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About UCAS

Our student loans help young people make decisions after their GCE's, as well as those applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

We don't require any direct monetary support from the government, so our commercial activities help us deliver our charitable objectives, whilst keeping costs down for students and education providers. We are steered by a board of trustees, the majority of whom are leaders of higher or further education providers.

What we do

To help further understanding of patterns in demand for higher education and admission to the university, we publish a developing volume of data and analysis, all of which is freely accessible to download and re-use from our data and analysis pages. In our end of cycle data resources alone, there are 14 million data points accessible to download in pdf and CSV format, covering applicants, provision and providers.

Our main business agenda:

  • offer more and better service for students and those who support them.
  • make sure universities and colleges can proficiently recruit and select the students they want.

This recognises there are many opportunities to higher education. By embracing the wide outlook of the student journey- which may take in a traineeship and employment we can extend our support for non-traditional students.

UCAS Services

Fees can change quite a bit- even for similar courses

You’ll be able to exactly say how much they are when you search for courses, but you can get more or less an idea by visiting our website. Then we'll explain how to get a student loan to cover your education fees and living costs and what additional finance might be available.

Teaching Excellence Framework-TEF

The government has launched the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)- this provides information about universities and colleges, To assist applicants in deciding where to study. This applies to all new applicants for courses starting from September 2017 existing students will begin the studies of the 1 September 2017.

What financial help can you get

Tuition fee loans, to cover the full total of your course, are paid straight to the course provider and you won't have to pay it back until after your course when you’re earning about a certain level.Maintenance loans can be applied for at the same time, loaning you capital at the start of each term (or monthly in Scotland). How much you get based on your household income, where you study, where you live and how long for.

In 2016, maintenance loans were replaced with loans for new full-time students in England. The personal loan package includes a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan. Students can still apply for grants if they’re qualified for certain benefits, disabled or need assistance with childcare costs.

UCAS Product Details

  • Loan Type Student loans

Summary of Services

  • Get help with accommodation costs
  • Get assistance with travel costs
  • Get help with childcare costs

Here are more details on what you can expect from us

The analysis and insights business unit offer high-quality research and analysis service to underpin the UCAS business and meet the needs of consumers, as well as bad credit clients.

The team delivers:

  • working statistics in business reporting
  • analysis and research for external happenings and media enquiries.
  • datasets, investigative and collaborative or contract research for HE providers and strategic partners.

External relations

The external relations business unit offers intelligence and insight to enhance UCAS' reputation and to drive and notify the strategic growth of products and services. The unit contains many functions, including policy and qualifications, press and public relations, Post-16 development marketing and events. The unit is responsible for UCAS’ communities externally responsible including the design and delivery of communications campaign and the management of communication channels.

Finance and corporate service

Our monetary planning and accounting, facilities and building management, acquisition, programme and project management corporate governance performance, organisational growth, enterprise architecture, legal and compliance and the CEO office are all handled by our finance and corporate service business unit.

Technology, operations and customer experience

We also have the technology, operations and customer experience business unit which is digitising the UCAS business model and the planning, oversees a delivery of the end to end yearly admissions delivery cycle throughout all UCAS’ schemes including consumer interactions and experience.

The unit comprises technology growth, enterprise architecture, IT engagement management, service growth and management, consumer experience, solution delivery and service affirmation.

The chief executive office business unit is in charge of the CEO support and HR. The HR function entails Talent and learning, recruitment, HR operations and HR business partnering.

Customer Reviews & Testimonials

July 2019

I am now a graduate thanks to UCAS for the undergraduate loan-

Wayne B
— Bath —

March 2019

I applied for the student loan and I was happy how they ensured that I was in the loop with everything through their tracking application

Joshua k
— Oxford —

April 2019

My younger brother was a hard worker and he wanted to study further, as a bigger sister I wanted to assist him though I knew I had no money but I was willing to assist him in getting a student lo...

Thomas W
— London —

UCAS Contact Details

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Opening Hours

  • Monday 08:30 – 18:00
  • Tuesday 08:30 – 18:00
  • Wednesday 08:30 – 18:00
  • Thursday 08:30 – 18:00
  • Friday 08:30 – 18:00
  • Saturday – Closed
  • Sunday – Closed