Adult or mature students are entitled to apply for government funding to study at university in the same way as younger students, but what you get depends on your own personal circumstances. If you already have a degree, unfortunately you are not entitled to apply for government loan other than for specific vocational subjects such as teaching , social work , medicine, healthcare or dentistry. However, there are literally thousands of smaller charities and trusts in the UK which offer grants for educational or welfare purposes. Each one will have its own specific criteria and you will need to identify those for which you might be eligible. There are also an increasing number of scholarships available which are being offered for mature students, mostly for first time students. Here are some examples.
I’m a mature student – what extra higher education funding can I get?
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You can get a loan for tuition fees. For more information, see:. However, to apply for a Student Loan for living costs you must either be under 50 years old when your course starts, or aged between 50 and 54 when your course starts and plan to return to employment after completing the course. See What funding is available in Scotland for full-time undergraduates or equivalent studying in the UK?
Registered in Ireland: With CAO applications submitted since the start of the month, Leaving Cert students are turning their focus to their upcoming exams and getting the points they need for the courses of their choice. The thousands of mature students who also applied may not have exams to sit, but they can still get to work preparing for college life, particularly when it comes to finances. Those returning to education are entitled to apply for assistance, just as school leavers are, but must establish whether they are a dependent or independent applicant.