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2 Student Finance Package Repayments Application Information SFE Resources Questions & Comments

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4 Tuition Fee Loan Maintenance (Living Cost) Support Scholarships & Bursaries Additional Support! Figures used in this section are for illustrative purposes and may change, subject to final 2014/15 policy approval

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6 Currently capped at 9,000 per year. Universities/colleges need to have approved OFFA access agreement* if charging fees over 6,000 The tuition fee will be decided by the university or college including if it charges different amounts for different courses The average tuition fee for new students in 2012 was around 8,389 Students at private universities or colleges offering courses designated by BIS will be able to borrow up to 6,000* towards tuition costs *Students will have to self-fund any additional fee charged *

7 Eligible students will not have to pay up front for their tuition fees The non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan (not dependant on household income) is available to cover the fee levels set by the HEI The Student Loans Company will pay the Tuition Fee Loan directly to the university or college in instalments across the academic year Not compulsory, Students can also*: Pay full fees up front to the university/college, or Pay part of the fees and take a Tuition Fee Loan for the rest * To be agreed with the institution

8 Tuition Fees will be paid to a HEI at three points in the academic year Liability date % of Tuition Fee Loan student will be liable for First day of Term 1* 25% First day of Term 2 25% First day of Term 3 50% *Two weeks after Term 1 start date for part-time courses! Interest on the loan will be charged from the day payment is made to the university/college, not from the liability date

9 Proposed policy changes for students starting their courses on or after 1 st September 2012: Students on sandwich placements will be charged 20% of the maximum full-time tuition charge Maximum charge of 1,800 (Half rate fee cap will no longer apply) Students on Erasmus placements will be charged 15% of the maximum full-time tuition charge Maximum charge of 1,350 (Reciprocal fee waiver will no longer apply) Students on overseas placements will be charged 15% of the maximum full time tuition charge Maximum charge of 1,350 (Half rate fee cap will no longer apply)

10 Course Type* Max Tuition Fee Loan Entitlement (publicly funded institution) Max Tuition Fee Loan Entitlement (privately funded institution) Max Maintenance Loan Sandwich Placement Year ERASMUS Scheme Overseas Placement 1,800 1,200 Reduced Loan Sandwich Year 1, Overseas Rate 1, Overseas Rate! *Where periods of full-time study (at the UK institution for those on ERASMUS/overseas placements) are on aggregate under 10 weeks

11 New part-time students can apply for a non means tested Tuition Fee Loan which replaces the means tested Fee and Course Grants The maximum universities or colleges can charge for part-time courses is currently 6,750 a year Students starting designated P/T courses provided wholly by a private university or college can apply for up to 4,500 in Tuition Fee Loan The amount charged will depend on their course intensity (Minimum 25% Maximum 75%) Students must complete their course in no more than 16 years

12 Part-time students will not be entitled to a loan or grant towards living costs but can access Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) Part-time students should research bursaries/scholarships offered by universities and colleges Continuing students whose course began before September 2012 can still apply for a means tested fee and course grant Part-time study & benefits Part-time students can usually still claim benefits that depend on household income (means-tested benefits) such as; Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Housing and Council Tax Benefit if unemployed! Students should contact their local Jobcentre Plus for on going benefit eligibility assessment

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14 Maintenance support is available to help with living costs Two types of support are available, Maintenance Loan and Maintenance Grant The Maintenance Loan is repayable and all eligible students are entitled to get some funding Maintenance support is paid directly into a students bank account each term For academic year 2014/2015, maximum Maintenance support levels will be increased by 1%* *Pending final policy approval

15 Where Student s Live & Study Parental Home Live at home Elsewhere Live away from home and study outside of London London Live away from home and study in London Overseas Study overseas as part of a UK course Maximum Loan Available 4,418 5,555 7,751 6,600! Additional loan is available for each extra week of study for students attending their course beyond 30 weeks

16 Full-Year Student* 65% Non Means Tested 35% Means Tested Maximum Loan Parental Home 2,871 1,547 4,418 Elsewhere 3,610 1,945 5,555 London 5,038 2,713 7,751 Overseas 4,290 2,310 6,600! *Slightly lower rates of support apply to final year students

17 The Maintenance Grant doesn t have to be repaid How much grant a student can receive depends on household income levels (100% means tested) Household income thresholds for 2014/2015: Students from households with income of up to 25,000 can get the maximum grant of 3,387* Students from households with incomes of up to 42,620 can get a partial grant *Pending final policy approval

18 Student living away from home, outside London 2014/15 Household Income Maintenance Grant Maintenance Loan Total 25,000 & under 3,387 3,862 7,249 30,000 2,441 4,335 6,776 35,000 1,494 4,808 6,302 40, ,282 5,829 42, ,530 5,580 42, ,555 5,555 50, ,836 4,836 60, ,826 3,826 62,132 & over 0 3,610 3,610

