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1 Student finance Liam Dowson 24 June 2015

2 The costs of university Tuition fees Universities are able to charge up to 9,000 per year Can charge less Sounds scary but Living costs Everything it costs to live as a student E.g. food, travel, accommodation, bills & social activities 2

3 There is lots of support available to help you meet these costs! Most support comes from the government, but also some from many other places 3

4 Eligibility for government support Whether you qualify depends on: - your university or college - your course - if you ve studied a HE course before - your age - your nationality or residential status 4

5 Tuition fees Tuition fee loan available to all; no up front fees Covers full cost of tuition fees Loan isn t compulsory (students can pay all or part of tuition fee upfront themselves) Paid directly to your university/college 5

6 The costs of university Tuition fees Universities are able to charge up to 9,000 per year Can charge less Sounds scary but Living costs Everything it costs to live as a student E.g. food, travel, accommodation, bills & social activities 6

7 Living costs Government support comes in two forms: - Maintenance loan - Maintenance grant 7

8 Maintenance loan Maintenance loan available to all Paid directly to student Not everybody gets same amount, depends on: - where you study and live - your parents (or household) income - full time or part time study 8

9 Maintenance loan FULL YEAR STUDENTS (for 2015 courses) NON-INCOME ASSESSED (65%) INCOME ASSESSED (35%) TOTAL (100%) Parental home 2,967 1,598 4,565 Elsewhere 3,731 2,009 5,740 London 5,205 2,804 8,009 9

10 Maintenance grant A grant is money you don t have to pay back For 2015 you can get up to 3,387 per year as a grant This is dependent on household income: - full grant if under 25,000 - partial grant if between 25,001 and 42,620 - no grant if over 42,620 10

11 Maintenance support Household Income Maintenance Grant The amount of maintenance grant a student receives affects the amount of maintenance loan they can borrow. 11 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, June 2015

12 Maintenance support example demonstrates 2013 figures 12

13 Repaying the loans Your tuition fee and maintenance loans are added together You only repay after you graduate You only repay if you have a job with a salary over 21,000 per year You pay 9% of any income over 21,000 13

14 Repaying the loans If your salary drops below 21,000 a year you stop paying Not everybody pays it all back (you are not expected to!) Any remaining loan is wiped off after 30 years 14

15 Repaying the loans 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,

16 Interest rates You are charged interest on your loans The amount is variable as follows: Whilst studying = inflation (RPI) + 3% Whilst working and earning less than 21,000 = inflation Whilst working and earning between 21,000 and 41,000 = inflation + up to 3% Whilst working and earning over 41,000 = inflation + 3% 16

17 Bursaries/scholarships All fee-charging universities must offer bursaries Like a grant, bursaries are yours to keep Universities also offer various scholarships, e.g. for excelling in a certain area 17

18 University of Bristol bursary For each year of study: Household Income Bursary Amount Below 25,000 2,000 Between 25,001 and 30,000 1,500 Between 30,001 and 35,000 1,250 Between 35,001 and 40, Between 40,001 and 42,

19 Other sources of funding NHS bursaries - Medical, dentistry or healthcare students Specific grants - Disabled Students Allowance, Adult Dependants Grant, Care Leavers Grant, Childcare Grant, Parents Learning Allowance The Financial Assistance Fund - if you can demonstrate you are experiencing real financial hardship Extra help for teacher training students Charities or employers Part-time work 19

20 Summary University is expensive, but everybody is entitled to loans to cover these costs The expensive 9,000 per year is the easy bit The amount students repay depends on their salary; they only pay back their loans when they can afford to The debt doesn t count against you in any way 20

21 How to apply Online at For 2015 entry - deadline of 29 th May You don t need a confirmed university place Easier to change details at a later date Agree to share information from your application Will need to be supported by parent(s)/carer(s) 21

22 What are the benefits of going to university? Study something you re passionate about Learn from the experts Develop new skills Increase job and salary prospects 22

23 What are the benefits of going to university? Meet a wide range of new people Live somewhere else, with friends Become independent Experience a whole new social life Sports and societies Opportunity for travel 23

24 What are the benefits of going to university? Better chance of getting a job e.g. In % of all graduates were in work compared with 72.3% of non-graduates Likely to earn a higher salary e.g. In 2011 the median hourly rate of pay for all graduates aged 21 to 64 was 15.18, 70% more than the non-graduate rate of 8.92 Source: The Graduates in the Labour Market report published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)

25 Any questions? 25

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