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Coventry Mature Students Offered Extra Cash

Hard-up mature students at Coventry Universty will be able to apply for extra cash to help them through their studies following a government grant of £108,000.

The money has been given by the Department for Education and Employment (DfEE) under the Access Bursary Fund scheme to provide financial assistance to mature students.

This is a nationwide scheme designed to help mature students with dependents, particularly lone parents, to enter higher education, or to assist those already studying.

Applicants can receive up to £1,000, but they must be planning to study or currently studying on a full-time undergraduate course, and have been resident in the UK for at least three years before the course starts.

Categories of applicants eligible for a bursary include those with:

  • a gross family income of less than £10,000 per annum
  • a partner in receipt of the Working Family Tax Credit

or who are:

  • in receipt of benefit or whose partner is in receipt of means-tested benefit
  • in receipt of the Lone Parentsí Grant
  • claiming allowances for dependent children

People studying or intending to study a course funded by a non means-tested NHS Bursary are not eligible to apply.

Caroline French, Student Services Administration Manager at Coventry University, said:

"This scheme recognises that mature students with dependents have extra costs that need to be met when coming into higher education, and the bursary will go some way towards meeting those costs."

For further information contact the Grants and Loans Office at Coventry University on 024 7688 7215.

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