Financial support for further education - Money Advice Service
Adult or mature students are entitled to apply for government funding to study at university in the same way as younger students, but what you get depends on your own personal circumstances. If you already have a degree, unfortunately you are not entitled to apply for government loan other than for specific vocational subjects such as teaching , social work , medicine, healthcare or dentistry. However, there are literally thousands of smaller charities and trusts in the UK which offer grants for educational or welfare purposes. Each one will have its own specific criteria and you will need to identify those for which you might be eligible. There are also an increasing number of scholarships and grants for mature students which are being offered, mostly for first time students. Here are some examples. Women Careers Foundation Applicants should be females over 21 years old although younger applicants are considered if taking courses in music or dance and must be a citizen of the United Kingdom.
Deciding to go to university is a huge step for any student, but is an even greater leap for adult learners with dependents and additional commitments outside their studies. There are two main financial considerations for mature students when thinking about undergraduate study: tuition fees and day-to-day living costs. A number of different funding options are available to help you:. If you are over the age of 25, or are married, or you have supported yourself for at least three years before the start of your programme of study, you will be regarded as an independent student and parental income will not be taken into account. We have put in place a multimillion-pound range of scholarships and bursaries to support students through their studies.