Student grants, bursaries and scholarships

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By in Student Finance. Updated September 2016.

£1000s of funding is missed out on each year by students who don’t even know that they’re eligible for it. Find out if you could be due any support…
MonopolymoneyIf your only plan for paying for uni involves a Student Loan and an impending sense of doom, you’re missing out!

There’s a treasure trove of free money lodged in grants, scholarships and bursaries, but many students don’t know about ’em, don’t think they’re eligible, or just don’t bother applying.

Don’t let that be you! Here’s your starter for finding the funds you get to keep.

Most of the schemes on this page are for undergrad students. See our guide to postgraduate funding for more ways to pay!

What’s on offer?

Toy frog lazing on sofaForget hunting down the back of the sofa – when it comes to funding that doesn’t need to be paid back, these are the goodies to try first.

  • Grants: available to anyone who satisfies the criteria, such as the means-tested Maintenance Grant (Bursary in Scotland). Some charities, councils and businesses also stump up funds, with delightfully specific criteria – skint vegetarian’s award, anyone?
  • Bursaries: cash with narrower criteria – e.g., for students from lower income backgrounds, care leavers, or specific courses – or earmarked for specific spending, such as childcare. Bursaries are sometimes awarded on a first-come basis, so you’ll need to get in before the pot’s empty.
  • Scholarships: funds aimed at attracting (or supporting) high achievers. Don’t think they’re just about book smarts, though: your country, gender, course or even your golfing ability could all net you fee waivers or free cash.
  • Sponsorships/apprenticeships: lucrative but harder to find, degrees sponsored by a company can net you a salary and pay your fees. The trade-off is that it takes longer to get a degree (as you’ll be working at the same time).

Getting your head around grants and bursaries can be trickier than keeping clothes on Miley Cyrus but don’t get too hung up on the names for now.

Whether they’re grants, bursaries, awards or endowments, they all do similar things – go by whether they suit your circumstances, rather than what they’re called!

Hardship funds are slightly different: this is emergency cash from your uni that you can only apply for once you’re up a certain creek. It’s worth knowing about (just in case), but it’s not money you can plan for.

Student Finance

Spilt jar of penniesHere’s what’s up for grabs in official undergraduate funding – apply for these along with other Student Finance.

We’ve outlined some of the core criteria for each type of funding but, if you like the sound of what’s on offer, click through and check for yourself.

As a minimum expect nationality and residence criteria (some funds are just for students already settled in the UK or, at a push, those from the EU/EEA), plus limits on how much – if any – university-level study you’ve already done.

Once you’ve nailed that lot, any cash you get is paid directly into your bank account, so it’s up to you to make it last!

Maintenance Grant

Grants and bursariesFull-time students from Wales and Northern Ireland can apply for a Maintenance Grant to help with living costs and, unlike the Maintenance Loan, it doesn’t have to be paid back.

While that’s a win, remember any Grant you get means less Loan (you can’t max-out both cash pots unless you’re entitled to the Special Support Grant).

In England, Maintenance Grants are only for continuing students – it’s being phased out for new starters from 2016. Take a look at our Big Fat Guide to Student Finance to see how it affects you.

You could be eligible if:

You live in the UK (or meet other residence requirements), are a full-time student studying for a recognised qualification and your household income qualifies you to a bite at the funding pie.

How much money can you get?

The higher your household income, the less Grant you’ll get. Here’s how it stacks up:

CountryMax. GrantHousehold income for full GrantHousehold income for partial Grant
England
(cont. students)
£3,387up to £25,000up to £42,650
Wales£5,161up to £18,370up to £50,020
Northern Ireland£3,475up to £19,203 up to £41,065

Worth bearing in mind: while you can get partial funding on a fairly healthy household income, it’s no jackpot. On £50k in Wales, for instance, you might be looking at £50 in Grant – about enough for a couple of textbooks.

Special Support Grant (SSG)

If you’re on income or housing support, are a single parent or have a disability, you may be able to swap the Maintenance Grant for a Special Support Grant.

You’ll get the same pay-out but it won’t reduce the amount of Loan you can apply for, and won’t affect your benefits, either.

You could be eligible if:

You’re a full-time student from Wales or Northern Ireland (or a continuing student from England) with special circumstances, for instance:

  • You’re a single parent
  • Your partner is also at university
  • You have a disability
  • You claim or are eligible for income support or housing benefit.

How much money can you get?

The Special Support Grant matches whatever the Maintenance Grant would pay you.

Bursary (Scotland)

Highland cowIn Scotland, maintenance money that doesn’t have to be paid back comes in the form of a Bursary.

How much you can get depends on your household income, as well as whether you’re a ‘Young Student’ or ‘Independent Student’ – take a look at our guide to funding in Scotland if you’re not sure which you are.

You could be eligible if:

You live in the UK (or meet other residence requirements), are a full-time student studying a recognised qualification and your household income qualifies you to a bite at the funding pie.

How much money can you get?

Here’s what’s currently in the pot:

Household incomeYoung studentsIndependent students
£0 to £18,999£1,875£875
£19,000 to £23,999£1,125£0
£24,000 to £33,999£500£0
34k+£0£0

Student Finance top-ups

These cash piles are for special circumstances such as course-related travel, health conditions or being financially responsible for others.

