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Please be aware that students are being targeted by a new phishing campaign which has hit students of UK universities claiming that the student has been awarded an educational grant by the Department for Education. The email purports to have come from the Finance Department of the university.

Government funding for 2017/18

Eligibility and entitlement to Government Funding can be based on your household income, what you are studying, and how you choose to study. Below is a list of what is available.

The deadline for new students to apply to Student Finance England to ensure your funding is in place for when you start your studies in September 2017 is 26 May 2017.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a confirmed place at university or college, you should still apply as early as possible. Just use your preferred choice of course and you can change it later if you need to. If you’ve started your application but not completed it, log back into your student finance account and complete and submit it. 

Scholarships and Bursaries

In addition to this, there are a number of financial awards/fee waivers available to students both from the University  and from external bodies. Take a look at our Scholarships and Bursary page to find out what is available to you.

Living costs

Before starting in Higher Education, it's important to think about the costs you are likely to face and how to manage your money. Remember, you'll receive your maintenance support in termly instalments and you will need to budget for on-going costs such as:

accommodation, insurance, fuel costs and TV licence, food and drink, travel costs, sports, leisure and social activities, mobile phone and internet.

Below is an example of the average cost of living for one academic year, for a full-time student living in the university's Halls of Residence. Please note if you are living in private accommodation you will need to calculate your total accommodation and transport costs. Figures given are estimates only.

Estimated living costs   2017/18

38 weeks

Accommodation in the University’s Halls of Residence (16/17 figures)


£3,040.00

Food (based on average weekly spend of £30)

£1,140

Transport (including home visits)

£500

Course related costs

£300

Clothing and footwear

£400

Mobile phone (based on £30 per month for 10 months)

£300

General living expenses including sport/leisure/socialising

£1,000

TV licence (actually £145.50)

£146

Total annual expenditure

£6,826.00

If you would like to arrange an individual budgeting session please contact the student funding advisors:

studentfunding@bolton.ac.uk 

Need help with your Student Finance?

Got a question about student finance or your application? Why not follow Student Finance England on Facebook (facebook.com/SFEngland) or Twitter (@SF_England) where you can ask a question which will be answered by an SFE adviser, Monday to Friday between 2.00 and 4.00p.m. 

For a range of helpful tools and guidance visit The Student Finance Zone at:

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/content.php?r=5659-Student-Finance#sthash.eaJVEj76.dpuf

There is also opportunity for you to ask a question of an SFE adviser at one of the Student Finance surgeries which take place at  http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=910    every Wednesday between 1.00p.m. and 4.00p.m.

The Student Room offer a range of useful one minute videos about Student Finance. Please click here to view them.

There are also videos available from the Student Loans Company for people who use British Sign Language available here  and here

Need to Speak to a Funding or Scholarships Advisor?

At all of the Course Advice Days and Open Days there is a student Funding Advisor available to speak to. If you would like any more information about the funding available to you, or the scholarships on offer, please contact the student funding team.

To help you pay for your tuition fees and support you whilst you are at University the Government and University of Bolton have a range of loans and scholarships available to you. Please click on the link below to see what you may be eligible for:

 http://www.bolton.ac.uk/StudentServices/StudentFinance/UnderGradAndTeacher.aspx

Please note...

It is important to apply for your Government student funding early. You can normally apply for funding from January for September start. The deadline to apply to ensure your funding is in place for when you commence your course in September 2017 was the end of May 2017.

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 reviewed and updated December 2016