Funding for mature students

Although in university terms a mature student is over 21, for student finance the definition is over 25 years old. If you are under 25 and believe that you are an independent student then we would recommend speaking to our Student Funding Office, otherwise your parent or guardian’s household income may be taken into account.

Advanced Learner Loan for Access to HE courses and A-level study

The Advanced Learner Loan is available from the government to cover the costs of studying a level 3 course, such as Access to HE Diplomas and A-levels. Your college will tell you how to apply for this loan.

Have you studied at higher education level before?

If you have ever studied at higher education level before (level 4 or above) then this may affect your eligibility for student finance, even if it was a long time ago or you never completed the qualification. We strongly recommend that you speak to our friendly Student Funding Office when considering returning to study.

Do you have children or an adult dependent?

Additional funding is available if you have children or an adult dependent. If you have children you may be eligible for a non-repayable childcare grant and a parents learning allowance.

Financial Assistance Fund

The University of Bristol also offers a Financial Assistance Fund for students who are registered and have started their course. This supports students with additional costs which may not be covered by other support packages, or who have financial emergencies.

Second undergraduate degrees

Student finance from the government for second undergraduate degrees is only available in some circumstances. Therefore you may need to self-fund your fees and living costs. We recommend speaking to our Student Funding Office before starting a second undergraduate degree.

If you already have an undergraduate degree, there are loans available for postgraduate study

Additional information about funding

Additional information about funding is available on the Government's student finance website, which also includes a student finance calculator.

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