Find out how to apply for a postgraduate social work bursary and what help you could get.
Postgraduate social work students can apply for a bursary to help them with their living costs. If you’re eligible for a bursary we’ll also pay a contribution towards your tuition fees.
Postgraduate bursaries are:
- given to eligible students
- available to both part time and full time students
- made up of a basic grant (non means tested) and a maintenance grant (means tested so the amount you get will depend on your circumstances)
You may be able to apply for the following additional help:
- The Adult Dependants Allowance (ADA)
- Childcare Allowance
- Parents Learning Allowance (PLA)
- Disabled Students Allowances
What you’ll get
For 2018/19 the basic grant is:
- up to £3,362.50 a year if you attend a university outside of London
- up to £3,762.50 if you attend a university inside of London
For 2018/19 the maintenance grant (means tested) rate is:
- up to £2,721 a year if you attend a university outside of London
- up to £4,201 a year if you attend a university inside of London
Grant rates are pro rata for part time students.
Additional allowances you can apply for
Placement Travel Allowance (PTA)
If you aren’t allocated a bursary place, but meet the eligibility criteria, you’ll receive a PTA of £862.50 towards your travel expenses at the beginning of your academic year.
If you’re allocated a bursary, your PTA will be included as part of your bursary so you won’t receive any further help for travel.
Adult Dependants Allowance (ADA)
You can apply for ADA if you have an adult who is wholly or mainly financially dependent on you. This could include your spouse, partner or civil partner.
Your entitlement is assessed using your dependant’s income.
Parent’s Learning Allowance
This is payable if you have a dependent child or children aged under 19. We’ll automatically assess your entitlement based on your dependant’s income if they have one.
This allowance is income assessed. The maximum amount available during 2018/19 is £1,573.
You can apply for this if you have dependent children aged under 15 (or aged under 17 for children with special educational needs) who are attending registered childcare.
- You can’t claim if you are getting the childcare element of working tax credit.
- Your entitlement is assessed using your dependants’ income if they have any.
- Your allowance is reconciled with your childcare provider at the end of each term.
- We can contribute a maximum of 85% of your costs per week.
The maximum amounts payable during 2018/19 is:
- Up to £155.24 per week for one child in childcare
- Up to £266.15 per week for two or more children in childcare
Reconciling your childcare costs
If you've been awarded Childcare Allowance, we reconcile your childcare costs quarterly. Please complete and send us the correct form along with your student coversheet.
Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs)
You can apply for DSAs if you have a disability and need additional help or equipment to complete your course.
The amount of DSA you could get is based on the recommendations in your Needs Assessment Report. The maximum possible full time rates for 2018/19 are:
- Non-Medical Helpers Allowance - £20,725 per year
- Specialist Equipment Allowance - £5,212 for the duration of the course
- General Allowance - £1,741 per year
- Travel Allowance – actual costs incurred
Calculating your bursary
To calculate the maintenance grant you are entitled to, we look at:
- your net unearned taxable income during the current academic year
- your partner’s residual taxable income from the 2016/17 tax year (if you have a partner).
When we calculate your maintenance grant, we may take other dependants in your family into consideration.
Calculating your entitlement is complex, so you should not base your entitlement on your own calculations.
Before you apply
Our student booklets will help you with the application process and provide useful information that you might need during the year.
How to apply
You need to print and complete the application form and post it back to us.
Social Work Bursaries
PO Box 141
- For courses that started in September 2018 the application window has now closed.
- For courses starting in January 2019 the application window is now open. The deadline for applications is 14 February 2019.
- Applications received after the deadline won’t be considered.
If you don’t apply for your main bursary before the closing date, you can’t apply for allowances.
You can make an application for Childcare Allowance and Disabled Allowance at any time from 1 March until the end of your academic year if you submitted your main bursary by the deadline.
Forms you might need
Evidence of income
Postgraduate students may also need to complete the following forms if they can’t provide evidence of a spouse, partner or civil partner’s income or benefits.
If you’re receiving or applying for a retainer:
What happens next
Once we have all your application and supporting evidence, we’ll write to you to let you know your bursary entitlement and if you’re entitled to Placement Travel Allowance.
We aim to:
- deal with your application within 20 working days of the day we receive your form and supporting evidence
- process and pay Childcare Allowance claims within 20 working days of receipt
- process initial Disabled Student Allowance applications within 10 working days of receipt
- respond to email enquiries within 5 working days of receipt
- respond to written correspondence within 5 working days of receipt