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We realise that going to University is a significant investment, so we want to make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.

If you are applying for undergraduate:

- Nursing

- Midwifery

- Podiatry

- Occupational Therapy

- Physiotherapy

Then from August 2017, your student finance is changing.

What's changing?

From 1 August 2017, new students in England who wish to pursue a career in nursing, midwifery and most allied health professional (AHP) pre-registration courses will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs, instead of receiving an NHS bursary.

Can I afford to study this course?

Currently, you only start paying back your loan when you earn above £21k and only pay nine per cent of any income above £21k. If your income drops below this amount, you stop having to repay the loan until your income rises to around £21k again. To give you a clearer idea of what this looks like, under the current rules, if you begin your career on a Band 5 salary in the NHS of £21.7k you would repay £5.25 per month. This payment is calculated automatically, you do not need to worry about missing repayments. After 30 years, any outstanding loan will be written off.

How does the funding work?

It's important to know that you don't have to pay money upfront. UK and EU students can apply for a tuition fee loan, which is transferred to the University automatically when you enrol on the course.

What is available in terms of living support?

UK students are eligible for a range of means-tested loans, including a specific loan designed to support students on courses that are longer than the average student year:

• Students inside London and living away from the parental home: the maximum amount of living cost support per year would increase from £8750 to £12058
• Students outside of London and living away from the parental home: the maximum amount of living cost support per year would increase from £6975 to £9256
• Students living in the parental home: the maximum amount of living cost support per year would increase from £5623 to £7588
There are also special allowances for example childcare, adult dependents and parents' learning. These special allowances are grants not loans, so you will not have to repay these.

What if I already have a student loan?

Usually it is not possible for students who already have loans from a first degree to access student loans for a second degree at the same or lower qualification level (the Equivalent or Lower Qualification, ELQ) rule. However, the Government has said that all these undergraduate pre-registration courses are exempt from the ELQ rule, meaning that you are entitled to access a second set of loans.

If you take out loans for two degrees you will only pay back nine per cent not 18%. The rule about the remainder of the loan being written off after 30 years applies from the first loan you take out.

What am I entitled to as an EU student?

Typically EU students are only eligible for a loan to pay tuition fees. For more information on student funding available for EU nationals, please visit http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Fees-and-Money/Government-Student-Support#layer-3942 

What funding is available for travel and accommodation costs?

Students who are on an eligible programme will be entitled to claim travel and accommodation expenses incurred over and above daily travel costs to university. The costs must be related to essential practice placements.

Those with dual accommodation can claim £55 per night for commercial accommodation, such as a hotel or bed and breakfast, and £25 per night for non-commercial accommodation, such as staying with friends or family.

To check for updates around when to apply for funding applications in advance of the 2017/18 academic year, visit the NHS Business Services Authority website.

What funding is available for postgraduate pre-registration courses for 2017-18 entry?

Students under taking post graduate pre-registration courses starting in the 2017/18 academic year will continue to receive a bursary for tuition and maintenance to meet the full costs of these courses. This will be a transitional arrangement and the intention of the Government in the long term is for these courses to fit the standard student funding model from September 2018.

For more information, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/539774/health-education-funding-response.pdf

What support is available for students with child dependants?

Students who meet the eligibility criteria and have eligible child dependants can apply for the Child Dependants Allowance of £1,000 per year for each year of study (pro rata if studying less than full-time). The payment is not related to the number of dependants. The annual payment is to ensure students are able to continue to study and attend practice placements. The payment is not related to students incurring costs due to childcare arrangements.

To check for updates around when to apply for funding applications in advance of the 2017/18 academic year, visit the NHS Business Services Authority website.

Can the University of Southampton support me with my finances?

The University offers a generous package of direct financial support to eligible students. If you meet the criteria, you could be eligible for a means tested award of up to £3,000 given as a bursary, partial fee waiver or a combination of both. This choice will be available in each year of study for which you are eligible for support. For more information, please visit our undergraduate fees & funding section

 

Is there external support available for students facing severe hardship?

There will be an Exceptional Support Fund of up to £3,000 available for eligible students facing severe hardship. The NHS Business Services Authority will be administering this scheme and further details will be available shortly. This is in addition to sources of exceptional hardship funding support which students may be eligible for at their university of study.

To check for updates around when to apply for funding applications in advance of the 2017/18 academic year, visit the NHS Business Services Authority website.

If you are applying for Healthcare Science then your funding system is not changing.

What will it cost?

The standard annual fee for UK & EU students commencing full time undergraduate degrees in 2017-18 are typically £9,250 a year. You do not have to pay your fees upfront. UK and EU students can apply to for a tuition fee loan, which is transferred to the University automatically when you enrol on the course.

You will only start repaying this once you are earning over £21,000 per year.

Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Click here for full list of International Tuition fees.

What if I have fee sponsorship?

If you have a sponsor who will be paying all or part of your tuition fees, use the fees sponsorship form to notify the Student Fees office.

Once you have completed this form, please send it by email to sponfee@soton.ac.uk or by post to Student Fees, Student Services Centre, George Thomas Building No.37, University of Southampton SO17 1BJ.

How much maintenance loan is available?

Maintenance loans are available for each year of study to help with living costs such as food, accommodation and travel. These are normally only applicable to UK students. The amount you can borrow depends on your household income. For more information, visit - https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/new-fulltime-students

How do I repay my student loan?

You will begin to repay your loan after you have finished your course . Repayments will only begin when you are earning over £21,000 per year. Repayments will be nine per cent of your income above £21,000. To give you a clearer idea of what this looks like, under the current rules, if you begin your career on a Band 5 salary in the NHS of £21.7k you would repay £5.25 per month. This payment is calculated automatically, you do not need to worry about missing repayments. After 30 years, any outstanding loan will be written off.

What am I entitled to as an EU student?

Typically EU students are only eligible for a loan to pay tuition fees. For more information on student funding available for EU nationals, please visit http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Fees-and-Money/Government-Student-Support#layer-3942

Can the University of Southampton support me with my finances?

The University offers a generous package of direct financial support to eligible students. If you meet the criteria, you could be eligible for a means tested award of up to £3,000 given as a bursary, partial fee waiver or a combination of both. This choice will be available in each year of study for which you are eligible for support. For more information, please visit our undergraduate fees & funding section.

Questions about tuition fees

If you have a question about tuition fees or need more information, contact:

Student Fees

Tel: +44 (0) 23 8059 9599

Fax: +44 (0) 23 8059 9595

Email: ssc@southampton.ac.uk

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