Financial Support at UONL

If you are a UON student studying at UONL, you may be eligible to apply for financial support to help you through university.

Open the accordions below to learn more about the available bursaries, awards and grants for UON students at UONL.

  • We provide UONL students with an attendance bursary of £250 each semester (£500 each academic year). To be eligible, students need to attend 90% of their classes and submit all their assignments and exams within the deadlines for each semester.

  • We provide a Hardship Fund to support students financially up to £500 per academic year for UONL students who have exhausted all the financial support provided by Student Finance.

  • We have a £200 Disability Support Allowance for eligible UONL students to purchasing IT equipment.

    If you have a disability we encourage you to get in touch during your application process so we can discuss what support we can offer you.

    These grants help to pay the essential extra costs you may have as a direct result of your disability including a mental-health condition, or specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.

    Our Study Support Service offers information, advice and support to students with disabilities, including mental health difficulties, ongoing medical conditions and specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia.

    We hold drop-in sessions for current students, where you can discuss anything with us in confidence. Our Student Welfare Officers are always on hand to support you, you can e-mail any time to arrange a meeting.

    We may be able to assist you with special arrangements for your lectures and for your examinations. You may also find you’re eligible for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), which can be used for equipment and support to help you to complete your programme. Take a look at the DSA website for more information, or contact us if you’d like to talk it over. If a student requires any special equipment a contribution of up to £200 is required from the student.

    A student can get up to £1,954 of General Allowance to help cover the day-to-day costs of studying.

  • If you’re a full-time student in higher education and an adult depends on you financially, you can apply for an Adult Dependants’ Grant of up to:

    • £3,190 for the 2021 to 2022 academic year
    • £3,094 for the 2020 to 2021 academic year


    Usually, the adult dependant will be:

    • your husband, wife, partner or civil partner
    • a relative, such as a parent or a grandparent

    If you’re under 25, the adult dependant cannot be your partner unless you’re married or in a civil partnership.

    You’re not eligible if the adult dependant is:

    • your child
    • a relative who earns more than £3,796 a year
    • getting student finance

    The Adult Dependant grant will affect any income-related benefits and tax credits you receive.

    This does not need to be paid back unless you withdraw from the programme or intermit within the semester.

  • Starting from the 2019/20 academic year, the Childcare Grant will no longer be paid directly to the student, but directly to the childcare provider to prevent any under/overpayments within the academic year.

    The childcare provider will be paid quarterly by Student Finance depending on the start date of the programme. You would need to ensure you register with the Childcare Provider Service before they can contact you regarding the Childcare Grant.

    You can get up to 85% of your childcare costs. However, any remaining childcare cost will have to be paid by the student.

    For the 2021/22 academic year the maximum a student can receive is:

    • up to £179.62 a week for one child, or up to 85% of their costs (whichever is less)
    • up to £307.95 a week for two or more children, or up to 85% of their costs (whichever is less)

    For the 2020/21 academic year the maximum a student can receive is:

    • up to £174.22 a week for one child, or up to 85% of their costs (whichever is less)
    • up to £298.69 a week for two or more children, or up to 85% of their costs (whichever is less)

    The Childcare Grant won’t affect any income-related benefits, but students should not be recipients of the following at the same of receiving the Childcare grant:

    • Childcare Element of the Working Tax Credit
    • Childcare Element Universal Credit
    • HMRC tax-free childcare
    • NHS funded childcare grants

    If you decide to apply for the Childcare Grant at a later date, please download the application form from slc.

  • The Parents’ Learning Allowance is additional funding to help students who are also parents. This is used for study materials, books and travel.

    The maximum Parents’ Learning Allowance is:

    • 2021/22 – £1,766 per academic year
    • 2020/21 – £1,669 per academic year

    This is usually paid together with your Maintenance Loan and any additional grants you have applied for in three instalments.

    Parents who live together who are both students can both apply for Parents’ Learning Allowance for the same child.

    The Parents’ Learning Allowance is only available for undergraduates.

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