Your application will be considered with care by experienced members of the Funding, Graduation and Awards team. There are two types of awards available:
Most applications will be assessed for a Standard Award, where your expected income and that of any partner/spouse will be compared against your reasonable expenditure. If there is a clear deficit between the two, we will make a Standard Award to cover the deficit (up to a maximum of £2,500). Please note, however, that in carrying out any assessment for students that have been means-tested by the SLC or the NHS, we must include any assessed contribution that parents are expected to be making, whether or not this contribution is actually being paid. Official figures regarding these amounts are not always apparent, so please refer to our Loan Information Sheet (PDF - 266KB) for further information.
All students encounter costs for food, bills, clothes, leisure, plus they may have to pay for rent, travel and course costs, however some students will choose to spend more than others. To ensure parity, we will use pre-set values that are considered reasonable for each of these costs when assessing your application.
Please note that anything you have in savings over £1,000 will be taken into account as part of your income. If you need to use the £1,000 in order to meet MRP then this will be included as part of your income too.
A small number of students may be faced with unforeseen or exceptional circumstances, such as essential household repairs, emergency situations, court action, etc. In these instances we may be able to make an Exceptional Award as a one-off contribution towards these costs. Such students should apply in the normal way, as described below. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.