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Sources of Funding - UK/EU Students
Apart from the money you and your family may have to support you while you are studying, there are a number of sources of funding available to students.
If you are a student who is a UK national (or has resided in the UK for three years, other than for the purposes of full-time education, before beginning your university studies), you may apply to Student Finance England (part of the Student Loans Company) for a low-cost, income-assessed loan to cover your living expenses.
For students studying in London and living away from home the maximum loan for 2013/2014 will be £7,675 per year. For those living at home the maximum loan will be £4,375 per year.
As with the Tuition Fee Loan, you will not have to repay your Maintenance Loan until you have left university and are earning over £21,000 per year. If you have both Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loans these will be repayable as a single loan. Repayments will be calculated at 9% of your income over the £21,000 threshold.
Please note: these loans are available only to UK students.
Further information about grants and loans can be found by following the links from www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance
Grants and Bursaries
If you are a student from England, Wales or Northern Ireland you can apply for a means-tested, non-repayable Higher Education Maintenance Grant. In 2013, students who normally live in England and whose household annual income is £25,000 or less will be eligible to receive a grant of £3,354 per year. Students from households whose annual income is between £25,001 and £42,600 will be eligible for a partial grant.
Students who normally live in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland should refer to their own regional authorities as the funding rules and amounts may differ slightly.
For more details and up-to-date information please see www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance
Students resident in Wales should also see www.studentfinancewales.co.uk
Students resident in Scotland should also see www.saas.gov.uk
Students resident in Northern Ireland should contact their Education and Library Board. See also www.studentfinanceni.co.uk
Special Support Grant
Students from lower-income families with an underlying eligibility for means-tested benefits (for example lone parents) may be eligible for the means-tested Special Support Grant instead of the Higher Education Maintenance Grant. This grant is non-repayable and is paid in three instalments. The amount of money you can get from the Special Support Grant is the same as the amount that you would get from the Higher Education Maintenance Grant, although students receiving the Special Support Grant can also take out the full maintenance loan.
More details are available at www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance
Bursaries will be available to students starting in 2014, however, the levels of funding available for 2014 entry have not yet been set. Information about 2014 bursaries is expected to be available in the summer of 2013; prospective students are advised to check the UCL website at www.ucl.ac.uk/scholarships
All full-time UK/EU students who apply for income-assessed student support (including those provided in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland or via the NHS Grants Unit), where assessed household income is £42,611 or less (for 2013 entry), will be eligible to receive a UCL Undergraduate Bursary.
All part-time students from the UK and EU studying at a level of at least 25% of the full-time equivalent, and whose household income is £42,611 or less (for 2013 entry), will be eligible to receive a UCL Undergraduate Bursary.
For more information on the level of bursary that you are entitled to please see the relevant pages on the Current Students website.
Applying for a bursary
If you’re a full-time student, we will use the household income data provided by the Student Loans Company and, during the first year of study, your term-time address to assess eligibility. There is no additional application form for the UCL Undergraduate Bursary provided that you opt-in to sharing your household income information. If you’re a part-time student, you will need to apply for a bursary separately. To request a bursary application form email email@example.com
For more information about UCL Bursaries, please see the relevant pages on the Current Students website.
We offers a range of scholarships, some attached to particular
departments and some open to all. Certain awards are restricted to students from specific countries. For full details of these please see www.ucl.ac.uk/study/scholarships
students who study abroad on the Erasmus Programme will receive financial
support in the form of the Erasmus Mobility Grant. More information can be found at www.britishcouncil.org/erasmus
Further support is available in the form of the UCL Study Abroad Student
Bursaries designed to assist those students in most financial need who are
planning to study abroad. These are available in addition to the UCL
The Access to Learning Fund provides financial assistance to UK students who find themselves in financial difficulty once they have enrolled. Any money awarded does not have to be repaid. Undergraduate students must have applied for their full entitlement of student loan and must have received their first instalment before receiving any payment from the fund.
If you struggle with your finances after enrolment, you can apply for assistance from the UCL Student Hardship Fund. More details can be found on the Current Students website.
If you're a UK student with a disability, you may be eligible for the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). This covers additional study costs that arise because of your disability. Please see the UCL Student Disability Services website.
Additional financial support is available for students with children or adult dependents. Please see the Current Students website.
Awards of £1,000 per year are available to students who live in or who have lived in care. Candidates for the bursary must:
- be prospective UK students, under the age of 25, who can demonstrate that they live in or have lived in care for more than three months
- hold an offer of admission to UCL to study a full-time undergraduate degree.
There is no application process; candidates for this bursary will be recommended by the UCL Outreach and Student Funding Offices. More information can be found on the UCL Scholarships website and the UCL Outreach website.
Working while studying
You can work part-time, as many students do, to supplement your income during your studies. That said, we'd like to emphasise that your academic work should take priority! One of the benefits of living in London is that there is no shortage of varied and reasonably paid employment. The UCL Students' Union JobShop acts as an agency offering temporary work both on and beyond the UCL campus.
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