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1 STUDENT FINANCE 2016/17 University of South Wales Teachers and Advisers Conference, January 2016

2 SESSION CONTENTS Section 1 - The Student Finance Package Section 2 Part-Time Support Section 3 - Additional Support Section 4 NHS Courses Section 5 - Student Loan Repayment Section 6 - Application Information Section 7 Information & Resources

3 THE STUDENT FINANCE PACKAGE 2016/17

4 THE STUDENT FINANCE PACKAGE SUPPORT AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS INCLUDES: Tuition Fee Support Maintenance (Living Cost) Support Bursaries & Scholarships Additional Support Figures in this section may change, subject to 2016/17 policy approval.

5 TUITION FEES OVERVIEW Currently capped at 9,000 per year. 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 2015 was about 8,703. Students at private universities or colleges offering designated courses will be able to borrow up to 6,000* towards tuition costs. *Students will have to self-fund any additional fee charged.

6 TUITION FEES TUITION FEE SUPPORT For eligible Welsh students attending a full-time course at a publicly-funded UK university. Tuition Fee Loan a non means-tested fee loan of up to 3,900 Tuition Fee Grant non means-tested Tuition Fee Grant to cover the difference between the maximum Tuition Fee Loan available and the tuition fee actually charged by the UK university a maximum grant of 5,100 available if a tuition fee of 9,000 is charged non repayable grant and loan paid directly to university or college

7 THE STUDENT FINANCE PACKAGE 2016/17 MAINTENANCE SUPPORT

8 MAINTENANCE SUPPORT MAINTENANCE LOAN The majority of the repayable Maintenance Loan will be available to all eligible students. 75% of the total loan is non means tested (Not based on household income). The amount of Maintenance Loan available will be linked to where a student lives and studies while in higher education.

9 MAINTENANCE SUPPORT MAINTENANCE LOAN 2016/17 MAXIMUM RATES Full-year student (*) 75% non means tested 25% means tested Maximum loan Parental home 3,590 1,196 4,786 Elsewhere 4,637 1,546 6,183 London 6,497 2,165 8,662 Overseas 5,529 1,843 7,372!! An additional means-tested loan is available for each extra week of study for students attending their course beyond 30 weeks. (*) Slightly lower rates of support apply to final year students.

10 MAINTENANCE SUPPORT WELSH GOVERNMENT LEARNING GRANT Non-repayable grant for 2016/17 is up to 5,161 (max). 100% means tested. Students from households with income of up to 18,370 will be entitled to the maximum 5,161 Students from households with incomes of up to 50,020 will be entitled to a partial grant.

11 MAINTENANCE SUPPORT COMBINED SUPPORT: Student living away from home, outside London 2016/17 Household income Welsh Gov Learning Grant Maintenance Loan Total 18,370 & under 5,161 3,603 8,764 20,000 4,715 3,826 8,541 25,000 3,347 4,510 7,857 26,500 2,936 4,715 7,651 30,000 2,099 5,134 7,233 34,000 1,142 5,612 6,754 40, ,816 6,550 45, ,987 6,380 50, ,158 6,208 50, ,183 6,183 58,484 (+) 0 4,637 (+) 4,637

12 MAINTENANCE SUPPORT FEE SUPPORT FOR OTHER COURSES Course Type(*) Max Tuition Fee Loan Entitlement (publicly funded uni or college) Max Tuition Fee Grant Entitlement (publicly funded uni or college) Max Tuition Fee Loan Entitlement (privately funded uni or college) Max Maintenance Loan Sandwich Placement Year ERASMUS Scheme Overseas Placement 1, ,200 Reduced Loan Sandwich Year 1, Overseas Rate 1, Overseas Rate

13 PART-TIME SUPPORT

14 NEW WELSH PART-TIME SUPPORT PACKAGE New eligible students who start a part-time course on or after 1 September 2014 at a publicly-funded HEI or on behalf of a publicly-funded institution in Wales will be able to apply for a non-income assessed Tuition Fee Loan up to 2,625. New eligible students who start a part-time course on or after 1 September 2014 at a wholly private HEI will be able to apply for a non-income assessed Tuition Fee Loan up to 2,625 (the fee charged may exceed 2,625; in this case, the student must self-fund the difference. New eligible Welsh domiciled students who start a part-time course on or after 1 September 2014 can apply for the existing income assessed part-time course grant, part-time dependants grant (ADG, PLA and CCG and if the intensity is over 50%) and part-time DSAs only (if the intensity is over 25%). EU students are eligible for fee support only and are therefore not eligible to apply for part-time course grant, dependants grants or DSA.

