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.

First year students can get an award of  £1500 per year and 2nd and 3rd year students £1000 per year

Applications close at midnight on September 30th 2019

Both eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found here 

Bertarelli Bursary

A very generous donation has been given by Kirsty and Ernesto Bertarelli, offering bursaries to new Staffordshire University students (subject to eligibility).

This bursary will award £1,500 per year for a 3 year degree, with no further applications needed during year 2 and 3.

Applications close at midnight on September 30th 2019

Both eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found at this link