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1 STUDENT FINANCE MATTERS

2 i SESSION CONTENTS Section 1 The Student Finance Package Section 2 Student Loan Repayments Section 3 Applications & Information Section 4 - Managing Your Money Questions & Comments

3 SECTION 1 THE STUDENT FINANCE PACKAGE

4 1 THE STUDENT FINANCE PACKAGE SUPPORT AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS INCLUDES: TUITION FEE LOAN MAINTENANCE SUPPORT BURSARIES & SCHOLARSHIPS ADDITIONAL SUPPORT All figures used in this section are subject to final parliamentary approval of student finance policy

5 1 TUITION FEES & LOANS Universities and colleges* can charge new full-time students up to 9,000 per year ( 6,750 part-time) for tuition fees 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 any Tuition Fee Loan directly to your university or college The loan is repayable, but only when your income is over 21,000 *Publicly funded institutions **Up to 6,000 available for approved courses at private providers

6 1 MAINTENANCE SUPPORT Maintenance support is available to help with your living costs while in higher education Two main types of support are available, Maintenance Loan and Maintenance Grant The Maintenance Loan is repayable and all eligible students are entitled to receive some funding The amount of loan available will depend on where you live and study Maintenance support is paid directly into your bank account each term

7 1 MAINTENANCE LOAN EXAMPLE MAXIMUM RATES Parental Home - Live at home Up to 4,565 Elsewhere - Live away from home and study outside of London Up to 5,740 London - Live away from home and study in London Up to 8,009 Overseas - Study overseas as part of a UK course Up to 6,820

8 1 MAINTENANCE GRANT The Maintenance Grant doesn t have to be repaid How much grant you can get depends on your household income (100% means tested) Household income thresholds : Household Income: Up to 25,000 Household Income: Up to 42,620 Full Grant of 3,387 Partial Grant You can get a quick estimate of your student finance entitlement using the calculator on gov.uk/studentfinance

9 1 COMBINED MAINTENANCE SUPPORT LIVING AWAY FROM HOME, OUTSIDE LONDON Household Income Maintenance Grant Maintenance Loan Total 25,000 & under 3,387 4,047 7,434 30,000 2,441 4,520 6,961 35,000 1,494 4,993 6,487 40, ,467 6,014 42, ,715 5,765 42, ,740 5,740 50, ,998 4,998 62,143 & over 0 3,731 3,731 You can get a quick estimate of your student finance entitlement using the calculator on gov.uk/studentfinance

10 1 BURSARIES & 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 limited in numbers Check university websites and ask at open days for information on bursaries, scholarships and how and when to apply!

11 1 ADDITIONAL SUPPORT EXTRA SUPPORT MAY BE AVAILABLE IF YOU: Have children or adults dependent on you Have a disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty Study 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 For more information on eligibility and applications for NHS support go to:

12 SECTION 2 STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENTS

13 2 STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENTS AN OVERVIEW You won t make repayments until your income is over 21,000 a year gross (before tax) Full-time students will be due to start repaying in the April after graduating from/leaving their higher-education course You ll repay 9% of your income over 21,000 and if you re employed deductions will be made from your pay through the HMRC tax system If your income falls to 21,000 or below your repayments will stop Any outstanding loan balance will be written off 30 years after entering repayment

14 2 STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENTS THE FIGURES Income each year before tax Income from which 9% is deducted Monthly Repayment (Approx) 21, ,000 9, ,000 19, ,000 29, ,000 39, Income 25,000 9% Deducted 4,000 from? Monthly 30 Repayment? Interest will be applied to your loan at a maximum rate of RPI +3% More info can be found on:

15 SECTION 3 APPLICATIONS & INFORMATION

16 3 STUDENT FINANCE APPLICATIONS KEY MESSAGES APPLY EARLY Each year thousands of students apply late for their finance and have no way to pay for their course or halls, some even have to drop out.. Apply online at gov.uk/studentfinance* It will take at least six weeks to process an application You don t need a confirmed place at university or college to apply for student finance Apply with the first choice, changes can be made via the online account at a later date if needed *When setting up a student finance account, be sure to keep a note of your password and other log-in information!

17 3 STUDENT FINANCE APPLICATIONS INFORMATION YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE Before starting the application, you should have the following to hand: Passport - SLC can check identity using valid UK passport details for most students University and course details You can share this information online, directly from you UCAS application Bank account details National Insurance number Parent s or partner s National Insurance number and income details For most applications, SLC verify income from these NI numbers with no need to send any documents, unless we ask for them

18 3 SUPPORTING AN APPLICATION TAX YEAR USED FOR ASSESSMENTS Financial information is needed for the tax year prior to when the student will start in higher education For students starting in Sept 2015 sponsors must submit financial information for the 2013/14 tax year Supporting an application Drop in income: If household income drops by 15% or more in the current tax year, SFE can reassess an application so a student may receive additional support Submitting a Current Year Income form: Support the student's application for finance as normal Complete the (CYI) form with estimates of this financial year's details Provide evidence to support estimates at the end of the current tax year

19 3 GOV.UK FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO APPLY

20 3 SFE ONLINE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION & RESOURCES

21 3 UNISTATS COMPARE UNIS, COURSES AND FEES

22 SECTION 4 MANAGING YOUR MONEY

23 4 MANAGING YOUR MONEY CONSIDER THE COSTS Before starting in higher education, it s important to think about the costs you are likely to face and how to manage your money. Remember, you ll get your maintenance support payments in each term and you ll need to pay for things like: books and other study materials accommodation, food and drink sports, leisure and social activities There will also be other costs you may not have thought of yet such as insurance or a TV Licence...so think about planning a budget.

24 i KEY MESSAGES POINTS TO BE CLEAR ON Important to make the right university/college and course choice!! Tuition Fee Loans are available to all eligible students and future repayments are linked to your income, not what you owe Research all finance available especially bursaries & scholarships Apply on-line & on time no need to wait for a confirmed place Check all details are correct before submitting your application

25 ? QUESTIONS & COMMENTS

26 i NEED MORE INFORMATION? For further Information on student finance and applications go to: For a range of helpful tools and guidance, visit:

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