Apply for Maintenance Grant in United Kingdom

Procedure

Application process varies for students applying from England (Student Finance England), Scotland (Students Awards Agency for Scotland), Wales (Student Finance Wales), or Northern Ireland (Student Finance Northern Ireland).

To those living in the Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey) or Isle of Man, get in touch with the education authority.

To help you inquire about how you can apply for a Maintenance Grant in your country you may use the contact information below.

Office Locations & Contacts

England

Student Finance England
PO Box 210
Darlington DL1 9HJ

Telephone: 0300 100 0607
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 4pm

Textphone: 0300 100 0622
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm

Scotland

The Student Awards Agency for Scotland
Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
EDINBURGH
EH11 3UT

The number you should call will depend on your course type or where you are studying. Contact numbers – details

Website

Wales

Student Finance Wales
Telephone 0300 200 4050
Minicom 0300 100 1693

Opening hours are:
Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm
Saturday 9am to 1pm
Sunday Closed

PO Box 211
Llandudno Junction,
LL30 9FU

Website

Northern Ireland

Student Finance Northern Ireland

Telephone Enquiries

  • Phone: 0300 100 0077
  • Minicom: 0300 100 0625 You must have access to a Minicom device in order to use this service

Opening hours
Monday to Friday – 8.00 am to 8.00 pm
Saturday and Sunday – 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

Website

Channel Islands

Jersey

Student Finance
Phone: 01534 449450
Fax: 01534 447420
Email: studentfinance@gov.je

Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm

Careers Jersey
Philip Le Feuvre House
La Motte Street
St Helier
Jersey
JE4 8PE

Website


Guernsey

Education Department
PO BOX 32
Grange Road
St Peter Port
Guernsey
GY1 3AU
Channel Islands

Email: office@education.gov.gg
Tel: +44 01481 733000
Fax: +44 714475

Website

Isle of Man

Education and Children

Head Office:
Hamilton House
Peel Road
Douglas
Isle of Man
IM1 5EZ

Telephone: +44 1624 685808 or +44 1624 693838

Website

Eligibility

Maintenance Grants are offered to full-time UK students. Part-time and EU students cant apply.


Your qualification for student finance depends on:

Your university or college: Must be in the UK and either:

  • publicly funded (paid for by the government); or
  • privately funded but running individual courses that receive public funding.


Your course: The course must be offered in the UK, and one of the following:

  • a first degree, eg BA, BSc or BEd
  • a Foundation Degree
  • a Certificate of Higher Education
  • a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • a Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • a Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)
  • Initial Teacher Training

Note: Get in touch with your university or college that ask if your course is recognised.


If youve studied a higher education course before: Generally, youll only get student finance if youre doing your first higher education qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.

However, you may still get limited funding if, for example:

  • you change course
  • you leave your course but decide to start again
  • youre topping up a higher education qualification, eg youve finished an HNC, HND or Foundation Degree and now want to do an honours degree


Your age: Theres no upper age limit for Tuition Fee Loans or grants.


Your nationality or residency status:

  • Applicants must be a UK national or have settled status (no restrictions on how long you can stay)
  • Normally live in England
  • Have been living in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 years before starting their course

Non-UK nationals must have settled status on the first day of the first academic year of the course – which could be 1 September, 1 January, 1 April or 1 July.

You might still be able to apply, if youre:

  • an EU national, or a relative of one;
  • a refugee, or a relative of one;
  • under Humanitarian Protection, or a relative of someone under Humanitarian Protection;
  • an EEA/Swiss migrant worker, or a relative of one;
  • the child of a Swiss national; or
  • the child of a Turkish worker.

If you normally live in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man you cant apply to Student Finance England. You should contact the education authority on your island to apply for student finance.

Instructions

Maintenance Grant for living costs: Applicants may be asked to give details of their household income and course start date. The grant is paid into your bank account at the start of term. You dont have to pay it back, but any funds you get will reduce the Maintenance Loan you can get.


External Links

  • GOV.UK:

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

  • Student finance guides for 2015 to 2016:

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/further-information

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