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Please find below a list of frequently asked questions regarding Student Funding advice.

If you still cannot find the information you require please contact us by either completing the contact form below or by using the information to the right.

How can the Funding Advice Team help me?

We can contact Student Finance England (SFE) if you are experiencing difficulties with your funding application, provide information on funding from the University of Bolton or SFE, identify whether you are eligible for a bursary or scholarship and help you budget to ensure your money covers essential costs while you are studying.

How do I contact you?

If you want to ask a general question, help with budgeting or require a more detailed discussion regarding your financial situation, you can either telephone:

Karen Bentley on 01204 903497
Carol Gray on 01204 903499
Email: studentfunding@bolton.ac.uk

Or attend a Funding Advice Drop In Session that are held in the Student Centre, Chancellor’s Mall every Tuesday 10am-12pm and Thursday 2pm-4pm – no appointment necessary.

What funding can I get as an UK undergraduate student?

As a full time undergraduate student, you are entitled to apply for Student Finance England funding which may provide a tuition fee loan, maintenance loan, maintenance grant or special support grant and supplementary grants. This is subject to eligibility. You can use the Student Finance Calculator to estimate your entitlement. The link is: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator

As a part time undergraduate student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan to cover 100% of the cost of your tuition fee. This is a non-means tested loan so an assessment on your household income will not be necessary. There are no Grants available for students starting their part time study on or after 1 September 2012. Details of all funding, including studying part time and the additional grants available to full time students can be found on the Student Finance England website: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/overview

A summary for funding is also provided on the University of Bolton website:  http://www.bolton.ac.uk/Undergraduate/FeesFunding/Home.aspx  Funding received from Student Finance England may be restricted if your new course of study is not the first time you have studied at Higher Education level. Please contact us for further information or visit the website www.hefce.ac.uk Details of our scholarships and bursaries can be found on the University of Bolton website: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/Undergraduate/FeesFunding/Scholarships/Home.aspx

What funding can I get as a UK postgraduate student studying a MA or MSc?

The links below provides further information on Government and University funding: https://www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/content.php?r=21647-Postgraduate-Loans

https://www.gov.uk/career-development-loans/overview

https://www.gov.uk/apply-online-for-student-finance

www.family-action.org.uk

A summary for postgraduate funding is provided on the University of Bolton website: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/Postgraduate/Finance/Home.aspx

I am a UK student and studying a PGDE/PDE course – what funding is available?

Please refer to the entitlement for full time and part time undergraduate students as Initial Teacher Training courses are eligible for Student Finance England funding.

A summary for funding is provided on the University of Bolton website: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/Postgraduate/Finance/TeacherTraining/Home.aspx

What funding can I get as an Access Student?

For students aged 16-18 years of age: there is no tuition fee or registration fee payable.

For students aged 19-23 years of age: Further Education (Access to Higher Education) courses are not eligible courses for student funding such as tuition fee loans, student loans and maintenance grants for this age group. However there are limited funding options available for U.K. students for full-time further education courses which are funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). Please contact us for further information. If this Level 3 course is not your first course of study then you are eligible to apply for the Advanced Learner Loan as below.

For students over 24 years of age: An Advanced Learner Loan (tuition fee loan) may be available for U.K. students for Further Education (Access to Higher Education) courses which are funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). Further information can be found on:

https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans

A summary for Further Education funding is also provided on the University of Bolton website: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/Undergraduate/FeesFunding/AccessCourseFunding.aspx

How do I apply for the Tuition Fee Loan, Maintenance Loan and Maintenance Grant?

If you are a full time UK undergraduate student, you can apply for the above. Student Finance England prefer you to apply online but you can opt to download a paper copy from their website. An overview of the process and possible entitlement is provided at: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

You can apply online: https://www.gov.uk/apply-online-for-student-finance

You can download a form: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

What Bursaries/Scholarships are available from the University?

Our Scholarship and Bursary webpage details the latest awards offered by the University of Bolton and you can check your eligibility and how to apply for one (if applicable):

http://www.bolton.ac.uk/Undergraduate/FeesFunding/Scholarships/Home.aspx  If you prefer a fact sheet for a particular bursary/scholarship, these are available in the Student Centre in Chancellor’s Mall or you can request a specific fact sheet via email: studentfunding@bolton.ac.uk

I am interested in receiving guidance so I can budget whilst I am studying – can you help?

We can arrange a budgeting session with you to check you have received the maximum amount of funding available to you, list your living costs and plan your spending according to your available income to help you keep on track. Please contact us to discuss further.

Student Finance England refer to 'household income' – whose income is considered?

If you are under 25 years of age and live with your parent(s) or your parent and their partner – the household income is their gross income. If you are under 25 years of age and are applying for SFE funding as an independent student – the household income is your partner's or spouse's income plus your unearned income. If you live alone, SFE will include your unearned income but not your earned income in their calculation. If you are over 25 years of age – you are considered an independent student by SFE so your partner's or spouse's income plus your unearned income will be considered as the household income. If you live alone, SFE will include your unearned income but not your earned income in their calculation. Household income does not include the student's earned income or that of siblings. Guidance on earned and unearned income is provided on the Student Finance England website:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-student-finance

Is there any other funding available from the University of Bolton?

The Hardship Fund is a discretionary fund administered by the Hardship team at the University of Bolton with the intention of supporting students through their studies. Application forms and guidance notes are available from the Student Centre from the end of September each academic year.

What is means tested and non-means tested funding?

Means tested’ relates to funding awarded by Student Finance England that depends on your household income and ‘Non- Means tested’ does not depend on your household income. The amounts of Supplementary Grants that you can receive as a full time UK undergraduate student or a full time UK PGDE/PDE student is subject to eligibility and your household income. SFE will therefore need to carry out an assessment on your household income to determine your entitlement. If your household income is less than £42,611, you may receive grant funding - delete. The tuition fee loan is available to all eligible UK and EU full time students regardless of household income. This is referred to as non-means tested funding as no assessment will need to be carried out by SFE. The maintenance loan is partially calculated on household income. 65% of your household income is not included in the calculation, whilst the remaining 35% will be used to calculate your entitlement to a maintenance loan - delete. For an illustration of the funding you may be eligible to receive, please view the quick start guide:

http://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/resources/201617-resource-finder.aspx

 

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