Funding Your Course

  • This section will primarily provide you with information on what statutory funding is available to you as you commence or continue on your course of study. Not all type of students will be eligible for the same funding and some might not be eligible for any statutory funding at all so it is important that you do your research. Our role is to make you aware of the funding available to you so that you can make an informed decision about your studies. 

    You should also think about how you are going to spend your student funding and consider if it will be enough to live on while you study. You should visit our Money Advice page for more information on how to make your money go further.

    If you would like to know more about any additional funds you may be able to apply for, please visit www.uws.ac.uk/funds for details.


  • Benefits: Student funding can affect benefit entitlements. Check this out early to avoid any disappointment.  Visit our dedicated benefits page here.

    Need More Help?
    Our Funding & Advice Team are happy to help you understand the different funding opportunities and clarify anything you may find confusing. Click here to arrange an appointment with an adviser.

  • Check out these funding guides and booklets

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  • What is statutory funding?

    Statutory funding is the funding you are entitled to receive as help towards your studies. It usually comes from government and can include support towards tuition fees and living costs. Not all courses or levels of study have statutory funding attached so it is important you do your research before committing to a course of study.

  • Funding Your Course

    • Full-time Undergraduates from Scotland
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      Pre-reg Nursing/Midwifery? This information does not apply to you. Check out your dedicated section below.

      Funding for students from Scotland is administered by an agency of the Scottish Government known as SAAS (Student Awards Agency Scotland). The SAAS website has a lot of useful information for Scottish students, as well as a very handy SAAS Funding Guide 2016-2017

      In basic terms, student funding packages are made up of support for tuition fees and support for living costs in the form of a bursary and/or a student loan. You must apply to SAAS every year for funding, even if you just want tuition fee support. Applications are done online, through the SAAS website.

      There are quite complex rules about how previous study/funding can affect the funding you are entitled to. If you have already had funding for the level of study you want to do we recommend you contact a member of our team who can advise you what funding you are entitled to. 

      Tuition Fees:
      It currently costs £1,820 per year for Scottish students to study a degree in Scotland. The cost of tuition for eligible Scottish students are met by SAAS each year but you can usually only get this funding once at each level of study, with an extra year of funding available in case of emergencies. 

      Bursary*:
      There are 2 types of bursary – Young Student Bursary and Independent Student Bursary. The one you can apply for depends on your age and circumstances. You will find full details on pages 2 and 3 of the SAAS Funding Guide 2016-2017. This is the part of your student package that you don’t have to repay. You can usually only get this funding once at each level of study, with an extra year of funding available in case of emergencies. 

      *There are some additional grants available to certain students. See page 7 of the SAAS Funding Guide 2016-2017  for more information. 

      Student Loan:
      Student loans are available on top of bursaries and are the largest element of your student support package. You do not have to take out the student loan, or can elect to take out only a proportion of what you are offered. The student loan is repayable and does accrue interest but it is much cheaper than other types of finance such as bank loans, overdrafts or credit cards. 

      Interest on your loan is linked to inflation. This means the amount you pay back will be about the same in real terms as the value of the amount you borrowed. You start repaying the student loan after you leave your course, get a job and are earning over a certain amount which increases year on year (in other words, the repayment is income-contingent). Most students will repay their loans through HM Revenue and Customs either by employers taking amounts from pay through the PAYE system or through the tax self-assessment process. How quickly you repay your loan will generally depend on how much you earn. You can also make voluntary payments, at any time, direct to the SLC. 

      Worried about the loan?
      If the thought of having student loan debt worries you, we can discuss it with you and make sure you have the facts before making a decision. If you feel that you can afford to get through your studies without the loan, and without accessing other types of debt, by all means don’t take out a student loan. However, if you can’t get by on only the bursary, the student loan is the cheapest form of credit available and comes with a level of protection that other debts don’t (i.e. only repaying when you earn over the threshold).

    • College to University
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      If you are making the move from college to university, you’ll apply for your funding through the same organisation that funded your college studies. For most students this is the Student Awards Agency for Scotland. Check out the sections above to read about the funding available to you when you come to university.

