Find out more about financial support and advice to help smooth your path through university.
Discover the support you may be eligible for from the Government or from the University depending on your mode of study.
Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund
If you are a UK/Home student in receipt of your maximum funding (Student Finance) but find yourself in financial hardship whilst you are studying, you may be eligible to apply to the University's hardship fund called the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.
Dennis Turner (Lord Bilston) reflects our belief that ANYONE has the capacity of achieving a higher educational qualification no matter what their background.
He believed in people and what they could achieve if just given the chance and so we honour his legacy by continuing to give our students the help & support they need to allow them to succeed in his name.
Through the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (the University's hardship fund) the University is showing its commitment to supporting students who find themselves in genuine financial hardship that might impact on their ability to continue on a course at the University. Such hardship may arise as a result of a delay in receipt of statutory funding or may be due to unforeseen circumstances which may cause the student to withdraw from their course if support is not available.
Further sources of financial support
Whether you are a mature student returning to education after time away or if you have a young family or even if you have a disability that may have an impact on your ability to study we have support for you.
If you are a student with dependants, you could be eligible for additional support.
These schemes can help towards childcare costs and other costs associated with your course.
- A Childcare Grant is available to help with the cost of registered approved childcare if you are studying full-time
- The Parents' Learning Allowance can provide support if you are a full-time student with dependent children
- An Adult Dependants' Grant may be available if you have an adult who is financially dependent on you
The gov.uk website has further details on the Student Finance - Extra help.
Students may be also able to apply for Child Tax Credit or Universal Credit to help with the day-to-day living costs for dependent children
Although most full-time students are not entitled to social security benefits, certain students in vulnerable groups (including single parents and disabled students) may be eligible for support.
Students who are eligible to receive means-tested benefits, such as Income Support, Housing Benefit or higher rate DLA, may be eligible for a higher rate of maintenance loan.
But note that some student income can still affect means-tested benefits. If you want to take a course of education, you should ask your local benefit office how this may affect your claim.
Also, visit the gov.uk website for lots of useful information for benefits for students with low incomes.
The gov.uk website also has details on other benefits you may be able to claim the during your study, including:
- Housing Benefit
- Jobseeker's Allowance
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
If you want any advice on benefits as a student then contact the Students' Union Advice and Support Centre for more detail.
Students with disabilities or learning difficulties may be eligible for the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA), to help fund any extra costs that they may have to pay when studying.
This can include specialist equipment, a non-medical helper, extra travel costs, or other costs.
You will need written proof of your disability from an appropriate member of the medical profession.
If you have a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, you will be asked to have an independent assessment of your needs.
- Undergraduates can apply for a special equipment allowance, a non-medical helpers' allowance, plus help with travel costs and more general costs.
- Postgraduate students can apply for a single allowance to cover all costs.
Please note that students are required to pay for the first £200 of the cost of a computer.
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Funding for NHS courses
Please note that new students on Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions courses will need to apply for standard student funding rather than NHS support. Please visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students for further information relating to residency and eligibility criteria.
Eligible UK and EU students can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of the fees. UK students can also get a maintenance loan towards their living costs. The exact amount depends on household income and whether the student is living with parents or independently.
There are also additional grants for dependants, childcare (although these are extremely tightly means-tested against household income) and, if you have a disability, you can also apply for the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA).
To apply complete the online application form at www.gov.uk/student-finance (the application process normally opens the February BEFORE the course start date).
Additional funding from the NHS
The Government has recently announced additional funding for students on Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional courses. This has yet to be ratified by Parliament but is expected to take the form of a £5,000 non-repayable grant paid in each year of the course.
There will also be an additional £1,000 for students with dependant children and a further £1,000 per year for students studying on a shortage subject which currently are:-
- learning disability nursing
- mental health nursing
- radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic)
- prosthetics and orthotics
- orthoptics and podiatry
If you are studying for a career in social work, you may be entitled to receive a non-repayable bursary from the NHS.
Visit the NHS website for further details on eligibility and application procedure.
Teacher training (PGCE) students pay the same undergraduate fees as other students.
Students can apply for the same financial assistance as other undergraduate students, namely:
- Student Loan for fees
- Maintenance Grant
- Student Loan for living costs
The gov.uk website has two sections which you may find useful:
The DfE Training Agency offers a generous package of teacher training bursaries for certain subjects.
Our Institute of Education can also help with further enquiries.
Grants for students in need
The Hockerill Educational Foundation invites applications for grants (usually £500 - £1000 p.a.) to teachers in training who have particular financial difficulties, for example:
- those who have additional family or other costs and responsibilities,
- those who have no family support to fall back on,
- mature students for whom teaching is a career change,
- those not eligible for the normal statutory loan/grant support.
Students training to teach Religious Education are their highest priority, but they can also help students in other areas, particularly primary education students.
Find out more at:
... to receive guidance notes and an application form.
A part-time job can be a useful addition to your CV as well as providing additional income. Visit The Workplace to help you access a range of part-time jobs that are fairly paid and can fit in round your studies.
Find out more at The Workplace.
Pre-entry Advice and Guidance: The Gateway
Our Education Guidance Advisors offer friendly and professional advice to prospective students. They have a huge amount of experience answering enquiries on all aspects of coming to University including fees and finances, previous study rules and eligibility criteria.