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1 Student Fees and Financial Support Vicki Carver

2 Student Fees & Financial Support Student fees and financial support can be broken down into three main areas: Tuition fees Living Cost Loans Living Cost Grants

3 Tuition Fees Nobody has to pay fees ‘up front’- fees are paid by a tuition loan Universities will be able to charge a maximum of £9,000 a year Graduates begin loan repayments once earning over £21,000 (rising with inflation) Interest on loans is charged at inflation plus 3% whilst studying. After graduation and once earning, rate of interest will be dependent upon earnings i.e. lower earners pay less interest. There may be different fees for different courses, so check what the fee is for your specific course at your chosen institutions

4 Living Cost Loans Living away from home: maximum of £5,740 Living at parental home: maximum of £4,565 It will be paid back after graduation, once you are earning over £21,000, rising with inflation (along with your tuition fee loan) The amount you are entitled to is dependent on household income and how much non-repayable grant you are entitled to

5 Repayment You will repay once you have graduated and are earning £21,000 or over, starting in the April after graduation Repayment levels rise with your earnings – you pay back 9% of anything you earn over £21,000 Deducted automatically from your salary through the tax system If your income falls below £21,000, repayments will be suspended As an example, if you earn £25,000, you will repay your loan at the rate of just £1 per day You repay based on what you can afford, not on the total amount borrowed All outstanding repayments will be written off after 30 years

6 Repayment The real cost of paying back your tuition fees: Cup of Coffee

7 Repayment SalaryAmount of salary from which 9% will be deducted Monthly repayment £25,000£4,000£30 £30,000£9,000£67 £35,000£14,000£105 £40,000£19,000£142 £45,000£24,000£180 £50,000£29,000£217 £55,000£34,000£255 £60,000£39,000£292

8 Living Cost Grants Non repayable Dependent on household income Full grant is £3,387 for family incomes under £25,000 Family incomes up to £42,620 receive proportion of grant Remember that the amount of grant you receive will affect the amount of living cost loan you are entitled to

9 Total support available Household income Living cost grant Living cost loanTotal £25,000 or less£3,387£4,047£7,434 £30,000£2,441£4,520£6,961 £35,000£1,494£4,993£6,487 £40,000£547£5,467£6,014 £45,000£0£5,519 £50,000£0£4,998 £55,000£0£4,476 £60,000£0£3,955 Over £62,125£0£3,731

10 NHS related degree courses NHS courses are funded differently – you will not be required to pay tuition fees Finance for grants and bursaries is applied for directly through the NHS. They will write to you once you have been offered a place. *Amounts may be more if living in London, figures from Finance for the non means-tested loan is applied for through the Student Loans Company LivingNon means- tested grant Means tested bursary (max) Non means- tested loan (SLC) Away from parental home £1,000£4,395£2,324

11 NHS related degree courses Bursaries are also available for students studying eligible social work courses on certain years of study. Amounts vary according to personal circumstances Tuition fees are payable for social work courses and support can be applied for through the Student Loans Company Social Work students can also apply for the Maintenance Loan support from the Student Loans Company For more information visit or Department of Health websitewww.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students

12 How does it all happen? You can apply from February through the Student Finance England website at You apply for second and third year support after Christmas in your first and second year If you are having a gap year, you should apply for your course at the same time as your peers, for finance, apply 12 months later

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14 Budgeting It is likely that there will be a gap between the money you will receive in loans and grants and the money you need to live as a student It is very important to work out a budget before you start university Make sure you know how much money you have coming in, and how much you expect to have going out Identify where the extra money might come from if there is a gap - before you get into any financial difficulties

15 Additional support: part-time work Many students have a part-time job whilst they are at university Most universities encourage part time work, often having ‘Jobshops’ located on campus advertising part-time student work Part time work provides students with valuable experience as well as extra money (an average of £85 per 13 hour week*) It is important not to let your part time job interfere with your studies – working no more than 15 hours a week is recommended University of Huddersfield Careers Service *From The Complete University Guide 2013

16 Additional support: banks Interest free overdrafts Credit cards Look carefully at incentives offered For independent advice and guidance on student bank accounts and budgeting look at

17 Sources of student finance Sources of student finance Loans, grants SponsorshipScholarships Gap year or part time work Disabled Student Allowance Parents/ Carers

18 Tips for students Set up two bank accounts Don’t blow all your cash at the beginning of term Work out income and outgoings Shop based on need, not impulse If sharing a house, decide who is paying for basics

19 Further information Careers adviser/tutor at school/college Careers library University of choice/local university (lots of information about everything)www.ucas.com

20 Final points to remember Students or parents do not pay tuition fees up front Keep to deadlines for application! Loans are not negatively credit scored If in doubt, ask!

21 Open Days 2014 Wednesday 29 October Thursday 30 October Friday 5 December 9.30am – 3.00pm


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