      You can also check out From College to University: A Funding Guide for information that will help you prepare financially for this transition.

      In basic terms, SAAS fund you once at each level of study. If you are moving from an HNC into Year 2 of a degree, or from an HND into Year 3 of a degree, you will be able to claim SAAS funding as normal as you are progressing onto a new level.

      If you decide to move from an HNC to Year 1 of a degree, or from an HND to Year 2 of degree, you are not progressing, but can claim SAAS funding as they have a rule that allows this when you are ‘articulating’.

      If you are unsure how your previous study will affect your entitlement to funding, please get in touch and we will do our best to advise you.

    • Full-time Undergraduates from England, Wales or Northern Ireland
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      Pre-reg Nursing/Midwifery? This information does not apply to you. Check out your dedicated section below.

      Students from the Rest of the UK (RUK) are subject to different rates of Tuition Fees than their Scottish counterparts. If you are coming to study at UWS from the rest of UK, you will also apply for your statutory funding from a different funding body.

      In basic terms, student funding packages are made up of support for tuition fees in the form of a tuition fee loan/grant and support for living costs in the form of a grant (which is not repayable) and/or a student loan. You must apply every year for funding. To qualify for assistance you must be eligible under the criteria set out by your funding body. These criteria may relate to residency, previous study etc.

      You can use the links below to see the information we have online exclusively for students from the rest of the UK and to find out what student funding you are entitled to.

      Students from England:

      Your funding body will be Student Finance England. You can find out more about the support available to you and details of how to apply at www.gov.uk/student-finance.

      In basic terms, you may be able to get up to £9,000 as a Tuition Fee Loan, up to £5,740 as a living costs loan and up to £3,387 as a maintenance grant. The amount you get as a maintenance grant will affect the amount of living cost loan you receive.  

      Students from Northern Ireland:

      Your funding body will be Student Finance NI. You can find out more about the support available to you and details of how to apply at www.studentfinanceni.co.uk

      In basic terms, you may be able to get up to £9,000 as a Tuition Fee Loan, up to £4,840 as a living costs loan and up to £3,475 as a maintenance grant. The amount you get as a maintenance grant will affect the amount of living cost loan you receive. 

      Students from Wales:

      Your funding body will be Student Finance Wales. You can find out more about the support available to you and details of how to apply at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk.  

      In basic terms, you may be able to get up to £5,190 as a Tuition Fee Grant and a further £3,810 as a Tuition Fee Loan, up to £5,376 as a living costs loan and up to £5,161 as a maintenance grant, called the Welsh Government Learning Grant. The amount you get as a maintenance grant will affect the amount of living cost loan you receive.  

    • Part-time Undergraduates
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      If you are thinking about studying at UWS on a part-time basis, you should also visit www.uws.ac.uk/pt for details of courses and information sessions. 

      Part Time Fee Grant 
      The Part time Fee Grant is administered by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). It is designed to provide some support to people who have an income of £25,000 a year or less and want to do part time study. The Part Time Fee Grant is calculated based on the number of credits you are studying (you can study between 30 and 119 credits in an academic year to qualify) and is worked out on a pro-rata basis in relation to fees for full time undergraduates.

      A module at the UWS is worth 20 credits, meaning you can use this scheme to fund your studies if you undertake at least 2 modules in an academic year, but no more than 5.

      For example, full-time undergraduate fees for Scottish students are £1,820 for a year. This covers 120 credits. A part-time student wishing to study 60 credits, which is half of the credits in a full-time year, will be able to get half of the cost of a full time year, so £910 towards tuition fees.

      Applications to SAAS are only accepted for up to 6 months after your course starts. You can download an application form from the SAAS website here when the applications are available.

      You can only submit your application once in the year, so it is very important that you take the time to ensure it covers the study you wish to take throughout the entire academic year. 

      Once you have completed the application form, an Education Guidance Adviser, or other nominated person from you school, needs to complete the relevant section to authorise your programme of study. You should then post your application to SAAS within the deadline. If your application is successful you will be sent an award letter which you should then submit to our Finance department where the funding will be claimed. 

