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Full-time Maintenance Loan

What's available

Everyone who is eligible for help with their living costs can get at least some Maintenance Loan. How much they can get depends on where they live while studying. They can also apply for more if they provide their household income information.

 

The following table shows the maximum Maintenance Loan amounts for courses starting from 1 August 2016.

Student’s living arrangements Maximum Maintenance Loan for the 2017/18 academic year Maximum Maintenance Loan for the 2018/19 academic year
Living with parents £7,079 £7,324
Studying in London and not living with parents £11,002 £11,354
Studying outside London and not living with parents £8,430 £8,700
Living and studying abroad for at least one term as part of their UK course £9,654 £9,963

The student may be eligible for more Maintenance Loan if they: 

  • are a single parent or single foster parent of a child or young person under 20 who is in full-time education below higher-education level or on an approved training course
  • have a partner who is also a full-time student and one or both of them is responsible for a child or young person under 20 who is in full-time education below higher-education level or on an approved training course
  • have a disability and qualify for the Disability Living Allowance, Disability Premium or Severe Disability Premium
  • qualify for Personal Independence Payment or Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • are deaf and qualify for Disabled Students’ Allowances
  • have been treated as incapable of work for a continuous period of at least 28 weeks
  • have a disability and qualify for income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • are waiting to go back to a course having taken agreed time out from that course due to an illness or caring responsibility that has now ended
  • are studying a course lasts longer than 30 weeks and three days in an academic year

As part of their application we'll ask if any of the above apply to the student and ask them to send evidence to prove their circumstances.

If the student started their course before 1 August 2016

They might also be able to get a Maintenance Grant or a Special Support Grant. If a student is eligible for a Special Support Grant they will receive this instead of a Maintenance Grant.

 

The amount they can get depends on their household income and when they started their course.

Course start date Maximum grant amount for the 2017/18 academic year Maximum grant amount for the 2018/19 academic year
Between 1 September 2012 and 31 July 2016 £3,482 £3,593
Before 1 September 2012 £3,197 £3,299

Students in their final year of study

Students in their final year will get less Maintenance Loan than previous years. This is because, during study, student finance covers the break between academic years. Students are no longer entitled to financial support once their course has ended.

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