Means tested student financeJul 2019
When applying for a university grant or loan, I understand that my parents' income is taken into account. However, if they earn £50,000 but are in high debt with little money, what are my options? I don't qualify for any significant funding but my parents can't afford to fund my life at university.
Student loans are available to cover the cost of tuition fees and a minimum loan is available to all students for maintenance (living costs). This isn't means tested but you have to apply through Student Finance England (or if you live in Wales, Scotland or N. Ireland, the relevant funding body for that country). If your parents help with the application process by giving details of their income, you'll be assessed for a full maintenance loan and grant. Apart from government funding, universities offer bursaries and scholarships based on financial need and on academic or other merit (e.g. sporting). You should contact the universities you've received offers from to determine whether they can help you. Learn more about student finance and funding.
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