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20 Bursaries: Could be available through the National Scholarship Programme Linked to personal circumstance and often, income level Vary by university or college Scholarships: Can be linked to academic results or ability in sport, music etc.. Subject specific or generic Limited in numbers! Students should check university websites and ask at open days for information on bursaries and scholarships what is available and how/when to apply

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22 Extra money or support may be available to students if they; Have children or adults dependent on them Have a disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty Studying an NHS or Social Work course NHS courses include; Nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, chiropody, dietetics, radiography, occupational therapy, the later stages of medicine and dentistry! For further information and applications students should visit:

23 Help towards the additional costs a student may face as a result of their disability, long-tern health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty In addition to the standard student finance package, Does not have to be repaid, Is not affected by the household income, Looks at the specific needs of the individual in relation to their circumstances and studies! Students need to be aware the DSA application process can take up to 14 weeks!

24 DSA Allowance rates 2014/15* Allowance Non-medical personal helper Part-time Maximum Support Full-time Maximum Support Frequency of payment 15,543 20,725 Annual Specialist equipment 5,212 5,212 Other disability-related expenditure Disability-related travel Duration of course 1,305 1,741 Annual No Limit reasonable spending can be claimed! For both full-time and part-time postgraduate students there s a single allowance of up to 10,362 a year

25 Childcare Grant Based on 85% of actual registered/approved childcare costs up to maximum of: per week for one child per week for two or more children Parents Learning Allowance Help with course-related costs for students with dependent children. Amount received will be between 50 and 1,523 Adult Dependants Grant Normally for the student s partner. Can be for another adult who is financially dependent on the student where the adult s net income is not more than 3,796 p.a. Maximum grant available: 2,668! Dependants grants are income related. Universities may offer additional support to students with childcare/caring responsibilities

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27 Graduates wont make repayment contributions until their income is over 21,000 a year ( 1,750 pm) gross On entering repayment, this threshold will rise annually in line with average earnings increase Full time students will begin to repay in the April after graduating from/leaving their HE course (from April 2016 at the earliest) Part time students enter repayment in the April 4 years after they started their course, or the April after they leave their course (Whichever is sooner) 12_13 Repayments will be a basic 9% of income earned over 21,000 If income falls to 21,000 or below repayments will stop

28 Income each year before tax Income from which 9% is deducted Monthly Repayment (Approx) 21, ,000 4, ,000 9, ,000 14, ,000 19, ,000 24, ,000 29, ,000 39, ! Any outstanding loan balance will be written off 30 years after entering repayment

29 The interest rate attached to a students loan will vary, based on circumstance and income: During study until entering repayment Income: Below 21,000 Income: 21,000 to 41,000 Income: Above 41,000 Interest rate is: Retail Price Index (RPI) +3% Interest rate is: Set at RPI Only Interest rate is: RPI plus up to 3% Interest rate is: Retail Price Index (RPI) +3%! Students can make (penalty free) voluntary repayments at any time

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32 Students should apply as soon as possible to ensure payments can be made at start of the academic year Applying online through GOV.UK is the quickest and easiest method for most students and their parents/sponsors Only supply additional evidence to support an application if we ask for it Student identity is checked using valid UK passport details Household income is verified through submitted National Insurance Numbers via link with HMRC (Successful on 75% of 12/13 applications) 12_13 Students will be assessed for non means tested support if there are any delays in receiving household income information

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36 Making it easier to access and use the resources you need, when you need them

37 Comprehensive suite of factsheets covering key areas of student finance, including: Full-Time and Part-Time Support Eligibility, Applications and Repayments Disabled Students Allowances Care Leavers, Study Abroad and Other Support Students with Dependants Information for Parents of Students

38 A range of SFE resources which can be embedded on an organisations website, including; Twitter Feed Widget Share the latest SFE news and answers to frequently asked questions Repayment Calculator Provides students an idea of their future repayments, how much & for how long DSA Video s A range of videos with optional BSL signer and subtitles

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40 How and when to apply Part Time Finance Dependants Grants & DSA What, how and when to repay Student finance explained: For parents of students 12_13

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42 Putting the FUN in funding!! Student Finance Explained with Bob Bamboo With prospective student views and opinions Teacher s Pets Interactive game covering the basics of Student Finance Don t delay, try them today!!

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44 Tuition fee support is available to all eligible students and repayments are linked to a students future income, not what they borrow Research all finance available especially bursaries & scholarships Apply on-line & on time no need to wait for a confirmed place A student loan won t be recorded on a credit file so is unlikely to impact the ability to access future loans, credit or mortgages 12_13 Ensure all details are correct before submitting an application and let us know of any changes as soon as possible

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46 Student Finance Advisers Our team of dedicated regional advisers work closely with key partners across England to deliver a range of services including: Staff development through bespoke training, Advice and support with SFE resources, policy and processes If I can support you with any area of student finance IAG delivery, please get in touch Tel: _13 Practitioner Helpline For detailed or complex regulatory advice and particularly complex assessment enquiries

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