Financial Support for students commencing in 2016/17 

*Please note all information given in this summary is provisional and subject to change    

A financial summary support guide for full time and part time undergraduates and PGCE 14+/Cert Ed 14+ students commencing their studies in September 2016 or January 2017.

Equivalent Level Qualifications 

Please note if you already have a Higher Education (HE) qualification from an institution in the U.K. or elsewhere in the world you will not be eligible for further student support under the ELQ regulations for a second equivalent or lower level HE qualification. This rule applies whether the previous qualification was: 

  • Studied in the U.K. or elsewhere in the world
  • Self funded or publicly funded
  • Studied on a full-time, full-time distance learning, compressed or part-time basis 
  • Studied in a different subject to the course you are considering
  • Studied in the past however long ago 

For further information regarding Equivalent Level Qualifications please visit the HEFCE website: 

www.hefce.ac.uk  

Previous study at Higher Education level 

  • Funding is available in general for the length of the course plus, if necessary, 1 additional year.
  • Any period of funding within an academic year is classed as 1 whole year’s funding e.g. if you received funding for 1 semester, then suspended studies, this would be classed an entire academic year in funding terms, and the extra year would have been used up.
  • If you exceed 1 additional year, funding will be restricted at the beginning of the further study period.
  • Restricted funding is usually maintenance loan only, no tuition fee loan, plus supplementary grants if applicable (Childcare Grant, Parent’s Learning Allowance and Adult Dependents Grant).                                                            

Full Time U.K. Undergraduates and PGCE 14+/Cert Ed 14+ students   

Tuition Fees 

Tuition fees for full-time undergraduate programmes of study at University of Bolton from the academic year 2016/17 (courses commencing from September 2016 or January 2017) will be £9,000 for all subjects, with the exception of Year 0 of Four Year Undergraduate Programmes which include a foundation year. Year 0 of these courses will be charged at £4,500. 

Tuition Fees for PGCE 14+/Cert Ed 14+ courses 

Fees for full-time PGCE 14+/Cert Ed 14+ courses for the academic year of 2016/17 will be £9,000 if studying at the University of Bolton (provisional).  Please note that if you are studying your course at a franchise institution the tuition fees can vary. 

Financial Support available from the government 

If this is your first HE qualification you may be eligible to apply for financial assistance from the government to help you fund your studies. Applications are made online, visit http://www.gov.uk/studentfinance to apply. If you experience any difficulty in completing the online application, you will need to contact Student Finance England - Tel: 0300 100 0607. 

Please note it is important to apply for your Government student funding early. You can normally apply for funding from January for September start and the deadline to apply to ensure your funding is in place for when you commence your course of study is the end of May prior to September start.  

Tuition Fee Loan 

Full time students may have the option of taking out a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the cost of their fees. Fees will then be paid from the Student Loans Company direct to the university. Repayments of the Tuition Fee Loan are made to the Student Loans Company. You are allowed to defer payment of the Tuition Fees until you have finished your course and are earning over £21,000. Tuition Fee Loans are not household income assessed. 

Student Maintenance Loan 

A student maintenance loan of up to £8,200 may be available for full time students studying at University of Bolton who are not living with their parents. The maximum loan amount for students who are living at home with their parents is £6,904.

For students in receipt of the maximum special support element of maintenance loan the maximum loan may be increased to £9,347 for students who are not living with their parents or up to £8,144 for students living at home with their parents.

Maintenance loans for students aged 60 or over may be available up to a maximum of £3,469.

Loan rates are reduced when students are in their final year of study. Maintenance loans are partially subject to household income assessment. 

Childcare Grant 

For full time students with dependent children in registered and approved childcare. A payment of up to 85% of the actual childcare costs is available. This award is dependent on household income, maximum payment £155.24 per week for one child, £266.15 per week for two or more children. 

Parents’ Learning Allowance 

For full time students who have dependent children. This award is dependent on household income, maximum award £1,573. 

For further information on help for student parents please visit the website below: 

www.studentparents.org 

Adult Dependants’ Grant 

For full time students who have adult dependents. This award is dependent on household income, maximum award £2,757. 

Disabled Student’s Allowance 

The Disabled Students Allowance helps with costs students incur when attending their course, as a direct result of their Disability. Please contact the Disability Service for more information on the application procedure:  01204 903478. 

