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Financial Support for Part-time Undergraduate Students


What help can I get?

What support you get depends on when you enrolled on your course.   There are different tuition fee rates and student support packages depending on whether you started your course before or after 1 September 2012.  These pages summarise the help you can get, further information can be found on the Gov.uk website or by contacting us on 0161 247 1045.

Pre September 2012 enrolment:

If you are a part-time undergraduate student and you enrolled on your course before 1 September 2012 you may qualify for a Fee Grant and a Course Grant. How much you get depends on your household income and on the course you are doing. As these are grants you will not have to pay these back but you must meet certain eligibility requirements to qualify for the grants.

How do I know if I'm eligible?

To qualify for the Fee Grant and Course Grant, both you and your course must be eligible:

Your course must:

  • last at least one year
  • lead to a qualification such as degree e.g a BA or BSc, a Certificate or Diploma of Higher Education, an HNC or HND
  • not take more than twice as long to complete as the equivalent full-time course (up to a maximum of eight years)

You must:

  • be 'ordinarily resident' in England on the first day of the first academic year of your course
  • have been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for three years immediately before the first day of the first academic year of course
  • have settled status in the UK (under the terms of the Immigration Act 1971)

‘Ordinarily resident’ means where you usually live, apart from temporary or occasional absences. If you’re living in the UK mainly to receive full-time education and, if you weren’t studying you’d normally live outside of the UK, you won’t usually be treated as being ordinarily resident in the UK.

There are some exceptions to these rules. These are listed, along with more detailed information on qualifying for student finance in the ‘How you are assessed and paid’ student guide which is available to download from Student Finance England.

Please note that previous study will affect your eligibility for the Fee Grant and Course Grant:

  • If you already hold a qualification equal to or higher than the one you’re studying for, you will not normally be able to receive funding
  • If you’ve already had Student Finance for part of a course that you didn’t complete, the number of years you had student finance for may be deducted from the total number of years you’ll be able to get funding for on your new course.

If you feel that your funding may be affected by previous study, please contact Student Finance England for more specific information.

How do I apply?

If you are a continuing student and you received funding last year you should complete a PTGC form. If you are a continuing student and you haven’t applied for funding before you should complete a PTGN form. These forms are available to download here. Please note you will need to make a separate application each academic year.

Once you have filled in your form you should bring this to University with you so that we can complete Section 5 of the form to confirm your enrolment and your tuition fees.  If you are a returning student (i.e. you enrolled before September 2012) this can be done after enrolment and when you start attending lectures.  You will then need to send the completed form to Student Finance England.

Please note you must apply to Student Finance England for this grant within nine months of the start of your course.  If you do not submit your application you will be responsible for the payment of your own tuition fees

How much can I apply for?

The Fee Grant is intended to help with your tuition fees and is paid directly to the University on your behalf.  The Course Grant is intended to help with course related expenses and is paid directly into your account around the start of term. How much grant you get depends on the intensity of your study and your household income. If you're receiving certain income-related benefits and meet all the other eligibility criteria you will get the maximum help available.

 Further details regarding the income thresholds can be found at Gov.uk

The table below indicates the fee grant rates for 2017/18

Intensity of study

Maximum
fee grant available

Maximum
course grant
available

Total maximum support

50% to 59% of an equivalent full-time course

£879

£288

£1,167

60% to 74% of an equivalent full-time course 

£1,054

£288

£1,342

75% + of an equivalent full-time course

£1,321

£288

£1,342

Please note that the information above refers to students who are eligible to receive an award from Student Finance England. For students who should apply through Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS), please contact your Student Finance authority for more information about part time funding.

Additional Fee Support Scheme

The Additional Fee Support Scheme (AFSS) is for part-time UK and EU students who, in addition to satisfying our residency criteria, are undertaking a part-time undergraduate course, equivalent to at least 50% of a full-time course, and who enrolled on their course before September 2012. Your Student Finance authority must also have assessed you to receive a fee grant and the maximum course grant of £280. If you fall into this category and wish to apply to the scheme, please email studentfinance@mmu.ac.uk to request an Additional Fee Support Scheme application form.

You must apply to the Additional Fee Support Scheme by the end of the term you enrolled in, e.g. if you enrol in September 2015, you must apply by 18th December 2015. If your application is successful, your award will contribute towards the balance of your fees that are not met by your fee grant from your Student Finance authority.

