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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 £11,354, 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, by visiting the Student Loan Company website.

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, by visiting the Student Loan Company website.

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 £11,250 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. 

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

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: 30/08/2017