16 September 2018.
There's a lot to organise if you're studying next year but there's one thing you can't forget. Apply for your 2019 Student Allowance or Student Loan now.
Follow these steps:
First time students
1. Set up RealMe verified identity
Before you apply for your Student Loan or Allowance, you should set up a RealMe verified identify. It’ll mean you won't need to send us evidence of your identity to support your application.
2. Check if you can get fees-free
If you're a new student, you may be able to get fees-free. You'll most likely qualify if you're finishing secondary school this year.
If you qualify, you may not need a Student Loan for your course fees. You'll still need to apply for a Student Loan if you want course-related costs or living costs.
You can apply for your Student Loan and/or Student Allowance online.
If you’ve applied in the last 12 months, you can log in to MyStudyLink and use the Returning Application.
Your application will be pre-filled from last time. All you need to do is check and update your information – it’ll take less than 5 minutes.
We'll write to you to let you know what happens next.
If you need to send us supporting documents, you can do this online using Connect.
It’s important to get everything to us straight away so we can carry on processing your application.
If you sent us extra forms or documents for your application last year, eg, a parents' form or proof of your parents' income, you need to send new ones this year, even if things haven't changed.
Don't send us a copy of the same forms or documents you sent last year - we can't use these because they're not up to date.