Money Matters: UK and EU Full-Time Undergraduate Degree Students 2018/19

Overview

Money MattersThese pages outline the tuition fees and financial support arrangements for UK and eligible EU students joining a full-time undergraduate degree or full-time integrated Masters degree at Edge Hill University between September 2018 and August 2019.

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 foundation degree students or conversion (top-up) degree students. Prospective pre-registration health and social care students (including those joining 4-year MNSW programmes) should refer to our Money Matters 2018/19 guide for Pre-Registration Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practice students or our 2018/19 guide for BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practice students.

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

Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student joining a full-time undergraduate degree or full-time integrated Masters degree at Edge Hill University between September 2018 and August 2019, tuition fees are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

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.

If you are starting a sandwich degree in academic year 2018/19, the tuition fee will be equivalent to those of a standard full-time undergraduate degree, with the exception of the sandwich year. We anticipate that tuition fees for the sandwich year will be no more than 20% of the standard tuition fee for full-time undergraduate study, which applies to the academic year in which the placement is undertaken.

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.

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).

If you are an EU national or the family member of an EU national, 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.

Maintenance Loans

  • Available to help UK and eligible EU 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, Northern Ireland or the EU. 

EU nationals may be eligible for the same Maintenance Loan amounts as English-domiciled students, subject to meeting additional criteria.

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 still to be announced by the Government for academic year 2018/19 entry. Please keep checking this page for updates.

Eligibility of EU Students for Maintenance Loans

If you are an EU national joining a full-time undergraduate degree, in certain circumstances you may be eligible to apply for a Maintenance Loan the same as English-domiciled students.

You will need to meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have been living in the UK for at least five years prior to the start of your course;
  • Be working in the UK or have a family member working in the UK;
  • Be the child of a Swiss national or Turkish worker who’s working in the UK.

For advice on your potential eligibility as an EU student for Maintenance Loans, you should contact Student Finance Services on 0141 243 3570.

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 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

Supplementary Grants and Allowances

UK students may be entitled to additional financial support such as Adult Dependants’ Grant, Childcare Grant, Disabled Students’ Allowance and Parents’ Learning Allowance.

The availability of these supplementary grants and allowances is still to be confirmed by the Government for academic year 2018/19 entry. Please keep checking this page for updates.

Bursaries

Care Leavers Bursary

UK care leavers joining a full-time undergraduate 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 £1,000 per annum, providing that a minimum of 13 weeks has been spent in Local Authority care since the age of 14. The bursary is available to eligible full-time students for a maximum of three years. Students joining a full-time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University who are living in foyer/supported housing may also be eligible for this bursary.

Scholarships

ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships to reward excellence from prospective full-time undergraduate students.

  • Excellence Scholarships, worth £2,000, celebrate determination, commitment and achievement in any area beyond your studies, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance or volunteering;
  • Sports Scholarships, worth up to £1,000 per academic year, reward talent, achievement and dedication in sport and are designed to enhance your sporting performance;
  • The High Achievers Scholarship, worth £1,000, rewards eligible prospective students who achieve outstanding grades in their final A Level or BTEC examinations;
  • The Liverpool Scholarship, worth up to £3,000, recognises the eligible prospective student(s) living in the City of Liverpool who achieves the highest UCAS Tariff score.

Additional scholarships are available to current students which you can apply for, or be nominated for, once you are enrolled on a full-time degree 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.

For more information on the full range of scholarships, including eligibility criteria for each award, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

How to Apply

Loans

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. You should be able to apply from early 2018;
  • 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 Craig Donaldson, Student Transitions and Support Advisor, on 01695 650945 or emailing Craig.Donaldson@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.

Scholarships

Applications for Excellence Scholarships and Sports Scholarships are expected to open in early 2018.

There is no application process for the High Achievers Scholarship or Liverpool Scholarship. We will assess your eligibility automatically and notify you after enrolment if you are awarded either scholarship.

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 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.

To find out more, 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 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.

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

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