If you are a student from England, there are grants available from the UK Government and St George’s, University of London to support your living and course costs. Eligibility depends on your personal circumstances and household income.

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St George’s Opportunity Fund Grant

The St George’s Opportunity Fund Grant is our bursary which aims to assist students from lower income backgrounds as they progress through their first undergraduate degree. Eligible students will receive non-repayable support from this St George’s Fund in addition to their support from Student Finance England.

Students commencing a course in 2017/18 with a household income of up to £42,875 can be considered for an Opportunity Fund Grant of up to £1,800 in the first year (plus an extra £300 if the course offer is firmly accepted by the UCAS deadline) and up to £1,000 in each subsequent Student Finance England funded year of a first undergraduate degree.

There are no additional forms to complete. Students will be assessed for the St George’s Opportunity Fund Grant using the information given on their student finance application each year. Please just ensure that you (and your parent(s)/partner/spouse, if applicable) give permission on your student finance application for the financial information to be shared with the University. Eligible students will be notified of their St George’s Opportunity Fund Grant entitlement by email and via their Student Finance England online account, usually by the end of the autumn term each academic year.

Please note that previous study at Higher Education level may affect entitlement to the St George’s Opportunity Fund Grant.

Grants for dependants

If your course is supported by Student Finance England and you have dependants, you may be eligible for additional grants while you study.  All grants for dependants are income assessed.

Childcare Grant

Childcare Grant

Full-time higher education students using a registered childcare provider can apply for a Childcare Grant of:

  • up to £159.59 a week for 1 child
  • up to £273.60 a week for 2 or more children

The grant helps with childcare costs for children under 15, or under 17 if they have special educational needs, and can meet up to 85% of the actual cost.

Parents' Learning Allowance

Parents’ Learning Allowance

Full-time students with children could get up to £1,617 a year to help with their learning costs. Parents’ Learning Allowance can help pay for books, study materials and travel.

Adult Dependants' Grant

Adult Dependants’ Grant

Full-time students in higher education with an adult who depends on them financially can apply for an Adult Dependants’ Grant of up to £2,834.

Disabled Students’ Allowances

You can apply for a non means tested Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you are studying a Higher Education course, usually live in England and have a disability, including a:

  • Long-term health condition
  • Mental health condition
  • Specific learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia

DSAs can help you pay the extra costs you may have because of your disability. DSAs don’t have to be repaid. The support you get depends on your individual needs and not on income.

NHS funding for Medicine MBBS

Our Medicine programmes are partially funded by NHS Student Bursaries.

Medicine MBBS (5 year) students can apply for NHS support from their fifth year of study.

Medicine MBBS (4 year graduate entry) students can apply for NHS support from their second year of study. For years two, three and four of the course tuition fee funding is split between NHS Student Bursaries and Student Finance.

For the relevant year(s) of study, Medicine students can apply to NHS Student Bursaries for a partial/full tuition fee grant plus a non-income assessed grant for living costs of £1,000 and an income assessed bursary for living costs. NHS Student Bursaries also offer additional support to students who have a disability and to students with dependants.

For further details please visit our NHS bursary page and the NHS Student Bursaries website.

Students from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland

If you normally live in ScotlandWales or Northern Ireland, you should visit your local student finance website for information about government grants you may be eligible for.


Last Updated: Thursday, 08 October 2015 16:20