15 ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

16 ADDITIONAL SUPPORT OVERVIEW Extra money or support may be available to students if they: have children or adults dependent on them have a disability, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty are studying an NHS or Social Work course NHS courses include: Nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, chiropody (including podiatry), dietetics, radiography, occupational therapy, healthcare science, paramedics, speech and language therapy, dental hygiene or dental therapy and the later stages of medicine and dentistry.

17 ADDITIONAL SUPPORT DISABLED STUDENTS ALLOWANCES (DSAs) Help towards the additional costs that a student may face as a result of their disability, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs support: is available in addition to the standard student finance package does not have to be repaid is not affected by household income looks at the specific needs of the individual in relation to their disability and how it affects their studies

18 ADDITIONAL SUPPORT DISABLED STUDENTS ALLOWANCES (DSA) DSA rates 2015/16 Allowance Non-medical personal helper Part-time maximum support Full-time maximum Support Frequency of Payment 15,885 21,181 Annual Specialist equipment 5,332 5,332 Other disability-related expenditure Disability-related travel Duration of course 1,338 1,785 Annual No Limit reasonable spending can be claimed

19 THE STUDENT FINANCE PACKAGE STUDENTS WITH DEPENDANTS 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 If no childcare provider details are provided a maximum cap of 115 p/w will apply to the first installment. Parents Learning Allowance Help with course-related costs for students with dependent children. Amount received will be between 50 and 1,557. Adult Dependants Grant For students with a partner or another adult who is financially dependent on them (cannot be an adult child). Maximum grant is 2,732.! Dependants grants are income related. Universities may offer additional support to students with childcare/caring responsibilities.

20 ADDITIONAL SUPPORT SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES

21 SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES Extra help for many students is available from universities. Each university has its own scheme students need to research these. Students are more likely to get help if... - their family has a low income - they are the first person in their family to go to university - they study a particular subject (depending on university) - they get good grades at school/college - they study locally! Students should check university websites and ask at open days and UCAS conventions for information on bursaries and scholarships: what is available and how/when to apply.

22 ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

23 NHS COURSES

24 NHS COURSES FUNDING Eligible courses Students must be accepted for an NHS funded place on a full or parttime course which leads to professional registration as a: doctor or dentist (they will be eligible for an NHS bursary after the 4th year of their course) chiropodist (including podiatrist), dietitian, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, radiographer, healthcare scientist, paramedic, speech and language therapist1 dental hygienist or dental therapist nurse or midwife

25 OTHER COURSES NHS COURSES NHS Support Students training for eligible courses may be able to get a bursary from the NHS. A bursary is a yearly payment to help with living costs and tuition fees. It s paid each month and doesn t have to be paid back. More detailed information is available at Full-time students on NHS degrees can also apply for a fixed grant of 1,000 per year. SFW Support Full-time NHS students can also apply to Student Finance Wales for a reduced rate Maintenance Loan which is not dependent on income.

26 OTHER SUPPORT NHS COURSES NHS Degrees up to 30 weeks (15/16 figures) Non meanstested grant Means tested Bursary Non meanstested loan London 1,000 3,191 4,259 Not London 1,000 2, 643 3,030 With Parents 1,000 2,207 2,272 NHS Degrees up to 45 weeks (15/16 figures) Non meanstested grant Means tested Bursary Non meanstested Loan London 1,000 5,460 4,259 Not London 1,000 4, With Parents 1,000 3,351 2,272

27 OTHER SUPPORT NHS COURSES Fees NHS pays non medical course fees Medicine and Dentistry: Arrangements differ depending on year of study and pathway. Tuition Fee Loan will be available. NHS usually pays final year. Additional Support Allowances for disabled students and students with dependent adults and children are available from the NHS. Students can also claim help with travel costs to their placements, if they incur additional costs to those incurred when travelling to their university.

28 STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT

29 STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT OVERVIEW Repayment contributions will not be made until students have finished their course and are earning over 21,000 ( 1,750 pm) gross. Full-time students will begin to repay in the April after graduating from/leaving their course. Part-time students can begin to repay in the April 4 years after they have started their course. (If earning over 21,000.) Repayments will be 9% of income over 21,000 and will be deducted automatically from pay through the HMRC tax system for most students. If income falls to 21,000 or below repayments will be stop.

