Mature students

Mature students (those aged 21 and over at registration) are a valuable section of the Loughborough University population, bringing a wealth of life experience to the classroom – much to the benefit of other students.

There are lots of reasons for returning to education in later life – you may be seeking career development or perhaps you see this as a time to focus on you, and to follow your own ambitions. Whatever the reason, our promise is that we’ll do all we can to make you feel welcome and at home during your studies.

Student Experience: Grace-Anne

As a mature student Grace-Anne was initially nervous about enrolling on an Undergraduate degree, returning to academic life and studying alongside younger students. Here, she reflects on her experiences and everything she has accomplished during her three years at Loughborough University.

So, what is on offer at Loughborough?

We understand and appreciate that your needs may differ to those of students aged 18-21, and we aim to accommodate these as best as possible.

Trusted financial assistance

We recognise that finances are a common concern for mature students who have children or dependants. Loughborough offers a number of financial support packages to ease those worries, one being the Loughborough Scholarship Programme. Mature students could be eligible for an enhanced award so be sure to check the website for more information.

Student finance loans are available to mature students who are UK nationals. Please note there are several criteria you must meet in order to access this support, so it’s always worth checking online to understand how your individual circumstances could affect your entitlement.

24+ Advanced Learning Loans

Students on Access courses who are aged 24 or over may be suitable for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. This is to cover the associated fees of entering the Access to HE courses. Repayments will start once you’re earning £21,000 p.a.

The Student Loans Company will write off 24+ Advanced Learning Loans if you subsequently graduate from a higher education (degree) course.

As you can see, there is lots of support available to mature students. The NUS and Money Saving Expert also offer comprehensive overviews of the financial assistance options.

Accessible courses

Loughborough offers a wide selection of courses to suit all academic interests and strengths. If you’re unsure as to what you would like to study, take a look through the courses available where you can find further information.

Do you hold a level three qualification, such as an A-Level or BTEC? Great – you could be eligible to apply without further assessment. That’s OK if not, you may just need to complete an Access course or Foundation course to proceed. But before you do so, it is advisable to contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team as there may be some flexibility in requirements for mature students.

If you require any further advice, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Extensive Student Services

At Loughborough, we recognise that all of our students are unique. In response to this, our experienced and specially trained Student Services team offer a varied package of support which is open to all. Provision is divided up into key areas so students can contact the team who are best placed to help with the situation. 

This includes academic support, counselling and a warden service to name but a few. Please refer to the Student Services webpages to access the full catalogue of support options.

Exclusive accommodation

The Student Accommodation Centre (SAC) provides information on University halls of residence and approved private sector accommodation.

The Centre advises mature students on matters such as; requesting hall of residence accommodation with returning students (rather than fresher students), off-campus accommodation options, and accommodation suitable for couples and those with children. A limited number of postgraduate rooms on a 50-week let may be available to students seeking to extend their accommodation over the summer months.

Mature students who would have specific accommodation requests are advised to contact the Student Accommodation Centre when applying in order to discuss available options.

Convenient on-campus nursery

For mature students with young families, the campus benefits from a registered day nursery which consistently receives a ‘Good’ Ofsted report.

Students can apply for a nursery place before their course has been confirmed but are under no obligation to fulfil this if plans change (one month’s notice of cancellation is required).

Loughborough Campus Nursery places are highly sought after, so early enquiries are recommended. As a back-up, Leicestershire County Council provide details of other nurseries.

The Which? University website provides tips and case studies, and a handy guide explaining the additional student finance available to student parents.

As if all of that wasn’t enough, mature students also have the option to join a peer support scheme (in selected schools and departments) and socialise in the Mature Undergraduates’ Association.

Pop along to one of our University Open Days in June and September, to speak to experts about finance, careers and study support, and to ask current mature students about their Loughborough experiences. 

Once you have decided that you would like to study at Loughborough University, you know which course you would like to study, and you have checked the requirements, you can go ahead and apply through UCAS. Applications are made online through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) rather than direct to institutions. Follow our guide on how to apply through UCAS for more information.