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Undergraduate Study

UK government grants and loans

Maintenance loan

Full-time UK students can apply for a maintenance loan to help with living costs in each year of your degree. The amount you get will depend on your household income. The loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term. You have to pay the loan back.

Full-time student2019/20202020/2021
Living at home Up to £7,529 Up to £7,747
Living away from home, outside London Up to £8,944 Up to £9,203
Living away from home, in London Up to £11,672 Up to £12,010
Spending a year of a UK course studying abroad Up to £10,242 Up to £10,539

For further details visit the Student Finance website. Use the student finance calculator to estimate your Maintenance Loan.

Tuition fee loan

Covers your full tuition fees and means that you will not have to pay undergraduate tuition fees before you start or during your time at university. It is paid direct to the university.

Government funding for Nursing and Allied Health Degrees

In December 2019 the UK government announced that students studying undergraduate nursing and allied health degrees will receive a £5,000 maintenance grant for each year of study. This grant will not need to be paid back.

Potential extra payments worth up to £3,000 per academic year will be available for eligible students. This includes £1000 for those studying in an area of shortage specialism, including radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic) and mental health nursing. Find out more at