Further sources of financial support

The University is dedicated to helping those most in need during their studies.

Government Money

See what additional funding you may be eligible for

If you are a full-time undergraduate student with children, you may be able to claim Childcare Grant and Parents' Learning Allowance.

  • The Childcare Grant helps students on a low income with the costs of registered childcare. This is tightly means-tested on income and pays up to 85% of actual costs directly to the childcare provider. More information can be found at www.gov.uk/childcare-grant
  • The Parents' Learning Allowance is a payment of up to £1,821 (in 21/22) which helps students with children who are on low incomes. This is tightly means-tested against income. More information can be found at www.gov.uk/parents-learning-allowance
  • The Adult Dependants' Grant is a payment of up to £3,190 (in 21/22) which helps students on a low income who have an adult (husband, wife or partner) who is financially dependent on them. More information can be found at www.gov.uk/adult-dependants-grant

Students with disabilities may be eligible for the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA).

  • A single Disabled Students' Allowance of up to £25,000 is available for students who have additional costs as a result of their disability or specific learning need. This is not based on household income but is assessed according to need. Students must complete needs assessment prior to enroling to assess the support they need. More information can be found at www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas 

More information on support from the University can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/current-students/student-support/student-support-and-wellbeing-ssw/applicants/

Although most full-time students are not entitled to social security benefits, certain students in vulnerable groups (including single parents and disabled students) may be eligible for support.

Students who are eligible to receive means-tested benefits, such as Universal Credit, Income Support, Housing Benefit or higher rate DLA, may be eligible for a higher rate of maintenance loan.

But note that some student income can still affect means-tested benefits. If you want to take a course of education, you should ask your local Benefit Office how this may affect your claim.

Also, visit the gov.uk website for lots of useful information for benefits for students with low incomes. 

The gov.uk website also has details on other benefits you may be able to claim the during your study, including:

  • Housing Benefit
  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

If you want any advice on benefits as a student then contact the Students' Union Advice and Support Centre for more detail.

University Assistance

Dennis Turner Hardship Fund 

Through the Dennis Turner Hardship Fund the University is showing its commitment to supporting students who find themselves in genuine financial hardship that might impact on their ability to continue on a course at the University.  Such hardship may arise as a result of a delay in receipt of statutory funding or may be due to unforeseen circumstances which may cause the student to withdraw from their course if support is not available.

Most awards made will be non-repayable, although some short term loans may be available to meet temporary hardship such as delayed funding or severe cash-flow problems.

For more information on the fund including how to apply via your e:Vision account please see www.wlv.ac.uk/fund

For delays in funding email money@wlv.ac.uk  (with your student number) along with a clear explanation - we will require evidence of this.

Alternative sources of funding

There are small amounts of funding that may be obtained through trust funds or charitable organisations.  Check your eligibility via their websites.