NTU welcomes and supports mature students (those aged 21+) to join our diverse student community. Whether you are looking to change career, return to education or develop your skills, you’ll be joining hundreds of other mature students whose personal and professional experiences enrich our university’s community.
We understand that as a mature learner your needs may differ to those of students aged 18-21 and we have developed a range of services, resources and programmes that support your university experience. We’re committed to helping you make the most of your time at NTU.
Getting back into education
We have a variety of specialist support services on-hand to help you transition back into learning if you've had a break, and to guide you through learning at university in general.
Academic skills support
Studying for your degree can be challenging and exciting as you discover new knowledge and develop new skills, such as critical thinking. However, there are also times when you may feel outside of your comfort zone and in need of some help and advice.
The Learning and Teaching Team provides access to a wide range of academic skills support, including referencing, finding subject information, study skills, academic writing, maths, and statistics. You can also book a one-to-one appointment to meet with one of our friendly members of staff for support.
Mature Student Booster
We know that sometimes mature students feel less confident about their studies than students coming straight from school. This optional scheme offers you personalised support to help you succeed. You will have the opportunity to identify the aspects of university study that you feel least confident about and a Library Student Mentor from your School will work with you to find ways to boost your confidence in these areas.
Every first year, full-time undergraduate student at NTU is assigned a Student Mentor. Your mentor will be a second-year, final-year, or postgraduate student who studied the same course as you.
It’s not been long since they were in your position, so they’ll understand how you’re feeling, and are on-hand to answer questions and have a chat.
In addition to this, first-year mature students can opt into our Mature Mentoring scheme and be allocated a mentor who is also a mature student. Our Mature Mentors will share their own experiences of returning to education, and helpful tips on balancing university life with other responsibilities. They'll be able to point you in the direction of the right university departments so that you have everything you need to be able to succeed at university.
As an older student I felt out of place because I was 15 years older than most students, but once I got to know the younger students, I felt accepted. Be yourself and talk to everyone. Don't think because the students are so much younger you will not get on with them.
Chantelle Fisher, BA (Hons) Childhood (Psych)
It can be strange being a mature student, even though I am only twenty-five, it can often feel like a big gap. However, depending on what you want out of university you can find it. If you are looking for like-minded individuals or even better people who you would never have thought of meeting, there are societies and groups to get involved in. There are lots of resources available at uni and the longer I have been here the more I have realised how beneficial it is to get involved.
Kai Northcott, BA (Hons) Creative Writing
Below are a few financial support options available for specific circumstances. You can find out more about student finance on our money, fees and funding pages.
Extra maintenance loan for parents
If you’re a full-time undergraduate, you may be entitled to a higher amount of Maintenance if you’re a parent. This is called ‘special support’.
The amount you can receive varies. It depends on your household income, and which national student finance service you apply to.
You may get special support if either of the following apply while you’re on your course:
- you're a single parent
- you have a partner who is also a full-time student, and either you, your partner or both are parents.
Parents' Learning Allowance
If you’re a parent, or have care of a child, you may also be eligible for a grant to help towards course-related costs. This is known as the Parents’ Learning Allowance. Your eligibility depends on:
- your household income, and
- the household income of your partner.
Full-time undergraduate parents may also apply for help to pay your childcare costs. This is called the Childcare Grant. Please note that eligibility criteria applies.
Adult Dependant's Grant
If you have an adult dependant, you may qualify for the Adult Dependant’s Grant. Your eligibility depends on your age, your marital status, and your household income.
NHS Learning Support Fund
NHS Learning Support Fund provides additional funding for eligible healthcare students. It is supplementary financial support to the mainstream student loans system.
NHS LSF is made up of the following allowances:
- Training Grant
- Specialist subject payment
- Parental Support
- Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses
- Exceptional Support Fund
To apply, please visit the NHS Learning Support Fund for further information and eligibility criteria.
Disabled Students' Allowance
Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is support to cover the study-related costs you have because of a mental health problem, long-term illness or any other disability.
This can be on its own or in addition to any student finance you get.
The type of support and how much you get depends on your individual needs, not your household income. You do not need to pay back DSA.
With so many factors affecting your decision, it's worth seeing us for yourself. Going to university is a life-changing commitment, and visiting us in person can help you get a feel for what living and studying as an NTU student would be like.
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