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Full-time Home (UK) student funding (2019/20 entry)

The information below is a broad overview of funding for the 2019/20 academic year. It's important to check out your own funding situation by referring to the official Student Finance web pages.

Student Finance England funding

This information is for students living in England looking to apply for funding from Student Finance England (SFE). Don't forget to check whether you're eligible for the UWE Bursary.

Other funding bodies

You can get information on the funding available for students from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales from Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Finance Northern Ireland, and Student Finance Wales.

Apply for funding

Applications open in February 2019 for the 2019/20 entry. You can apply for your funding even after your course has begun, but if you want to ensure your funding application is processed before the start of your course so that you have your money on day one you must submit your application online by 24 May 2019.

See our top tips for making a funding application.

Student funding video guides

Please watch Student Finance England’s video guides for information on eligibility for student funding, how to apply and on how student loan repayment works.

Funding sources

Tuition fee support

You can apply for a non means-tested loan up to the maximum of £9,250 each year to cover the full amount of your tuition fees. Alternatively, you can choose to borrow a lesser amount (or none) and pay the difference (or all of your tuition fees) up front each year. Eligibility for the loan may be affected if you've previously studied in higher education, even if you paid the fees yourself. View details on previous study and Student Finance funding.

The fee loan is paid directly to the University.

The maintenance loan

You can apply for a means-tested loan of up to £8,944 each year for your living expenses which is paid into your bank account at the beginning of each term. If you live with your parents during your studies, the maximum loan is £7,529.

As UWE Bristol’s academic year is longer than 30 weeks each year, our students will receive an additional amount of loan each year, taking this total means-tested loan for living expenses up to £9,424 each year, or up to £7,844 each year if you live with your parents during your studies.

Your parents' or partner's household income can reduce this living cost loan. So to work out how much you could get, you need to know whose income and what portion of that income counts.

Finance at a glance

The tables below provide an indicator of the student finance package you may be entitled to if you’re a full-time undergraduate student either living away from home during your studies, or living at home.

I intend to live away from home during my studies

Household income Maintenance loan paid in three instalments - one at the start of each term Max tuition fee loan Max amount borrowed, excluding interest
£25,000 and under £8,944 £9,250 £18,194
£30,000 £8,303 £9,250 £17,553
£35,000 £7,661 £9,250 £16,911
£40,000 £7,019 £9,250 £16,269
£42,875 £6,650 £9,250 £15,900
£45,000 £6,377 £9,250 £15,627
£50,000 £5,735 £9,250 £14,985
£55,000 £5,093 £9,250 £14,343
£60,000 £4,452 £9,250 £13,702
£62,212 and over £4,168 £9,250 £13,418

I intend to live at home during my studies

Household income Maintenance loan paid in three instalments one at the start of each term Max tuition fee loan Max amount borrowed, excluding interest
£25,000 and under £7,529 £9,250 £16,779
£30,000 £6,895 £9,250 £16,145
£35,000 £6,260 £9,250 £15,510
£40,000 £5,626 £9,250 £14,876
£42,875 £5,261 £9,250 £14,511
£45,000 £4,991 £9,250 £14,241
£50,000 £4,357 £9,250 £13,607
£55,000 £3,722 £9,250 £12,972
£58,215 and over £3,314 £9,250 £12,564

If you're a lone parent or a student in receipt of either DLA or PIP, you may be entitled to a larger loan.  For more information, see Student parents or Disabled students.

Find out whether you're eligible for the UWE Bursary.

Finance for a placement year

The tuition fees charged and the funding available is different if you take a placement year as part of your degree.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for your placement year are up to a maximum of £1,850. You can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the fees.

Living costs funding

If you're on a paid or unpaid placement, you're eligible for a reduced living cost loan of £2,709 (£2,031 if living with your parents). However, if you're on an unpaid placement in one of the following institutions, you'll be eligible for the full package of funding as for a standard year of study:

  • A hospital or in a public health service laboratory or with a clinical commissioning group in the UK
  • A local authority in the UK acting in the exercise of its functions relating to the care of children and young persons health or welfare, or with a voluntary organisation providing facilities or carrying out activities of a similar nature in the UK.
  • A local authority acting in the exercise of public health functions.
  • The prison or probation and aftercare service in the UK.  
  • A UK institution doing unpaid research.  
  • A Special Health Authority, the NHS Commissioning Board, the National Institute for Care and Excellence, the Health and Social Care Information Centre, a Local Health Board, a Health Board or a Special Health Board in Scotland, or a Health and Social Services Board in Northern Ireland.
  • Unpaid service in the UK Parliament

Please note: Students on placements are not eligible for Disabled Students Allowances.

Other financial support for paid placements

If you're over 25 and working 30 hours or more, you may be eligible for working tax credits. This can include help with childcare costs. 

