Student grants, bursaries and scholarships

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By in Student Finance. Updated July 2015.

£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…MonopolymoneyWith three quarters of UK universities charging top whack in tuition fees there’s more financial support than ever before – much of which doesn’t ever need to be repaid. Sadly, lots of students just don’t know help is available.

As with all sorts of funding, it can be tricky sorting the good from the barely legible. We’ve put this guide together to get you up to speed.

You never know, you might be entitled to a student grant that you didn’t know about…

What is a grant?

Grants and bursariesGetting your head around grants and bursaries can be trickier than keeping clothes on Miley Cyrus. The simplest way to put it is that grants are offered by student finance or a finance institution to as many people who can reach the criteria. A bursary or scholarship is offered by universities, colleges and charities to only a select number of students who meet the criteria.

To find out how to get bursary and scholarship funding, check out our article on Student bursary and scholarship sources.

This review covers the student grants situation in England, with more info in our Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales funding guides. Some of the grants we’ve compared below may be limited to full-time UK students studying their first degree. If that’s not you, follow the links to get the goss direct from the funding bodies.

Maintenance Grant

Student Finance EnglandThe Maintenance Grant is one of the most common sources of student funding whilst at university, and is offered to full-time students to help them to subsidise their living costs. Crucially, unlike the Maintenance Loan, this grant doesn’t have to be paid back.

You could be eligible if:

  • Your household income is below £42,620 for the year
  • You’ve been a UK citizen for the past 3 years
  • Your course leads to a recognised qualification (check with your university or college).

How much money can you get?

If you’re entitled to the Maintenance Grant, you’ll get a smaller slice of the Maintenance Loan pie: 50p less in loans for every £1 of grant money you get.

Here’s how the sums pan out between loans, grants and household income (we’ve crunched our numbers based on living away from home and outside London).

Household IncomeMaintenance LoanMaintenance GrantFull Amount
< £25,000£4,047£3,387£7,434
£30,000£4,520£2,441£6,961
£35,000£4,993£1,494£6,487
£40,000£5,467£547£6,014
< £42,620£5,519£50£5,569
£45,000£5,519£0£5,519
£50,000£4,998£0£4,998
£55,000£4,467£0£4,467
£60,000£3,955£0£3,955
£62,125£3,731£0£3,731

How to apply

Simply choose to be income assessed when you apply for student finance here.

Special Support Grant

moneyhandsYou may be eligible for the Special Support Grant (instead of a Maintenance Grant) if you’re on income or housing support. Again, you’ll need to be studying full time to qualify but, unlike the Maintenance Grant, you can still claim the whole amount of Maintenance Loan.

You could be eligible if:

  • You’re a UK student
  • 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 pays out, but anything you get won’t reduce the amount of loan you’re entitled to, and doesn’t count as income (so won’t affect any benefits you’re entitled to).

How to apply

Apply at the same time as applying for student finance here.

Travel grant

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If your course has a study abroad option or is a medical degree that requires a lot of extra travel, you could get a travel grant. Travel grants are quite selective but they’re there to help those who need it. Every little counts!

You could be eligible if:

  • You travel to a hospital as part of a medical or similar course (unless you already get an NHS bursary)
  • You travel abroad to study for at least 50% of the term
  • You’re in full-time university education
  • Your permanent home address is in England
  • You receive income-based support

How much money can you get?

Travel costs minus around £300. You could claim for return trips between home and your overseas uni, for help with medical insurance and visas, and even for your children’s travel costs if you’re a single parent.

You must use the cheapest form of transport in every situation, which means taking the bus as opposed to a taxi or chauffeur-driven limousine.

How to apply

Apply using your student finance account here. If you’re eligible, you’ll automatically receive a grant application form. Don’t forget to keep receipts for anything you want to claim.

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA)

Disabled Student GrantsIf you have a disability then you may be eligible for extra funding whilst studying at university. There are a large number of disabilities covered, including physical health, mental health and learning difficulties (such as dyslexia). DSA isn’t affected by household income, and can help you pay for specialist kit, non-medical helpers and extra travel or study costs you have to meet because of a disability.

You may need to provide a doctor’s letter, or attend an assessment to work out exactly what kind of support you can get (heads-up: your uni may have funds to cover this, so do check with them).

You could be eligible if:

  • You’re studying for a full time undergraduate or postgraduate course (including distance learning)
  • You have a condition that affects your ability to attend uni or undertake your studies.

How much money can you get?

How much you can get depends on a number of things, but the undergrad ball-park figures are: up to £5,212 for specialist equipment, up to £20,725 for a non-medical helper and up to £1,741 general allowance. You may be entitled to travel allowances, too.

How to apply

Allowances vary by need: check with student finance and take a look here.

