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Funding and Financial Support

Care Leavers

Care Leavers

If you are a student who has entered Higher Education from Local Authority Care, please contact your Local Education authority's Leaving Care Team as you may be entitled to additional financial support. Some Local Authorities already provide support but unfortunately others do not.

You can contact Student Finance by calling 01782 294510 or by calling into the Information Centre on the ground floor of the Cadman Building on the College Road campus.

 

Student Finance

Student Finance England/Wales/Northern Ireland (SFE/SFW/SFNI) Students

If you are taking out a maintenance loan or a tuition fee loan from Student Finance to help support you in your studies it is important that you have completed your application correctly. Any incorrect data could cause issues and delays to your funding.

Please make sure you update your records with Student Finance with any changes to your University, course, or fees as soon as possible – you can do this by logging in to your online account through 'change your application details'.

Student Finance Important Information/Advice


• If you have come through clearing and previously applied to another university it is important that you have updated SFE with the details of your new university so that your maintenance and tuition loans won’t be delayed. This can be done before you start your course by logging in to your online account through 'change your application details'.
• You must ensure that the course you are planning on studying at Staffordshire University matches the course details on your SFE account.
• If your course contains a placement year we will, by default, indicate to SFE that you plan on completing a placement even if you are undecided at the point of application. If you decide against the placement we then update your course details via a change of circumstances task.
• Due to Staffordshire University having variable tuition fees depending on the course you have chosen to study please make sure your application states the correct fee. Course tuition fees can be found on the course web pages on the University web site.
• Your application will be held up if you have not submitted all relevant personal information to
SFE, it is important that you have provided up to date bank details and your valid national insurance number.
• It is important that you keep checking your online account and the “view correspondence” screen - if SFE have requested more information from you then it will be detailed here.
• Your application with SFE is not complete until you have signed and returned the online declaration form that they have sent you. Please ensure this is submitted as soon as possible
• We will not register your attendance at the University or College, which triggers payment of your maintenance loan/grant to you, until you have picked up your ID card at enrolment.

For further Student Finance advise and guidance please visit our Student Finance FAQ's.

Student Loans

About Student Loans

If you have applied for a student loan you will receive a 'Notification of Entitlement' letter detailing your payments and Student Suppot Number. Full time on campus students will activate their loan by completing Face to Face enrolment. Please bring all pages of your 'Notification of Entitlement' letter with you to Face to Face enrolment. Partner College students should take their 'Notification of Entitlement' letter to their College, who will confirm your attendance to the University in order to activate your student loan.

If you have applied for a maintenance loan then the University will register your enrolment with the Student Loans Company upon completion of Face to Face enrolment which will initiate a BACS transfer payment directly into your nominated bank/building society account within 3/4 working days of registration.

The Student Loan Company provide the University with your Student Support Number which should be quoted on any correspondence for example SFDU12345678A. However, some students receiving late assessments might have a delay in receiving this number. If you are in this situation, then you will still be able to complete enrolment, however you must upload your Notification of Entitlement letter via your e:VisionStaffs portal within 28 days of completing your online enrolment. If you are unable to do this due to further delays from Student Finance then you must contact the Information Centre by the 28th day to provide an update on your situation. If no update is provided then at this point you will become personally responsible for the payment of your tuition fees.

If you have any queries please contact:

Stoke: 01782 292716 or
Stafford: 01785 353876 

The Students' Union Money Doctor also has useful pages with information, advice and guidance. See the section below. 

Full Time Fees and Funding

Funding can be very different depending upon your course, when you began studying your course and what your household income is. For more information on funding for full-time students please see our Fees and Funding pages. Here you will find information regarding the cost of your tuition fees, statutory support available and also information about Bursaries.

The Students Union now has a Money Doctors service available to assist in giving you information advice and guidance about finances - please see the section below.

Undergraduate Bursaries

Please visit our Financial Support for Undergraduates page for further details of the Bursaries and non-repayable financial support available for the current academic year.

 

Staffordshire University Hardship Fund 2014/15

The University has introduced a new hardship fund in 2014/15 to replace the Access to Learning fund. The Access to Learning Fund was withdrawn by the Government at the end of 2013/14 academic year.

 

The fund will be used to assist students in the following ways.

1. To support students who incur unexpected costs as a result of an unforeseen emergency situation that is beyond their control.
2. To support students who have exhausted their available funds while they await their next maintenance loan instalment and/or seek employment.
3. To support students whose maintenance loan/grant is delayed by providing short term emergency loans.
4. To support students requiring dyslexia assessments by paying £100 towards the cost of a full assessment.

