Going to University is one of the biggest investments you can make in yourself and we realise that applying for student finance can be daunting and that you will have questions about what it will cost and what help is available to you. Miss Tumelty runs a Student Finance Information Evening in the Spring Term to help answer all your questions (and dispel a few myths around Student Finance). In the meantime, this page will give you more information.
When applying for student finance you have the option to apply for two separate loans. One which covers your tuition and one that you can use to cover other living costs – this is the maintenance loan. You will be required to apply online and in most cases it is also necessary for your parents/carers to provide additional information such as household income.
A Tuition Fee loan (of up to £9,250 per year) is paid directly to your University once you are fully enrolled on your course – it is paid in September each year. Everyone is entitled to the full tuition fee amount regardless of your household income.
The Maintenance loan is provided to cover living costs, e.g. food, books, accommodation, transport etc. It is income based so you (or your parents/carers) will need to provide evidence of their income.
Bursaries & Scholarships
In addition to the Tuition and Maintenance Loans available to you, many Universities and colleges offer their own bursaries and scholarships. They set their own eligibility criteria and often they do not need to be paid back. Each university decides what support they will offer and to whom, so do your research. It is always best to speak to the institution directly to find out if there is anything available. You can also check out the Special Opportunities section on Unifrog to search for bursaries and scholarships linked to your subject or university of choice.
Making an Application
Information for Parents
- UCAS: Student Finance in England
- Student Finance England: Commonly Asked Questions
- Student Finance England: Advice for Parents
- Gov.uk: Application Support
- Money Saving Expert: Student Finance Resources and Student Loan Calculator
- Newcastle University: Complete Guide to Student Finance
If you have any other questions or queries please email the Sixth Form Team on email@example.com