Applying for a Maintenance Grant
With the average student on an ever-tighter budget, finding any way to boost your income can be a fantastic help. And if you can find a way to do so without having to get a job that might infringe your opportunities to study, it’s even better.
So it’s a good idea to look into whether either the Maintenance Grant or the Special Support Grant could be available to you, to help with costs such as accommodation, travel, any special support costs or just the various expenses of living!
What is the Maintenance Grant?The Maintenance Grant is an amount of money that you could be eligible for while you’re enrolled in higher education. It’s a grant - which means you don’t have to pay back the cash - and it comes from the government. It’s aimed at students from low income families, and is means-tested, so you will only be able to receive the cash if your family income comes within certain boundaries.
Alternatively, if you are classified as an independent student - for example, you are married, or have proof that you do not receive financial support from your family - then the means-tested income will be your own.
How Much Will I Receive?That all depends on your total income, or, usually, that of your household - so your mum and dad’s total income. If that amount is less than £25,000, you will receive the maximum amount of £2906, but that amount will go down as your total household income goes up.
The cap, above which you do not receive any maintenance grant, is £50,020 - so if your household income (total salaries and any other earnings) is more than that, then you can’t apply for this grant.