Apply for ’em through your Student Finance body.

Travel grants

Small dog sitting on suitcaseYou may be able to get help with travel expenses if you’re studying abroad as part of your course, or have clinical placements in the UK that mean travelling a lot.

You could be eligible if:

  • You meet the UK residence rules
  • You have to travel in the UK for a clinical placement (unless you already get an NHS bursary)
  • You have to travel abroad to study as part of your course (or, if you’re funded in England, are on an Erasmus scheme)
  • You’re in full-time university education.

How much money can you get?

You could claim for return trips between your home and the overseas uni, help with medical insurance and visas or accommodation for UK clinical placements.

In England, Wales and NI you can’t claim for the first £300 and, in England and NI, support is means tested.

Finally, forget quaffing champers in first class: you’ll be expected to use the cheapest form of transport (buses, not taxis), and will need receipts or records to claim expenses.

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA)

Graffiti: wheelchair users kissingIf you have a disability, DSA could help you cope with the extra costs of going to uni. There’s support for mental health and physical conditions, as well as unseen things such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.

Funding doesn’t have to be repaid and isn’t means tested – but if you’re already getting money for the same conditions (such as financial support from your uni), you might not be able to apply for DSA as well. Check it out before you apply.

You could be eligible if:

  • You’re a UK student eligible for Student Finance
  • You’re a full- or part-time student on a recognised course (undergrad or postgrad)
  • You have a long-term health condition, a mental health issue or a learning difficulty.

You’ll need to supply proof you’re eligible by going along to an assessment or providing a doctor’s letter (you may also be able to claim for the cost of that, too).

How much money can you get?

The main thing to keep in mind is that the allowances are for study-related costs affected by your condition, and not just things that all students need – we’re talking specially adapted kit rather than essential Hello Kitty stationery …

Pay-outs vary by country and circumstances, but here’s a rough idea what full-time undergrads can apply for (allowances for part-time students are worked out on a sliding scale).

Remember that these are maximum amounts, so you could get less:

General allowances – around £1,700/year

Non-medical helper – in the region of up to £21k/year

Specialist equipment – around £5,200 for the course

You may also be able to apply for travel expenses.

Dependants’ grants

Tiny chihuahua in a tea cupIf you’re financially responsible for others, you may be entitled to extra help. Again, what’s on offer, what it’s called, and eligibility vary around the UK.

Because these are funds for very specific circumstances, you’ll need to check the terms and conditions carefully – along with whether they affect other funding or benefits you already get.

You could be eligible if:

  • You’re entitled to Student Finance
  • You’re financially responsible for an adult or child who lives with you
  • Your income – or that of your household or an adult dependent – qualifies you for help.

How much money can you get?

Childcare: typically up to 85% of childcare costs up to around £150/week for one child, or £260 for two or more. If you don’t already have a registered child minder, the allowance is capped at around £115. In Scotland you can claim up to £1,305/year.

If you already get state benefits that pay for childcare, you may not get the Grant. You also can’t claim if you get free childcare (or if you rope in your rellies to do it for you).

In Scotland you apply directly to your college or uni for funds – in the rest of the UK it’s through Student Finance.

Parents’ Learning Allowance (Lone Parent’s Grant in Scotland): up to around £1,500/yr for students who have dependent children.

Adult Dependants’ Grant: up to around £2,700/yr if you’re financially responsible for another adult.

Bursaries and scholarships

Dolphin playing with hoopThink of these as cash with criteria: you may be able to grab funding to cover your fees, or a hefty chunk of your living costs, but you’re going to have to jump through a few hoops to get it.

Schemes are run by universities and colleges, charities, businesses, local government and even private funders, and each one sets its own rules for who gets a look-in.

You could be eligible if:

You meet the criteria – stuff like:

  • Household income
  • Gender
  • Nationality (not just for international students – Dundee Uni offers scholarships for students from the rest of the UK, too)
  • Grades
  • Sporting or musical talent
  • The course or subject
  • Special circumstances – i.e., you’ve got kids or are a care leaver.

How much money can you get?

Anything from £500 to five grand or more, in one-off or yearly wads.

Some universities offer bursaries to students with less than £25k in household income – others dole it out to everyone. Either way, it’s the mother of all cashback offers, so well worth investigating when you apply!

How to apply

There are loads of places to find funding. Unfortunately there’s no one-stop shop, so you’ll need to hit them all up individually. Lucky for you we’ve got a full list of student bursary and scholarship sources.

Course and career funding

NHS bursaries and grants

Dr Nick from the SimpsonsIf you’re studying nursing, dentistry, medicine, or a related healthcare subject, you may be able to get extra money in the form of NHS bursaries, grants and fee waivers. What’s on offer depends on the country you’re studying in. So far, so simple.

Unfortunately, some of that funding is on shaky ground: some schemes have already disappeared, may vanish in future, or are better cloaked than a Hobbit on a mission. Here’s what we know is on offer for students starting in 2016 – watch this space for updates as we get them.

