SFE: what is a special support grant.

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I’ve been told by the DSA people at SFE to send evidence to them so that I can be considered for a special support grant. I’ve sent it, but I have absolutely no idea what on earth it is. I’ve googled it and there is very little information. I understand that I qualify but it says nothing about how much I’ll get, and to make things more confusing i keep reading that I’ll get this grant instead of a maintenance loan, yet I came across it being £3000 on SFNI?!?!?! If anyone has any clue what this is, or have got it in the past, please explain.
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I've applied for the DSA too - depending on your circumstances, you might be asked to go for an assessment so that the DSA can find out what support you may require and how they can help. Support can come in lots of ways from specialist software for your laptop to someone helping you with assignments etc. In terms of the funding confusion, the DSA does not have to be repaid - I asked them when I was applying and was told it is not part of the SFE loan. Moreover, it is independent of the SFE funding - I've just been awarded my funding and the DSA element isn't on there as I've not been assessed yet.

I'm due to got to the assessment next Thursday and I assume any financial award and/or support will be worked out after then. From memory when I studied for my HND, I got support and a grant but it's individually based as per requirements.

Hope this helps and good luck!
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Hey!

I've applied for the DSA too - depending on your circumstances, you might be asked to go for an assessment so that the DSA can find out what support you may require and how they can help. Support can come in lots of ways from specialist software for your laptop to someone helping you with assignments etc. In terms of the funding confusion, the DSA does not have to be repaid - I asked them when I was applying and was told it is not part of the SFE loan. Moreover, it is independent of the SFE funding - I've just been awarded my funding and the DSA element isn't on there as I've not been assessed yet.

I'm due to got to the assessment next Thursday and I assume any financial award and/or support will be worked out after then. From memory when I studied for my HND, I got support and a grant but it's individually based as per requirements.

Hope this helps and good luck!
Hi. I know what dsa is, but apparently I qualify for special support grant as well. It’s that grant that I can’t find any information on. It’s separate to DSA
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Hi. I know what dsa is, but apparently I qualify for special support grant as well. It’s that grant that I can’t find any information on. It’s separate to DSA
Hiya, did you find out anything about this special grant as I have been the same issues also and was confused myself as I already been approved my dsa and was told something about a special grant but the guy at student finance did not seem too confident and I have not applied for maintenance yet. Its all a little confusing!
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Hiya, did you find out anything about this special grant as I have been the same issues also and was confused myself as I already been approved my dsa and was told something about a special grant but the guy at student finance did not seem too confident and I have not applied for maintenance yet. Its all a little confusing!
Hi. So basically I did get it, if you get certain benefits then you can get this grant which basically tops up your maintenance loan but you don’t have to repay it.
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Hi. So basically I did get it, if you get certain benefits then you can get this grant which basically tops up your maintenance loan but you don’t have to repay it.
Thank you so much! Yes I do get the qualifying benefits to get it but I am unsure what form I need to fill out.
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Thank you so much! Yes I do get the qualifying benefits to get it but I am unsure what form I need to fill out.
I didn’t fill in any form from what I remember. I just had to send off copies of my benefits letters and appropriate documents and they assessed me for it.
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(Original post by Student109-9)
Hiya, did you find out anything about this special grant as I have been the same issues also and was confused myself as I already been approved my dsa and was told something about a special grant but the guy at student finance did not seem too confident and I have not applied for maintenance yet. Its all a little confusing!
(Original post by Phoenixfeather99)
Hi. So basically I did get it, if you get certain benefits then you can get this grant which basically tops up your maintenance loan but you don’t have to repay it.
(Original post by Student109-9)
Thank you so much! Yes I do get the qualifying benefits to get it but I am unsure what form I need to fill out.
(Original post by Phoenixfeather99)
I didn’t fill in any form from what I remember. I just had to send off copies of my benefits letters and appropriate documents and they assessed me for it.
Hi it’s not a grant. It used to be called the Special Support Grant but now it’s the Special Support Loan. When you apply for finance you can apply for this by ticking if you receive benefits like PIP, if you are a single parent etc and then evidence will be requested.
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Hi it’s not a grant. It used to be called the Special Support Grant but now it’s the Special Support Loan. When you apply for finance you can apply for this by ticking if you receive benefits like PIP, if you are a single parent etc and then evidence will be requested.
No, it’s still called the special support grant.....? It’s not a loan.

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/c...ltime-students
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No, it’s still called the special support grant.....? It’s not a loan.

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/c...ltime-students
Wrong. It’s now the special support loan. It increases your maintenance loan.
It’s not a grant, a grant is non repayable. It used to be the special support grant but now it’s called the special support loan.

The site you link also talks about the Maintenance Grant which no longer exists, it stopped in 2016.
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Wrong. It’s now the special support loan. It increases your maintenance loan.
It’s not a grant, a grant is non repayable. It used to be the special support grant but now it’s called the special support loan.

The site you link also talks about the Maintenance Grant which no longer exists, it stopped in 2016.
I got the grant this academic year. It topped up my maintenance loan and is non-repayable.
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I got the grant this academic year. It topped up my maintenance loan and is non-repayable.
Then that means you started your course pre 2016. Both the Maintenance Grant and Special Support Grant are no longer available. There are only loans now for any new student after 2016.
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I got the grant this academic year. It topped up my maintenance loan and is non-repayable.
I know where I am in Wales, the Special Support Grant is a non repayable grant for people on benefits, single mams etc, so they reduce my maintenance loan and swap it with this grant, and then add some so I end up with more than I would on maintenance alone to make up for my drop in benefits and it isn't counted as income for UC either, meaning I get more benefits too. In England though they said it was an extra loan to help support the student?
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Here is more information about the special support loan for students who started studying from the 16/17 academic year and the special support grant for students who started their course before the 2016/17 academic year https://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/...ats-available/

And here is funding info https://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/...-202021-v2.pdf
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