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Student Finance 2015/2016. Contents Full-time Higher Education  Am I eligible?  What can I get?  Different types of funding How do I apply? What happens.

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1 Student Finance 2015/2016

2 Contents Full-time Higher Education  Am I eligible?  What can I get?  Different types of funding How do I apply? What happens next? What about repayments? Part -time Higher Education Further Education

3 Am I eligible? There are three main criteria: Be personally eligible – have lived in the UK and Islands for at least 3 years before the start of your course and living in Northern Ireland on the first day of the academic year in which your course begins Must attend an approved college – a publicly funded University or College in the UK or ROI or certain private colleges Must attend an approved full-time course – degree, HNC, HND, Foundation degree

4 What can I get? Tuition fee loan Up to £3805 per year for NI publicly funded institutions, up to £9000 per year for the remainder of the UK Up to £3805 loan for courses at private institutions in England, Scotland or Wales. The balance of amount charged is payable by you Fees paid direct to your institution by SLC No income assessment involved Pay back when you are earning more than £17,335 per year

5 What can I get? Maintenance Loan Max £6,780 if living in London (NMT £5085) Max £4,840 if living away from home and studying outside London (NMT £3630) Max £3,750 if living at home (NMT £2812) Maintenance loan is means-tested The loan is reduced if you receive a Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant

6 What can I get? Maintenance Grant/Special Support Grant Non-repayable grant if you are from a low income household (< £41,065) Full grant where household income < £19,203 Worth up to £3,475 a year – depending on household income SSG if you are eligible for income support or housing benefit (benefits not reduced)

7 What can I get? Study in the ROI Student contribution charge of €3000. You must request a student contribution loan to cover this amount No reduction in fees if you leave before the end of the year Eligible for the standard living cost support of means tested maintenance grant and loan If you transfer or repeat after first year you may be charged full tuition fees (no loan available)

8 What can I get? Extra Help with Living Expenses Parents’ Learning Allowance Childcare Grant Adult Dependants’ Grant See application form or contact Student Finance for further details

9 What can I get? Disabled Students’ Allowance Support which is not means-tested on household income Specialist equipment allowance of up to £5,266 for the whole course Non-medical helpers’ allowance of up to £20,938 per year General allowance of up to £1,759 per year Extra travel costs as a result of the disability Contact the Disability Adviser at your institution for an assessment of what support you will require.

10 What can I get? Help from your Institution Bursary – NI institutions Non-repayable grant if you are in receipt of full (or in some cases partial) Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant No separate application involved – eligibility determined through your Student Finance application Parents must give consent to share on application form Each institution offers different amounts of support Similar support throughout the UK – contact institution for details.

11 What can I get? Student Finance NI assesses on household income which is: Your gross taxable income (excluding any earnings during term-time and holidays); PLUS Gross taxable income of parent(s) / partners / step- parents; LESS Deductions for payments into pension funds and £1,153 for each other dependent child in the household This does not apply to Independent students

12 What can I get?

13 Different types of funding Health Professional degrees in NI – income assessed bursary of £2355 (2014/15 rate), reduced loan of £2370 and Tuition fees paid in full Health Professional degrees elsewhere in UK – reduced loan and NHS bursary (amount may be small) Nursing degrees in NI and Scotland– not eligible for any funding from SFni Nursing degrees in England and Wales – reduced loan and NHS bursary Nursing diploma students - not eligible for support Social Work degrees in NI – additional funding from DHSSPS of non-means tested grant and contribution towards work based learning expenses

14 How do I apply? forms available from school or your local Student Finance NI office or download an application form at Complete form fully and return to your local Student Finance NI office Pay correct postage (1 st class not sufficient) Apply as soon as possible and track your application online EU Students should apply to the EU Team in Darlington

15 How do I apply? Information required You must provide the following information with your application form – Original UK Birth certificate or valid Passport. A Birth certificate must be accompanied by an identity confirmation form National Insurance Number Your bank account details Details of your income and that of your household

16 What happens next? Application acknowledged and you receive Customer Reference Number (EMA students use same number –contact SLC for password to access on-line services) ↓ SFni determines whether you are eligible for support and amount due ↓ SLC sends notification of how much support you will receive and when ↓ Take your notification to University at enrolment stage ↓ Your University confirms enrolment ↓ SLC pays your support each term into your account

17 What happens next? Tell us of any change in your circumstances as this may affect what you get e.g. Name / marital status Address (home / lodging) Course transfer / Suspension / Withdrawal from course / college. Absence / sickness Reduction in parents’ income (Changes can be made on-line) Tell your institution of absences / sickness / proposed change of course

18 Useful information If you leave your course during the year you must still pay fees. The amount depends on when you leave If you are on a placement / abroad as part of your course you may not receive any tuition fee loan or grant (ask SFni) If you finish an HND/Foundation degree course and move to year 1 of a degree course you will not receive a tuition fee loan or a grant for year 1 of the degree If you change course/repeat a year more than once you may get no fee loan or grant for some years If you need to repeat a year due to illness you may be eligible for an extra year’s support If you receive a grant and your entitlement is reassessed to a smaller grant/no grant at all – you must repay this immediately You must reapply each year to get support If there is a drop in household income your support may be reassessed and you can get more money

19 Useful information By telephone on: 0300 100 0077 By post or personal visit: Student Finance NI 3 Charlemont Place The Mall, Armagh, BT61 9AX Visit our web site at: A Guide to financial support booklet

20 What about repayments? Repay You only repay Student Loans (Fees and maintenance) once you have left your course and are earning over £17,335 a year Repayments are based on what you earn, e.g. you earn £24,000 - pay back £53 a month Loans incur interest charges (current interest rate is 1.5%) Balance is cancelled after 25 years Keep You do not repay any grants received unless you withdraw from your course or a re-assessment is required

21 Part-time funding HE part-time courses must be at least one year’s duration and at least 50% of a full-time course. You can apply for: A means-tested Tuition fee grant of up to £1,230 A means-tested grant of up to £265 Disabled Students’ Allowance

22 FE Awards For lower level courses Payment of approved tuition fees A means-tested maintenance grant Closing Dates: Full time - 1 September 2015 Part time - 30 September 2015 Guaranteed funding where fully completed applications are received by 30 June 2015. Apply to: Student Finance NI Further Education Awards Section 1 Hospital Road Omagh Telephone: 028 8225 4546 Email:

23 Additional information Student Finance NI has endeavoured to detail every aspect of the application process and possible funding available to students entering Further/ Higher Education. If you have any questions that are not covered in this presentation please ask!

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