Preparing your finances

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.

Student Finance

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.

Have a look at this Student Finance Journey poster for more information about how the process works before, during and after university.

If you are self-funding your studies, please contact us on TutionFees@edgehill.ac.uk before enrolment.

Assessment of Funding

Once Student Finance have completed your assessment they will send you paperwork confirming your entitlement to funding. You can check on the progress of your application online and will be able to view anything outstanding on your account via your ‘To-Do’ list and also 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 year of study
  • The tuition fee for your course.

Your name must match exactly with your UCAS application. Using an abbreviated name on one and your full name on another could delay your first maintenance loan payment.If any of the above details are incorrect on your Student Finance paperwork please contact TuitionFees@edgehill.ac.uk.

Proof of Funding

The University receives confirmation of all approved funding from Student Finance.

If your funding has not been approved at the time of enrolment, you must demonstrate to the University that you have made an application by providing evidence such as a screenshot of your Student Finance application summary page or provide your Customer Reference Number for Student Finance. This should be forwarded to TuitionFees@edgehill.ac.uk.

If you have previously received Student Finance you may not qualify for funding for your whole course.  Please view this page for further information.

When will I receive my funding?

After you have completed enrolment and become a fully registered student your first payment will be released from the start date of your course. It can take up to five working days for payment to arrive in your account, or longer, if you applied for funding late. But remember, this will only be paid if your application is approved, all checks have been completed by Student Finance and your course has commenced.

High Achievers Scholarship

If you have met the criteria for the High Achievers Scholarship you will be notified in late November. The scholarship is paid in two instalments of £500 and these payments are expected to be made at the end of February and June. Please visit the scholarships website for more information.

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.

Finance Checklist

Please check that you have completed the following:

  • apply for funding
  • regularly check your ‘To Do’ list on your Student Finance online account and complete any outstanding actions
  • make sure your application details are correct.

Finance Tips

There are a few other things you need to consider before you start at University:

Outstanding conditions

If there are any outstanding conditions of your offer when you enrol, you will only be able to part-enrol. Student Finance is only released 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 around the conditions of your offer please email admissions@edgehill.ac.uk.

Bringing money to cover your first two weeks

Payments from Student Finance can take up to five days to arrive in your account, or longer if you applied for funding late.

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.

Opening a student bank account

Visit www.moneysavingexpert.com/students/Student-bank-account to see a useful comparison of all of the different student accounts that are available to you.

Budgeting

You can find helpful budgeting advice on our website.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about fees and finance, contact the Fees, Scholarships and Bursaries Team on Tuitionfees@edgehill.ac.uk.

For advice on advice on other money-related matters including student funding, budgeting, and the Student Support Fund, please email the Money Advice Team at CatalystEnquiries@edgehill.ac.uk.

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