support for students
(outside tuition and
Grants, scholarships, bursaries, allowances,
funds – there is so much available to your
students it can be difficult to keep track of it.
I explain it all here.
What are university scholarships and bursaries?
Universities aoffer incentives to students in
the form of scholarships and bursaries. These
might be based on academic, sporting or
musical achievements, household income or
subject specific relevant to the course they are
Types of incentives include discounted course
or accommodation costs, iPads and laptops,
money towards travel expenses and books.
Scholarships and bursaries don’t need to be
paid back and applications are made directly
to the university. Students should check
individual university websites to research what
is available. It is not just universities that offer scholarships and bursaries though - so students should be encouraged to check other oppoprtunities out as well.
Funding for health and social care students
Various funding is available to students
studying specific health and social care
courses. Applications for funding are made
directly to the NHS learning support fund and
- exceptional support fund
- parental support
- training grant
- travel and dual accommodation expenses.
Terms and conditions apply so students
need to research eligibility criteria. Further
information can be found on the NHS Learning
Support Fund website.
Support for students with children or adult
Students with children or adult dependants
might be entitled to additional financial
support. How much they are eligible for
depends on household income and what other
types of funding and support they receive.
These grants don’t have to be repaid in the
future and are applied for as part of their main
student finance application. Funding includes:
- adult dependants’ grant
- childcare grant
- parents’ learning allowance
What is the Disabled students’ allowance?
This funding is designed to support students
with specialist equipment, non-medical
helpers, travel and day-to-day costs during
their studies. Students may need to submit
evidence and attend an assessment to discuss
what support is required. Applications are
made to Student Finance England after the
main student finance application has been
Students who have been in care, or consider
themselves estranged from their parents, could
be eligible for additional funding through their
local authority. Some universities, such as
Teesside, offer care leaver bursaries to support
students during their studies and also provide
assistance with travel costs to open days and
These are the main sources of additional
financial support available for students, but
there are others that are sector specific.
Encourage your students to research what is
available as early as possible to avoid them
missing out. Open days are a great opportunity
for students to find out more.
Universities will have a team of finance
advisers on hand to offer support and
guidance to students. They can discuss what
the student might be eligible for, how and
when they apply and even support them when
completing their application.