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Grants and Allowances

If you get funding from Student Finance England you may be able to apply for some additional grants and allowances, some of these are income assessed.

Quick start guides

Student Finance England has produced quick start guides which tell you more about the different types of student finance available – including how to apply and repay – all in one central place.

If you are studying at ARU London you could be eligible for:

Parents’ Learning Allowance

This allowance is to help with course-related costs like books, study materials and travel if you have dependent children. You can get up to £1,573 per year depending on your income and that of those you live with.

Any amount you’re entitled to is paid in addition to your main student finance package. It’s paid directly into your bank account in three instalments, at the same time as any Maintenance Loan or Grant you get.Please note this allowance is only available to Undergraduate students.

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)

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 difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.

Our Study Support Service offers inforamtion, advice an dsupport to students with disabilites, including menthal health difficutlies, on-going 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 Officer is happy to have a face-to-face meeting or you can call 0207 400 6790 or e-mail any time.

We may be able to asssit you with sepcial arrangements for your lectures and for your examinations.You may also find you're eligble for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), which can be used for equiptment and support to help you to complete your course. Take a look at the DSA website for more information, or contact us if if you'd like to talk it over.

Special Support Grant

The amount you can get through the Special Support Grant is the same as what’s available through the Maintenance Grant. It doesn’t affect your Maintenance Loan and doesn’t have to be paid back.

You could be eligible for a Special Support Grant if you:

  • Are a lone (single) parent

  • Have a partner who is also a student and one or both of you are responsible for a child or young person under 20 who is in full-time education below higher education level

  • Have a disability and qualify for the Disability Premium or Severe Disability Premium

  • Are deaf and qualify for Disabled Students’ Allowances

  • Have been treated as incapable of work for at least 28 weeks

  • Have a disability and qualify for income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Are from outside the UK and are entitled to an Income Support Urgent Cases Payment because you’re temporarily without any money for up to six weeks

  • Are waiting to go back to a course after agreed time out due to an illness or caring responsibility that has now ended

  • Are aged 60 or older

  • Are studying at Undergraduate level

The Special Support Grant doesn’t need to be counted as income when you work out your entitlement to income-related benefits or tax credits.

Travel Bursary

For Undergraduate current students who joined from September 2016, students are eligible for a Travel Bursary.


  • 90% Attendance

  • All assessment submission deadlines to have been met

  • SF Confirmed

If the above requirements are met at the end of Semester 1, £250 will be paid to the student to support travel.

If the above requirements are met at the end of Semester 2, £250 will be paid to the student support travel.

Click to view our Travel Bursary Terms and Conditions

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