Money Matters: Full-Time Undergraduate Students 2021/22

Overview

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These pages outline the tuition fees and financial support arrangements for UK students joining full-time undergraduate degrees (BA/BSc/LLB), full-time foundation degrees (FdA/FdSc) and full-time integrated Masters degrees (MComp/MNSW/MSci) at Edge Hill University between August 2021 and July 2022.

We can help explain what student funding you may be entitled to receive and how to apply for it.

Please note, the information on these pages may be subject to change and does not apply to conversion (top-up) degree students. If you are joining MBChB Medicine or MBChB Medicine with Foundation Year in academic year 2021/22, you should refer to our Money Matters guide for full-time undergraduate Medicine students

Exceptions may apply if you have enrolled on any previous higher education study (at level 4 or level 5), even if you didn’t achieve a qualification, or if the course you are joining at Edge Hill University is of an equivalent or lower level to a qualification you already hold.

Changes to the eligibility of EU students for home fee status and financial support from Student Finance England have been confirmed in a Government statement. These changes take effect from academic year 2021/22 entry. Exemptions apply to those who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals.

Tuition fees and financial support information for overseas students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK student joining a full-time undergraduate degree or full-time integrated Masters degree at Edge Hill University between August 2021 and July 2022, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum.

If you are a prospective UK student joining a full-time foundation degree at Edge Hill University between August 2021 and July 2022, the tuition fee will be £6,165 per annum.

Government regulated tuition fees are subject to final parliamentary approval. The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Eligible students will not have to pay up-front for their tuition and can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the cost of the course fees. Exceptions may apply if you have enrolled on any previous higher education study (at level 4 or level 5), even if you didn’t achieve a qualification, or if the course you are joining at Edge Hill University is of an equivalent or lower level to a qualification you already hold.

Sandwich Years and Years Abroad

If you are joining an undergraduate degree in academic year 2021/22 and take a sandwich year or an additional year studying abroad as part of your course, Edge Hill University will meet the cost of tuition fees for the sandwich year or year abroad through the Student Opportunity Fund.

A sandwich year or year abroad is typically undertaken after two years of study meaning that for academic year 2021/22 entry this would usually be undertaken in academic year 2023/24.

While UK universities are entitled to charge fees for sandwich years and years abroad, we are waiving these charges to encourage and support students who wish to take up these valuable opportunities.

Alternatively, if you spend a semester overseas as part of the second year of a 3-year degree or a 4-year integrated Masters degree, standard tuition fees will apply (as if you spent the full academic year based at Edge Hill University), however half of these tuition fees, for example £4,625 for academic year 2021/22, will be paid for through the Student Opportunity Fund.

Loans

Tuition Fee Loans

You will be able to borrow the full cost of your tuition fee from the Government in the form of a Tuition Fee Loan (subject to eligibility).

Maintenance Loans

  • Available to help UK students with living costs such as food, accommodation and travel;
  • The amount of Maintenance Loan you can apply for is determined by your household income, where you are going to live while you are studying, and additional criteria;
  • Usually paid in three instalments, directly to your bank or building society account.

Maintenance Loans are subject to different financial arrangements and eligibility criteria depending on whether you are domiciled in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. 

If you are domiciled in ScotlandWales or Northern Ireland, you should refer to the website of the relevant funding body for loan amounts and eligibility criteria.

The maximum Maintenance Loan amounts for eligible students domiciled in England are as follows:

  • A Maintenance Loan of up to £9,488 per annum may be available if you live away from home;
  • A Maintenance Loan of up to £7,987 per annum may be available if you live with your parents.

The maximum amount you can receive as a Maintenance Loan may increase if you qualify for certain benefits.

If you are domiciled in England and qualify for the relevant benefits, you may be eligible for an increased Maintenance Loan as follows:

  • A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,815 per annum may be available if you live away from home;
  • A Maintenance Loan of up to £9,423 per annum may be available if you live with your parents.

A breakdown of potential Maintenance Loan amounts, subject to eligibility, is available for English-domiciled students based on illustrative levels of household income. You may be eligible for additional means-tested weekly amounts if your course exceeds 30 weeks of study per academic year.

You may be eligible for an increased Maintenance Loan if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You are a lone parent who is responsible for a child or a young person aged under 20 who is a member of your household and who is in full-time education;
  • You are a lone foster parent of a child or young person aged under 20;
  • You have a partner who is also a full-time student and one or both of you are responsible for a child or young person aged under 20 who is in full-time non-advanced education;
  • You have a disability and qualify for a Disability Premium or Severe Disability Premium;
  • You have been treated as incapable of work for a continuous period of at least 28 weeks (two or more periods of incapacity separated by a break of no more than eight weeks count as one continuous period);
  • You are deaf and qualify for Disabled Students’ Allowances;
  • You are waiting to go back to a course having taken approved time out because of an illness or caring responsibility that has now come to an end for a period not exceeding one year;
  • You are entitled to Personal Independence Payment, Armed Forces Independence Payment or Disability Living Allowance;
  • You are entitled to housing benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit.

