Do you know you can study in the UK with financial support from the government?

Every year the Student Loan Company pays to students and universities billions of pounds to support their education. You can benefit not only from Tuition fee and Maintenance loan but also from different Grants and Allowance available for students, including adult's dependent grants, childcare grants, special support grants, and travel grants.

Who can apply for SF?

You are eligible if you have been living in the EU/UK for 3 years before starting your course and...

  • You are a UK national that normally lives in England
  • You are from any nationality and have UK Settled status
  • You have EU Pre-Settled Status and have been living in the EU/UK for 3 years before starting your course
  • You are a Family Member (child, spouse, or civil partner) of British or EU Nationals with Pre-Settlement or Settlement and you have been living in the EU/UK for 3 years before starting your course

You may also be eligible if your residency status is:

  • Refugee
  • Humanitarian protection
  • Child of a Swiss national
  • Child of a Turkish worker
  • A stateless person (including family members) and you’re a new student starting on or after 1 August 2018

Adult Dependants' Grant

If you're a full-time student in higher education and an adult depends on you financially, you can apply for an Adult Dependants' Grant of up to £3,438 for the 2024 to 2025 academic year.

The grand is paid on top of your other student finance and you don’t need to pay it back.

Childcare Grant

The Childcare Grant is available to students who have children under 15 years old (or under 17 if they have special needs). The grant can be used to cover the cost of a nanny, daycare, or other childcare expenses. The exact amount depends on the student's household income and the number of children they have. You can get 85% of your childcare costs or a fixed maximum amount, (whichever is less) or up to £193.62 a week for 1 child or up to £331.90 a week for 2 or more children.

The grand is paid on top of your other student finance and you don't need to pay it back.

Special Support Grant

A Special Support Grant may be available if your household income is below £41,065 and you are eligible for certain qualifying benefits. It's paid directly to you. You can apply for a Special Support Grant on its own or alongside any other available finance as part of your student finance application each year.  This Grant does not need to be repaid unless a reassessment of household income occurs or you leave your course early, both of which may result in an overpayment.

Disabled Students' Allowance

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is support to cover the study-related costs you have because of a mental health problem, long-term illness, or any other disability. Undergraduate and postgraduate students can get up to £26,948 a year for support. The type of support and how much exactly you get depends on your individual needs - not your household income. The grant can be used to cover the cost of additional equipment or services that the student requires in order to study effectively. To be eligible for the grant, the student must provide evidence of their disability or special needs.

In addition to the Student Finance support, all undergraduates and postgraduates with a valid student card can benefit from special offers and discounts.  When a student enroll to a UK university they unlock lots of privileges, applicable only while in higher education.

Council Tax

Households where everyone’s a full-time student do not have to pay Council Tax. If you do get a bill, you can apply for an exemption.

To count as a full-time student, your course must:

  • last at least 1 year
  • involve at least 21 hours of study per week

If you study for a qualification up to A level and you’re under 20, your course must:

  • last at least 3 months
  • involve at least 12 hours of study per week

Phone Discounts

Even when you’re on a budget, some things are essential. With exclusive student deals on SIM Only and phone plans, you can stay connected for less – up to 30% discounts are applicable with British providers – just research the best options applicable for you.

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