Post September 2012 enrolment:

Part-time students starting a course on or after 1 September 2012, can apply now for a Tuition Fee Loan.  The Tuition Fee Loan isn't based on household income and there's no upper age limit for applying.   You apply online at Student Finance England .

How do I know if I'm eligible?

To qualify for a Tuition Fee Loan, both you and your course must be eligible:

Your course must:

  • last at least one year
  • lead to a qualification such as degree e.g a BA or BSc, a Certificate or Diploma of Higher Education, an HNC or HND
  • not take more than four times the amount of time it would take to complete if you were studying full time (up to a maximum of 16 years)

You must meet the residence requirements detailed below:

  • You must be ‘ordinarily resident’ in England on the first day of the first academic year of your course
  • You must have been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for three years immediately before this
  • You must have ‘settled status’ in the UK (under the terms of the immigration act 1971).

‘Ordinarily resident’ means where you usually live, apart from temporary or occasional absences. If you’re living in the UK mainly to receive full-time education and, if you weren’t studying you’d normally live outside of the UK, you won’t usually be treated as being ordinarily resident in the UK.

There are some exceptions to these rules, which are listed below. Full details can be found on the Gov.uk web pages

Please note that previous study will affect your eligibility for a Tuition Fee Loan:

  • You won’t normally be able to get a Tuition Fee Loan if you already hold a qualification equal to or higher than the one you’re studying for.
  • If you’ve already received student finance for part of a course that you didn’t complete you’ll normally only be able to get finance for your current course, up to a maximum of 16 years, less the years of support already received.
However, if you’re an eligible student who already holds an Honours degree or another higher level higher-education qualification, and plan on starting a part-time Honours degree level course (minimum 25% intensity) in certain engineering, technology or computer science courses, you might be able to get a Tuition Fee Loan. Please contact us on 0161 247 1045 for further information about previous study rules.

How do I apply?

You should complete the application form online or you can download an application form online from here. To prevent any delays in your application being processed please ensure you provide the following:

  • your signature on the application
  • the date beside your signature
  • the correct details for your course
  • the correct Tuition Fee Loan amount you are applying for
  • either your valid Passport details or your original Birth Certificate with an accompanying declaration form:

Please note you must apply to Student Finance England for this loan within nine months of the start of the academic year. If you do not submit your application you will be responsible for the payment of your own tuition fees

Repaying your loan

You'll be due to start repaying your loan in the April four years after the start of your course or the April after you leave your course - whichever comes first. However, you'll only start making repayments if your income is more than £21,000 a year

Please note that the information above refers to students who are eligible to receive an award from Student Finance England. For students who should apply through Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS), please contact your Student Finance authority for more information about part time funding.

Part-Time Student Support Package

The Part-Time Student Support Package is for UK students who are undertaking a part-time undergraduate course equivalent to at least 25% of a full-time course and have a household income of up to and including £25,000 per year. The package is paid in the form of a fee waiver. The exact amount that you can apply for will depend on the number of credits that you are enrolled on (and have been charged for), and the year that you commenced your studies.

If you think you are eligible for the package and wish to apply to the scheme, please email studentfinance@mmu.ac.uk and ask to be considered for the Part-Time Student Support Package. You must apply for the Part-Time Student Support Package by the closing date of Friday 13th July 2018. If your application is successful, your fee waiver will be processed during your final term of the academic year. Further information about the Part Time Student Support Package including full eligibility guidelines is available on the Financial and Legal Services web page.

Additional support for all part-time UK undergraduates

Disabled Students’ Allowances

Part-time students with a disability may be able to get extra help through Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs). DSAs are grants to help pay the extra costs you may have as a direct result of your disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. For further information about this fund, please see the Disability Service page for further information.

Social Security Benefits

Part-time students may be able to claim Job Seeker's Allowance or other benefits in certain circumstances. The rules of entitlement for students claiming social security benefits are complicated and students who think they may be eligible can seek specialist advice from Your Advice Centre at The Student’s Union. You may also find the following websites useful:

 

Access to Learning Fund

If you are a part-time student and you are unable to afford course related expenses (books, equipment, travel costs, childcare) due to financial hardship, you may be eligible to apply for financial assistance from the Access to Learning Fund. Students must be studying at least 50% of a full time equivalent course (25% for disabled students) and must also meet our residency criteria. Further information about eligibility and how to apply is available in the guidance notes. The fund is discretionary and there is no automatic entitlement to an award. Any assistance given is for course-related costs only.

Access to Learning Fund application forms and guidance notes are available to download from here or by emailing studentfinance@mmu.ac.uk.

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