Student bursaries, grants, scholarships and loans

Last updated: 1 June 2017

If you're going to university you might need financial help with your living costs, as well as tuition fees.

There are bursaries, grants, scholarships and loans that can help with living costs.

Student loan

You may be able to borrow money to help with your living costs by applying for a student loan.

Since this is a loan, you'll need to pay it back once you start earning a certain amount.

Care Experienced Students Bursary

If you've been in care, you can apply for £7,625 a year to help with living costs at university.

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

Care Experienced Accommodation Grant

If you were in care before you started your course, you can apply for a grant to cover your accommodation costs during the summer months between academic years.

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

Young Students' Bursary

If you're under 25 and from a lower-income household you can apply for a Young Students' Bursary to help with your living costs.

This is a separate payment on top of your student loan.

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

Lone Parents' Grant

If you're bringing up a child on your own, you can apply for help to pay your living costs while you're at university.

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

Dependants' Grant

If you have an adult that you're legally or financially responsible for (known as a 'dependant'), you can apply for help to pay your living costs.

Although it's a grant, if your dependant gets more income than you expect during the academic year you may have to pay some back.

Placement expenses

If you're studying a nursing, midwifery or Allied Health Professionals (AHP) course, you may be able to apply for expenses to cover the extra costs caused by placements.

Disabled Students' Allowance

If you have a disability or learning difficulty which leads to extra costs or expenses while you study, you can apply for help to cover these costs.

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

Nursing or Midwifery Bursary

If you're studying a full-time nursing or midwifery course, you can apply for a Nursing and Midwifery Bursary instead of a student loan.

Independent Students' Bursary

If you're living independently of your parents or a guardian you can apply for an Independent Students' Bursary to help with your living costs.

This is a separate payment on top of your student loan.

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

Other bursaries, grants and scholarships

There are a number of organisations that offer extra funding to help pay for the costs of university.

These include:

These sources of funding may be available for different reasons, like:

  • your academic abilities
  • your family income or financial circumstances
  • the course you study
  • where you come from
  • other reasons (for example, if you're a care leaver or have a disability)

Find out more about scholarships and grants that are available if you study in the European Union.

Financial emergency

If you have a financial emergency at university after you begin your studies there is support and money available to help you.