The government has a useful calculator to see what types of support you could be eligible for as a student. You can access it using the following link:
Here we have summarised other types of support available to students:
Parents Learning Allowance
The Parents Learning Allowance is a grant for students with children. It won’t affect any other benefits you get or your normal student finance.
The amount you get depends on your household income, and it can range from £50 to £1,699.
To be eligible, you must be a full-time undergraduate from England.
You can apply for it while applying for normal student finance.
You don’t need to be paying for childcare to receive it.
Adult Dependants’ Grant
You can apply for an Adult Dependants’ Grant of up to £2,925 a year if you have an adult that is dependant on you. This comes in three instalments and won’t affect your student finance amount. It may affect other benefits you receive, so make sure to double check this with your local jobcentre.
You can apply for it while applying for student finance, using the same form. You will receive a letter in the post telling you if you are eligible a few weeks after you apply.
The amount you get depends on:
- Your income.
- The adult dependant’s income.
- Your other personal circumstances (if you’re single, if you have kids etc.)
- What other grants you’re receiving, like a Childcare Grant.
To be eligible for the grant, there are a few conditions.
Usually the adult dependant is your partner. It can also be a relative such as a parent or a grandparent.
If you’re under 25 the adult dependant can’t be a partner unless you’re married or in a civil partnership.
The adult dependant can’t be your child, getting student finance or earning more than £3,796 a year.
You are not eligible if you are receiving a postgraduate loan.
A childcare grant is for parents who are studying and need childcare. Your children must be under 15 (or 17 if they have special educational needs) for your family to be eligible.
It also works like a grant, so you won’t have to pay it back. It will come to you in three instalments over the year.
The amount you get depends on your household income and how many children you have:
For 2018/19, you will get:
- £164.70 a week for 1 child
- £282.36 a week for 2 or more children.
Your childcare provider must register with Ofsted. Also, you must be a full-time student to be eligible for a Childcare Grant.
You will not be eligible if you are a postgraduate or you are claiming Working Tax Credits or Universal Credit. You will also not be eligible if a relative is caring for your child(ren) and they are not registered with Ofsted.
To apply, you can send a CCG1 form to Student Finance England. You will also need proof of your child or children’s date of births and proof of your childcare costs.
Professional and Career Development loans
A Professional and Career Development loan is available to postgraduates. You can use it for any course that will help your career. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000.
The government will pay the interest on your loan while you’re studying. You’re expected to begin repaying it one month after you finish the course.
To be eligible for the loan, you must have been a resident of the UK for the past three years. You must plan to work in the UK, EU or EEA afterwards.
To apply, you can either use the Careers Service helpline (0800 100 900) or use their website.
Social Work bursaries
The government may give you a grant if you are studying to be a social worker.
The amount you get doesn’t depend on household income, but it depends on how expensive your course is. It also considers where it is and if you are part-time or full-time.
To be eligible, you can’t receive money from your employer for the course. It must be your first qualification and be at a registered institution.
To apply, you will need your passport and birth certificate and proof of the social work course. You can find the application form on the NHS Business Services Authority website:
Dance and Drama Awards
The government may give you some grants if you are going to study dance or drama. There is funding available for any courses at 17 private dance and drama schools.
To be eligible, you must be between 16-23 and “show potential to succeed”.
How much you’ll get in the grant depends on what your household income is and where you plan to study drama or dance.
The government show the different amounts that are available through the following link:
You can always turn to the university or college itself if you need extra help.
Each institution has different rules about who receives money and how much they get. It is definitely worth checking if you’re eligible for anything.
Most universities offer hardship funds to help students out in times of need. It is for students who can’t find money anywhere else and may have to leave the course.
Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs)
You may be eligible for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have an illness or disability. It helps with the extra costs that come with having a disability or long term illness while studying.
It is a grant, so you won’t have to pay it back later. The amount you receive depends on your illness or disability and how intense your course is. It also won’t affect the normal student finance you receive.
For a full-time student, the most you can get at the moment in a general grant is £1,847. If you’re part-time, the most you can get is £1,385.
If you need medical equipment while at university, you can receive up to £5,529 to help with the costs of this.
If you need a carer while studying full-time, you can receive up to £21,987 a year or £16,498 if you’re part time.
These amounts only apply to undergraduates. If you are a postgraduate, you can only receive one lump sum to cover everything. At most you can get £10,993 a year.
These amounts are the most you can get. Most students at college or university end up receiving much less than this.
For more information, see:
You may be eligible for a bursary if you are studying a healthcare related degree.
If your course starts after August 2018, you could get a yearly payment from the NHS. To be eligible, you must be studying to be a doctor or dentist.
If your course started in 2017 you could get a yearly payment if you’re studying to be:
- A doctor.
- A dentist.
- A dental hygienist.
- A dental therapist.
You could get a payment if you’re studying any healthcare degree if you course started before 2017.
The amount you’ll get as part of the bursary depends on your household income and how long your course is.
If you think you’re eligible, you can create an online account with the NHS using the link below. You should do this once you receive your offer from the university or college.
A Travel Grant is available to students who have to study abroad for periods of their degree. It is also for students who have to complete a placement as part of a medical or dental degree.
The amount you’ll get depends on your household income but if you are eligible, you won’t have to pay it back.
Only some courses are eligible for the grant. When you apply for student finance, Student Finance England will tell you if you’re eligible or not.
You’ll get help with 3 return tickets during the year and things like medical and travel insurance.
To be eligible, you must:
- Have a permanent address in England.
- Be studying abroad for over half of your university/college term.
- If you’re doing a medical or dental placement, it has to be an essential part of your course.