30 STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT THE FIGURES Income each year before tax Income from which 9% will be deducted Approximate monthly repayment 21, ,000 4, ,000 9, ,000 14, ,000 19, ,000 24, ,000 29, ,000 39, ! Any outstanding loan balance will be cleared 30 years after entering repayment.

31 STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT INTEREST RATES There will be a variation in the interest rate attached to a student s loan during study and when earning following graduation: During study until entering repayment Earnings: Below 21,000 Earnings Between: 21,000-41,000 Earnings: Above 41,000 Interest rate is: Retail Price Index (RPI) +3% Interest rate is: Set at RPI Only RPI plus some amount between 0% and 3% Interest rate is: Retail Price Index (RPI) +3%

32 STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT DEDICATED WEBSITE

33 STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT PARTIAL CANCELLATION OF LOANS Eligibility will be automatic once you start repaying your student loan, either voluntarily or when you are required to do so. Partial cancellation 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 partial cancellation of 290. If you have a Maintenance Loan of 3,000 and the amount of your first repayment is 50, you will receive a partial cancellation of 1,500.

34 APPLICATION INFORMATION

35 APPLICATION INFORMATION KEY MESSAGES Apply online at as soon as possible once the application opens to make sure student finance is in place for the start of their course. Register on UCAS and we can let students know when it s time to apply. They do not need a confirmed place at university or college to apply. Make a note of their account log-in details and keep them safe. Agree to share information from their application, this helps apply for many bursaries and some scholarships. Students will be assessed for non means-tested support if there are any delays in receiving household income information.

36 APPLICATION INFORMATION COMPLETING AN APPLICATION Before starting an application, students should have the following to hand: passport - SFW can check identity using valid UK passport details university and course details bank account details and National Insurance number If parents or other sponsors will be supporting a student s application, they will need their own account on studentfinancewales.co.uk to provide information including: National Insurance number(s) Household income information Details of other child dependants If sponsors can t submit income details online, they can complete a paper form.

37 APPLICATION INFORMATION STUDENTFINANCEWALES.CO.UK

38 APPLICATION INFORMATION EVIDENCE AND HOUSEHOLD INCOME

39 STUDENT FINANCE APPLICATIONS IDENTITY EVIDENCE SFW require all students to provide identity evidence in order for their application to progress. The following list details acceptable identification (ID) evidence: UK Students Identity Evidence Students confirm identity by providing valid passport details in their online application. If they haven't included passport details in their online application they will need to send one of the following: a completed UK Passport Details Form (if holding a valid passport) original UK birth or adoption certificate along with a countersigned Birth/Adoption Certificate Form (ADIF)

40 STUDENT FINANCE APPLICATIONS IDENTITY EVIDENCE NON UK STUDENTS SFW require one of the following documents to be sent as proof of identity: EU National Identity Card (must be in date) original non-uk passport (must be in date) Biometric Residence Permit cards Non-UK students may also need to submit the following evidence: original Home Office documents to prove refugee status or leave to enter or remain status photocopies of P60, Contract of Employment, Tax Returns or a P45 to prove European Economic Area (EEA) or UK work details a letter confirming addresses for the last three years prior to the start of their course to confirm residency details

41 SUPPORTING AN APPLICATION HOUSEHOLD INCOME If supporting an application for means-tested student finance, SFW will need to see details of parent(s), partners or other sponsors household (taxable earned and unearned) income and National Insurance number(s). Earned income includes: wages, salaries, tips, and other taxable employee pay long-term disability benefits received prior to minimum retirement age net earnings from self-employment Unearned income includes: interest from savings (only the annual summary is required) benefits and pensions rent from property or a room

42 2016/17 INFO & RESOURCES

43 SFW INFO FOR STUDENTS & THEIR FAMILIES STUDENTFINANCEWALES.CO.UK

44 SFW RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS & ADVISERS STUDENTFINANCEWALES.CO.UK/PRACTITIONERS

45 SFW RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS & ADVISERS STUDENTFINANCEWALES.CO.UK/PRACTITIONERS A range of downloadable student finance resources are now available for academic year 2016/17 including: Quick Guides (paper copies can be pre-ordered) Fact Sheets PowerPoint Presentations for practitioners, students & parents Student Finance Films Online tools, e.g. on Repayment

46 SFW RESOURCES SFW ON YOUTUBE

47 SFW RESOURCES SOCIAL MEDIA

48 SFW RESOURCES CUSTOMER HELPLINE For further Information on student finance and applications, students and their sponsors should call us on: Customer helpline: There are no silly questions when it comes to student finance, so if you re unsure, ask!

49 QUESTIONS?

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