You may be able to claim for NHS funding up to claim up to 6 months after your course starts: use it or lose it!

You could be eligible if:

  • You meet the residence and nationality rules
  • You’re studying an approved healthcare course.

What can you get?

  • Tuition fee waiver, reduced-rate Student Loan plus means tested bursary: England, Wales and NI
  • If you’re eligible for the bursary, a £1,000/yr non-means tested grant: England and Wales
  • Extra support if you have disabilities, dependants or travel costs: everywhere
  • Access to Student Funding if you’re not eligible for NHS money: everywhere

When you can apply, or which years you get funding can vary, too – for example, medical and dental students might only get NHS funding for the last two years of their course.

How to apply

England: NHS Business Services Authority

WalesStudent Award Services

Northern IrelandStudent Finance NI

Scotland: Student Awards Agency Scotland

Social work bursaries (SWB)

Two children walking down a roadIncentives for students starting social degrees is patchy, with schemes not available in some parts of the UK, and reserved for postgraduates in others.

Either way, any bursaries going are capped to a limited number of students each year.

You could be eligible if:

  • You meet residency rules in the country providing the funding
  • You’re on an approved course
  • Aren’t already getting similar funding for social work training (not including Student Finance).

How much money can you get?

England: Undegrads in Year 2 onwards can apply for a non means tested Basic Bursary, worth around £4,800 (slightly more in London), plus Placement Travel Allowances.

Wales: a non-income assessed undergrad bursary of up to £2,500/year (3 years max), plus a placement allowance.

How to apply

In England, funding is handled by NHS Business Services Authority

In Wales, head to the Care Council for Wales.

Teaching grants and bursaries

Chalk text on blackboard: possibleIf you’re applying for a teacher training degree, you get access to the same Student Finance (grants, bursaries and loans) as everyone else.

You might also be able to nibble on extra funding in the form of teaching grants and bursaries – but, being realistic, they’re much harder for undergraduates to get a bite at.

You could be eligible if:

  • You’re studying an initial teacher training degree course(such as a BEd, BSc or BA) or PGCE
  • You meet the subject and/or residence criteria.

How much money can you get?

It varies by country and subject demand (‘golden handshake’ incentives can be quite lucrative if there aren’t enough teachers in a particular field).

If  you’ve got a hankering for Maths or Physics, there are undergrad bursaries currently on offer for students in England, but slim pickings otherwise. There are far more funding opps, and for a wider range of subjects, once you get into postgrad teaching (especially if you nail a First!)

Where to search for funding

Englandgetintoteaching.education.gov.uk

Walesteachertrainingcymru.org

Scotlandwww.saas.gov.uk

NIwww.nidirect.gov.uk

If you’re from the EU or EEA, start with the country you want to study in.

Hardship funds

Girl holding cuppaIf you find yourself struggling to get by once you start your course, there’s one last option for finance to see you through: we’re talking hardship funds from your uni.

What the scheme is called (eg Access to Learning Fund), how much is in the pot and how it’s paid varies by institution but, as the name implies, the money’s there to help seriously skint students.

You could be eligible if:

  • You’re a full-time student (including postgrads)
  • You can prove you’ve managed your finances responsibly.

How much can you get?

Payouts vary, with who getting what decided by the uni. Any money you get is meant to cover costs not covered by other forms of funding (i.e., if you’re entitled to Student Finance, you’ll need to have applied for it already).

Hardship funds don’t just come in grant flavours: you may be offered a loan instead. Don’t be put off by that, though – if you’ve fudged-up your finances uni support beats piling up credit card debt.

How to apply

Look out for the fund as it will be called something like “Access to Learning Fund” in many English Unis.

Through your university’s student services office. Be prepared for the student support team to scrutinise your bank statements, your spending and your budget (make one now and you’ll be sorted when the time comes!).

8 golden rules for free funding

Girl giving thumbs up

  1. Apply early, especially if funding is limited. Allowing extra time to pimp the paperwork means you’re more likely to get the cash in hand when you need it.
  2. If you don’t get in early, don’t assume you’ve missed the float: you can apply for Student Finance up to 9 months after your course starts. Deadlines here.
  3. Check, check and double check if handouts affect other funding or counts towards household income.
  4. Sniff out any strings involved: does it have to repaid? What happens if you leave your course early? Can you spend it on what you like?
  5. Get educated about what counts as income. It could mean not missing out on funds unnecessarily (it could save you on Loan repayments later on, too).
  6. Cash management is king: learn how to save it, stretch it and work it like a boss.
  7. Exhaust the funding options on this page before borrowing from commercial lenders. If you still need extra cash, a 0% student overdraft should be your next stop.
  8. Don’t give up! Finding something you’re eligible for can take serious dedication. If you’re drawing a blank, don’t forget there are other ways to turn a buck. Use ’em.

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156 Responses to “Student grants, bursaries and scholarships”

  1. Melissa

    20. Sep, 2016

    I am looking at applying to start an undergraduate degree and have been trying to look into whether i would be eligible for student loans.
    I have been out of the UK for 3 and a half of the past 5 years, travelling in different places. Would I still be classed as a UK resident as I haven’t actually ‘lived’ anywhere else during my time away?

