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Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

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

Students from England

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

Funding packages awarded by Student Finance England provide support for tuition fees and living costs in the form of tuition fee loans and maintenance loans. You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,250 which is paid directly to the University on your behalf. You can apply for a Maintenance Loan for living costs of up to £11,672, but the value that you are entitled to will vary depending on where you live, where you study and your household income. The Student Finance England website has an online calculator to help you estimate the Maintenance Loan.

You may also be entitled to additional support such as the childcare grant and the parents' learning allowance, and may also be able to claim additional support should you study abroad as part of your course.

Further information on the types of funding available to English students, as well as eligibility and application procedures can be found on the UK Government website.

Remember that most of 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, but visiting our ‘Borrowing Money’ web page.

Students from Northern Ireland

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

Funding packages awarded by Student Finance NI provide support for tuition fees and living costs in the form of tuition fee loans and maintenance grants and loans. You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,250 which is paid directly to the University on your behalf. You can apply for a Maintenance Grant of up to £3,475 if you are from a low income household, and a Maintenance Loan of up to £6,780, but the value that you are entitled to will vary depending on where you live, where you study and your household income. The Student Finance NI website has full details of the support available.

You may also be entitled to additional support such as the childcare grant and the parents' learning allowance, and may also be able to claim additional support should you study abroad as part of your course.

Further information on the types of funding available to Northern Irish students, as well as eligibility and application procedures can be found on the Student Finance NI website.

Remember that most of 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, but visiting our ‘Borrowing Money’ web page.

Students from Wales

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

Funding packages awarded by Student Finance Wales provide support for tuition fees and living costs in the form of tuition fee loans and maintenance grants and loans. You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,250 which is paid directly to the University on your behalf. You can apply for a Maintenance Grant and Loan of up to £11,530 combined, but the value that you are entitled to, and the proportion of this that is in the form of a grant, will vary depending on where you live, where you study and your household income.

You may also be entitled to additional support such as the childcare grant and the parents' learning allowance. 

Find out how the student loan works, including any interest rates and repayment terms, but visiting our ‘Borrowing Money’ web page.

Alternate 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 are 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 Additional Financial Support webpage. Click on the link and you will find a lot of resources to help get you started. Just remember, we can’t possibly include every fund on our webpage, 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.

Money & Debt Advice
Last updated: 30/08/2017