NHS bursary, grant and funding

Medical BursariesStudying social work, medicine, dentistry or healthcare (including nursing)? You could be eligible for an NHS bursary. Read on.

You could be eligible if:

  • You’re studying towards a degree in social work, medicine, dentistry, or healthcare like nursing.

How much money can you get?

£1,000 NHS grant, £3,263 Maintenance Loan from student finance and £4,395 NHS bursary (means tested, with more dough for those studying in London).

The size of the bursary depends on factors like where you live, where you study, whether you live with your parents, how many hours you study a week, and your household income.

How to apply

You can apply for an NHS student bursary and find more information here.

Teaching grants and finance

Trainee Teachers FundingIf you’re considering becoming a teacher then you can apply for the same grants, bursaries and funding as everyone else. However, there may be extra funding, including subject-specific bursaries, if you follow particular study routes.

You could be eligible if:

  • You’re on a full-time or part-time initial teacher training degree course such as a BEd, BSc or BA
  • You’re studying for a full-time or part-time PGCE.

How much money can you get?

There are a number of regularly updated schemes which offer extra bursaries, funding and even ‘golden handshakes’ to students getting into teaching.

How to apply

For more information on applying and for more information see here.

Access to Learning fund

moneyIf you run into money and finance troubles while at university then there’s an Access to Learning fund that you can apply for through all universities and colleges in England.

The fund is there to help students who get into financial difficulty and need money to help them carry on their studies to the end.

For new students starting 2015, the ALF is changing slightly and funding programmes may differ across universities. Contact yours for the latest.

You could be eligible if:

  • You are a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate
  • You can prove that you have managed your finances responsibly

How much can you get?

Payouts vary by individual need – who gets what is decided by each university. The money is there to cover costs not covered by other forms of funding, and you may need to show them your budget (… you’ve made one, right?), student finance forms and possibly even bank statements.

Hardship funds (as they’re also known) don’t just come in grant flavours: you may be offered a loan. Don’t be put off, though: if you’ve fudged-up your finances uni support is the best place to start.

How to apply

You’ll need to apply through your university’s student services office. If you want this type of funding then be prepared for the student support team to scrutinise your bank statements and spending.

Bursaries, scholarships and awards

Oxford uni emailBursaries, scholarships and other awards are doled out by universities, colleges, local charities and educational trusts. Cash you get through these types of awards are on top of student finance and loans – they don’t need to be paid back. Get the bigger picture in our dedicated guide to Student bursaries and scholarship sources.

You could be eligible if:

  • You fit the criteria for a particular bursary or scholarship.

How much can you get?

There are loads of bursaries and scholarships out there, each with its own funds (and hoops to jump through to grab the goodies) – you’ll need to check individual schemes to see what you could get.

How to apply

There are a wide number of charities and universities that offer niche bursaries or scholarships that may be right for you. Get a head start with our article on Student bursaries and scholarship sources.

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138 Responses to “Student grants, bursaries and scholarships”

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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

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    • 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.

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  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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

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    • 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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.

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  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. Sherri

    03. Jul, 2015

    Hi,
    My daughter and I are at a complete loss with student finance- she is 23 and in her second year at uni now. She hasn’t lived at home since age 17 and has always mainly supported herself. She had one year staying with my parents as this was more convenient but was working part time and didn’t have to pay rent. After this she lived elsewhere in the UK then on a work/study exchange in China. Unfortunate her paper trial for all of this work and moving about isn’t the best and although she has not lived at home and we haven’t financially supported her (emotionally we have done everything we can!!) we had to submit her application for student finance as a dependent last year despite the fact she doesn’t live with us and hasn’t for many years.. The problem was this- student finance decided her income for the three years she had to provide was not considered enough to live on- so she must have been supoorted by us- she was fortunate to stay with friend etc so didn’t have rent evidence for all of the time. In china board was free in exchange for teaching so this too is unavailable. Coming home she stayed with friends and then moved straight to London for uni. She is now applying again for this years finance- I have opted out of the dependent part as even last year we did not support her but she would not have received any financial help if we hadn’t written that we were- due to lack of her own financial evidence. So this year she has worked part time and used her loans to support herself. We are so worried she will be in the same dire straits as before because finance will look at her financial part time earnings and say that she did not support herself and had the loan based on us. My daughter has written formally to them but I have no idea what on earth to do next. Thank you for your time.

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      16. Jul, 2015

      This is very unfortunate and it seems that the system sometimes goes wrong for niche and individual cases like this. All I would suggest is that you keep fighting and appealing. Apart from that there is not much you could do.

      Reply
  41. Liam

    01. Jul, 2015

    I’m 22 and wanting to go to uni to do a veterinary, I live at home with my parents, but this would be a full time course for nearly 5 years.
    Would I be entitled to and sort of grants?