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      20. Sep, 2016

      Hi Melissa, this is a tricky one and could depend on your registered address. If you’ve just been holidaying or visiting the other countries then you could still be classed as your main home being in the UK for the past 3 years. However, if you’ve been living abroad for longer periods of time it might be tricky. It’s always worth double checking with student finance.

      Reply
  2. Sandra

    19. Sep, 2016

    Hello, I was just trying to look in to help with fees for my daughter to study at vetinary university, are there scholarships for those who are getting good grades at college etc..

    Reply
  3. Charm Hattersley

    01. Sep, 2016

    My 27 year old son has Aspergers and has just been offered a place on a part time photography course at college. The course is £560 pounds and he has no income of his own. He doesn’t receive any benefits and is financially dependent on us. Are there any bursaries or funding that might help him?

    Reply
  4. Vicky

    26. Aug, 2016

    Hello, is there any grants/loans for extra financial help for new university students studying at The Open University in October? I’m finding it very hard to find extra support help for people like me who have chosen to study at home, work but don’t always have the funding to support the stuff I need for studying?

    Reply
  5. Harriet

    24. Aug, 2016

    Hi,

    Im starting a PGCE in September and have applied and been granted a maintenance loan of £8999. I’m also entitled to a bursary between £15-20,000 because of my subject and grade. Will my maintenance loan affect my bursary?

    Reply
  6. Dimitris

    18. Aug, 2016

    Hello, I have recently gotten an offer for a course, and student loan of 5300 for the year. I am worried this won’t be enough to cover my rent. As I am currently on housing benefit and I am working part time.

    Would I be able to claim the special support grant?

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      19. Aug, 2016

      Hi Dimitris, please see all the info about the special support grant on this page. There’s more info on eligibility up there.

      Reply
  7. david morris

    25. Jul, 2016

    Hi,
    I am 56 and I have applied to do a certificate in safe guarding. The course cost £2,400. I would like to know where I can get a grant and or any kind of help to pay for this course if if its half the amount.
    thank you.

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      25. Jul, 2016

      Hi David, as this is not a university based course I can’t be sure on the funding. It sounds unlikely that there will be anything on offer for you but I would suggest contacting the course provider. Hope that helps, Jake.

      Reply
  8. Liz

    22. Jul, 2016

    Hi
    My husband who has indefinite leave to remain in UK is applying for a BAcourse full time.
    I’m a British citizen.we live in private rented accommodation in London.
    He’ll give up work to study.i am earning a low wage of 10400 a year.
    It seems he is not entitled to Housing Benifet and our rent is a London rent.
    Can you tell us how we can get help to pay rent and if he is entitled to some of the funding that requires that you be a UK citizen as he has ILR status and not yet applied for UK citizen ship although he is entitled to it.?(he hasn’t applied yet due to the cost)
    Thank you for your time

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      25. Jul, 2016

      Hi Liz, I think it’s worth him double checking the eligibility status for student loans here: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/who-qualifies

      It’s worth noting that most aren’t able to apply for housing or any other benefits if they take out the student loan but on your household income (if he’s eligible) he should receive the full amount.

      Reply
  9. Raz

    22. Jul, 2016

    Hi I have applied for a HE DIPLOMA COURSE and will be studying part-time, distant learning. I have applied for student finance although this is where I am confused and would be grateful if you can clear it up for me? Is the student finance I applied for ONLY covering costs of the courses? Can I or am I eligible for money towards living/equipment (a grant) ?
    Many thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      25. Jul, 2016

      Hi Raz, unfortunately part-time students aren’t currently eligible for a loan to help with living costs.

      Reply
  10. Kerrie

    11. Jul, 2016

    Can anybody advise if there is extra funds available to somebody whose parents did NOT go to university? I have heard through a friend there could be but I can’t find any information on it..thanks

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      12. Jul, 2016

      This kind of grant is/was extremely rare and would be university or case specific. I know the majority don’t offer it but it’s worth doing some research to see if your university/course offers this grant.

      Reply
  11. Matt

    21. Apr, 2016

    Hi,

    I will be starting a 3 year degree in September 2016. I am 25 and live in my own home and have done for the past 6 years. I will be claiming NHS bursary, maintenance grant and maintenance loan when I start. This doesn’t equate to much in terms of bills and travel expenses as well as daily living costs. I was hoping to get a part time job to help supplement these costs and was just wondering if there is a maximum amount of hours i can work or a maximum amount i can earn before it effects these grants and loans?

    Cheers

    Reply
  12. lola

    14. Apr, 2016

    Hi,

    I am EU National who lives in the UK but i haven’t lived in the UK for up to 3 years and am going to be starting a Adult nursing course by Sept.
    I am a single parent of one who is on income support, i was wondering if i would be eligible for the Special Support Grant and any other grant to help ,e and my child?

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      18. Apr, 2016

      As an EU national it says you must have been living in the UK for 5 years in order to apply as a UK citizen would. Aside from that it looks like you have to have been in the UK for 3+ years to apply for most funding: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/who-qualifies

      If in doubt I would suggest calling student finance england for some clarification.

