UCAS Application

To apply to universities through UCAS:

1 – Students should complete all sections of the UCAS application and ask their tutor to check through the application and personal statement. Students should then change/amend where necessary.

2 – Students should complete their UCAS checklist with predicted grades, attach it to a printed copy of the whole UCAS application and give to their tutor. Tutors will need this for the student’s reference.

3- When a tutor tells the student all parts of the application have been correctly completed and they have written the reference, the student should click ‘pay and send’ (the application will go to Sarah Williams in Careers, it will not be sent straight to universities)

Students do need to pay for the application – the college does not do this. However, if the student is experiencing financial difficulties they should speak to Sarah Williams in the first instance as the college may be able to offer support.

4 – After paying for the application, students should go to the Careers office in the LRC and make an appointment to see Sarah Williams.

5- For the appointment students will need to bring the printed copy of the whole UCAS application & predicted grade sheet. The application will be sent on to UCAS at the end of the appointment.

6 – Please note we cannot send incorrect applications or applications that have not been paid for prior to the appointment with Sarah. We also cannot send applications if students do not bring the signed UCAS checklist with predicted grades to the appointment.

Student Finance England

Website: www.gov.uk/studentfinance 

Applications will open about end February/beginning of March 2021

Tuition Fee Loan

What is it? Helps with the cost of tuition fees (maximum £9,250)

You can get a loan to cover the tuition fee your university charges you.

Who can get it? Anyone, it is not means tested/based on household income

Do you have to pay it back? Yes, but you don’t start paying anything back until after you finish your degree and only if you are earning over £26,575 a year.

If your salary drops below £26,575 repayments will stop. Any outstanding loan is written off after 30 years from when you finish your degree.

Example: If you earnt £30,000 a year your repayment would be £25.74 a month

How is it paid? Student Finance pays your Tuition Fee Loan direct to the university on your behalf.

Maintenance Loan

What is it for?  Help with living costs- food, accommodation, stationery, travel etc

How much can I get?  Amount depends on where you live, study and your household income. Any full-time student who is eligible for student finance is eligible to receive a Maintenance Loan.

Do I have to pay it back? Yes, but not until you finish your course and are earning over £26,575 a year.

Anything else?  The Maintenance Loan is paid directly into your account, in 3 instalments – at the start of each term.

Other sources of financial help – you don’t have to pay any of these back 

      • Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) Helps pay for extra costs a student might have as a result of their disability, mental-health condition or learning difficulty eg dyslexia or dyspraxia. It is paid directly to the university.
      • University scholarships and bursaries – check individual university websites for details
      • New £5,000 funding for Nursing, Midwifery and some allied health courses
      • Some NHS students may also be eligible for an additional £3,000