Independent Students' Bursary

Last updated: 8 June 2017

The Independent Students' Bursary is money that's paid directly into your bank account if you need extra financial help while you're studying.

This is separate to any student loan you apply for.

It can help with living costs if your household income is £18,999 or less and if one of the following applies to you:

  • you're aged 25 or over before 1 August for autumn start courses
  • you've supported yourself from earnings (for example a full-time job) for 3 years before the first day of your course
  • you have a child who lives with you most of the time and depends on you financially
  • neither of your parents are living or you've been estranged from them for at least 12 months
  • you're married, in a civil partnership or live with a partner

How to apply

You can apply for the Independent Students' Bursary from SAAS at the same time as you apply for other funding.

You can also apply separately.

To apply you'll need to login on the SAAS website or create an account.

Documents you'll need to apply

You'll need proof of household income and may need other evidence depending on why you qualify for this bursary. For example, if you qualify because you're married, you'll need to submit your marriage certificate.

What you'll get

The maximum bursary you can get for one academic year is £875. Below is a breakdown of the bursary and student loan you can get depending on your household income:

Household income Bursary Loan Total
£0 to £18,999 £875 £7,625 £7,625
£19,000 to £23,999 £0 £6,750 £6,750
£24,000 to £33,999 £0 £6,250 £6,250
£34,000 and above £0 £4,750 £4,750

SAAS will pay the bursary on top of your monthly student loan payment or individually into your account if you don't have a student loan.

If you leave your course, you may have to pay some of your bursary back.

What happens next

After you've applied, you can check your application's progress by going to your online account.

If your application is successful SAAS send an 'award notice' to your online account. This will tell you how much you will get.

Find out how to appeal if your application isn't successful on the SAAS website.

Other financial support

If you're not eligible for an Independent Students' Bursary, you can try other sources of funding to help with your living costs.

Once you've started your studies, there is support and money available to help you if you have a financial emergency at university.