      ILA200 (Skills Development Scotland Individual Learning Account)
      The Skills Development Scotland Individual Learning Account can contribute £200 towards the cost of your studies if you meet the eligibility criteria. You can see the full eligibility criteria here to assess if this is the right form of funding for you.

      Please note: If your application for ILA funding is successful, you will be unable to apply for any Student Awards Agency For Scotland (SAAS) funding (either Part-Time Fee Grant or full-time support) for the duration of your ILA learner year.  

      Employer Sponsorship
      Many students will undertake part-time studies as part of their professional development. If your employer is funding this, you should contact the Finance Department to make arrangements.

      Self Funding 
      If you are paying your own fees, you should contact the Finance Department to make arrangements.

       

       

    • Postgraduate
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      The funding available for Postgraduate level study can be dependent on a number of factors, such as nationality, type of course and the subject. The guidance we offer is intended give you signposts that may help you find funding to support your studies, but you should remember that funding at this level can be limited and we cannot guarantee that a source of funding exists for every student.

      Not every student will be eligible for every type of potential funding so it is important you read instructions and guidance carefully and follow up on any lead you may find. In addition, being eligible for a fund does not guarantee you will receive it as many trust funds or scholarships will be highly competitive.

      It is your responsibility to establish what financial support you need – you should remember to consider both the cost of tuition and the support you might need for general living expenses. Please visit our Money Advice page for information on how you can make your money go further. This includes information on housing, food, banking and lifestyle choices.

      The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding
      There are lots of alternative sources of funding, like charities and trusts, that can help fund your postgraduate studies. These can include grants that can pay tuition fees, living cost support and funding for research expenses. The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is a web resource that UWS subscribe to, making it free for our students and prospective students to use.

      You can use the Alternative Guide to search a funding database of over 600 charities and trusts and access comprehensive guidance on how to produce a high quality application.

      Accessing from a campus PC? Click here and you can automatically log in without creating an account.

      Already have a UWS email account? Simply click here and you can create an account in less than 30 seconds

      Are you a prospective student? We understand you won’t be able to access our campus PC’s nor will you have a UWS email address. Simply email us and we will send you a PIN to access this resource.

      Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS):
      SAAS may provide funding for your postgraduate studies (up to PGDip stage) if you are a UK or EU student. They will only provide funding for certain courses. This list of eligible courses is available on the SAAS website here.

      If you are ordinarily resident in Scotland you will be able to apply to SAAS for the Tuition Fee Loan AND Living Cost Loan as long as you have not already used UK or EU funds to study at this level. The tuition fee loan is worth £3,400 and can be used to fund study up to PGDip stage. It is available to full-time students undertaking their PGDip in 1 year, or part-time students undertaking their PGDip across 2 academic years. The living cost loan is worth a maximum of £4,500 and is only available to full-time students.

      If you are an EU student you will be able to apply to SAAS for the Tuition Fee Loan as long as you have not already used UK or EU funds to study at this level. This loan is worth £3,400 and can be used to fund study up to PGDip stage. It is available to full-time students undertaking their PGDip in 1 year, or part-time students undertaking their PGDip across 2 academic years. You will not receive funding to support your cost of living.

      You can apply for this funding from April and will find more information on the SAAS website here. You can also find out more about how the Tuition Fee Loan works, and how it should be repaid, by visiting the SAAS website here

      You remain responsible for meeting the additional cost of any Masters level study and should budget accordingly for this. You should also carefully consider how you will meet your cost of living during your studies. 

      SAAS cannot act as an alternative source of funding if the proper award making body will not fund you. For example, if you are from England and received funding through SFE to do your undergraduate studies in Scotland, and now wish to study a postgraduate course in Scotland, you would apply to SFE. This is because your residence in Scotland was to study and is therefore not regarded as ordinary residence.

      Please visit our Money Advice page for information on how you can make your money go further. This includes information on housing, food, banking and lifestyle choices.

