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2 ! COMMON CONCERNS TUITION FEES C My daughter/son can t afford to go to university, it s far too expensive! A Regardless of household income, eligible students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to help with the cost of fees, and a Maintenance Loan to help with their living costs.

3 ! COMMON CONCERNS REPAYMENTS C Debt from a student loan will be unmanageable! A Repayments don t start until your child s income is over 21,000 a year. They ll then repay only 9% of their income over this threshold. A The amount they repay will only increase with their earnings as repayments are based on their income, not how much they ve borrowed.

4 i STUDENT FINANCE ENGLAND The two main costs students will have while studying are tuition fees and living costs. Students are able to get a range of financial help and support, including grants and bursaries (which don t have to be paid back) and loans (which do).

5 WHAT SUPPORT CAN STUDENTS GET? TUITION FEE Loan SECTION 3 SECTION TITLE IN HERE SUBHEADER IN HERE Extra support Maintenance support

6 SECTION 1 TUITION FEES Q What s the maximum tuition fee universities or colleges can currently charge new students? A 9,000 Q How much of this would a student need to pay up front before going to uni or college? A 0

7 SECTION 1 TUITION FEES AND LOANS AN OVERVIEW Eligible students won t have to pay any tuition fees up front. A Tuition Fee Loan is available to cover the fee charged by a university or college. A Tuition Fee Loan doesn t depend on household income. SFE pay the Tuition Fee Loan directly to the university or college. The loan is repayable, but only when the student s income is over 21,000.

8 SECTION 1 MAINTENANCE SUPPORT AN OVERVIEW Maintenance support is available to help with living costs while in higher education There are two main types of support, Maintenance Loan (that students pay back) and Maintenance Grant (that they don t). The amount of Maintenance Loan they can get depends on where they live and study. Maintenance support is paid directly into their bank account each term.

9 SECTION 1 MAINTENANCE LOAN MAXIMUM LEVELS FOR 2015/16 Parental home Live at home whilst studying Up to 4,565 Elsewhere Live away from home & study outside London Up to 5,740 London Live away from home & study in London Up to 8,009

10 SECTION 1 MAINTENANCE GRANT SUPPORT AND MEANS TESTING The Maintenance Grant doesn t have to be repaid. How much grant they can get depends on your household income. Household income: up to 25,000 Full grant: 3,387 Household income: up to 42,620 Partial grant: (Min 50) i Students can get an estimate of their student finance entitlement using the calculator on: gov.uk/studentfinance

11 SECTION 1 EXTRA SUPPORT BURSARIES AND SCHOLARSHIPS Many universities and colleges offer financial support to their students through bursaries and scholarships: Bursaries: linked to personal circumstances and often, household income awards can include discounted tuition fees, accommodation or cash Scholarships: linked to academic results or ability in an area such as sport or music can be subject specific and are usually limited in numbers

12 SECTION 1 EXTRA SUPPORT DEPENDANTS, DISABILITIES AND NHS BURSARIES Other financial help and support may also be available if a student: has children or an adult dependent on them has a disability, including a mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty studies an NHS or Social Work course NHS courses include: nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, dietetics, radiography, the later stages of medicine and dentistry

13 SECTION 2 HOW DO STUDENTS GET IT? APPLICATIONS & INFORMATION 2015/16

14 SECTION 2 STUDENT FINANCE APPLICATIONS KEY MESSAGE APPLY EARLY Apply online at gov.uk/studentfinance* Apply early to make sure that the student finance is ready for the start of the course. Students don t need a confirmed place at university or college to apply. Apply with their preferred choice, they can change details later if required. i *The application window is from Jan-May. Students may register on UCAS for updates and information from SFE.

15 SECTION 2 GOV.UK FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY

16 SECTION 2 SFE ONLINE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

17 SECTION 2 SUPPORTING AN APPLICATION HOUSEHOLD INCOME Details/information for parents can be found on the HMRC website:

18 SECTION 3 HOW DO STUDENTS REPAY THEIR LOANS? STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENTS 2015/16

19 SECTION 3 HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW? STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENTS Q What will student loan repayments be based on? a) Their future income b) How much they have borrowed c) Neither, they just pay a fixed amount regardless Q How much do they need to earn before they start to repay? a) 16,000 a year b) 21,000 a year c) Doesn t matter, repayments will be taken whatever they earn

20 SECTION 3 STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENTS AN OVERVIEW So, no repayments until their income is over 21,000 a year. If they were studying a full-time course, they will be due to start repaying in the April after graduating or leaving higher education. They will repay 9% of their income over 21,000 and deductions will be made from their pay through the HMRC tax system. If their income falls to 21,000 or below their repayments will stop. Any outstanding loan balance will be written off 30 years after entering repayment.

21 SECTION 3 STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENTS THE FIGURES Income each year before tax 9% will be deducted from Monthly repayment (Approx) 21, ,000 9, ,000 19, ,000 29, ,000 39, Income 25,000 9% Deducted 4,000 from? Monthly repayment? 30 i Interest is applied to their loan at a maximum rate of RPI +3% More info can be found on:

22 SECTION 4 MANAGING THEIR MONEY CONSIDER THE COSTS It s important for students to think about the costs they are likely to face while at university and how to manage their money. They will need to pay for things like... books and other study/course materials accommodation, phone bill, food and drink sports, leisure and social activities

23 SECTION 4 MANAGING THEIR MONEY HOW MUCH?? Q What is the average weekly cost of student accommodation? Q And But Fried, food...it s if cooking scrambled always seems or however good like way to have else too you the basics. much like them, hard How a work much pack and of is 6 this effort... eggs bag cost? of pasta? 1.25 From 50p? 99p University-owned accommodation (Figures from NUS) including privately owned student accommodation

24 SECTION 4 KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER It s important for students make the right university/college and course choice. Tuition Fee Loans are available to all eligible students. Encourage them to research all finance available especially bursaries & scholarships. Apply online & on time no need to wait for a confirmed place. And... repayments will be linked to their income, not what they owe!

25 i NEED MORE INFORMATION? REMEMBER SFE IS ONLINE For further information on student finance and applications go to: i For a range of helpful tools and guidance, visit our dedicated student finance zone:

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