      Reply
    • Jake Butler

      18. Apr, 2016

      As an EU national it says you must have been living in the UK for 5 years in order to apply as a UK citizen would. Aside from that it looks like you have to have been in the UK for 3+ years to apply for most funding: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/who-qualifies

      If in doubt I would suggest calling student finance england for some clarification.

      Reply
  13. Magda

    29. Mar, 2016

    Hi,
    I am EU Nationals,and I will finish my HND on June this year. I would like to apply for the student finance loans and grants. I accepted a place at Uni (third year – top up) start from Sept 2016.
    I am able to prove that I have been living in the UK last 5 years. Am I eligible to get a maintenance loan and support for a living cost?
    Thank you!

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      30. Mar, 2016

      As far as I’m aware you should be able to apply for the funding. I would contact student finance to make sure though.

      Reply
      • Magda

        30. Mar, 2016

        Thank you for your response.

        Reply
  14. Tessa George

    08. Mar, 2016

    Hi, I am starting uni at Sep 2016. I am from a single parent family and my mu earns less than 25,000 a year. are there any bursaries for kids from single parent families as i have a brother and a little sister at home who all live with my mums salary . are there any ohter bursaries i can be entitled to other than this.

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      15. Mar, 2016

      I don’t believe there are bursaries for single parent families in particular. However, as you are from a low income household you may eligible for a larger loan as well as other support. I would keep a lookout on scholarship and bursary sites for these.

      Reply
  15. Karen

    02. Mar, 2016

    Our son will start uni this coming autumn. My husband and I are foster carers. Apart from a pension this is our only income. How are foster carers allowances assessed as obviously most of it goes on the children we look after.

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      05. Apr, 2016

      Hi Karen, I am not actually 100% sure how this income will be taken into account. I would suggest calling student finance to see what they advise in this case.

      Reply
  16. Helen

    19. Feb, 2016

    Hi

    I have a daughter who is currently in her 1st yr at uni. Shes been self sufficient for this last year as we aren’t able to help her due to our own financial situation, although our earnings are £42,000. We’ve been told that we have to declare our earnings again this year as she is coming up 20. She is currently living on £17.50 a week to pay for everything and we aren’t able to fund her in anyway. She also has severe eczema and is on immunosuppresants has to attend hospital on a weekly basis. Is there any extra help she may be able to get, her lack of proper diet isn’t helping her health but we can’t physically do anything for her. Would just like to stress she hasn’t had one evening out or any luxuries since she started and is really struggling. Phoned student finance and they were useless. Hardship fund gave her £72 which is nothing at all to survive

    Reply
    • Pj

      05. Mar, 2016

      Over 40 thousands pounds annually is a lot more than the usual UK income, but if you are able to show that it’s actually low (e.g. it applies across several people and leaves them with not much to live one), there is a possibility of getting a small grant from one of the grant providers on the Turn2Us website (use the grant finder).

      Additionally, there should be an Access to Learning Fund (or something similar) as well as the Hardship Fund. This may be able to help if she lists everything she needs on it, including things such as books, equipment for her course, and so on.

      And yes, a part-time job would be a good idea.

      Reply
    • Jake Butler

      22. Feb, 2016

      Hi Helen, unfortunately because you earn over the minimum threshold the amount of funding available to your daughter is very limited. I know it’s easier said than done but the best option is a part time job. We see a large number of students in similar situations suffering and don’t agree with the current system but there is little that can be done.

      Reply
  17. megan marsh

    20. Jan, 2016

    Hi I’m 16 and I want to study equine rehabilitation and therapy, the college which is most suitable to me and actually provides me with skills and qualifications accepted and understood in the equine world is too far away for me to travel everyday and still have time to study, there is an option to live there and the cost is around £4500 per year, my family can’t afford this, my mum is a single parent and only on £11,000 a year pre tax. What funding/bursary will i be able to obtain to support me during my college time? thank you

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      21. Jan, 2016

      Hi Megan, if it was university you would be eligible for a loan or grant but I am not sure if you can get funding for college. My knowledge on college funding is limited so I would suggest checking out good ‘ol Google.

      Reply
  18. Mandy

    04. Jan, 2016

    Hi, does the maintenance funding go towards paying rent to parents ?

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      05. Jan, 2016

      If you are living at home you still get a maintenance loan but it will be slightly less (about £1000+/year) than students that have moved out.

      Reply
  19. Anon

    04. Jan, 2016

    Hi there!
    I am hoping to start a PGCE (Secondary) in September 2015. I graduated in the summer of 2015 and I am currently working. I think I am eligible for the tuition fee loans for teacher training, however, I am unsure about the maintenance grant on two accounts. Firstly, I know there has been talk of scrapping the grants recently, but again, I’m unsure about when these rules come into place. Secondly, I received the grants when I was an undergraduate and my financial situation hasn’t changed much since then, so if it is still available I was wondering whether I would still be eligible?