      Postgraduate Loans for Masters - English students:

      If you ordinarily live in England, you can now apply for a postgraduate loan for masters courses. You'll be able to borrow up to £10,000 to pay your fees and help with living costs. You can find more information at www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study including eligibility criteria, information on making repayments and details of how and when you can apply.

      Carnegie Cameron Postgraduate Bursary:
      UWS is allocated several prestigious bursaries each year, to be awarded to successful candidates and used towards payment of tuition fees only.

      Your course must be a Masters level course, either one year full time or two years part time. Courses that only lead to a certificate or diploma are not eligible. Research based postgraduate courses are also exempt from this scheme.

      You must be Scottish by birth, extraction (at least one parent born in Scotland) or have received SAAS funding for a further/higher education course in Scotland.

      Candidates will be selected on the basis of their merit and promise, and financial needs. The most important selection criteria will be those envisaged by Andrew Carnegie: that the candidates are qualified and deserving, industrious and ambitious, and that they would derive particular benefit from obtaining a postgraduate degree, which they would be unlikely to attend without the award.

      We will normally start accepting applications from the April before courses start in September. You can find out more about the bursary at www.uws.ac.uk/trusts, including application packs.

      Professional Career Development Loans
      Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work. You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000. Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying.

      These loans are different to the student loan you may have received as an undergraduate student as you must repay the loan once you graduate, whether you are working or not.

      More information, including details about how to apply, is available here

      Other things to consider...
      We cannot offer dedicated advice on the availability of postgraduate funding as the world of trust and scholarships is vast and depends very much on individual circumstances. Instead, we support you to research this yourself by subscribing to the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding which offers you access to a massive database of possibilities. Read more about this at the beginning of this section.

      We also provide a starting point for further research at www.uws.ac.uk/trusts although this is not exclusive to postgraduate students. We would encourage you to see this, along with the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding, as a starting point only.

    • Pre-Registration Nursing/Midwifery
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      There is a reciprocal agreement that allows students from elsewhere in the UK to study pre-registration Nursing or Midwifery courses in Scotland and receive the same funding as Scottish students on these courses. 

      If you are thinking about studying a pre-registration Nursing or Midwifery course at UWS, it is important you understand that the funding rules for these courses are very different than other undergraduate courses. Nursing and Midwifery students receive funding through the Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary Scheme (NMSB) which comes from the Scottish Government Health Directorate but is administered by an agency of the Scottish Government known as SAAS (Student Awards Agency Scotland).

      In basic terms, funding for Nursing and Midwifery students is in the form of non-repayable bursaries/grants. Nursing and Midwifery students do not apply for a student loan and cannot choose to apply for one on top of their statutory funding. The Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary Scheme (NMSB) consists of a bursary that is not income assessed and a number of additional bursaries/grants that are dependent on your circumstances.

      There are no tuition fees for UK or EU studying pre-registration Nursing/Midwifery. This is because the university is funded by the government to produce a registered nurse or midwife. If you have been offered a place on the course, you should consider this to be a funded place in relation to tuition. International students will have a Tuition fee to pay.

      The SAAS website details the financial support available and how you can apply.

      EU/International students cannot claim any support through SAAS so it is vitally important you consider how you will support yourself during your studies.

      While the university can accept applications from all students for help meeting the cost of childcare, you will be unable to claim any further funding, such as discretionary or hardship funds, to help meet your living costs. You should therefore ensure you carefully consider the financial implications of study and take the time to plan ahead appropriately.

    • MSc in Adult/Mental Health Nursing or Midwifery, with Registration
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      This 2 year pre-registration course is designed to allow graduates of related degrees (such as biological, health, social science, etc.) to build on those degrees to become a registered Adult/Mental Health Nurse or Midwife. Some people may call this type of course a ‘conversion’ course, as you would effectively be converting the knowledge and skills you attained through your undergraduate degree.

      There are no tuition fees charged to those studying a pre-registration nursing course. This is because the university is funded by the government to produce a registered nurse. If you have been offered a place on the course, you should consider this to be a funded place in relation to tuition. International Students will have a Tuition Fee to pay.

      As this course is a pre-registration course, eligible students would be able to apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding under the Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary Scheme (NMSB), which is detailed in the section above titled ‘Pre-Registration Nursing/Midwifery’.

