If you are 21 or over when you start an undergraduate course, you are classed as a mature student. You will pay the same fee as other students and can receive all the same support. If you are 25 or over, any support which is means-tested will be based on your own income (and that of your partner, if you have one) rather than your parents' income.
If you have been living in Local Authority care you may qualify for the University of Leicester Care Leavers’ Bursary. This pays £2,000 for each year of undergraduate study.
If you have a disability, you may be entitled to claim Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) while studying. Disabilities covered include long-term illnesses, mental-health conditions and specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia.
Students with children
As a full-time student with dependent children, you may be able to get extra financial help from the Government. A Childcare Grant is available to help with childcare costs, and the Parents' Learning Allowance with your learning costs. You may also be able to claim Child Tax Credit.
Students with adult dependants
If there is an adult who depends on you financially, you may be entitled to extra help through the Government's Adult Dependants’ Grant.