If you are a UK/EU student receiving support from Student Finance, you will continue to be eligible for support for your year abroad but will need to notify Student Finance of your exchange year.
Students who are permanently resident in the UK and who receive funding through Student Finance England are eligible to request additional financial support to cover some of their travel expenses. The amount you will be eligible to receive depends on your household income. The money does not need to be repaid.
You can apply for funding for up to three return journeys between your home and your host institution, as well as costs relating to essential travel expenses (including medical insurance and visa applications).
Visit the Student Finance travel grants webpage for further details.