For those students entitled to benefits who qualify for an increased Maintenance Loan, the Maintenance Loan will consist of a special support element which will be disregarded as student income when calculating benefits. The maximum special support element of a Maintenance Loan will be £4,014 of the overall maximum Maintenance Loan amount. There is no special support element within the standard Maintenance Loan.

The maximum Maintenance Loan amount you are eligible to receive will be slightly reduced for the final year of your course.

Students aged 60 or over on the first day of the first year of their course may be entitled to a Maintenance Loan up to a maximum of £4,014 per annum.

Loan Repayments

You will not have to start repaying the total of your student loans until the April after you have completed your course and are earning above a certain threshold amount. The repayment threshold for students joining a course in the following academic year is reviewed in April each year and currently stands at £26,575 per annum. If you leave your course early, you will still have to repay your student loans.

The amount you repay will be linked to your income. Each year you will be expected to repay 9% of your income that is above the repayment threshold. So, for example, if your salary is £30,000 per annum, with a repayment threshold of £26,575 a year, the 9% repayment would only apply to £3,425, meaning you would repay just under £26 a month. If your income falls below the repayment threshold, for any reason, you will not have to make repayments until your income rises above this threshold again.

The Government will apply interest on your loans at inflation (Retail Price Index – RPI) plus 3% while you are studying, and up until the April you are due to start repaying. The interest rate will vary from the April you are due to start repaying, subject to your income level.

The Student Loans Company will work with HM Revenue and Customs to collect repayments. They will be taken by your employer and shown on your pay statement. If you are self-employed, the repayments will be collected through the tax self-assessment system. No early repayment charges will be made. Any monies still owed after 30 years will be written off.

Grants

NHS Learning Support Fund

If you are studying a pre-registration degree in Midwifery, Nursing, Operating Department Practice or Paramedic Practice, or an integrated Masters degree in Nurse Paramedic (Adult) or Nursing & Social Work, you may be eligible to receive additional funding through the NHS Learning Support Fund.

The fund, which you will not need to pay back, includes the following elements:

  • Training Grant – a training grant of £5,000 a year in new Government funding to help with living costs;
  • Specialist Subject Payment – a further £1,000 per year if you will be specialising in learning disabilities nursing or mental health nursing, where demand is particularly high;
  • Regional Incentive – a further £1,000 per year if you will be studying in a region that has seen a significant decrease in people accepted on some midwifery, nursing and allied health profession courses;
  • Parental Support – a further £2,000 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 (TDAE) – support for excess travel and funding for staying in temporary accommodation to attend your placement if required;
  • Exceptional Support Fund (ESF) – up to a further £3,000 per year of additional support if you find yourself experiencing severe financial hardship during your studies.

To be eligible to apply to the NHS Learning Support Fund, you must be:

  • Due to train on a pre-registration degree in Nursing, Midwifery, Operating Department Practice or Paramedic Practice, or an integrated Masters degree in Nurse Paramedic (Adult) or Nursing & Social Work;
  • Eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan;
  • Ordinarily resident in the UK.

Please note, if you are joining our Operating Department Practice degree, you will only be eligible to apply for the NHS Learning Support Fund in Years 2 and 3 of your degree.

Further information about the NHS Learning Support Fund is available on the NHS Business Service Authority website and via the NHS Business Service Authority Facebook page.

Supplementary Grants and Allowances

Depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to additional financial support such as Adult Dependants’ Grant, Childcare Grant, Disabled Students’ Allowances and Parents’ Learning Allowance.

  • Adult Dependants’ Grant – means-tested support of up to £3,190 a year if you have to care for an adult dependant, who is not your grown-up child, while studying (subject to eligibility);
  • Childcare Grant – means-tested support designed to contribute up to 85% towards your childcare costs if you have a dependent child/children in the care of an Ofsted-registered childcare provider while you study. Childcare grants for academic year 2021/22 are worth up to a maximum of £179.62 per week for one child only or up to £307.95 per week for two or more children (subject to eligibility);
  • Disabled Students’ Allowances – support tailored to your individual needs if you have a disability or specific learning difficulty. Disabled Students’ Allowances for eligible students in academic year 2021/22 are worth up to £25,000. These allowances are designed to help with the cost of specialist equipment (such as computer software), extra travel costs due to a disability, or other support necessary to enable you to study. You should be aware that £25,000 is the maximum amount and most students get less;
  • Parents’ Learning Allowance – means-tested support of up to £1,821 a year if you have children who are wholly or mainly financially dependent on you.

