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How much can I get?

You can get up to £1,500 for a full-time course or up to £750 for a part-time course, depending on your household income.

What is household income

Household income means the income of

  • you and your partner (if you have one) or
  • your parent(s).

Are you dependent or independent?

Look at the following statements to work out if you are a dependent or independent student. This will make it clear whose household income details you need to give.

If any of these statements apply to you, you’re considered to be an independent student.

  • you’re aged 25 or over
  • you’re responsible for a child
  • you have financially supported yourself for 3 or more years
  • you live apart from your parents and have no contact with them, and you are not living under Local Authority care
  • you live under Local Authority care, for example with foster parents
  • you are, or have been, married or in a civil partnership

If none of the statements apply to you, you’re considered to be a dependent student.

Independent students

You must provide estimates of your expected income for academic year 2017/18 (1 September 2017 to 31 August 2018).

Your partner (if you have one) must provide details of their income for tax year 2015-16 (6 April 2015 to 5 April 2016).

Study typeHave a partner?Income taken into account
Full-time No None
Full-time Yes Partner's income
Part-time No Your income
Part-time Yes The highest of your or your partner's income

Dependent students

This means you depend financially on your parent(s). Your parent(s) must provide details of their income for tax year 2015-16 (6 April 2015 to 5 April 2016). Any income you earn is not counted.

Annual household incomePart-time (275 – 499 hours)Full-time (500+ hours)
Up to £6,120 £750 £1,500
£6,121 - £12,235 £450 £750
£12,236 - £18,370 £300 £450
£18,371 and above £0 £0


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