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 2018/19

The St George’s Opportunity Fund Grant is our bursary. By offering this additional support we aim to assist students from lower income backgrounds to access and progress through their first Higher Education course. Eligible students will receive this support from St George’s in addition to their student finance.

There is no separate application form to complete. Students will be assessed for the St George’s Opportunity Fund Grant using the information given on their student finance application. Please ensure that you (and your parent(s)/partner/spouse, if applicable) give permission on the application for the information to be shared with the University. Student Finance England (SFE) make the bursary payments to students on behalf of the University. A notification of entitlement letter will be sent via email and will appear on eligible students’ SFE online accounts later in the autumn term once all students are registered and enrolled.

Students with a household income of up to £42,875 commencing a first undergraduate degree at St George’s in 2018/19 can be considered for an Opportunity Fund Grant of up to £1,800 in their first year and up to £1,000 in each subsequent SFE-funded year. Those awarded the highest level of Opportunity Fund Grant and who firmly accept their course offer by the UCAS deadline will also receive an extra £300 in their first year of study.

Please note that previous study at Higher Education level may affect entitlement to the St George’s Opportunity Fund Grant. You can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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

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

  • up to £164.70 a week for 1 child
  • up to £282.36 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

Full-time students with children could get up to £1,669 to help with their learning costs. Parents’ Learning Allowance can help pay for books, study materials and travel.

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 £2,925.

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 MBBS4 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 £1,000 grant for living costs 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 Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales

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


Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 April 2018 10:49