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When is the deadline to apply for loans?
SFE and the other UK student funding bodies (SAAS etc) are open now for 2016/17 funding applications.
For 2017/18, they will open in Spring. Generally, if you have applied for funding by May/June before starting university in the September, your funding will be guaranteed for the start of term, but you can apply as late as nine months after starting university.
So, the best time to apply is the winter before starting university (February). Check websites.