 

Students apply for each type of support by completing a specific application form in accordance with the relevant guidelines. Please remember that the Hardship Fund is discretionary and students do not have a right to receive assistance. Each application will be assessed on an individual basis, and therefore it is important for students to take the time to explain their circumstances fully to ensure that the University understands the nature and the extent of financial hardship.

 

The fund has limited resources and therefore any award will be modest with the aim of providing short term emergency support. The Fund is unable to provide ongoing or regular support to any student.

 

Emergency Hardship Fund 2014/15
Application form (PDF, file size: 72.24KB)
Guidance notes (PDF, file size: 87.27KB)

Hardship Fund 2014/15 – Budgeting
Application form (PDF, file size: 73.2KB)
Guidance notes (PDF, file size: 85.62KB)

Council Tax Certificates

About Council Tax Certificates

If you are a full time student living with other full time students, then you will not be liable to pay Council Tax. Full time students living with non-students are also not liable for Council Tax but the house will still attract the tax which the non-student will have to pay. If there is only one adult non-student in the house, the Council Tax bill should be reduced by 25%. This has been the position since 6th April 2004.

The University will provide the local Council Tax offices (Stoke, Stafford & Newcastle Under Lyme) with lists of full-time students to ensure exemption.  If you wish, you can request a Council Tax exemption certificate from the Information Centres at Stoke and Stafford from the last week of October. You will require to show your current Student ID Card. Should you have any queries regarding the Council Tax you should contact your local Council Tax office.

Financial Advice from the Students' Union

Do you have a question about money?
Are you sure you’re getting all you’re entitled to financially?
Do you know how you could make savings?

Students’ Union Student Advice Centre give free, independent, impartial and confidential advice. Here to help you to keep your finances healthy. So why not come and see us for a free financial check-up.

t: 01782 294469, Students’ Union Building, Stoke Campus
t: 01785 353425, Beacon Building, Stafford Campus
www.staffsunion.com

New Part-Time Undergraduate Students from England

The UK Government is providing non-means tested loans to cover the full cost of tuition for all new part-time undergraduate students that commence their current course of study on or after 1 September 2012.

New part-time students in 2014/15 can now apply for a tuition fee loan online via the Student Finance England website

Please note that in order to qualify for a part-time tuition fee loan you must:

  1. not already hold a qualification equal to or higher than the one you intend to study for

  2. study at a course intensity of at least 25% per academic year. This means that you must study a minimum of 30 credits per academic year on an undergraduate full-time equivalent course.

Once you have completed your application for part-time student finance (PTL1 form) you should bring this to the Information Centre two weeks after the start of the academic year so that we can complete the relevant section to confirm your enrolment and tuition fees.   

Unfortunately new part-time students cannot apply for a Maintenance Loan or a Maintenance Grant to assist with their living expenses.

 

National Scholarship Programme (NSP)

Part time students who started their course on or after 01 September 2012 and are either paying their own tuition fees or taking out a tuition fee loan to cover the fees may be eligible to apply for a National Scholarship Programme (NSP) award to help with the payment of their tuition fees. Any award will only be in the form of a partial fee waiver. The scheme cannot make payments to students.
 
The NSP scheme is to support part-time students from low income households (under £25,000 per annum) and is jointly funded by the government and the University. 
  
You can now apply for the 2014/15 part-time NSP - please see below for the Guidance Notes and Application Form: 

 

Guidance Notes for Part Time Student NSP 2014/15 (PDF, file size: 89.61KB)

Application Form for Part Time Student NSP 2014/15 (PDF, file size: 103.42KB)

 

Please note that applications must be submitted together with all documentary evidence by 1st December 2014. 

Applicants will be informed of decisions via their University student email account. If you have any queries please contact the Information Centre (information-centre@staffs.ac.uk).

 

Other Sources of Funding

Part-time students can usually still claim income-related (means-tested) benefits. Please visit the Directgov website for information regarding benefits for higher education students on a low income.

If you wish to seek further advice about bursaries, debt, financial assistance, budgeting and controlling your spending, or any other money-related matter you can contact the Money Doctors. Money Doctors is part of the Students’ Union Student Advice Centre and their aim is to help you to keep your finances healthy and make your money achieve what you want it to. The Money Doctors service is free, independent, impartial and confidential.

