You could receive support to help pay for living costs while you're studying. Living costs include things like accommodation, food and travel.
Most full-time UK students can apply for a Maintenance Loan from the Government. Some EU students may also be eligible. Visit Student Finance England* to get started.
The exact amount you’ll receive depends on your personal circumstances, including where you live during term-time and your household income.
The total Maintenance Loan you borrow is added to your Tuition Fee Loan, and only repaid at 9% of your earnings over £27,295 (£25,000 for new borrowers from September 2023 onwards).
There's more information about the Maintenance Loan on the Government's website, along with an online calculator that gives a more detailed idea of exactly how much money you could get.
View the 'How you're assessed and paid' guide (PDF).
If you're looking into ways to support yourself through university, ARU Temps can help you find part-time work that fits around your studies. It's a great way to gain experience and skills.
We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries.
Social Work Bursary
If you're studying BA (Hons) Social Work you can apply for the Student Finance England Maintenance Loan (more details under the 'Student loans' tab).
During your second and third years of study you might meet the criteria to access the income-assessed NHS Social Work Bursary, introduced by the Department of Health as an incentive to train in social work. As a university, we're offered a limited number of bursaries, so we cannot guarantee that you will get one. Bursaries are allocated according to your interview score and passing the preparation for practice module, which reflects current Department of Health guidance.
The Social Work Bursary is available if you:
Your bursary will be paid in three instalments, at the start of each semester.
You can check your eligibility and apply for an undergraduate bursary on the NHS Business Services Authority website.
If you have any questions about social work bursaries, you can find answers 24 hours a day, seven days a week using Ask Us.