 2021/22 in England will remain at 2020/21 levels.

Maximum undergraduate loans for living costs, as well as grants for students with dependents who are attending full-time undergraduate courses, will increase by forecast inflation (3.1%).

Maximum loans for students starting master’s and doctoral courses from 1 August 2021 will also increase by forecast inflation in AY 2021/22.

There will be changes to Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) that will increase flexibility for students to access the support they need. The undergraduate DSA, which currently consists of 4 sub-allowances, will be simplified into one allowance in line with the postgraduate DSA. The same maximum allowance of £25,000 will apply to both undergraduate and postgraduate DSA recipients in AY 2021/22.

There are also some changes to the application rules for students who have been granted Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as a bereaved partner, or in protection-based categories such as Humanitarian Protection Leave, Calais Leave, Section 67 Leave and Stateless Leave.

You can find further information about the new arrangements in the ministerial statement. More details and information for Wales and Northern Ireland will be published in due course.

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