      EU/International students cannot claim any support through SAAS so it is vitally important you consider how you will support yourself during your studies.

      While the university can accept applications from all students for help meeting the cost of childcare, you will be unable to claim any further funding, such as discretionary or hardship funds, to help meet your living costs. You should therefore ensure you carefully consider the financial implications of study and take the time to plan ahead appropriately.

      Please note: As this course is designed for students who are not already registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the assumption will be that you won’t have previously received any funding through the NMSB Scheme. If you have accessed funding through this scheme before, please be aware that this will affect your entitlement to support.

      Already registered with the NMC?
      We understand that already registered Adult/Mental Health nurses may want the opportunity to obtain an MSc. If you are already registered, you would have obtained funding through the NMSB Scheme and would therefore not be eligible to apply for further funds. We recommend you carefully consider how you will meet your cost of living during your studies and plan accordingly for this. You may also wish to research charitable funding options, or other more unique funding routes, and can find a starting point for this research within the ‘Postgraduate’ section above and through www.uws.ac.uk/trusts. Please be advised that there is no guarantee that a source of funding will exist for you.

    • EU Undergraduates
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      If you are an EU national, you may be able to apply to have your Tuition Fees paid if: 

      - You are taking a course of full-time study in Scotland and plan to graduate in Scotland.*

      - You do not already have a degree for which you received support from your home country, another EU member state or the European Social Fund.   

      You should apply to an agency of the Scottish Government known as SAAS (Student Awards Agency for Scotland) and can find further details, as well as the online application, on their website here

      Please Note: Funding for eligible EU students is restricted to Tuition Fees only. You cannot apply for any further bursaries or loans through the Scottish Government so it is important you plan ahead and have enough funding to meet the cost of living in Scotland.  

      Please visit our Money Advice page for information on how you can make your money go further. This includes information on housing, food, banking and lifestyle choices.

      While the university can accept applications from all students for help meeting the cost of childcare, you will be unable to claim any further funding, such as discretionary or hardship funds, to help meet your living costs. You should therefore ensure you carefully consider the financial implications of study and take the time to plan ahead appropriately.

      *SAAS will not pay your tuition fees if you are studying in Scotland for one year as part of your course at your home institution, to which you will transfer credits, return to and graduate from.   

      Erasmus

      If you are at UWS as part of the ERASMUS programme, you are unable to claim funding through the Scottish Government and should seek advice about funding through your home institution.

      Please visit our Money Advice page for information on how you can make your money go further. This includes information on housing, food, banking and lifestyle choices.  Please also note that, as above with other European students, while the university can accept applications from all students for help meeting the cost of childcare, you will be unable to claim any further funding, such as discretionary or hardship funds, to help meet your living costs. You should therefore ensure you carefully consider the financial implications of study and take the time to plan ahead appropriately.

    • International
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      The Scottish Government does not provide any statutory student funding to International students studying in Scotland. To find out everything you need to know about being an international student at UWS, you should visit www.uws.ac.uk/international-students

      The University does offer several scholarship and incentive schemes. You can find full details online here.

      The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

      There are lots of alternative sources of funding, like charities and trusts, that can help fund your postgraduate studies. These can include grants that can pay tuition fees, living cost support and funding for research expenses. The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is a web resource that UWS subscribe to, making it free for our students and prospective students to use. 

      You can use the Alternative Guide to search a funding database of over 600 charities and trusts and access comprehensive guidance on how to produce a high quality application. 

      Accessing from a campus PC? Click here and you can automatically log in without creating an account.

      Already have a UWS email account? Simply click here and you can create an account in less than 30 seconds

      Are you a prospective student? We understand you won’t be able to access our campus PC’s nor will you have a UWS email address. Simply email us and we will send you a PIN to access this resource.

      Please visit our Money Advice page for information on how you can make your money go further. This includes information on housing, food, banking and lifestyle choices.

      While the university can accept applications from all students for help meeting the cost of childcare, you will be unable to claim any further funding, such as discretionary or hardship funds, to help meet your living costs. You should therefore ensure you carefully consider the financial implications of study and take the time to plan ahead appropriately.

