Other Financial Support

Benefits

Most full-time students cannot claim means-tested state benefits. However, there are some categories who are exempt. The following are examples of such students but this is not the definitive list:

  • Lone Parents who have the care of dependent children
  • Couples who are both full-time students and have the care of dependent children
  • Full-time students in receipt of non-means tested disability benefits such as Personal Independence Payment
  • Part-time or distance learning students

The amount of benefit you may be entitled to will vary with the rules for each benefit and the level of student finance used in the calculation. This is usually a portion of the loan allocated for maintenance.

Just because you may be entitled to claim a benefit does not necessarily mean you will get any additional help. However, The Student Advice Centre can calculate your benefits entitlement, based upon your circumstances.

Trusts and Charities

There are inumerable educational trusts and charities set up to help people in financial need. Their eligibility criteria will vary from organisation to organisation. Some will serve people from specific occupations e.g. the armed services and others are set up to help people from minority groups. Turn2us is a charity that provides a search engine to find potential funders based upon your specific circumstances. It can be accessed by clicking this link

Denise Coates Foundation Bursary

Local charity the Denise Coates Foundation is offering to help new and existing Staffordshire University students with bursaries for eligible applicants.

Eligibility Criteria

1st year undergraduate (£1,500)

Prospective students must meet the following criteria in order to eligible to apply for the one of the bursaries on offer:

  • First year undergraduate only
  • Be from and currently living within a 20 mile radius of  Stoke-on-Trent, Blackheath Lane, Lichfield and Shrewsbury campuses
  • Attain high achieving grades via the UCAS ranking system
  • Have joined the University from a College or School 6th form having studied A levels or a BTEC
  • Paying full tuition fees (full-time student)
  • Have a household income of below £25,000 per annum that is assessed by their award authority and have given consent for this information to be shared by the University
  • Studying a non-funded course
  • Be the first-degree course taken, regardless of whether the course was completed or not
  • To not have repeated any year of the course being taken

2nd and 3rd year undergraduate (£1,000)

Students must meet the following criteria in order to eligible to apply for the one of the bursaries on offer:

  • Students must be achieving an average of 60% or over (1st or a 2:1) in current University assessments
  • Be from and currently living within a 20 mile radius of  Stoke-on-Trent, Blackheath Lane, Lichfield and Shrewsbury campuses
  • Have joined the University from a College or School 6th form having studied A levels or a BTEC
  • Paying full tuition fees (full-time student)
  • Have a household income of below £25,000 per annum that is assessed by their award authority and have given consent for this information to be shared by the University
  • Studying a non-funded course
  • Be the first-degree course taken, regardless of whether the course was completed or not
  • To not have repeated any year of the course being taken

Applications can be made online here