Stage 1: Before you apply
Full-time undergraduate, Welsh students

Travel Grant

You can apply for a Travel Grant to cover the extra travel costs you might have if you’re studying abroad or if you’re a healthcare student on a placement in the UK.

How much you get depends on your household income and when you started your course. You do not have to pay it back.

What’s available

You can claim reasonable costs for travel if you’re studying abroad or if you’re on a healthcare placement in the UK.

You will have to pay either the first £303 or the first £1,000 of your costs yourself, depending on your household income and when you started your course.

You should try to keep costs as low as you can, for example you should book standard class tickets instead of first class.

If you’re studying abroad

You can claim for:

  • up to 3 return journeys a year between the UK and the overseas university or college
  • essential expenses, medical insurance and travel visas

You may be able to claim for your children’s travel costs if you’re a single parent.

If you’re a healthcare student on a placement in the UK

You can claim for travel costs between your home and the hospital or other institution where you’re doing your placement.

Who qualifies

You must either be:

  • studying or working abroad as part of your UK course for at least half of one term
  • on a placement in the UK that is an integral part of your healthcare course
  • studying abroad with Erasmus+, the Turing Scheme or the International Learning Exchange (ILE) programme

You can't claim the Travel Grant if you're claiming travel costs from Erasmus+, the Turing Scheme or the International Learning Exchange (ILE) programme.

If you started your course on or after 1 August 2018

You must pay the first £303 of travel costs yourself if your household income is less than £59,200.

You must pay the first £1,000 of travel costs yourself if:

  • your household income is £59,200 or more
  • you are not getting student finance that depends on your household income

If you started your course between 1 September 2012 and 31 July 2018

You must:

  • be getting student finance that depends on your household income
  • pay the first £303 of travel costs yourself

If your household income is over £50,753, your Travel Grant will be reduced by £1 for every £5 of household income over £50,753.

How to apply

If you’re studying abroad

You need to submit a course abroad form:

Once you’ve submitted a course abroad form, use the claim form to claim for costs you’ve paid:

If you’re a healthcare student on a placement in the UK

You will automatically be sent the form you need after you’ve applied for student finance.

Submitting evidence

Make sure you keep copies of receipts for any costs you want to claim. You’ll need to provide these with your claim form.

For more information on sending us evidence, check out our dedicated evidence guidance page.

Getting paid

We’ll pay your money into your bank account after we’ve approved your claim.