 

Continuing Part-Time Undergraduate Students from England

If you started studying your undergraduate course part-time before 1 September 2012 then you will still be able to apply for a Fee Grant and Course Grant. Fee Grants and Course Grants do not have to be repaid.

In order to qualify for a Fee Grant or Course Grant you must:

  1. not already hold a qualification equal to or higher than the one you intend to study for

  2. study at a course intensity of at least 50% per academic year. This means that you must study a minimum of 60 credits per academic year on an undergraduate full-time equivalent course.


Further details will be available soon via the Student Finance England website including:

  • Eligibility for Fee and Course Grants

  • What you are entitled to

  • Disabled Students’ Allowances

  • How and when to apply


Once you have completed your application for part-time student finance (PTGC / PTGN form) you should bring this to the Information Centre two weeks after the start of the academic year so that we can complete the relevant section to confirm your enrolment and tuition fees. Application forms will be available to download from the Student Finance England website.

 

Other Sources of Funding 

Part-time students can usually still claim income-related (means-tested) benefits. Please visit the Directgov website for information regarding benefits for higher education students on a low income.

 

If you wish to seek further advice about bursaries, debt, financial assistance, budgeting and controlling your spending, or any other money-related matter you can contact the Money Doctors. Money Doctors is part of the Students’ Union Student Advice Centre and their aim is to help you to keep your finances healthy and make your money achieve what you want it to. The Money Doctors service is free, independent, impartial and confidential.

 

Part Time Undergraduate Students from Wales

Student Finance Wales offer varying support to undergraduate part-time students depending on when you commenced your current course of study. Please visit Student Finance Wales website for full details.

Part Time Undergraduate Students from Northern Ireland

Details of the financial support available to part-time undergraduate students from Northern Ireland for the current academic year can be found via the Student Finance Northern Ireland website.

Part Time Undergraduate Students from Scotland

Unfortunately the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) does not provide financial support to part-time students from Scotland who choose to study outside of Scotland. For more information please visit the SAAS website.

 

As an alternative source of funding you may wish to consider a Professional and Career Development Loan.

 

 

Part Time Postgraduate Students

Postgraduate

 

Discounts and Payments

Please visit our Postgraduate Fees and Funding page for further details.

 

Studentships

Some postgraduate positions come with funding attached. These are called studentships. Studentships can cover both fees and living expenses, but there tends to be a lot of competition.

To find out more about finding and applying for studentships, see Finding a Postgraduate Place.

 

 

Professional and Career Development Loans

Professional and Career Development Loans are loans made in agreement with a Bank to borrow an amount between £300 and £10,000 which is then paid off in the normal way once you have stopped studying.

The difference between a normal loan and a Professional and Career Development Loan is that the Skills Funding Agency pay the interest on the loan while you’re studying – and for one month afterwards. After this, you’ll pay interest at the rate fixed when you took out the loan. Interest rates on the loans are set so that they’re competitive with other ‘unsecured’ personal loans that are commercially available.

Full details can be found on Directgov’s Professional and Career Development Loans website.

 

 

PGCE Students

Although a PGCE is a postgraduate course, PGCE students are eligible for the same financial support that is available to full-time undergraduate students.

You may also be entitled to a tax-free Teacher Training Bursary of up to £20,000 depending on the subject area. Visit the Department for Education pages for full details.

 

 

Learned Societies

Some learned societies provide financial assistance for postgraduate or postdoctoral research. These include The Royal Academy for Engineering (engineering) which provides financial help to postgraduate students, though The British Academy (humanities and social sciences) and The Royal Society (science) offer financial assistance for postdoctoral research only.

  

 

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs)

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) provide extra financial help for disabled students. You may get DSAs if you have a disability, ongoing health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty like dyslexia.

Please see our Student Enabling Centre pages for further details about disability support and DSAs.

 

 

Postgraduate Funding in Scotland and Northern Ireland

In some cases, postgraduates from Scotland can apply for funding from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). Please visit the SAAS website for further details.

In Northern Ireland, the Department for Employment and Learning and the Education and Library Boards provide postgraduate funding for certain courses. For further details please visit the Careers Service NI pages.

Contact

Student Information Centre
Information Centre (Stoke)
Ground Floor Cadman Building
College Road, Stoke-on-Trent
ST4 2DE

Information Centre (Stafford)
Ground Floor Beacon Building
Beaconside, Stafford
ST18 0AD
t: +44 (0)1782 295705 (Stoke)
t: +44 (0)1785 353876 (Stafford)
f: +44 (0)1782 295723
e: information-centre@staffs.ac.uk