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Students eligible for benefits or aged 60 or over


Student eligible for benefits

If you are starting your studies in the 2017/18 academic year and you qualify for certain government benefits, you may be eligible for a higher amount of maintenance loan to help with your day to day costs.

This might apply to you if:

  • you are a lone parent with responsibility for a child
  • you and your partner are both full-time students and one or both of you has responsibility for a child
  • you have a disability and qualify for certain disability benefits or premiums
  • you have been treated as incapable for work for at least 28 weeks
  • you are entitled to Housing Benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit
  • you are deaf and receive Disabled Students' Allowances
  • you are returning to a course following illness or caring responsibilities.
The table below shows the amount of student finance you might qualify for based on your household income. The figures here apply to students who fulfil the criteria above and will live away from home, or in their own home, during their studies.

These figures are subject to government approval.

Income (£)

Annual Maintenance Loan paid to you in termly instalments (£)

25,000 and below 9,609
30,000 8,674
35,000 7,739
40,000 6,804
45,000 6,009
50,000 5,404
55,000 4,799
60,000 4,193
62,187 and above 3,928


Return to the Student Finance 2017/18 page for further information about tuition fees, how your application will be assessed and how to apply.

Students aged 60 or over

If you are aged 60 or over on the first day of the first academic year of your course, you will be eligible for a Maintenance Loan which will be based on your household income.

Income (£) Annual Maintenance Loan paid to you in termly instalments (£)
25,000 and below 3,566
30,000 2,625
35,000 1,683
40,000 742
43,675 50
Above 42,675 0

Return to the Student Finance 2017/18 page for further information about tuition fees, how your application will be assessed and how to apply.