Bursary maintenance allowance
The bursary maintenance allowance is an income-assessed allowance and is discretionary. It is not repayable.
Maximum weekly maintenance allowance 2021/22
Receiving education maintenance allowance
Receiving universal credit (UC)
18 to 24
25 or over
Students entitled to an education maintenance allowance and living away from home, or whose parental home is not within reasonable travelling distance of the college, may be able to get an allowance of £43.15 a week. Other students getting an education maintenance allowance are not eligible for a bursary maintenance allowance.
Students aged 18 to 24 who are self-supporting, or whose parental home is not within reasonable travelling distance of the college, may be able to get a weekly allowance of £108.55. Otherwise, they may be able to get £85.90.
The bursary is different if you have been in local authority care (see here).
A student who gets UC may be eligible for a weekly bursary of £28.
You may be able to get a bursary to pay up to £121.15 a week rent for college accommodation or college-approved lodgings. Instead of the standard maintenance allowance, you get a personal allowance of £31.73 a week. If you get an education maintenance allowance, you can also get your college accommodation rent paid in this way but do not get the extra personal allowance in addition to this.