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Special Support Loan - University

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J_4
J_4 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
When applying for student finance, to start uni this september it asked for evidence I received PIP for the special support loan. I provided this and it says my evidence has been approved. 
But I have no clue what the special support loan is. Google just tells me the eligibility which I am , but what does it actually do
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  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,912 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello @J_4

    Welcome to the community! :) Congratulations on your university placement! What are you going to be studying?

    A Special Support Loan is:
    If you are eligible to claim benefits as a full-time undergraduate student or are deaf and qualify for DSA, you may be eligible for a higher amount of maintenance loan than other students.
    You may be eligible if you:
    • get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
    • qualify for a disability premium or severe disability premium in means-tested benefits
    • receive income-related ESA
    • are deaf and qualify for DSA 
    Part of the maintenance loan is the special support element. This is worth up to £4,221 and does not count as income in your means-tested benefits.
    Scope has an information page about Funding for disabled students that you may find helpful to read :)
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  • J_4
    J_4 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
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    Thank you, I don't know which Uni yet it is between the university of york and the university of Liverpool.
    Does that mean I will get a higher maintenance loan than the amount based on my mums salary?
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,124 Disability Gamechanger
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    Yes, it’s means you will receive more financial support. 
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,912 Disability Gamechanger
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    @j_4 Yeah, you'll have more financial support. Good luck with university! Please keep us updated :)<3 
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