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Part-time Home (UK) student funding

This information is for students living in England looking to apply for funding from Student Finance England (SFE).

More detailed information for students from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales is available from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Finance Northern Ireland, and Student Finance Wales

Is there any help with tuition fees?

If you start your studies after September 2012, you can apply for a non means-tested loan each year to cover the full amount of your tuition fees. You can choose to borrow a lesser amount (or none). Eligibility for the loan may be affected if you have previously studied in higher education.

The fee loan is paid directly to the University. Find out how and when you repay your loan.

Am I eligible for SFE funding?

If you already have an honours degree, you will not qualify for financial support from SFE.

To qualify:

  • you will need to register on a designated programme that is equivalent to at least 25% of a full-time degree course (30 credits or more), and
  • the course has to last for at least one academic year, and
  • you need to be classified as a Home or EU resident student.

There is no age limit.

I have a query relating to my Student Finance application what do I do?

If you have already applied for Student Finance funding and have a query relating to your application, please see our Student Finance FAQs.

Is there any extra help for students with disabilities?

How do I apply for funding?

You will be able to apply online for funding from the Student Finance England in late spring.

Is there any additional help from UWE Bristol?

You may be eligible to receive a UWE Bursary. Successful students will receive a £500 bursary. Find out whether you are eligible for the UWE Bursary.

There is also the Learner Support Fund to support costs associated with study. If you are a part-time UK student on low income, you may be eligible for help with costs directly related to your studies. These can include childcare and travel on study days, but not general living costs.

Where can I find out more?

Fee waivers from UWE Bristol for students who began their studies before 2012/13

There are two types of undergraduate fee waivers available for the current academic year:

  1. If you are entitled to the maximum fee grant from SFE or your devolved funding body, but your fees are higher than the grant, you can apply for a waiver of the balance. The waiver is dependent on receipt of the maximum fee grant.
  2. Alternatively, you can apply for a fee waiver if you are:
    • on one of the qualifying means-tested benefits at the start of the year, or
    • on a low income (see application form for details),

    and you are ineligible for the fee grant because you:

    • already have an honours degree,
    • you are taking a taster module,
    • you are not registered for a designated award,
    • you are taking fewer than 60 credits in this academic year.

Please note: If you are ineligible for SFE funding, and are applying under category 2 (see above), the fund is limited, and you may not be successful even if you meet the eligibility criteria.

How to apply

Existing fee waiver recipients who are continuing in the current academic year will be sent an application form directly. If you haven't already received this, please call us on +44 (0)117 32 85678 to request a form.

Once completed and verified by your benefits office, it should be returned to the UWE Bristol Money Advice and Funds Service, 1D03, Frenchay Campus, Bristol BS16 1QY. You are welcome to send a scanned version of the form via our student enquiry form but the original must also be received before the fee waiver can be authorised.

Closing date for applications

The closing date for SFE applications is the last day of February for courses starting in the autumn term of the current academic year. There is no closing date for the UWE Bristol Fee Waivers. However, as the waivers are paid for from the Learner Support Fund, successful applications depend on funds still being available.

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