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Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

PGDE students are funded through the undergraduate funding system. Further information can be found in the undergraduate fees and funding section. If you have received UK or EU funding previously to undertake a course, you may wish to contact your funding body to confirm your entitlement before making any decisions.

Postgraduate Social Work courses may fall under the remit of local Social Services authorities. You can find more information about this in the sections below.

Students from England

Statutory funding for students from England is administered by Student Finance England.

Masters Study

If you’re starting a master’s course in 2018/19, you could get a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,609 to help with course fees and living costs. This funding can be available if you are undertaking the course on a full or part-time basis and will be divided equally across each year if it will take you more than 1 year to complete the course. You can also claim this for distance learning courses.

You can usually only apply for this once and cannot get this if you have already achieved a qualification at this level or higher, or are behind in repayments for any previous loans from the Student Loans Company.

The loan will be paid directly to you and is to be used for your course fees and living costs. You get the first payment after your course start date, once you are fully enrolled and can confirm this with SLC. The loan will be paid in 3 instalments of 33%, 33% and 34% each year. After your application has been approved, you’ll be sent a letter with your payment dates or you can check them in your online account.

Remember that your support will be in the form of loans, which need to be paid back. Find out how the student loan works, including any interest rates and repayment terms, by visiting the Student Loan Company website.

Doctoral Study

If you’re starting a doctoral degree, such as a PhD) on or after 1 August 2018, you could get a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan of up to £25,000 to help with course fees and living costs. This funding can be available if you are undertaking the course on a full or part-time basis and will be divided equally across each year of study. You can also claim this for distance learning study.

You can usually only apply for this once and cannot get this if you have already achieved a qualification at this level or higher, or are behind in repayments for any previous loans from the Student Loans Company.

The loan will be paid directly to you and is to be used for your course fees and living costs. It will be divided equally across each year of your course. You get the first payment after your course start date, once you are fully enrolled and can confirm this with SLC. The loan will be paid in 3 instalments of 33%, 33% and 34% each year. After your application has been approved, you’ll be sent a letter with your payment dates or you can check them in your online account.

Remember that your support will be in the form of loans, which need to be paid back. Find out how the student loan works, including any interest rates and repayment terms, by visiting the Student Loan Company website.

Students from England – Social Work

If you are studying the MSc in Social Work, you may get a bursary to help with tuition fees and living costs, which does not have to be paid back and is not dependent on your household income. You may be eligible for this as long as you do not get funding from an employer and do not already have a social work qualification.

The amount you get can depend on a number of factors, including where you study and the cost of tuition, but the bursary is generally paid in 3 instalments throughout the academic year. You should apply through the NHS Business Services Authority.

You can find out more on the UK Government website.

Students from Northern Ireland

Statutory funding for students from Northern Ireland is administered by Student Finance NI.

If you’re starting a full-time or part-time postgraduate Master’s course, a Postgraduate Diploma, or a Postgraduate Certificate, you may apply for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan of up to £5,500 to help with course costs. Should your course fee be higher than this, you will remain responsible for meeting the additional costs.

You can usually only apply for this once and cannot get this if you have already achieved a qualification at this level or higher, or are behind in repayments for any previous loans from the Student Loans Company.

The loan will be paid directly to the University on your behalf after you are fully enrolled and we confirm your attendance. It will be divided across each year of your course, and is paid in in 3 instalments of 25%, 25% and 50% each year. After your application has been approved, you’ll be sent a letter with your payment dates or you can check them in your online account.

Remember that your support will be in the form of loans, which need to be paid back. Find out how the student loan works, including any interest rates and repayment terms, by visiting the Student Loan Company website.

Students from Northern Ireland – Social Work

Students from Northern Ireland are unable to claim the Social Work Bursary if they choose to study outside Northern Ireland. You should read the information in the section above, and contact Student Finance NI to determine your eligibility.

Students from Wales

Statutory funding for students from Wales is administered by Student Finance Wales.

If you’re starting a full-time or part-time postgraduate Master’s course from 1st August 2017, you may apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,280 to help with course and living costs. This funding can be available if you are undertaking the course on a full or part-time basis and will be divided equally across each year if it will take you more than 1 year to complete the course. You can also claim this for distance learning courses.

You can usually only apply for this once and cannot get this if you have already achieved a qualification at this level or higher, or are behind in repayments for any previous loans from the Student Loans Company.

The loan will be paid directly to you and is to be used for your course fees and living costs. It will be divided across each year of your course. You get the first payment after your course start date, once you are fully enrolled and can confirm this with SLC. The loan will be paid in 3 instalments of 33%, 33% and 34% each year. After your application has been approved, you’ll be sent a letter with your payment dates or you can check them in your online account.

Remember that your support will be in the form of loans, which need to be paid back. Find out how the student loan works, including any interest rates and repayment terms, by visiting the Student Loan Company website.

Doctoral Study

From AY 18/19, the Welsh Ministers intend to make support of up to £25,000 available to students ordinarily resident in Wales studying a Postgraduate Doctoral course. Further details will be confirmed in due course.

Students from Wales – Social Work

Students from Wales are unable to claim the Social Work Bursary if they choose to study outside Wales. You should read the information in the section above, and contact Student Finance Wales to determine your eligibility.

Alternative Sources of Funding

There are lots of alternative sources of funding, like charities and trusts, that can help finance your studies. These can include grants that can pay tuition fees, living cost support and funding for research expenses so this can be a good avenue to explore whether you have been unable to get funding through the above sources, or a simply looking to top this up.

When searching for additional financial support, it is important to understand that this can take up a lot of time. While there is no guarantee that you will find a source of funds for you, you definitely won’t find anything if you don’t try.

This type of funding can vary from small amounts, such as £200, to larger amounts that might cover your full tuition fee for a year. Most students who achieve success with these types of funds do so because they continually research and apply to everything they can. Numerous grants of £200 can really add up.

It’s also important to remember that most of these funds are competitive, similar to applying for a job. Many people might apply, but there may be only one award available. As such, it is important that you spend time on any application. Carefully follow any guidance notes and make sure your application will stand out in a crowd.

The best place to start exploring this avenue is through our Alternative Trusts and Scholarships page. Click on the link below and you will find a lot of resources to help get you started. Just remember, we can’t possibly include every fund on our page, so don’t limit yourself to this page alone.

Other sources of funding

When you become a student you can become eligible for childcare and discretionary funds, trust funds and scholarships. You may also find that your entitlement to benefits can change, so use the following links to ensure you receive the financial support you are eligible for.

Managing your money

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Money & Debt Advice

Once you have a better understanding of the funding you can receive, it’s important to start thinking about what you need to spend it on and how far it will stretch. Visit our Money and Debt Advice pages for advice on budgeting, and making your money go further.

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Last updated: 22/08/2017