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Part-time student finance in 2017/18

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Tuition Fee Loan

If you're a new student, or you started your course on or after 1 September2014, you can get a Tuition Fee Loan.

The maximum Tuition Fee Loan available is:

  • £2,625 if you’re at a Welsh university or college or studying at the Open University
  • £6,935 if you’re at a UK university or college outside Wales
  • £4,625 if you’re at a privately funded university or college outside Wales

You must be studying an average course intensity of at least 25% (equivalent to the full-time course) to get a Tuition Fee Loan.

Fee Grant

If you're a continuing student and you started your course before 1 September 2014, you can apply for a Fee Grant to help pay your tuition fees.

The maximum amount available is £1,025.

The amount you can get is based on your household income and course intensity.

Course Grant

You can apply for a Course Grant to help with course-related costs such as books and travel.

The maximum amount available is £1,155.

The amount you can get is based on your household income and course intensity.

Childcare Grant

You could get a Childcare Grant of up to 85% of the cost of your childcare if you have children in registered and approved childcare. You won’t qualify for this grant if either you or your partner claims the childcare element of Working Tax Credits, Universal Credit, Tax-free Childcare from HM Revenue & Customs or NHS-funded childcare grants.

The maximum amount available is:

  • £121.13 a week for one child; or
  • £205.91 a week for two or more children.

The amount you can get is based on your household income and course intensity.

Parents’ Learning Allowance

Parents’ Learning Allowance helps with course-related costs if you have dependent children.

The maximum amount available is £1,167.75 per year.

The amount you can get is based on your household income and course intensity.

Adult Dependants' Grant

Adult Dependants’ Grant is available if you live with an adult who depends on you financially. You can only get this grant for one adult dependant.

The maximum amount available is £2,049 per year.

The amount you can get is based on your household income and course intensity.

Disabled Students’ Allowances

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) are available if you have a disability, including a long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty.

DSAs are grants to help pay the essential extra costs you may have as a direct result of your disability. You must meet the definition of a disability under the Equality Act 2010.

Allowance:Maximum amount available (£):
Non-helper medical £15,885 per year
Specialist equipment £5,332 for the whole course
General allowanceallowance £1,388 per year
Disability-related travel Reasonable spending on extra travel costs as a result of your condition

More Information

Find out more with our useful quick guides:

We’ve also got in-depth main guides with even more information:

And find out everything you need to know about repaying your loan with our handy quick guide:



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