Find out about the level of assumed income we will use as part of your assessment and how the level varies according to your circumstances.
We assume that you will supplement your student funding, for example, through part-time work, interest-free overdrafts, and savings.
This assumed income is £605 for final-year students and £1,814 for all other students. Assumed income does not apply to:
- most NHS-funded students, due to their particularly intensive workload
- students with dependent children
- students unable to work due to ill health or a disability.
Please note that we disregard actual income from part-time work, as well as associated travel costs, and only count assumed income. If you earn more than the assumed income, we do not count the excess.
You will be assessed on actual income but any award will be based only on course-related costs.
The Leeds Bursary for part-time students is disregarded as income.
You will be expected to have made financial provision for living costs and tuition fees. This provision could be the Professional & Career Development Loan, the Postgraduate Loan, maintenance awards, tax credits, state benefits, savings, partners income, money from family members or earnings.
If you receive a reduced support package because you previously studied at a higher education level, we expect you to have made provision for living costs and tuition fees before the start of your course. This provision could be your reduced student funding, tax credits, state benefits, savings, partners income, money from family members or earnings.
Disregarded income for all students
- non-means-tested benefits
- disability-related benefits
- local authority care leavers' bursaries
- Child Benefit
We include money held in savings accounts in your income assessment because the ALF is a hardship fund for students with no other money. You must include information about savings in your application: for example, bank statements or a bank book.