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Students in higher education can apply for money directly from their university or college on top of any other student finance - you don’t have to pay this money back.

Bursaries, scholarships and awards

Students in higher education can apply for money directly from their university or college on top of any other student finance - you don’t have to pay this money back.

Each university or college has their own rules about bursaries, scholarships and awards, eg:

  • who qualifies
  • how much you can get
  • how to apply

Bursaries are like grants and don’t have to be paid back. You get your bursary directly from your university or college.

Leaving local authority care

If you’ve been in local authority care, you can apply for:

  • a one-off bursary of £2,000 from your local authority
  • a bursary from your university or college

University and college hardship funds

You could get extra money from your university or college if you’re experiencing financial hardship. You may be, for example:

  • a student with children, especially single parents
  • a mature student with existing financial commitments
  • from a low-income family
  • disabled
  • a student that was previously in care (a ‘care leaver’)
  • homeless or living in a foyer

What you’ll get

The amount you can get is decided by your university or college. It’s paid in a lump sum or instalments.

You usually won’t have to pay the money back, but in some cases you’ll get a loan that you have to repay.

How to apply

Contact the student services department at your university or college - they’ll decide if you qualify.

You’ll need:

  • a copy of your letter from Student Finance England showing how much student finance you’ll get
  • documents about your finances eg bank statements and rent details

Who to contact

Website
https://www.gov.uk
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