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1 Student Finance NI 2014/15 AY Information, Advice and Guidance Larne Grammar School June 2014

2 Areas of Guidance Course Costs Support Available How is Support Determined Repayments Application Timetable Information Required What happens next Additional Information Help Available Hand-outs

3 Course costs There are 2 main areas of expenditure - 1. Tuition Fees Payable each year to the Institution If studying in NI Max 3,685 If studying in Scotland/England/Wales Max 9, Living Expenses Accommodation Food, clothes, books, travel Social Life

4 Course Costs Exception No Tuition Fees charged by HEIs in Republic of Ireland (ROI) But the student is liable for a non-income assessed, repayable Student Contribution Loan of 2,750 or 2,334.

5 Support available Tuition Fee Loan Not means-tested on household income Fee loan available to cover approved amounts charged If fee loan requested, fees are paid to student s Institution by the Student Loan Company (SLC) Repayment on completion of studies NB Payment of fees is the responsibility of the student if they are not eligible / do not request a fee loan

6 Support available Maintenance Loan Means-tested on household income Maximum amounts: Minimum amounts: (non means-tested) Home 3,750 Home 2,812 Lodgings 4,840 Lodgings 3,630 London 6,780 London 5,085 Loans are reduced if student receives a Maintenance Grant

7 Support available Maintenance Grant Means-tested on household income Non repayable grant Maximum grant available of 3,475 if household income < 19,203 Partial grant due if household income < 41,065

8 Support available Extra help with living expenses Parents Learning Allowance maximum 1,538 per year Childcare Grant maximum a week for one child and 255 a week for two or more children Adult Dependants Grant maximum 2,695

9 Support available Extra help with living expenses 2014/15 Disabled Students Allowance non means-tested help for students with disabilities/learning difficulties/mental health conditions Equipment allowance maximum 5,266 for the whole course Non-medical helpers allowance maximum 20,938 per year General allowance maximum 1,759 per year Extra travel costs as a result of a disability Note DSA support under review for 2015/16

10 Support available Access bursaries Institutions must provide a bursary to students who are eligible for the full maintenance grant Non-repayable Household income details on application form are shared with institution Ask for full details at institution

11 Exceptions Health Professional degrees at NI institutions Tuition fees paid in full Income assessed bursary of 2,355 (2014/15 rate) plus reduced loan of 2,370 Nursing degrees / diplomas at NI institutions Not eligible for any Student Finance Social Work degrees at NI institutions Eligible for additional funding from DHSSPS of non-means tested bursary and contribution towards work based learning expenses

12 Exceptions Further Education Awards - Full or Part Time Such as NVQ Level II or III, BTEC Nat Diploma FE Awards are administered by WELB (Omagh) Students eligible for a means tested Grant Closing Dates Full Time 1 September 2014 Preference 30 June 2014 Part Time 30 September 2014 Website

13 Exceptions Part Time Courses Students can follow part-time HE courses and apply for support as follows: Means-tested Tuition Fee Grant, maximum 1,230 Means-tested Course Grant, maximum 265 Disabled Students Allowance

14 How is Support determined Student Finance NI uses household income. This includes Gross taxable income of the student, excluding any earnings; PLUS Gross taxable income of parents(s) / partners / stepparents; LESS Deductions for payments in pension funds and 1,153 for each dependant child Household income assessment does not apply to single independent students

15 Repayments Student Loans (for Fees and Maintenance) are only repayable once students have completed their course and are earning > 16,910 a year Debt belongs to student, not parents Repayments are based on earnings (9% of gross salary above 16,910) Deducted from salary via tax system Balance is cancelled after 25 years Grants are not repayable unless a student withdraws or a re-assessment is carried out due to a change in circumstances Website

16 Find their local Education and Library Board Entitlement Calculator now available Register and apply online Find out more about the support available, eg rates of loans, deps grants, additional support, etc Maintain their account online Change home address Change bank details Change course/college details View correspondence

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19 Application Timetable Application forms available from ELBs or make application online March 2014 Completed forms to Student Finance office 16 April 2014 Determine eligibility and assess support Approx 6-8 weeks providing form/online application completed and all relevant docus received

20 Information required The following information must be provided to support a student s application (either paper or online) A valid Passport or Original Birth Certificate. A Birth Certificate must be accompanied by a declaration form confirming identity National Insurance Number Student bank account details Details of household and student s income Please ensure that the correct postage is used

21 What happens next ELB determines eligibility and entitlement SLC sends financial notification of entitlement and payment schedule letters Student advises ELB of change of course / college after GCE A level results (if applicable) Student takes notification to enrolment for confirmation of tuition fee payment Loan & Grant (if applicable) then paid directly into student s nominated account at start of course

22 Additional Information Students must re-apply each year Support can be re-assessed if there is a drop in household income Current Year Income advice from local office An additional year s support may be paid if a student needs to repeat due to illness or other extenuating circumstances If a grant is paid and subsequently not due, repayment must be made immediately to the SLC Students progressing from full time Fd Degree/HND to Year I of a degree will be ineligible for fee and grant support for the1 st year of their new course Students changing/repeating courses may be ineligible for fee and grant support for part of a new course

23 Help available to students Staff at School / Financial Advisors at HEIs Student Finance NI Telephone (SLC Customer Support Office) Visit local office (without an appointment) Use the ELB finder on website to get the contact details of the local student finance offices Website Website Website (FE Awards)

24 Hand-outs 2014/15 Rates of Loan, Grants, etc, Income Thresholds re Support due Timeline Application Process DHSSPS Funded Courses Understanding Repayments DSA Leaflet

25 Thank you Any questions

26 Student Finance NI Information, Advice and Guidance Larne Grammar School June 2014

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