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1 A quick guide to Student Finance Rebecca Jones Student Recruitment Officer

2 Student Finance Can I afford to go to University? How much will it cost? How much support is available? How much debt will I graduate with?

3 Future prospects: Between 18,000 and 24,000 - average graduate star?ng salary ( What do Graduates do? HECSU Report) Broadens horizons: Explore the world by studying or working abroad. Gain experience on work placements and develop valuable skills. New Experiences: Meet new people, learn new things and encounter new experiences

4 Student Loans Two main costs associated with university: Cost of TuiOon Tui?on Fee Loan up to 3,810 WG Fee Grant to pay the balance of fees, up to maximum 5,190 Non means- tested Covers full amount of fee & paid direct to your university Cost of Living Maintenance Loan (par?ally means tested) Provided for living costs

5 Means TesOng Assessment depends on Household income: Independent Dependent on Spouse/Partner Dependent on Parent(s) Where you Live Previous Study

6 Loan Rates UK (outside London) Maintenance Loan How much can I borrow? Maximum Available Non- means tested (75%) 5,376 4,032 London 7,532 5,649 Overseas 6,410 4,807 Home 4,162 3,121

7 Welsh Government Learning Grant Available to help with living costs Does not have to be repaid 100% means- tested Household Income Full- Ome Course 0-18,370 5,161 18,371-50,020 par?al 50,021+ 0

8 AddiOonal Support Child or adult dependents Disability, long- term health condi?on, mental health condi?on or learning difficulty NHS course (nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, chiropody, diete?cs, radiography, occupa?onal therapy, later stages of medicine and den?stry) Social Work funding

9 Bank Loans vs Student Loans Repayment Terms: Under set- terms and condioons Income con?ngent Rates of interest: 6-10% RPI + 3% (during study) Linked to earnings (post- gradua?on)

10 Student Loan Repayment Repayments are 9% of earnings above threshold Calculated monthly (based on income, not how much has been borrowed) Payments dealt with automa?cally by the HMRC Annual Income Up to 21,000 25,000 30,000 35,000 40,000 Monthly repayments Nil The student is liable for repaying the loans (ie, not mum and dad!)

11 Monthly Repayments Salary Monthly Repayments 21,000 Nothing 22, , , , Any outstanding balance is cleared aier 30 years (Source:

12 Interest Rates During study unol entering repayment Retail Price Index (RPI) +3% Earnings: Below 21,000 RPI Only Earnings Between: 21,000-41,000 RPI plus some amount between 0% and 3% Earnings: Above 41,000 Retail Price Index (RPI) +3%

13 ParOal CancellaOon of Loans Eligibility will be automa?c once you start repaying your student loan, either voluntarily or when you are required to do so Par?al cancella?on of up to 1,500 If you have a Maintenance Loan of 300 and the amount of your first repayment is 10, you will receive a par?al cancella?on of 290 If you have a Maintenance Loan of 3,000 and the amount of your first repayment is 50, you will receive a par?al cancella?on of 1,500

14 How to apply March (Deadline: mid- May) Students can apply before their place is confirmed Passport, NI number and bank details Parental income

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16 AddiOonal Sources of Income University Bursaries linked to personal circumstances University Scholarships linked to academic ability Part-?me and Holiday work Financial Con?ngency Funds

17 Top Money Saving Tips 1. Don t rush out and buy all the course texts 2. Use your NUS student discount 3. Set yourself a weekly budget 4. Choose your bank account carefully 5. Buy food in bulk 6. Don t spend your loan all at once 7. Get paid work whenever you can

18 Student Finance Can I afford to go to University? Ø Employment Ø Experience How much will it cost? How much support is available? How much debt will I graduate with?

19 Useful Contacts Student Money Advice Team Student Finance Wales

20 2015 Open Days Saturday 4 July Wednesday 16 September Saturday 24 October Saturday 21 November

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