Data protection statements

If you’ve made an application through the Student Finance England service (or you’re a parent or partner who has supported an application) you’ll have supplied information about yourself. Find out how your information will be used and which individuals and organisations it may be shared with.

Student Finance England and the Data Protection Act 1998

Your information will be held by the Student Loans Company (SLC), a Data Controller under the Data Protection Act 1998.

SLC holds information for the purposes specified in their notification to the Information Commissioner, and may use information it holds for any of these purposes. These purposes include:

  • determining eligibility for student finance
  • assessing the maximum amount of financial support available
  • payment of student finance
  • detection and prevention of fraud

The Secretary of State for Education is a joint Data Controller for your information.

If false or inaccurate information is provided and fraud is identified, details may be passed to fraud prevention agencies to prevent fraud and money laundering. SLC may share the information you have provided with other organisations - including the Department for Education, other government bodies and universities or colleges - for these purposes.

SLC may also get information about you from other organisations. If so, it will only be for the purposes described and as permitted by the law.

Students: how your information is used

You'll be asked to supply information about yourself as part of your application to Student Finance England. 

Data protection statement for students

Parents and partners: how your information is used

As the parent or partner of someone making an application to Student Finance England, you may be asked to supply information about yourself.

Data protection statement for sponsors

EU student finance applications

For more detail about how information is used and shared, download an EU data protection statement.

Data protection statement for EU students Data protection statement for EU sponsors