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Maintenance Grants for Students

Under the new rules introduced in 2006 students may now apply for a maintenance grant of up to £2,835 a year. The maintenance grant does not need to be paid back.

How much maintenance grant you receive will depend on your household income. Your household income is defined as the total income of your parents / guardians. If you are an independent student your household income will be your own income.

If you are 25 or over you are considered to be an independent student anyway.

If you are starting your course in 2008, the table below is a guide to how much grant you could get.

Household income

How Much?

£25,000 or less

Full £2,835 grant

Between £25,001 and £60,005

Partial grant

More than £60,005

No grant

The maintenance grant is paid in three instalments, one at the start of each term, along side the student loan for maintenance.

Maintenance Grants for Lower Incomes

If you are in a lower income household you will have part of your living costs met through the maintenance grant.

However, your entitlement to repayable support via a student loan for maintenance will be reduced to reflect this. The amount of maintenance loan a student can receive will be reduced by £1 for every £1 of maintenance grant entitlement up to £1,260.

More Information

You may also be eligible for a maintenance loan.