Mature Students

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If you are over 21 and are considering returning to education then this page contains lots of information to help you make the right choices about how, where and what you study.

It includes information about the types of financial support available, support for students with families, and how to overcome some of the barriers you may face as a mature student.


Mature Students' Guide

Mature Students Guide coverOur Mature Students' Guide to Higher Education offers useful information for anyone over 21 considering their higher education options.  It covers:

  • the types of course available and routes into those courses,
  • tips on getting through some of the barriers you may face as a mature learner
  • advice on the steps you need to take to start your higher education journey. 

Students with Families

4. Familiy Community guideOur Students with Families Community Guide provides a lot of useful and practical information about living in York, including advice on healthcare and finance, finding childcare providers and choosing accommodation.

Funding your studies may be a big concern if you have a family to support. Download our Support for Students with Children information sheet for details on what financial support you may be eligible for.

Financial support

Funding your studies is a big concern for all students, but especially if you are a mature student. You may be giving up a regular wage to commence full-time study and/or have adult or child dependants.

Download the ‘Financial Information for Mature Students’ HE information sheet for details on what financial support you may be eligible for as a mature student. For example, did you know that if you are over 24 and decide to study for an Access to HE Diploma (for information visit as a route into HE you can apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to help fund the tuition fees? Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding 24+ Advanced Learning Loans you owe for an Access course once you complete a HE course. This means you don’t have to repay it if you go on to get a degree.

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Further information for mature students: