Course Grant


If you’re a continuing part-time student you can get a Course Grant to help with course related costs such as books and travel. The Course Grant doesn’t need to be paid back.

Continue reading for more information or go straight to how to apply and other forms.

How much can you get?


You could get a Course Grant of up to £1,155.

How much you get is based on your income (and your partner’s income if applicable):

Household IncomeAmount of Course Grant
Less than £26,095 Maximum Course Grant of £1,155
£26,095 to £28,180 Partial Course Grant (at least £50)
More than £28,180 No Course Grant

You must also be studying at an average course intensity of at least 50% to get a Course Grant.

Course intensity

Course intensity is the length of time it takes to complete your part-time course compared to the equivalent full-time course. It’s worked out by taking the number of part-time units (such as credits, credit points or modules) you’re studying in the academic year and dividing it by the number of units you’d complete doing the course full-time. This is then multiplied by 100 to give you the course intensity for your period of study as a percentage:

Part-Time Units ÷ Full-Time Units x 100 = Part-Time %

If you’re not sure what your course intensity is check with your university or college.

How’s it paid?

The Course Grant is paid in one lump sum directly into your bank account at the start of term. For this to happen you need to register on your course and your university or college confirm that you’re in attendance.

How to apply and other forms

The form you need to complete depends on when you started your course. Did you start your course:

You can also tell us about any changes in your course or circumstances

Start your course from the 1st of September 2014?

Applied before?

If you applied for support last year, then you can apply for the Course Grant and Tuition Fee Loan by completing the:

There are also accompanying notes for the PTLC form (PDF 222kB) to help you complete it. You may also be able to pick these up as part of your application pack from your university or college.

Applying for the first time?

If you’re applying for support for the first time as a continuing student, then you can apply for the Course Grant and Tuition Fee Loan by completing the:

There are also accompanying notes for the PTL1 form (PDF 186kB) to help you complete it. You may also be able to pick these up as part of your application pack from your university or college.

Start your course before the 1st of September 2014?

Applied before?

If you applied for support previously, you can apply for the Course Grant and Fee Grant by completing the:

There are also accompanying notes for the PTGC form (PDF 645kB) to help you complete it.

If you’re an Open University student and started your course before the 1st of September 2014, you’ll need to apply through the Open University for your financial support. You can contact the Open University by phone on 0300 303 5303 or visit www.open.ac.uk

Applying for the first time?

If you’re applying for support for the first time as a continuing student, you can apply for the Course Grant and Fee Grant by completing the:

There are also accompanying notes for the PTGN form (PDF 656kB) to help you complete it.

Change in Circumstances

If you need to tell us about any change in your circumstances through the year, for example a change in your course or the university or college you’re attending, you’ll need to complete this form:

Confirmation of benefits

If you receive state benefits and are unable to send the evidence requested in your application notes, you’ll need to complete this form to confirm which benefit(s) you receive and how much.

Useful guides

Start your course from the 1st of September 2014?

We’ve produced a quick guide that explains the key facts about the loans available to part-time students in 2015/16.

This guide provides information about the financial support available to part-time students in 2015/16.

You can also view our film:

Start your course before the 1st of September 2014?

We’ve produced a quick guide that explains the key facts about the grants available to part-time students in 2015/16

This guide provides information about the financial support available to part-time students in 2015/16.





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