The Mayor’s Higher Education Award

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The Mayor’s Higher Education Award is a groundbreaking scheme aimed at helping ease the cost of university for Tower Hamlets students.

There are 400 grants available, each of £1,500, which will go to young people who are starting higher education in the 2014/15 academic year.

To receive the Mayor’s Higher Education Award, you need to:

  • be up to 24 years old before the start of the academic year in which your course starts and up to 25 years old for those who had a Special Educational Needs statement up to the age of 16, or who receive Disability Living Allowance.
  • have been living in Tower Hamlets for at least three years at the time of your application (young people who have lived in the borough for less than three years but hold full refugee status are also eligible, as are young people up to the age of 21 for whom Tower Hamlets remains the corporate parent).
  • be attending or intending to attend the first year of a designated higher education undergraduate course starting between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015 for which the student is eligible for support from Student Finance England, including a full fee loan (students only have to be eligible for a loan, not to have taken a loan out).

You can apply by completing the online application form.

Applicants need to provide detailed information so are being encouraged to have a look through the documents on this page now so they know what they need to do. The entry period closes on December 15, 2014.

The Mayor’s Higher Education Award is being launched as a result of the success of the Mayor’s Education Award – a separate scheme, now in its fourth year, in which school leavers are given grants to help them stay in education post-16.

The scheme is being administered by the council’s Benefits department. If you have an enquiry that is not addressed in the frequently asked questions (PDF, 146kb), contact the Benefits team on 020 7364 5001 or

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