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Student support rates 2020/21
 
Further education
Maximum amounts
Care to Learn childcare grant
 
England (London)
£175 per child a week
England (outside London)
£160 per child a week
Northern Ireland
£165 per child a week
Education maintenance allowance
Wales and Northern Ireland
£60 per fortnight
Further education grant (Northern Ireland)
£2,092 per year
Welsh government learning grant
£1,500 per year
Vulnerable student bursary (England)
£1,200 per year (minimum)
Higher education
Full-time undergraduates
Adult dependants’ grant
England and Wales
£3,094 per year
Northern Ireland
£2,695 per year
Childcare grant
One child:
England and Wales
£174.22 per week
Northern Ireland
£148.75 per week
Two or more children:
England and Wales
£298.69 per week
Northern Ireland
£255 per week
Disabled students’ allowance
England and Wales:
Non-medical personal helper
£23,258 per academic year
Major items of specialist equipment
£5,849 for duration of course
Other expenditure
£1,954 per academic year
Additional expenditure on travel
Full reimbursement
Northern Ireland:
Non-medical personal helper
£20,938 per academic year
Major items of specialist equipment
£5,266 for duration of course
Other expenditure
£1,759 per academic year
Additional expenditure on travel
Full reimbursement
Maintenance grant (England and Northern Ireland)
England, 2012 cohort
£3,801 per year
 
Northern Ireland
£3,475 per year
Parents’ learning allowance
England and Wales
£1,766 per year
 
Northern Ireland
£1,538 per year
Special support grant
England, 2012 cohort
£3,801 per year
Wales, 2012 cohort
£5,161 per year
 
Northern Ireland
£3,475 per year
Student loan for living costs
England, 2016 cohort:
Full year
Final year
Studying in London
£12,010
£11,127
Studying outside London
£9,203
£8,703
Living in parental home
£7,747
£7,290
Note: around 50% of the student loan is means tested.
 
 
England, 2016 cohort, eligible for benefits:
Full year
Final year
Studying in London
£13,098
£12,275
Studying outside London
£10,490
£10,027
Living in parental home
£9,140
£8,714
Note: these rates include a means-tested ‘special support element’ of £3,783, which is not included in benefit calculations. A proportion of the remaining ‘maintenance element’ is also means tested.
 
 
England, 2016 cohort, aged 60 or over
£3,893 per year
 
England, 2012 cohort:
Full year
Final year
Studying in London
£9,205
£8,383
Studying outside London
£6,597
£6,135
Living in parental home
£5,247
£4,821
Note: 35% of the student loan is means tested. The rate of loan may be reduced if you are eligible for a maintenance grant.
Wales, 2018 cohort:
 
 
Studying in London
£11,260 per year
 
Studying outside London
£8,810 per year
 
Living in parental home
£7,335 per year
 
Note: the rate of loan is reduced £1 for every £1 of maintenance grant received. There is no final year rate of loan.
Wales, 2012 cohort:
Full year
Final year
Studying in London
£10,584
£9,638
Studying outside London
£7,344
£6,803
Living in parental home
£5,848
£5,295
Note: 25% of the student loan is means tested. The rate of loan may be reduced if you are eligible for a Welsh government learning grant.
Northern Ireland:
Full year
Final year
Studying in London
£6,780
£6,170
Studying outside London
£4,840
£4,480
Living in parental home
£3,750
£3,390
Note: 25% of the student loan is means tested. The rate of loan may be reduced if you are eligible for a maintenance grant.
Tuition fee grant (Wales, 2012 cohort)
£4,530 per year
Tuition fee loan
£9,250 per year
Welsh government learning grant
2012 cohort
£5,161 per year
 
2018 cohort:
 
 
Base grant (all students)
£1,000 per year
 
Studying in London
£10,124 per year
 
Studying outside London
£8,100 per year
 
Living in parental home
£6,885 per year
 
Part-time undergraduates
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Course costs grant (Northern Ireland)
£265 per year
Maintenance grant (Wales, 2018 cohort)
Base grant (amount payable is pro-rated according to intensity of study)
£1,000 per year
 
Maintenance grant (maximum amount payable is pro-rated according to intensity of study)
£6,000 per year
Tuition fee grant
Wales, pre-2014 cohorts:
Course intensity equivalent to:
 
50–59% of a full-time course
 
£690 per year
60–74% of a full-time course
£820 per year
75% or more of a full-time course
£1,025 per year
Northern Ireland:
Course intensity equivalent to:
50–59% of a full-time course
£820 per year
 
60–74% of a full-time course
£985 per year
 
75% or more of a full-time course
£1,230 per year
 
Student loan for living costs (England, 2018 cohort)
Maximum rates are as for 2016 cohort full-time students domiciled in England above, pro-rated by intensity of study
Student loan for living costs (Wales, 2018 cohort)
Maximum amount payable is pro-rated by intensity of study and loans are reduced £1 for every £1 of maintenance grant payable
£6,245 per year
Tuition fee loan
England (post-2012 cohorts) and Wales for study elsewhere in UK (post-2014 cohorts)
£6,935 per year
 
Wales for study in Wales, post-2014 cohorts
£2,625 per year
Northern Ireland
£3,296.25 per year
Welsh government learning grant (pre-2018 cohort)
£1,155 per year
 
Healthcare students
Means-tested bursary
 
England and Wales (2012 system, 30-week rates):
 
 
Studying in London
£3,191 per year
Studying outside London
£2,643 per year
Living in parental home
£2,207 per year
Northern Ireland:
Living away from parental home
£2,355 per year
Living in parental home
£1,920 per year
Non-means-tested grant (England and Wales, 2012 system)
£1,000 per year
Nursing and midwifery bursary (Northern Ireland)
£5,165 per year
Reduced-rate student loan
England:
Full year
Final year
Studying in London
£3,451
£2,642
Studying outside London
£2,458
£1,916
Living in parental home
£1,845
£1,400
Wales, 2018 cohort:
 
 
Studying in London
£5,630
 
Studying outside London
£4,405
 
Living in parental home
£3,665
Note: there is no final year rate of loan.
Wales, 2012 cohort:
Studying in London
£5,666
£3,980
Studying outside London
£3,702
£2,885
Living in parental home
£2,777
£2,111
Northern Ireland:
Living away from parental home
£2,324
£1,811
Living in parental home
£1,744
£1,324
Training grant (England, 2017 system)
£5,000 per year
Note: there are a range of supplementary grants for healthcare students not listed here. See Chapter 6 for further details. More may be available in some circumstances
 
Social work students
NHS Business Services Authority social work bursary (England)
Studying in London
£5,262.50 per year
Studying outside London
£4,862.50 per year
Social Care Wales social work bursary (Wales)
£2,500 per year
Office of Social Services social work bursary (Northern Ireland)
£4,000 per year
 
Teacher training students
Teacher training bursary (England and Wales)
 
 
Amount depends on subject studied and undergraduate degree classification held
Postgraduates
Postgraduate loan for doctoral degree (England and Wales)
£26,445 for duration of course
Postgraduate loan for master’s degree (England)
£11,222 for duration of course
Postgraduate Master’s Finance (Wales)
up to £17,489 for duration of course
Note: At least £1,000 is in the form of grant, and up to £6,885 depending on household income
 
Postgraduate tuition fee loan (Northern Ireland)
£5,500 for the duration of course
 

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