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Extra Money to Pay for University

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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 do not have to pay this money back.

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

  • who qualifies
  • how much you can get
  • how to apply
  • Any money you get is paid directly to you by your university or college

Talk to your student support service to find out what’s available.

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

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

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

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

Money from your university or college will not usually be counted as income when working out your entitlement to benefits or tax credits, unless it’s for day-to-day living costs.


National Organisation
Age range
Suitable for ages from 16 years to 99 years
Referral route
No Referral Needed
For people with
Suitable for Everyone
Eligibility criteria
  • Receipt of Benefits
  • Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND)
Provider category
Universal Services - Suitable for Everyone

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Last updated 10 June 2024