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Money, fees and funding

Planning ahead financially for your studies is key and we have all the information you need to do that and be prepared for the year ahead. Whether it’s understanding the government support that might be available to help you meet the cost of your studies, or identifying any extra funding that can help you meet your cost of living and childcare while studying, you’ll find everything you need here.  

  • Online funding advice and support
  • Committed to supporting students with childcare costs
  • Money and budgeting advice 

You can also find answers to some frequently asked questions around money, fees and funding below:

Money, fees and funding

Q: Can Care Experienced students receive any additional financial help? 

A: Through kind donations from the Hugh Fraser Foundation, Sylvia Aitken Trust and the W.A Cargill Fund, the University is pleased to welcome applications to the UWS Care Experienced Grant. A number of non-repayable awards are available, each worth £750, and designed to support eligible students as they begin their studies at UWS in the 2020/21 academic session. Full eligibility criteria and application guidance is detailed here.  

Care experienced students may also be eligible for a different package of support from SAAS, called the Care Experienced Bursary, and can find out more about this here.   

Care Experienced students may also be eligible to apply to our Discretionary and Childcare Funds and can find out more here.  

Q: Can I apply for help meeting the cost of childcare? 

A: In addition to your support from government, you may also be eligible to apply to our Discretionary and Childcare Funds and can find out more here.  

We are committed to supporting students as best as we can with their childcare costs. While the approach to your learning might have changed, we have no intention to reduce the childcare support you can apply for. This means that we can help meet the cost of childcare if you are using this to attend classes or engage virtually in your studies.  

Q: Can I apply for any Discretionary Funds?  

A: In addition to your support from government, you may also be eligible to apply to our Discretionary and Childcare Funds and can find out more here.    

Q: How will the change to start dates for 2020-21 impact student funding? 

A: Any statutory funding you are eligible for, such as SAAS bursaries and/or student loans, is normally paid to you based on term dates. As you may be aware, the University has changed these term dates recently so your funding may have been awarded based on our original term dates, and could be subject to change. 

If you have been awarded any bursary or grants from SAAS, these will be paid based on our original term dates. This means you will receive your funding early, before the term actually starts. This is designed to help you prepare financially for the start of the new term. If you are receiving Universal Credits, you will remain eligible for this until the term start date, so this early payment of SAAS funding should not impact your eligibility for these benefits.  

If you have been awarded a student loan from SLC, this will be paid based on the new term dates. You may therefore receive an updated payment schedule for this.    

If you are a continuing student who is worried about this delay in receiving your student funding for 2020-21, please refer to our information on My Day here.      

Q: I was unable to complete the 2019-20 academic year and will be repeating this/part of this in 2020-21. Can I apply for funding?  

A: All SAAS funded students are allowed an extra year of funding to support them to complete their course of study (known as +1). If you are required to repeat a portion or full-year of study as a result of COVID-19 or other circumstances, you should be able to utilise this +1 funding. You can find out more about this online here  

If you are unsure whether you have already used this +1 funding, you should contact SAAS through your SAAS online account to double check. In some circumstances you might be eligible an additional +1. Alternatively, you should submit an enquiry through your SAAS online account to discuss your personal circumstances.  

Students funded through Student Finance England, Wales or Northern Ireland will likely have access to similar +1 funding and should contact their funding bodies directly.

Q: How will my student finance provider know I have started my course? Do I need to hand anything in?

A: As enrolment is managed via an online process, you need only follow the instructions you have been given to enrol. UWS will then notify your student finance provider that you have done so and this data is sent electronically with no need to hand in any letters.

Q: My student funding hasn’t arrived yet and I am worried.

A: If you have been awarded any bursary or grants from SAAS, these will be paid on the dates noted on your SAAS Award Notice. Your first couple of payments will be made whether you are enrolled or not. Thereafter, they will only be released after you are fully enrolled.

Student Loan payments are a bit different as you will need to be fully enrolled before these are released. After you are enrolled, UWS will notify SLC who release your loan payment. It can take between 2-5 working days for this to reach your account. If this time has passed and you have not received funds, you can email the team within UWS who send the student finance data at SAASSLC@uws.ac.uk.

Q: I am new to university and I had been hoping for some help to budget and plan my finances.

A: We have lots of support online to help you with your new finances. Head to our sections on Money Advice and Budgeting to assist you with working out your university budget.

Q: My home circumstances have changed suddenly and I am not sure how this will impact on my funding.

A: You can speak to one of the Funding and Advice Team. During the first 2 weeks of term they offer a large number of drop-in sessions that you can join via Microsoft Teams, with no need to pre-book or wait for an appointment. You can find out more about these on our Welcome Week 2020 webpage.

From 12th October the Funding and Advice team will offer several drop in sessions per week that you can join via Microsoft Teams, with no need to pre-book or wait for an appointment. You can find out more about these here.

If you prefer, you can make an appointment to speak to one of our Advisers, by contacting The Hub on hub@uws.ac.uk or by calling them on 0141 848 3800.

Q: I am enrolling as Assessment Only, what does this mean for student funding?

A: If you only need to complete an assessment (such as sit an exam or hand in some coursework), there is no need to attend the module, and you cannot carry this into the next level of your studies. You may be enrolled as Assessment Only (AO) in order to complete your outstanding assessments before progressing next year.

This student status comes with no student funding attached as there is no requirement to attend university. If this poses an issue for you, please see the previous section on repeating studies and speak to your programme leader about your own specific situation.

Q: I have read these FAQs and the web advice and I still feel I need a bit of help and guidance with my money and funding.

A: You can speak to one of the Funding and Advice Team. During the first 2 weeks of term they offer a large number of drop-in sessions that you can join via Microsoft Teams, with no need to pre-book or wait for an appointment. You can find out more about these on our Welcome Week 2020 webpage.

From 12th October the Funding and Advice team will offer several drop in sessions per week that you can join via Microsoft Teams, with no need to pre-book or wait for an appointment. You can find out more about these here.

If you prefer, you can make an appointment to speak to one of our Advisers, by contacting The Hub on hub@uws.ac.uk or by calling them on 0141 848 3800.

Q: Can I access any support to help with technology costs?

A: If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to fund the cost of essential technology needed for your studies, you may be able to borrow equipment from the University, through a new Digital Hardship Scheme.

UK students can apply to the Digital Hardship Scheme by completing this application form and submitting the completed form and necessary supporting evidence to digitalhardship@uws.ac.uk

You should do this as soon as possible as the scheme has limited equipment available and will be managed on a first come, first served basis, with priority given to those in most need. The application form provides further detail so please read this carefully.

You should only apply to this new scheme if you have not already been given support to purchase technology.

If you are not a UK student and require access to technology, please contact The Hub (by emailing hub@uws.ac.uk or calling 0141 848 3800) and you’ll be advised about available support.

Last updated: 08/10/2020