All students encounter costs for food, bills, clothes, leisure activities, etc. You may also have to pay for rent, travel and course costs. When assessing applications for support we use pre-set living costs for some expenses in order to ensure parity and that funds are not misused. We refer to these as ‘Reasonable Living Costs’ (RLC).
RLC therefore provide an allowance for basic costs such as food, household bills, clothes, entertainment, travel and mobile phone use. This ensures that all applicants are treated fairly, regardless of their individual lifestyle choices. RLC take into account the different household needs for different groups of students. We sometimes need to adjust the RLC if, for example, your accommodation is catered or has bills included. This is to ensure that there is no double counting of the same expenditure.
The following RLC are used in all standard SSF assessment
Weekly RLC rates for SSF calculations
| Weekly RLC
| Single student
| Additional for each child and/or adult dependent who lives as a family with the student
| Example : Student with partner & two financially dependent children
| Example: Single-parent student with two financially dependent children