If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to make sure that your finances are in place. This will ensure that you receive your funding on time and your transition to university life runs smoothly.
Applying for Student Finance
If you have not yet applied for help with financing your studies, you should apply immediately at www.gov.uk/student-finance. The process can take some time, so it is important that you do not delay with making your application.
You can check on the progress of your application online and see a copy of your assessment once it is available. Please ensure that all of your details are correct, including:
- The university you will be studying at
- The course you will be studying and
- The tuition fee for your course.
If any of the above details are incorrect on your Student Finance paperwork or, if you have applied to Student Finance in a different, or abbreviated name, to that on your UCAS application please contact email@example.com so we may help avoid any delay with your first payment.
If your funding has not been approved at the time of enrolment, you will be contacted by our Fees, Scholarships and Bursaries Team for evidence of your application, such as a screenshot of your Student Finance application summary page.
Receiving your funding
After you have completed stage two of enrolment (having met all the conditions of your offer, including health checks and satisfactory DBS), your first payment will be released. It can take up to five working days for payment to arrive in your account, or longer, if you applied for funding late. Remember, this will only be paid if Student Finance have approved your application by completing all verification checks and you have a full registration with Edge Hill.
With this in mind, it might be worth bringing enough money with you to cover your first two weeks, just in case there is a problem with your funds being released.
If you have outstanding conditions of your offer, you will only be able to part-enrol. Student Finance is only released to you when you become fully enrolled, so you are advised to address all conditions of your offer as soon as possible.
If you have any queries regarding your offer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a look at this Student Finance Journey poster for more information about how the process works before, during and after university.
Learning Support Fund
In addition to funding through Student Finance, you may be eligible to apply for funding from the NHS Business Services Authority through the Learning Support Fund (LSF). Apply online at: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/learning-support-fund. The fund includes:
Child Dependants Allowance – £1,000 per year if you have parental responsibility for a child who is under the age of 15 years (under 17 years if the child is registered with special educational needs)
Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses – support for excess travel and funding for staying in temporary accommodation in order to attend your placement if required
Exceptional Support Fund – up to £3,000 per year if you find yourself experiencing severe financial hardship during your studies.
To be eligible to apply to the Learning Support Fund, you must be:
- Enrolled on a pre-registration health and social care degree in Nursing, Midwifery or Operating Department Practice, or an integrated Masters degree in Nursing and Social Work
- Eligible for a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan
- Ordinarily resident in the UK.
If you are joining a course in March or April 2019, you can apply to the Learning Support Fund from the start of your course.
When will I receive any LSF funding?
You must have completed stage two of enrolment (having met all the conditions of your offer, including health checks and satisfactory DBS). Then, payment will be received in the following way:
Child Dependants Allowance
Payment is received at the start of each term: £250 in your first term, £250 in your second term and £500 in your third term. It can take up to five working days for payment to arrive in your account, or longer, if you applied for funding late.
Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses
Applications are submitted following placement and authorised if eligible by the university. Payment is then made within 30 working days.
Exceptional Support Fund
Once enrolled, you must first have applied and been assessed through Edge Hill’s Student Support Fund. Following this, an application can be made and will be assessed within 30 working days.
Students who have met the criteria for the High Achievers Scholarship will be notified in writing by the Scholarships Officer. The scholarship is paid in two instalments of £500 and these payments are expected to be made at the end of October and February. Please visit edgehill.ac.uk/highachievers for more information.
Budgeting and bank accounts
If you haven’t already done so, you may find it useful to set up a monthly or termly budget and consider shopping around for a suitable Student Bank.
The Financial Support Team at Edge Hill have lots of resources to help you with budgeting, including a handy budget planner. View all the resources on their website.
Get in touch
If you have any queries, please contact the Tuition Fees Team on: