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Government Grants

Students from England

A Maintenance Grant is available to help full-time higher education students from England. The grant is income assessed so if you want to be assessed for a grant you must supply your assessment authority with information about your household income. The amount of grant you will receive will depend on the level of your household income and your year of entry. Students from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are eligible to apply for different rates of funding.

The grants are non-repayable and can be applied for at the same time as applying for a student maintenance loan, using the same application form.

2013/14 Rates

2013/14 rates for 2012 cohort students (those who started their course in 2012 and 2013)

The maximum grant available for students from England is £3,354. The actual amount a student will receive will depend upon their household income.

  • Household income is £25, 000 or less - a full grant of £3,354
  • Household income is between £25,001 & £42,611 – a partial grant
2013/14 rates for students who commenced their course in 2009/10, 2010/11 or 2011/12:

The maximum grant available for students from England is £3,080. The actual amount a student will receive will depend upon their household income.

  • Household income is £25, 000 or less - a full grant of £3,080
  • Household income is between £25,001 & £50,706 – a partial grant

The amount of Student Maintenance Loan a student receives will be reduced by £0.50 for every £1 of Maintenance Grant they are entitled to.

Special Support Grant

For certain groups of students such as those who meet the conditions for being a ‘prescribed person’ under the Income Support or Housing Benefit Regulations the Special Support Grant replaces the Maintenance Grant. Students who are likely to qualify for this grant include:

  • single parents
  • other student parents if they have a partner who is also a student
  • students with certain disabilities

If a student receives a Special Support Grant no substitution of the maintenance loan will take place.

To find out more about these grants take a look at the Student Finance England website.