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.


  • Check out these funding guides and booklets

    Pre-entry Money Magazine 

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    SAAS Funding Guide

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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

    • New 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 2015-2016

      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 4 and 5 of the SAAS FundingGuide 2015-2016. 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 9 of the SAAS Funding Guide 2015-2016 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).

    • Continuing 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.

      SAAS funding can change each year so it is important you familiarise yourself with these changes and don’t assume you will get the same support that you have had previously. The SAAS website has a lot of useful information for Scottish students, as well as a very handy SAAS Funding Guide 2015-2016

      You must apply to SAAS every year for funding, even if you just want tuition fee support. You shouldn’t wait for your results and should apply as early as possible (from April).

      There are quite complex rules about how previous study/funding can affect the funding you are entitled to and these rules have recently changed. 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 4 and 5 of the SAAS Funding Guide 2015-2016. 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 9 of the SAAS Funding Guide 2015-2016 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.

    • New/Continuing 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: 
      Visit www.uws.ac.uk/england for dedicated information on life at UWS for students from England, including details of how much it costs to study here.

      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: 
      Visit www.uws.ac.uk/ni for dedicated information on life at UWS for students from Northern Ireland, including details of how much it costs to study here.

      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: 
      Visit www.uws.ac.uk/wales for dedicated information on life at UWS for students from Wales, including details of how much it costs to study here. 

      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. You may also wish to check out our Part-time Funding Guide (coming soon).

      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 3 months after your course starts. You can download an application form from the SAAS website here when the applications are available.

      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 Scottish or EU student. They only provide funding for certain courses and you can find that list on the SAAS website here

      If you are a Scottish student 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. It usually costs an additional £555 to fund the Masters stage. You should also carefully consider how you will meet your cost of living during your studies.

      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.

      Carnegie Cameron Postgraduate Bursary:
      UWS has been allocated 6 prestigious bursaries to be awarded to successful candidates and to be used towards payment of tuition fees only. The maximum value of a Bursary for 2015-16 is £4,000*.

      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.

      Full application details can be found at www.uws.ac.uk/trusts

      *If your course fees are less than this, the Trust will pay the lower fee amount. If the fee is more, you just need to pay the outstanding amount.

      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 those 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.

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

      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 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. 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.

      As this course is a pre-registration course, you 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’.

      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. 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.

  • If things don’t go according to plan…

    • 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.

      We are here to help you make the right decision. The information on this webpage is basic and is not tailored to you. Before making your decision, we strongly recommend you book an appointment to discuss your circumstances with an adviser. 

  • Need More Help?
    Our Funding & Advice Team are happy to help you understand the different funding opportunities and compare the best funding solution for your needs. If necessary they can also assist and help guide you through the application process. Click here to arrange an appointment with an adviser.

    Continuing students should apply for funding early, and should not wait for the results of assessments.  You must apply for funding in every year of study and it is your responsibility to do so.

    Closing dates: All students should carefully consider any closing dates when applying for funding so as to avoid any disappointment.

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