PGCE 14+/Cert Ed 14+ bursaries 

There may be additional support available from the government in the form of bursaries. Specifically, Nick Boles, the Skills Minister, has stated: 

To support the FE sector to recruit sufficient specialist Maths and English teachers, we are pleased to confirm that the Government will continue to fund the FE initial teacher training bursaries for a further two years (16/17 and 17/18). Over the past three years, this scheme has provided over 1,000 bursaries, with over 850 of these supporting graduates to train to teach maths or English.  

These bursaries will continue to be offered at the same rates as those offered for school teachers in these subjects. We will provide more details on the guidance and process for accessing these bursaries shortly. 

Information for European Union Students 

If you are a national of the European Union or a child of an EU National you may be entitled to some forms of student support dependent on your chosen course. For all EU students a Tuition Fee Loan may be available. The application form EU16N is available for full-time students, and form EUPTL1 for part-time students from:  

http://www.gov.uk/student-finance             

Contact details for EU Team at Student Finance England: 

Student Finance Services Non U.K. Team

Student Finance England

P.O. Box 89

Darlington DL1 9AZ

Contact details for Migrant Worker Team:

European Economic Area (EEA) Migrant Worker Applications
Student Finance England
PO Box 89
Darlington DL1 9HJ

Contact number for both of the above teams:

Tel:  0141 243 3570 

University of Bolton awards 2016/17 for full time undergraduate students 

Bolton Brilliance Bursary* 

The Bolton Brilliance Bursary of up to £3,000 in total, may be awarded to the most talented (minimum 320 UCAS points at A2 level) full-time U.K. and E.U. undergraduate students who commence their first higher education undergraduate course at the University of Bolton from the 2016/17 academic year and are paying £9000 tuition fees. The bursary will be paid in instalments per academic year over the duration of the course for a maximum of 3 academic years.The bursary may be awarded in addition to other bursaries and scholarships available from the university.  Please refer to the university website for full terms and conditions and application details. 

*Terms and conditions apply: please visit www.bolton.ac.uk/scholarships for further details 

Care Leaver’s Bursary* 

The Care Leaver’s Bursary may be awarded to full-time U.K. students who commence an undergraduate higher education course of study at University of Bolton from the academic year 2016/17 and who are Care Leavers, irrespective of their financial means. The Bursary will be £1,000 per academic year for up to a maximum of three academic years. Please refer to the university website for full terms and conditions and application details. 

*Terms and conditions apply: please visit www.bolton.ac.uk/scholarships for further details. 

Bolton Sports Bursary* 

The Bolton Sports Bursary is worth up to a maximum of £3,000 in total, and is not household income assessed. The bursary is paid as a £1,000 cash payment in each academic year of study up to a maximum of three academic years to the most talented students joining University of Bolton undergraduate degree courses in September 2016. The bursary may be offered to U.K. and E.U. students only who are studying on their first full-time undergraduate degree. The bursary may be awarded in addition to other bursaries and scholarships available at the university.

The bursary is to be awarded to athletes competing at International, County, and/or Professional Club Level competitions. The bursary will be paid for first HE Level courses only. Students must achieve a minimum 240 UCAS points from a HEFCE approved qualification. 

*Terms and conditions apply: please visit www.bolton.ac.uk/scholarships for further details. 

100 Year Anniversary of the Great War  Award* 

This award is available to full-time students who are British Armed Forces ex-service personnel. Students must have completed a minimum of three years military service since their eighteenth birthday. The award amount £500 per academic year. The application deadline for 2016/17 is 31st May 2017. 

*Terms and conditions apply: please visit www.bolton.ac.uk/scholarships for further details. 

Progression to University (P2U) award* 

The award is offered in conjunction with Bolton College. Available to full-time U.K. and E.U. students who have successfully completed a Level 3 vocational award at Bolton College and have applied for a place at University of Bolton via UCAS by 15th January 2016 for September 2016 commencement. Applications for the award should be submitted to Bolton College by 1st March 2016. Course tuition fees must be £9,000 for 2016/17. Three bursaries each worth £2,000 per academic year for up to a maximum of three academic years are available.  For further information please contact the H.E. Co-ordinator at Bolton College: 01204 482300 or email lesley.groom@boltoncc.ac.uk

*Terms and conditions apply: please visit www.bolton.ac.uk/scholarships for further details. 

