Special Support Grant

The Special Support Grant is no longer available for new students. If you start university now and you would have qualified for it, you may get a larger maintenance loan instead.



This grant is for specific groups of students, including lone parents, to help with living costs and does not have to be repaid. A non-repayable grant to help you cover living expenses.

The amount available is the same as the Maintenance Grant, and you won't receive the Maintenance Grant if you get the Special Support Grant.

The difference between the two is that the Special Support Grant doesn't reduce the amount of Maintenance Loan you can receive. This means that you get more support overall.

Who can receive it?


Full time undergraduate students (excluding NHS-funded courses). You will probably be able to get the grant if:

    • you are lone parent, or your partner is also a student
    • you have a disability and qualify for the disability pmium or severe disability pmium
    • you are deaf and qualify for Disabled Students’ Allowances
    • you have been incapable of work for a continuous period of at least 28 weeks
    • you had to leave a course temporarily because you were ill or had to care for someone, and you are now waiting to go back to it
    • you are aged 60 or older

When to apply and when you receive it


You should apply for this grant along with your other student finance in the year before you start your course. Apply as early as possible to make sure you get your finance in time. Your grant will be paid in three instalments, one at the start of each term. It will only be paid once you have arrived at university and registered.

How to apply


You can apply online through the Student Finance England website, or send them a paper form. You apply for the special support grant, the maintenance loan,the tuition fee loan and additional grants like the Parents Learning Allowance with the same form. You will need to supply evidence of your income and personal circumstances.

External Links


Government information on the Special Support Grant