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Government support for education

Deciding to enter into full- or part-time further education can be a big decision. Not least because of the amount of money it can take to fund your course. It is not uncommon for many to be put off by these costs and to decide not to go down this path. However, it is important to be aware of the Government support for education that is available.

Support for Full Time Education
For those that choose full-time education the government provides student loans and grants if you are eligible. The aim of these is to help pay for tuition fees, accommodation and living costs for those who could not otherwise afford them.

The amount of your student loan will depend upon the income of your household. It is important to remember that a student loan will have to be paid back once you have finished your course and are earning more then £15,000.

Grants such as a Maintenance Grant and a Special Support Grant are also available for those eligible. Even if you cannot obtain a full grant you may well find that you can have a partial grant. It is worth noting that these do not have to be repaid. There is also further help available for those who may have a disability or learning problems and for those with certain mental health conditions. Of course if you still feel that you will struggle financially then you may be able to get a bursary or scholarship from your University.

Support for Part-time students
The amount of help that is available for those in part-time education does differ slightly to those in full-time. You will find that the main type of financial help offered to you comes in the form of Fee Grants and Course Grants. However, similarly to above the amount that you will receive will not be the same for every student. The amount of income in your household will be taken into consideration as well as your personal circumstances. If you have any special needs, a disability, learning difficulty or mental health condition then you may be able to obtain additional help.