    Many thanks

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      02. Jul, 2015

      Hi Liam, most grants are based on your parents’ income. If their combined earning are below around £43,000 then you may be eligible for grants.

      Reply
  42. Jenny

    28. Jun, 2015

    Hi my daughter is going to college in September this year taking up access to health and social care, the college provide the tuition fees but it seems that she can’t get any student loan to support her rent for accommodation and maintenance. Is there any suggestion for this situation? Our household income is under 30,000 pounds per annum.

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      02. Jul, 2015

      Hi Jenny, I believe college is a little different to university in that students have to fund their own living costs through parental contributions, part-time work or otherwise.

      Reply
  43. Jamal

    22. Jun, 2015

    Hi . I am startin an AAT course in accounting in September at bradford college , I am currently 19years old which means I have to pay for my course, is there any form of bursary or grant that I am eligible to receive ?

    Reply
  44. Todd Spencer

    02. Jun, 2015

    Hi all.

    My younger brother has applied for Student Finance. We received a letter saying he will receive £3,731 maintenance loan and £6,000 towards tuition fee’s.

    Our household income is less than £25,000, plus both of our parents are deceased so my brother lives with me. He will be moving into student accommodation after this summer for his 1st year. There is no mention of a Maintenance Grant on the letter we were sent, and by looking at the above table, the amount he will be provided appears to be for someone with a household income of £65,125.

    Am I correct in saying he has not been awarded the correct sum?

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      03. Jun, 2015

      I would definitely recommend contacting student finance wales about this. If you applied to be means tested and will not be getting a grant there may have been a mix up.

      More info here > http://s4ve.me/1ETVdRx

      Reply
      • Todd Spencer

        04. Jun, 2015

        Thanks for replying.

        I have since contacted them and they have admitted a mistake which they are now in the process of rectifying.

        Reply
  45. Donna middlewick

    01. Jun, 2015

    Hi I’m a single mum to 4 children on income support my eldest daughter has been excepted to go to Portsmouth college we live in poole but college’s here don’t do subjects she needs can I get help towards travel costs.

    Reply
  46. Jenna

    22. May, 2015

    Hi.at the moment I’m applying for loan for an university. Will I get it if I don’t live in England 3 years? Just in September will be 3 years when I’m studying in UK but already now I need to provide the evidence of my addresses in the UK for the past 3 years.. I don’t know what to do..

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      26. May, 2015

      I would call Student Finance anonymously and ask for advice.

      Reply
  47. Julie Cook

    03. May, 2015

    Hi…Unfortunately due to personal and educational circumstances I failed my nursing course a couple of years ago and left in my repeated second year. This was funded by nhs bursary. My heart is in nursing and I am determined that’s the career for me, therefore, I have since prepared for the studying and feel ready to restart the course again. However, I have heard I can’t do the course because Ive already had 2.5 yrs of the nhs bursary. Would I be eligible for another bursary and if not is there another option ie: self fund the course myself?

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      01. Dec, 2015

      Hi Julie, unfortunately I don’t think there will be any bursaries or funding available and you would most likely have to self-fund the course.

      Reply
  48. jenny

    28. Apr, 2015

    My son is a 2nd year medical student but is now unsure if he want to continue. If he changes course now to a different one will he still receive full funding for the course he chooses?

    Reply
  49. Denise

    07. Apr, 2015

    My daughter will be studying in the U.S.A. Does anyone know if she may be entitled to a travel grant. Her permanent residence is the UK.

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      08. Apr, 2015

      The travel grant is only for those that usually live in the UK and plan to study abroad for only part of their course.

      Reply
  50. Helen

    03. Apr, 2015

    Hi, my daughter is a UK citizen but hasn’t lived in the UK for the last 3 years of school due to her fathers having to leave the uk For work (textile manufacturing) is none existent in the UK. We have a house in the uk & still pay national insurance. My daughter has a place at uni to start her under grade course in September & is being classed as a foreign student which means she doesn’t qualify for a student loan. Please can you advise what financial help is available – she has been classed as a foreign student while living abroad so does not qualify for any loans or assistance from there or the UK!!! Please help

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      07. Apr, 2015

      Hi Helen, your daughter will be classed as an international student which is unfortunate in terms of getting funding. She will have to research the opportunities available in the country she spent most of time living in abroad for support.

      Reply
      • Fatima

        19. Apr, 2015

        Hi Jake, the information you have provided Helen is a little confusing, I contacted a University in UK regarding my son as we are in the same situation as Helen, and was informed that as we have a home in UK and have maintained our residency in the uk by visiting regularly he will be classed as a Home Student.

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