Stoller Scholarship* 

The Stoller Scholarship is worth up to £3,000 cash per award and ten awards will be available in each academic year. For successful applicants the award will be paid at the rate of £1,000 per academic year up to a maximum of three years. Students must have commenced on the first year of a full-time undergraduate course at University of Bolton in September 2016. Students’ home address must be in one of the following postcodes in the Oldham area: OL1, OL2, OL3, OL4, OL8, OL9 or M35.Evidence of the home address must be provided with the application form. 

 *Terms and conditions apply: please visit www.bolton.ac.uk/scholarships for further details and to obtain an application form. 

Please note PGCE 14+/Cert Ed 14+ students are not eligible for any of the above University Scholarships/Bursaries. 

Further Information 

Contact the Student Funding Advisors: Karen Bentley, Carol Gray and Antonia Hayes. 

Tel. 01204 903497/01204 903499 or email: studentfunding@bolton.ac.uk 

To complete your application for government funding online and for further information or to calculate your personal estimate of available funding visit: 

www.gov.uk/student-finance  

Contact details for Student Finance England: 

Address:

P.O. Box 210

Darlington

DL1 9HJ 

Tel: 0300 100 0607 

Part Time U.K. and E.U. Undergraduate and PGCE 14+/Cert Ed 14+ Students 

Tuition Fees 

Tuition fees for undergraduate part time courses in 2016/17 will be charged at a rate of £1,500 per 20 credit module (provisional) which for most undergraduate courses equates to £6,000 per academic year. Tuition fees for part time PGCE 14+/Cert Ed 14+ courses are £4,500 per academic year if studied at the university. Tuition fees may vary if the course is studied at a franchise college. 

Support from the Government 

If this is your first part-time undergraduate or part-time PGCE 14+/Cert Ed 14+ course and you have not previously attained QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) you may be eligible to apply for financial assistance from the government to help you fund your studies. Applications can be made from the website shown below: 

 http://www.gov.uk/studentfinance

Tuition fee loan 

  • A non means tested tuition fee loan will be available for part-time students to cover up to 100% of tuition fees charged
  • In order to access a tuition fee loan you must be studying at a rate of at least 25% of a full-time course
  • Tuition fee loan will be repaid when you earn over £21,000.
  • Repayments will commence from the April four years after you begin your course, but only if your earnings are over £21,000. 

There are no living costs loans or grants available for part-time students from the government. 

Disabled Student’s Allowance 

The Disabled Students Allowance helps with costs students incur when attending their course, as a direct result of their Disability. Please contact the Disability Service for more information on the application procedure – 01204 903478. 

For further information on government funding and eligibility please visit: 

www.gov.uk/student-finance   

Contact details for Student Finance England: 

Address: 

P.O. Box 210

Darlington

DL1 9HJ  

Tel: 0300 100 0607                                                   

Funding Advice Service contact details

If you want to enquire about the availability of funding, require help with budgeting or a more detailed discussion, the Student Funding Advisors are available by e-mail, telephone or face to face at drop-in sessions in the Student Centre.

Student Funding Advisor

Ms Karen Bentley
Email: studentfunding@bolton.ac.uk

Tel: 01204 903497

Bursaries and Scholarships Advisors

Mrs Carol Gray and Dr. Antonia Hayes

Email: studentfunding@bolton.ac.uk

Tel: 01204 903499/903448

You may also wish to visit the Government website which provides more information on all of the above awards:
www.gov.uk/student-finance

The information above is correct at the time of publishing in December 2016, but some changes may occur before or during the academic year. Please check for the latest information on the University website.

Beware of Scam emails

Student Finance England has circulated a warning to all students who receive funding from the Student Loans Company. Scammers are targeting students around the scheduled payment dates, September, January and April, when you may receive a lot of communications from either Student Finance England or the Student Loans Company.

Scammers are contacting students by email to try to obtain their bank details. If they succeed they are then able to withdraw Student Loans Company funding from your bank account.

Student Finance England has advised that they will never ask a student to confirm their bank details by email.

If you receive an email which seems to have genuinely come from Student Finance England or the Student Loans Company and is asking you to confirm your bank details by email do not respond and report it to: security@slc.co.uk

To help to prevent scammers getting hold of your details remove your email address if it’s online or hide it on social networking sites.

If you have already responded to an email and given your bank details change your bank account password immediately and contact the security email address shown above.

Please note this will not affect you if you do not receive funding for living costs from the Student Loans Company.

Page last reviewed and updated April 2017.