    • Paying your own tuition fees
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      If you need to pay all or part of your tuition fees yourself, you will need to do so through the Finance Department. You can find information on how much it costs to study at UWS here.

      If you are paying your own tuition fees, it is important to remember that UWS are extending you a credit facility by allowing you pay these through a payment plan rather than in one instalment. You will have to make a payment before being able to enrol and will then have to make monthly payments. If you do not adhere to your agreed payment plan, also known as defaulting on your payments, we may be unable to extend this facility again.
  • Alternative Sources of Funding

    If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, you may wish to consider more alternative options, such as those detailed below. It is important to do your research though, as some of these options can have an impact on your finances.

    • Trust Funds and Scholarships
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      Whether they are called trusts, scholarships, endowments, grants or bursaries, there are many alternative sources of funding that can help you through your studies. The world of trust funds is massive, with lots of different funds, each with their own eligibility criteria and application processes. Because of this we are unable to offer bespoke advice about what you might be eligible for, but whether you are looking for grants to pay tuition fees or top up your living cost support, we have an excellent starting point for your research here . We recommend you consider this webpage as the starting point of your research and use it as a signpost to other resources.

      You can also use this webpage to identify any source of funds we administer that you may be eligible to apply for.

      International students should also look here for any scholarships or incentive schemes offered by UWS.

    • The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding
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      There are lots of alternative sources of funding, like charities and trusts, that can help fund your postgraduate studies. These can include grants that can pay tuition fees, living cost support and funding for research expenses. The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is a web resource that UWS subscribe to, making it free for our students and prospective students to use.

      You can use the Alternative Guide to search a funding database of over 600 charities and trusts and access comprehensive guidance on how to produce a high quality application.

      Accessing from a campus PC? Click here and you can automatically log in without creating an account.

      Already have a UWS email account? Simply click here and you can create an account in less than 30 seconds

      Are you a prospective student? We understand you won’t be able to access our campus PC’s nor will you have a UWS email address. Simply email us and we will send you a PIN to access this resource.
    • Professional Career Development Loans
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      Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work. You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000 and apply through Barclays or the Co-Operative Bank. Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying.

      These loans are different to the student loan you may have received as an undergraduate student as you must repay the loan once you graduate, whether you are working or not, and whether or not you completed the course.

      More information, including details about how to apply, is available from the official government website here.

      While it is important to look at the official information, you will also find some very helpful information about Professional Career Development Loans at moneysavingexpert.com here .

      You should shop around when you want to borrow money and compare the interest rates being offered to ensure you get the best deal.
    • Credit Unions
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      A credit union is owned by its members and is essentially a community based savings and loans provider. Without the pressure of making profits, many credit unions are able to provide competitive financial services to local people who may not be eligible to borrow from banks and who may have needed to resort to very expensive payday lenders. Credit unions aim to help you take control of your money by encouraging you to save what you can, and borrow only what you can afford to repay, therefore preventing people from ending up in a financial pickle.

      If you plan ahead for your studies, you can start saving with your local Credit Union. If you then need to borrow to pay for your studies, your Credit Union can offer you affordable, ethical and competitive rates of interest. It is important to remember that borrowing money can have a big impact on your finances. You should consider very carefully whether you can afford any repayments and should always do your research before making a commitment.

      You should shop around when you want to borrow money and compare the interest rates being offered to ensure you get the best deal.

      We work closely with Renfrewshire Wide Credit Union, based only a stone’s throw away from the Paisley Campus, but Credit Unions exist in many communities and you can find yours by visiting www.findyourcreditunion.co.uk
  • If things don’t go according to plan…

    • Leaving your course
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      If you are thinking of leaving your course, the first thing you should do is talk to someone about why you feel this way. If you are struggling, either academically or with personal issues, you might find that there is help available.
      - Talk to your personal tutor or programme leader. They can often refer you to the many support services available at UWS.
      - Come to the Student Link to find out what support is on offer through Student Services. You may find the support you need to stay on your course, through services such as Counselling, Funding and Advice and Disability Support.