    Reply
  20. Aisha

    03. Jan, 2016

    Hi, I’ve lived in the UK all my life, my mother is classed as single parent and does not work, I’m looking to study accounting at Uni but can’t understand what I would be entitled to if I was to go to uni

    Many thanks

    Reply
  21. Nicola

    02. Jan, 2016

    Hi. I’m going into my 3rd year of nursing in March. As a single parent to one child I have received grants/ bursary however, I am considering moving in with my partner this year but I am not sure how my money will be affected.
    He would not be contributing to my son as he is not his father and would not expect him to pay for him. I would obviously need to pay my part of the rent/bills etc. Would I still be classed as an independent or would I have to rely on his income to get through my last year? Thanks

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      04. Jan, 2016

      Hi Nicola, in this case your partner’s wage will need to be taken into account for your income assessment. If he is earning below a certain threshold though you may still be able to receive funding.

      To prove yourself as an independent you have to go through a lot of checks and you would have to show that your partner would not be contributing to your in any way at all (on any aspect of bills, mortgages etc.)

      Reply
  22. Francesca corsini-king

    02. Dec, 2015

    I have applied and received confirmation that I am entitled to college student bursary and have received one payment in 13 weeks. Which is less than what I was told I’d get and have not been fully back paid what do I do.

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      02. Dec, 2015

      Contact whoever is supplying your bursary to see what has happened to the payments.

      Reply
  23. Charlotte Dewhurst

    19. Nov, 2015

    Hi I have already started uni but have been recently told that I may be eligible for a bursary. Is it too late? How do I apply for one?
    Please reply

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      19. Nov, 2015

      I believe it may be too late to apply to most bursaries but it’s worth asking whoever is providing the finance.

      Reply
  24. Claire Ashworth

    11. Nov, 2015

    I have started uni this academic year and have already received by first maintenance payment. When filling in student finance based on last year my dad was a teacher and the main breadwinner. He has now retired and my mother is on minimum wage. I am wondering if there is a possibility I can be entitled to more money. Please reply.

    Reply
  25. Miss R

    06. Nov, 2015

    Hello,

    I studied an undergraduate course in psychology 2010-2013 and received the full loans, grants etc. I was classed as dependent on my mother (divorced).

    I am due to go back to university to do postgraduate studies in nursing (nhs funded) for 2 years and will be living at home still, dependent on my mother again who is earning approx £21,000 per year (self employed)

    Just wondering what funding/grants/bursaries, I am entitled to for these 2 years of studying.

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      09. Nov, 2015

      Hi, as you have already received funding for a course you will unfortunately not be eligible for any other form of funding. There is also no maintenance funding available for postgraduate degrees I am afraid. The majority of postgrads tend to rely on a part time job. I hope that helps.

      Reply
  26. Donna

    06. Nov, 2015

    Hi I have just started a psychology degree with the OU. I am a part-time student and was wondering if there are any grants/ bursaries I can claim. My husband and I are both on low income (less than £25,000) and I have just lowered my hours to give me time to study and also look after our 4 children. I know there are options for full time students but not sure for part time.

    Thank you

    Reply
  27. Foysal Rahman

    31. Oct, 2015

    Hi There, Basically I am living in this country for past two years. Working with contract of £18k. My wife is a British but she is not currently working. I am planning to do my master’s. Will I be eligible as home student? or will I get any loan from any govt org. I am on spouse visa. Please can you provide me some info which will help me.

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      05. Nov, 2015

      The Masters degree is currently not open to any type of funding.

      Reply
  28. Michelle

    05. Oct, 2015

    Hi I have an 18 year old daughter who as servere learning disabilities and is statemented she is currently in her final year at a special needs college but will go onto a new college next year to do life skills is there any financial help that she is entitled to

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      26. Oct, 2015

      Hi Michelle, there is no support that I am aware of but you should definitely get in touch with the new college as they should be able to help you out. Jake.

      Reply
  29. Margaret

    02. Oct, 2015

    Hi,

    I’ve previously had a nhs bursary for what was then the diploma in nursing studies. I unfortunately had to leave for personal reasons.
    Four years later I’m looking at going back into higher education
    What I’m wondering is would I be declined for a student loan because I’ve previously had a bursary. I received almost two years worth of fees.
    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      26. Oct, 2015

      Hi Margaret, if you couldn’t complete the previous course because of compelling personal circumstances (eg illness or caring responsibilities) then you should be as eligible for funding as if you hadn’t taken the earlier course. However, you’ll need to provide evidence of your circumstances to whoever provides your funding (eg Student Finance England).

      Reply
  30. Susan

    26. Sep, 2015

    Hi , could anyone give me help or let me know if there is any help? I just got declined for student finace , i am a dutch citizeni have lived here since 2006 , but in 2011 i left to usa due to personal reasons and came back in 2014 february , and student finance declined my application cuz i didnt live long enough here (3years) i have a child 3 years old whos visually impaired , i dont work i have no place to stay at i only get child benefit and child tax credit and thats what im living off and living at friends houses , i want to know if there is any help where i can get at least my tuiton fees i want to study for the sake of my daughter , are there any other ways if student finance declines you ?? Pleasee helpoo

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      28. Sep, 2015

      Unfortunately it seems like you may not be eligible for any student finance due to your situation. To gain any funding at all you have to fit within student finance’s requirements.

