If you are a student from England, grants are 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 aims to assist students from lower income backgrounds as they enter and progress through their first undergraduate degree with us. Eligible students will receive non-repayable support from this Fund in addition to their student finance.

Students commencing a course in 2016/17 with a household income of up to £42,875 may receive a grant of up to £2,000 in the first year and up to £1,000 in each subsequent year of a Student Finance England funded undergraduate degree.

Students will be assessed for the St George’s Opportunity Fund Grant using the information given on their student finance application each year.  There are no additional forms to complete.  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 Opportunity Fund Grant entitlement via their Student Finance England online account, usually by the end of November each year.

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 £155.24 a week for 1 child
  • up to £266.15 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 £1,573 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 £2,757.

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 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.

Support for students on NHS-funded courses

A number of our courses are funded by NHS Student Bursaries. Partial or full tuition fee support is available (depending on the course studied) in addition to a non-income assessed grant of £1,000 and an income assessed NHS student bursary for living costs.

NHS Student Bursaries also offer additional support to students who have a disability and to students with dependants.

Visit our NHS bursary page to find out about the support available for each NHS-funded course at St George's and the NHS Student Bursaries website for more detailed information.

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

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