At Fox Davidson, we understand that the journey to homeownership is unique for everyone. One segment of our clientele includes those with stipend and bursary income—a group often faced with challenges when seeking mortgage financing. In this comprehensive article, we’ll delve into the intricacies of stipend income and how, as a specialised stipend income mortgage broker, Fox Davidson is adept at securing mortgages for clients with this unique income source in the UK. We look at how lenders treat stipend and bursary income and how much you can expect to borrow.

Understanding Stipend and Bursary Income:

Stipend and bursary income represent a form of financial support commonly provided to students, researchers, and individuals engaged in specific educational or research pursuits. Unlike traditional employment income, stipends are often fixed sums disbursed periodically to support recipients during their academic or research endeavours. While these funds are a bonafide source of income, they pose unique challenges when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage.

Challenges Faced by Stipend & Bursary Income Earners:

The challenges associated with securing a mortgage on stipend income stem from the unconventional nature of this income source. Traditional lenders may be hesitant to consider stipends as a stable and reliable source of income, leading to difficulties for individuals relying on stipends and bursaries to fulfil their homeownership aspirations. Fox Davidson recognises these challenges and has developed specialised expertise in navigating the intricacies of stipend income to facilitate successful mortgage applications.

The Fox Davidson Approach:

Navigating the complex landscape of stipend income requires a tailored approach that aligns with the unique needs of our clients. Fox Davidson’s expertise in this niche allows us to guide clients through the mortgage application process, leveraging our relationships with lenders who understand the nuances of stipend income and are willing to accommodate individuals with this unconventional but valuable source of financial support.

Key Considerations for Stipend Income Mortgages:

  • Comprehensive Financial Assessment:

We initiate the mortgage application process by conducting a comprehensive financial assessment. This includes a detailed analysis of the stipend income, understanding its consistency, duration, and any additional sources of financial support the client may have. In some cases our clients are applying on a joint mortgage basis with a partner and we are able to combine the two incomes for greater affordability. 

  • Building a Holistic Financial Picture:

Beyond stipend income, we work with clients to build a holistic financial picture. This may include exploring additional income streams, financial assets, and any plans for career progression or supplementary income in the future.


Collaboration with Specialised Lenders:

Fox Davidson’s established relationships with lenders who specialise in accommodating stipend income earners are instrumental in our success. These lenders recognise the value and stability of stipends, allowing us to negotiate terms that are favourable to our clients.

Demonstrating Financial Stability:

Crafting a compelling case involves demonstrating the client’s overall financial stability. This may include showcasing prudent financial management, minimal debt, and a clear understanding of the long-term financial commitment associated with homeownership.

Flexibility in Mortgage Products:

Our approach involves exploring a variety of mortgage products that align with the client’s unique financial situation. This may include interest-only mortgages, flexible repayment options, fixed rate mortgages to help with budgeting or mortgages with unique terms that cater specifically to individuals with stipend income.

Success Stories:

Fox Davidson has successfully assisted numerous clients with stipend and bursary income in realising their homeownership dreams. Our ability to navigate the challenges posed by unconventional income sources has resulted in positive outcomes for clients pursuing mortgages in the UK. 


Client Testimonials:

Mis R Palmer – Norwich

“Fox Davidson’s expertise in securing mortgages for stipend income earners is unparalleled. They took the time to understand my unique financial situation and guided me through the entire process, ensuring a seamless and successful mortgage application.”

Mr K Stone

“As a researcher with a stipend income, I faced challenges in securing a mortgage. Fox Davidson not only understood the intricacies of my income source but also connected me with a lender who recognised its value. I am now a proud homeowner, thanks to Fox Davidson.”



Can stipend income be used for affordability on a mortgage?

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Stipend income can be used for affordability purposes with a handful of UK mortgage lenders. Lenders will look at the amount and the term of the stipend in making their assessment. 


How much can I borrow on a stipend income?

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Mortgage lenders lending to applicants with a stipend income typically lend 4.5 to 5 X income. A lender will factor in the cost of living and any debts you may have in their affordability assessment. The higher the income the more likely a lender is to lend at an increased income multiple.  

Applying with a second applicant with a second source of income will greatly increase your chances of being able to borrow at a higher multiple of income too. 


Which lenders will accept stipend income?

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There are a handful of high street banks and building societies that will lend to an applicant receiving a stipend income.


Can I get a buy to let mortgage with stipend income?

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Buy-to-let lenders will lend to applicants receiving a stipend income. You can typically borrow up to 75% of the property value. The loan is typically calculated using the market rent of the buy-to-let property.


Working with Fox Davidson. 

Navigating the path to homeownership with a stipend and bursary income requires a mortgage broker with specialised knowledge and a commitment to understanding the unique challenges of unconventional income sources. Fox Davidson’s success in securing mortgages for clients with stipend income is a testament to our expertise and dedication to facilitating homeownership for individuals in diverse financial circumstances. If you are an individual with a stipend income aspiring to own a home in the UK, please get in touch and discuss your stipend income mortgage case with us. We look forward to working with you. 

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