For help with obtaining a placement, see our placement section.

Social Work Bursary

The Social Work Bursary has not yet been confirmed for 2019/20.

Additional funding for healthcare students

Additional funding is available for students studying the following healthcare courses:

  • Nursing (Adult, Children’s, Learning Disabilities and Mental Health)
  • Midwifery

As UWE Bristol’s academic year is longer than 30 weeks each year, our healthcare students will receive an additional amount of maintenance loan each year, taking this total means-tested loan for living expenses up to £10,000 each year on average, or up to £8,537 each year on average if you live with your parents during your studies.

There is also additional money towards practice placement travel and accommodation expenses provided by the government. This is available for costs incurred over and above daily travel costs to university. If additional accommodation is needed to enable you to attend placement, you can claim towards the costs of this accommodation.

Please note, this additional funding is not available to students doing the Health Professions Foundation programme during the foundation year.

Maintenance grants

The government has announced that it is reintroducing maintenance grants from September 2020. This means that all new and continuing pre-registration degree-level nursing, midwifery and many allied health courses will receive a minimum £5,000 award per year, which does not need repaying, with up to £3,000 per year further for those studying eligible courses, such as mental health nursing.

The government has also announced that all new and continuing Paramedic students will be able to receive the above funding.

A full list of the courses eligible for this funding, including those eligible for extra funding in shortage groups such as mental health nursing, is available on the NHS Business Services website.

We will publish further information as it becomes available.

Student Finance England funded students only

If you already hold a HE qualification, or have previously studied at HE level, this will not prevent you from getting full funding to do a pre-registration nursing, midwifery or allied health professions course. You can get full funding to do one of these courses as a second degree.

This does not apply to students funded by Student Finance Wales – the rules on previous study outlined above and ELQ (Equivalent or Lower Qualification) will apply.

Additional funding for Student Parents

Student parents may be entitled to a range of allowances or grants that will help them to finance their studies.

Find out more about support for student parents.

Student loan repayment

Repaying your student loan

When will I have to start repaying my loan?

If you're a full-time student, you'll start to repay your tuition and maintenance loan in the April after leaving higher education – but only when and if you're earning at least £25,725.

If you're a part-time student, you'll become liable to repay from the April after your fourth year of study, but only if you're earning over £25,725.

What if I earn less than £25,725?

If, for any reason, your income falls below £25,725, your repayments will be suspended.

Is interest charged on these loans?

Yes. The maximum interest rate is inflation rate (also known as retail price index) + 3%. Inflation rate is currently 3.3%. This rate is applied during your studies and until the April after you graduate.

After you complete your course, (or after the fourth year of study as a part-time student), the interest rate will depend on your graduate earnings. The maximum is inflation rate + 3% and the minimum is inflation rate only.

How much will I be repaying each month?

Repayments will be 9% of income above £25,725, so the amount repaid each month will depend on earnings. For example, someone earning £26,000 would initially make repayments of just £2 per month.

How much will my degree actually cost?

If you borrow the maximum fee and maintenance loan for each year of a three-year course, your outstanding balance will be £54,582. The interest accrued during your studies will be just over £6,877 (based on an RPI of 3.3%). How much of this student loan debt you'll actually repay – ie how much your degree will cost you – will depend on how much you earn as a graduate in the 30 years after you graduate.

The table below illustrates how much of your student loan debt you would repay in total, over a 30-year period, based on the following income levels. The higher your graduate earnings, the more you repay. The lower your graduate earnings, the less you repay. Any outstanding student loan debt is then completely written off.

Income Net monthly income Monthly repayment Annual repayment Total estimated repayment Repayment ends after
£20,000 £1,415 £0 £0 £0 30 years
£26,000 £1,755 £2.06 £25 £750 30 years
£31,000 £2,038 £39.56 £475 £14,250 30 years
£36,000 £2,321 £77.06 £925 £27,750 30 years
£41,000 £2,605 £114.56 £1,375 £41,250 30 years
£46,000 £2,888 £152.06 £1,825 £54,750 30 years
£56,000 £3,294 £227.06 £2,725 £81,750 30 years

Is the repayment earnings threshold likely to change?

The government announced that the earnings threshold will be adjusted annually in line with average earnings.

How do I repay these loans?

You'll be liable to repay from the April after you graduate. You'll remain liable to repay for a maximum of 30 years, or until the loan is paid off – whichever comes first. However, you only repay when you earn more than the repayment threshold of £25,725. The repayment rate is 9% of gross earnings (ie before tax and national insurance deductions) above the threshold.

So as an indication, if you earn £26,000, your monthly repayments would be just over £2. Any outstanding debt will be completely written off after 30 years of liability to repay. The debt will not be passed on to anyone in the event of death.

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