      Reply
  31. jasmine

    25. Sep, 2015

    Hi there,
    I have just registered on my adult nursing course, I received a maintenance loan of approx. £2300 from SFE, and I have applied for a bursary and childcare allowance from NHS bursaries, I was just wondered if I would be entitled to any additional help I live at home with my partner and have a 1 year old daughter, I thought I may have been entitled to a maintenance grant but SFE said only eligible for the maintenance loan, any help would be much appreciated, thanks in advance!

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      28. Sep, 2015

      Hi Jasmine, did you apply for SFE means tested? As you may know, they only pay a maintenance grant (and most other extra funding) if you are earning under a certain household amount (around £43,000). If you earn over that as a household then it’s assumed that you have the extra money to support yourself and therefore are only entitled to a loan. Hope that helps.

      Reply
  32. Samantha lynch

    25. Sep, 2015

    Hi. I have been struggling to find our what I’m eligible for to fund my studies at university. I am being told by sfe now that I’m not eligible for tuition loan right at the last minute! I’ve no idea where to look to help get my tuition fees paid for. I am studying archaeology and am so overwhelmed I have no idea where to look for help. Would you have any suggestions?

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      28. Sep, 2015

      Hi Samantha, did they give a reason for not being able to offer you a tuition loan? It’s unlikely that you’ll find the funding elsewhere unfortunately.

      Reply
  33. Richard

    25. Sep, 2015

    Hi my girlfriend has got into uni but the student loan people won’t give her any money for her first year. We have two children and it’s impossible for us to afford the first year of fees. As she is 28 she dosent want to defer for a year if she dosent have to. Is there anything we can do /apply for ? She has already appealed the decision. Thanks

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      28. Sep, 2015

      Hi Richard, why was she denied a loan for first year? It’s unlikely that you’ll find any other forms of funding that will cover the fees I’m afraid.

      Reply
  34. Kerry gallagher

    21. Sep, 2015

    Hi, i am a third year student. I am 21 and have lived with my grandparents since being a small child. In my first year i recieved a grant and loan based on there income. However in my second year i thought this had been reduced and worked 3 jobs to suppost myself and them. This year again i received a reduced amount and rung up knowing i would struggle to be told for the past year and this year i will have only been receiving my loan and not my grant as every year i need to resend the same document from my social worker explaining my circumstance! Now i had no idea of this and have lost out on over 3 grand of grants and gotten myself into money troubles ! I was just wondering if student finance would back date this money or if i’m fighting a loosing battle.
    Kind regards kerry

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      28. Sep, 2015

      Hi Kerry, unfortunately I don’t think you can backdate the payments as it’s down to yourself to make sure that everything is in order. It’s annoying as if things were the other way around (and you were overpaid) you’d have to pay them back for sure.

      Reply
  35. Anna

    15. Sep, 2015

    Hi.In January 2016 will be 3 years when I’m living in UK. But I start my course in September 2015.Will i be eligible for any of these grants?and I’m UE student. thank you

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      17. Sep, 2015

      Hi Anna, if you have UK passport then you should be eligible for the finance as a local student. However, if you have an EU student you may still have to apply for funding as an EU student studying within the UK.

      Reply
  36. Pablo

    10. Sep, 2015

    I’m not sure if I will qualify for the tuition fee loan, as I have only lived in the UK for 2 years continuously (3 years and 4 months counting two 8 month periods in the last 8 years). I was wondering if I would be able to pay the tuition fees off my potential bursary.

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      09. Nov, 2015

      Hi Pablo, the fees are generally £9000 a year and nearly all bursaries will not be enough to cover this I’m afraid.

      Reply
  37. Tina

    02. Sep, 2015

    My son has been offered a place through clearing and is due to start uni outside of London in three weeks. He is applying for a maintenance loan but is confused about what family income to put down. I am divorced and support him financially. I earn £22k per year. I own a house with my ex partner, we have recently split up but both still live in the property. He is refusing to have any of his financial information passed on and does not make any financial contributions to my son. Please can you advise how to progress with this?

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      03. Sep, 2015

      Hi Tina, it may be tricky to not include your ex-partner’s information on your son’s household income but I believe that Student Finance do look at unique cases sometimes. I would suggest that you contact them and they may let you know what proof you will have to send. You will most likely have to show that your ex-partner does not contribute to you, your son, or the house mortgage, bills, food or anything like that.

      Reply
  38. Deborah

    01. Sep, 2015

    I have been offered a place at college on a level 2 access programe to social science and humanities I’m 34 and have 4 children I have just reduced my hours to 15 is there any help for level 2 learners finance wise as I can’t get into level 3 until I’ve done level 2 as I don’t have maths and english a-c

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      09. Nov, 2015

      Hi Deborah, unfortunately I’m not aware of any level 2 funding as the majority of students that are on these courses fund their study through part-time work.