      Impact:
      Leaving your course is likely to have an impact on your funding entitlement, not only for the remainder of the academic year, but for any future study you want to do. Seek tailored advice from the Funding and Advice Team to ensure you are making an informed decision.

      It’s important any withdrawal from your course is done correctly so read our Step by Step guide.
    • Resits in August
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      If you didn’t pass everything first time around, you will have other opportunities. The normal resit diet is in August but you shouldn’t wait for your results to apply to your funding body for support for your next year of study. The fees you have paid in September cover the resit diet in August so you usually don’t have any further fee to pay. You don’t get any extra student loan or bursary support. 

      If you pass everything in the August resit diet, you can move onto your next level of study without any problems. If things do not go to plan see ‘Carrying forward resits into your next year’ and ‘Taking time out to do resits’.

    • Carrying forward resits into your next year
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      If you don’t pass your assessments in the August diet, or are unable to attempt them, you may be able to carry forward some outstanding modules but this depends on your level of study and how much you have to carry forward. You can talk to your personal tutor or course leader about this. 

      If you do carry forward outstanding modules, you normally do not need to pay any extra tuition fees unless you have exhausted your three attempts and need to start the module again from the beginning.

      It is also very important to consider how you might cope with more than the normal 6 modules in an academic year. If you struggled before, you might want to avoid any additional pressure and consider taking time out to complete your outstanding modules before progressing to your next level of study. There are various ways of doing this noted in the ‘Taking time out to do resits’ section. 

    • Taking time out to do resits
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      If you can’t progress with your outstanding modules or would prefer not to carry them with you into your next level of study, there are various options available that would allow you to complete your modules before progressing. SAAS funded undergraduates can also check out our handy guide to understanding your options.

      Assessment Only*: 
      Assessment only is a status that the University uses for students who can’t/don’t progress to their next level of study in the new academic year because they have outstanding assessments. Students in this category will usually still have one or more of their three attempts remaining so do not have to pay tuition fees. Instead, you would only pay a £40 registration fee. 

      Assessment only students are not required to attend so do not qualify for any student support through SAAS or other funding body. This means you can’t get a student loan to help meet the costs of living. In addition, you do not become eligible for any benefits that you couldn’t get as a full-time student (for example, Job Seekers Allowance).

      Many students would find it very difficult to support themselves without any student loan or benefit income. If you don’t want to be assessment only, there are options but you should speak to a Funding adviser to ensure the advice you get is tailored to your circumstances and you understand your options.

      * This is not suitable for modules for which you have a re-attend decision.

      Part-Time: 
      If undertaking your assessments as an assessment only student does not appeal to you, you may wish to consider spending the year as a part-time student. You will be able to undertake your outstanding modules as a part-time student which would allow you to attend all the classes and would mean you could access the benefit system if you were eligible.

      Studying on a part-time basis would incur a fee but there are methods of funding available that may suit you. You should check out the Part-Time section above.

      Part-time students do not apply for a student loan or bursary, but many can apply for help meeting the costs of books, travel and childcare that you incur directly as a result of your part-time study.

      Full-Time: 
      If you’d like to continue being a full-time student, it may be possible to undertake your outstanding assessments on a full-time basis. This would incur the full-time fee but you may be able to claim a student loan. You should think carefully about whether this is the best option for you and should discuss this with an adviser.

      What is the +1?
      From the 2013-2014 academic session, SAAS (for Scottish Undergraduates only), changed to allow most students to get an extra year of funding for their full-time studies. If you have not previously used the false start or repeat year funding rules, you may still have access to this +1 which would allow you to get the full funding package to repeat your year of study. (Tuition fee, bursary and loan)

      When to use the +1:
      You only get once +1 so it is important you carefully consider the options available to you before exhausting your +1. For example, if you fail one module in your first year, you may wish to be assessment only or part-time to re-do this module instead of exhausting your +1 so early on and for only one module.

      Students from elsewhere in UK

      You may have access to an extra year of funding from your own funding body. You should contact your funding body for clarification.