Financial support for new students in 2014/15


Information about the financial support available in 2013/14 is also available.

Quickly find out how much you might get

Use our calculator, provide some basic information about yourself and you can get a quick estimate of what financial support you might be able to get in 2014/15:

Types of student finance available

Help with living costs

Help with tuition fees

Maintenance Loan

Key facts

  • The Maintenance Loan is to help with your living costs
  • You need to pay it back after you have finished your course
  • You will be charged interest on any amount you borrow

How much can you get?

The amount you can get depends on where you’ll be living during term-time. It is also affected by your income and that of your parents or partner.

Your living arrangements during term-time Maximum Maintenance Loan available
Living with your parents £3,750
Living in your own home and studying in London £6,780
Living in your own home and studying outside London £4,840
Studying overseas £5,770

If your course is longer than 30 term-time weeks (plus short holidays) you can get an extra amount of loan to help with your living costs

Your living arrangements during term-time Extra loan (per week)
Living with your parents £55
Living in your own home and studying in London £108
Living in your own home and studying outside London £84
Studying overseas £117

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Maintenance Grant and Special Support Grant

Key facts

  • These grants are to help with your living costs
  • You do not need to pay them back
  • You can get either the Maintenance Grant or the Special Support Grant, not both

How much can you get?

The amount you can get depends on your income and that of your parents or partner. The amount available is the same for both grants.

Total annual household income Amount available
£19,203 or less Full grant, £3,475
Between £19,204 and £41,065 Partial grant
Over £41,065 No grant

Which can you get?

The Maintenance Grant is based on your household income. If it’s £41,065 or less, you’ll be eligible to receive all or some of the support.

The Special Support Grant is based on your eligibility for income support or other means-tested benefits such as Housing Benefit. For example, if:

  • you're a single parent
  • your partner is also a student
  • you have certain disabilities

With the Special Support Grant (unlike the Maintenance Grant) we will not reduce how much you get for your Maintenance Loan. Additionally, it does not count as income when working out income related benefits or tax credits.

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Bursaries from universities and colleges

Some universities and colleges offer bursaries depending on your household's income, the course you study or the tuition fee you are charged.

Contact your university or college to find out more about the bursaries they offer.

The amount you are entitled to receive can be different depending on the university or college you go to, so you should contact them directly to find out more about the bursaries they offer.

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Extra help for students with particular circumstances

Students with children or adult dependants

There are extra grants available if you have children or if you have any adults who depend on you financially. You would not have to pay any of these back.

Students with disabilities

If you have a physical or mental disability, or a specific learning difficultly such as dyslexia, there are grants available to help you meet the extra costs of study you might face. You would not have to pay any of these back.

Other sources of extra help

There are some other grants and extra help available. More information about them can be found here:

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Tuition Fee loan

Key facts

  • You can get a Tuition Fee Loan to cover all or part of your tuition fees
  • You need to pay it back after you have finished your course
  • You will be charged interest on any amount you borrow
  • The money is paid directly to your university or college, not to you

How much can you get?

This will depend on where in the United Kingdom you decide to study.

Universities and colleges in Northern Ireland can charge up to £3,685 for tuition fees in academic year 2014/15.
You can get a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the full amount of tuition fees your university or college is charging you, up to a maximum of £3,685.

Universities and colleges in England, Scotland and Wales can charge up to £9,000 for tuition fees in academic year 2014/15.
If you’re studying in one of these countries, you can get a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the full amount of tuition fees your university or college is charging you, up to a maximum of £9,000.

The amount you are charged may vary depending on the course or the university or college you choose to attend. Contact the university or college directly for more information.

Leaving your course during the year

If you leave your course during the year you will pay back the the following amount of the Tuition Fee Loan.

When you leave Tuition Fee Loan you have to repay
Before you register for the course Nothing
Before the end of term 1 25%
Before the end of term 2 50%
Before the end of term 3 100%

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Studying in the Republic of Ireland?

Universities and colleges in the Republic of Ireland charge an annual fee contribution.

The finance around this depends on if you:

  • started your course before AY 13/14 – your Education and Library Board will continue to pay the Contribution Charge directly to the university or college as a grant payment. You will not need to repay this.
  • started your course from AY 13/14 – you can get a repayable Student Contribution Loan to cover this upfront cost. For academic year 2014/15 this is €2,750. This is paid directly to your university or college after you register on your course. We’ll contact you about this after you’ve applied for finance.

You’ll also be able to apply for all other financial support, except the Tuition Fee Loan.