Money Matters: Part-Time Conversion Degree Students 2019/20

Overview

Two students attend a lecture in a Harvard-style theatre in the Tech Hub.These pages outline the tuition fees and financial support arrangements for UK and eligible EU students joining a part-time conversion programme to honours degree at Edge Hill University between September 2019 and August 2020.

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.

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

Tuition Fees

If you are a UK or EU student joining a part-time conversion degree at Edge Hill University between September 2019 and August 2020, the tuition fee will be £77 per credit for academic year 2019/20, i.e. £1,540 per 20 credit module (subject to final Government approval). You will need to study 120 credits in total in order to complete a conversion degree.

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, providing at least 25% of the equivalent full-time conversion degree is being studied per year.

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

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, providing you are studying at least 25% of the equivalent full-time conversion degree per year.

If you are an EU national or the family member of an EU national and meet this criteria, you are likely to be eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan (subject to any previous study) providing you have been ordinarily resident in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of your course.

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 at least £25,000 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 £25,000 a year. So, for example, if your salary is £31,000 per annum, the 9% repayment would only apply to £6,000, meaning you would repay around £45 a month. If your income falls below £25,000 a year, for any reason, you will not have to make repayments until your income rises above this threshold again.

The Government intends to 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

Disabled Students’ Allowances

You will not be entitled to a grant to contribute towards your living costs. However, if you are a UK student and have a disability or specific learning difficulty, you may be eligible for support tailored to your individual needs through the Government’s Disabled Students’ Allowances.

Disabled Students’ Allowances for eligible part-time students in academic year 2019/20 are worth up to £5,684 for specialist equipment (covering the whole course, not per annum), up to £16,951 pro-rata per year for a non-medical personal helper, and up to £1,424 pro-rata per year for other disability-related expenditure. These figures vary according to the intensity of study and are the maximum amounts – most students get less.

Bursaries

Care Leavers Bursary

UK care leavers joining a part-time conversion degree at Edge Hill University, who are aged under 25 at the start of their course, may be eligible for a Care Leavers Bursary worth £500 per annum, providing that a minimum of 13 weeks has been spent in Local Authority care since the age of 14 and that a minimum of 60 credits per academic year is being studied. Students joining a part-time conversion degree at Edge Hill University who are living in foyer/supported housing may also be eligible for this bursary.

How to Apply

Loans

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;
  • 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:

EU students should download the relevant application form from www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms and apply for funding by post.

Care Leavers Bursary

You will have the opportunity to indicate that you are a care leaver during the admissions process. You can also identify yourself after submitting your application or at any point during your course by contacting Kordel Dickinson, Student Transitions and Support Manager, on 01695 654336 or emailing Kordel.Dickinson@edgehill.ac.uk.

Once confirmation of your Care Leaver Status, or evidence of being in supported housing, has been received, a Care Leavers Bursary application form will be issued for you to complete.

Previous Study

If you have previously undertaken a course of higher education, such as a foundation degree, and you plan to ‘top-up’ by studying a conversion programme to honours degree, you should be eligible to apply for the standard financial support package for conversion degree students.

However, if you have had to repeat a year or more of a previous part-time higher education course, or if the conversion degree you are joining at Edge Hill University is of an equivalent or lower level to a qualification you already hold, your eligibility to receive funding for the progression route may be restricted.

If you have any previous part-time higher education study, or if the conversion degree you are joining is of an equivalent or lower level to a qualification you already hold (whether studied on a full-time or part-time basis), you should contact us for clarification on your eligibility for funding.

To find out more, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/previousstudy.

Contact Us

If you have any queries about tuition fees, 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 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.

For further information on the financial support available to EU students, you should visit www.gov.uk/student-finance/eu-students.