      Reply
  39. tobi bello

    28. Aug, 2015

    Hi,
    My mum and dad no longer live together and are legally divorced she doesn’t work at all and lives solely off benefits while supporting my sister who is 15 I’m going to be living on campus outside london how much money am I entitled to (loans and grants)

    Reply
  40. Leah Cooper

    20. Aug, 2015

    Hi.
    I was wondering if there is any advice you could me. I’ve got a maintenance grant but when I was looking at the yearly living cost of my accommodation, my grant isn’t going to cover it at all. Is there any advice or help that you could give me?

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      20. Aug, 2015

      It’s unfortunate that the grant and loans never seems enough to even cover accommodation for most students. It’s easier said than done but we’d always suggest trying to find a part time job that you can fit around your studies. Apart from that you can use the student account overdraft, possible help from parents and more.

      Reply
  41. jackie

    17. Aug, 2015

    my daughter is stating uni this year and has been told she will get a grant. with the government saying no grants from 2016. would this mean she would only get hers for one year and not three. thanks Jackie

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      17. Aug, 2015

      No, she should still get her grant. It will only be for new starters in 2016.

      Reply
  42. Tia

    16. Aug, 2015

    Hi,
    I am starting uni in September and I have applied for the student loan & the maintenance loan, my mum does not have a job and I also have another little sister she is 15 , my mum getting housing benefits money … So I was wondering I am eligible for more support with money ??

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      16. Aug, 2015

      Hey Tia, I would assume that because your mum is receiving housing benefit that the yearly household income would be below the threshold. This means you should be able to apply for a maintenance grant to help cover costs at uni.

      Reply
  43. Name (required)

    07. Aug, 2015

    hi my daughter is starting diploma in operating department practitioner in September. She lives on her own rent alone is £400 her bhs bursary is only around £5500 a year is there any other funds she can apply for. She has already had a student loan for a degree completed in 2011 thanks

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      10. Aug, 2015

      Unfortunately if you have already had a loan for a degree the funding available is very limited.

      Reply
  44. Jess

    31. Jul, 2015

    Can you apply for more scholarships at the same time?

    Thanks in advance

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      10. Nov, 2015

      Yes of course.

      Reply
  45. Makhan

    14. Jul, 2015

    Hi there
    Could someone please explain:
    my son, 22, starts uni this year (Sept 2015) (Royal Holloway)
    if he lives with us (retired/disabled parents), will he be able to get maintenance grant & the maintenance loan? if so how much you reckon please?
    Our household income is well below 25000/-
    my son will have to travel by train or so to the uni which could cost approx 200 a month or so, can he receive any Travel Grant? will it be total annual travel costs – 303 Pounds or what?
    pls respond asap & thanks for your help in advance.

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      16. Jul, 2015

      Yes, your son should be eligible to be means tested and therefore receive a loan. He should have applied for finance already though? Is this the case?

      As your earnings are below the threshold he should be eligible for £3387 loan and £4407 grant.

      I believe a travel grant may only be available for students studying abroad or on medical course I’m afraid.

      Reply
  46. Jason

    14. Jul, 2015

    Hi jake

    I am going to university and I live alone out of London while my parents still live in London but my mother is currently paying my rent. I am also unemployed at this current time so the household I am living at has no income fee although my parents in London bring in 39k per annum will this effect me getting a grant or a loan even though I no longer live there?

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      16. Jul, 2015

      Yes their earnings will definitely be taken into account as your household income. In some rare cases you can prove you are independent from your parents but as they are paying your rent I do not thing this would be possible.

      Reply
  47. Manuela

    11. Jul, 2015

    Hi Jake,
    I am a family member of an EEA National and SFE is asking for my fathers P60’s knowing that my dad does not work since 2013 due to an acute illness and I have been trying to send some evidences of his other incomes and the GP’s letter to support my application but I do not know if they will class me as as “eligible student”. By the way I do start uni in sept 2015 and I am really scared that I might not start this year. It is frustrating,please could you help me out coz I don’t know what to do now.

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      16. Jul, 2015

      Hi Manuela, unfortunately there is not much I can do. I would suggest getting in touch with Student finance via phone and asking what you should do.

      Reply
  48. Laura

    09. Jul, 2015

    Hi,
    For my first year of university, I received the scholarship. Will I carry on getting this during second year and third?
    Thank you in advance.

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      10. Jul, 2015

      This depends on the terms of your scholarship. Worth checking with your scholarship provider directly.

      Reply
  49. natasha

    08. Jul, 2015

    Hi I am planning to start an nhs course which will include a bursary and maintenance loan. Can you apply for a maintenance grant as well?

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      09. Jul, 2015

      If your household income is below the threshold I believe you can.

      Reply
  50. Debbie

    08. Jul, 2015

    My 18yr old daughter starts staffs uni in sept. I am worried how we will cope finically as all my benefits will stop this month. I am a widow and we have lived on my part time job income plus my child tax credits and child benefit and my widows benefit. I have just been notified that all three of these will stop this month. Will I get help to enable my daughter to live at home whilst studying at uni ?

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      09. Jul, 2015

      Hi Debbie, if your household income is below £42,600/year then your daughter would have been eligible for a maintenance grant to help cover her living costs while she studies.

      Alternatively she could look for other sources of funding such as a part-time job.

      Reply
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