Bursaries

Social Work Bursary

If you are joining BA (Hons) Social Work, you may be eligible to apply for a Social Work Bursary from Year 2 of your degree, as well as an annual placement allowance.

In recent years, residency conditions and additional eligibility criteria have applied. While all eligible students could expect to receive the placement allowance, universities have previously been allocated a certain number of Social Work Bursary awards and been asked to nominate some of their students to receive one. Receipt of a Social Work Bursary has therefore not been guaranteed and there has been no right of appeal.

Details of Social Work Bursaries for academic year 2021/22 are still to be announced by the NHS Business Services Authority. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

Scholarships

Scholarship winners Megan Callaghan and Thomas Godwin show off their certificates at a Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships to reward excellence from prospective full-time undergraduate students.

Additional scholarships are available to current students which you can apply for, or be nominated for, once you are enrolled on a full-time undergraduate programme with us (some exclusions may apply).

You can also make the most of your student experience and take advantage of career enhancing opportunities by applying for financial support from our Student Opportunity Fund.

We are currently reviewing our package of scholarships for 2021. We will update this page with details of the specific scholarships available to prospective students in 2021 once this process has concluded.

How to Apply

Loans and Grants

You must have submitted a UCAS application before you can apply for financial support from the Government but you do not need to have a confirmed place on a course. We strongly recommend applying for financial support as early as possible to ensure your application is received and processed in good time.

The funding application process for English-domiciled students is as follows:

  • Applications are made online to Student Finance England at www.gov.uk/apply-online-for-student-finance;
  • After you have applied for student funding, you will be able to manage your account online;
  • If you have withdrawn from a previous course due to compelling personal reasons, you could be eligible to receive an extra year of tuition fee support. You should send evidence of your personal reasons for repeating a year to Student Finance England as soon as you have applied for student funding;
  • Once your application has been assessed, you will receive a Student Finance Entitlement Letter outlining the support you have applied for and can expect to receive. The Student Finance Entitlement Letter can also be viewed online. If the financial support outlined in your Student Finance Entitlement Letter is not what you anticipated, you are welcome to contact us for advice.

The funding application process is different if you are a student domiciled in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. You should consult the website of the relevant funding body for further information on the application process you will need to follow:

NHS Learning Support Fund

To begin the process of applying for the NHS Learning Support Fund, you should register for an online account via the NHS Learning Support Fund Application System at services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhslsf.

Further information about managing your account is available on the NHS Business Service Authority website.

Previous Study

If you have studied all or part of a higher education course before coming to university, your entitlement to student funding may be affected.

  • Previous Study 
    If you have studied a higher education course (level 4 or level 5) before, even if you didn’t complete it – you may not get Government tuition fee support for the full length of your course, meaning you may have to pay some or all of the fees yourself.
  • Equivalent and Lower Qualifications (ELQ)
    If the course you take at Edge Hill is of an equivalent or lower level to one you already hold – you may not get Government support for your fees or your living costs.

There are exceptions but, if you think this may affect you, it is important to clarify your situation.

If you have withdrawn from a previous course due to compelling personal reasons, such as illness, mental health, bereavement, pregnancy or a caring responsibility, you could be eligible to receive an extra year of tuition fee support.

Students joining pre-registration programmes in Midwifery, Nurse Paramedic (Adult), Nursing, Nursing & Social Work (MNSW awards), and Operating Department Practice are exempt from previous study rules.

If you will be studying a degree in one of these subjects you may still be eligible for financial support even if you have previously enrolled on higher education study or if the pre-registration degree is of an equivalent or lower level to a qualification you already hold.

Please note, this exemption does not apply to BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practice students.

To find out more about previous study and equivalent and lower qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/previousstudy.

Contact Us

If you have any queries about tuition fees or scholarships, or if you have any queries about previous study and the potential impact it may have on your eligibility for financial support, you can email Academic Registry.

If you have any questions about your eligibility for financial support, or if you wish to receive advice and guidance on applying for funding (including support in completing funding applications), you can get in touch with the Money Advice Team.

Alternatively, you can contact the Students’ Union Advice and Representation Centre.

Please note, all advice and guidance provided by the University is subject to any information which you choose to impart to us, about your individual circumstances, being correct.

The advice and guidance you receive will be based upon current eligibility criteria from external organisations, such as the Student Loans Company. However, if any changes are made to this eligibility criteria by an external organisation, the University cannot be held responsible.

All staff will treat any information you share with them in the strictest confidence.

Further Information

Our Student Services website includes money advice, including useful tips on how to increase your income and reduce your expenses while at University, together with advice about keeping track of your finances and managing your money effectively.

Student finance resources and information, including a popular discussion forum, for English-domiciled students can also be found on The Student Room website.