Maintenance Grant and Special Support Grant
- 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
|£19,203 or less
||Full grant, £3,475|
|Between £19,204 and £41,065
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 a student and one or both of you are responsible for a child or young person under 20 who is in full-time non-advanced education
- 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.
Special Support Grant - more information and how to apply
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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.
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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