Children and families:
Parents and carers:
Student Support - February 2011
If I attend a 6th Form College or Further Education College, what financial support can I get?
If you are struggling with the costs of learning, speak to Student Services at your College or Training Provider, about any
financial support that may be available.
How can I apply for an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)?
Unfortunately the EMA Scheme is now closed to new applicants. If you have any questions about the closure of EMA, contact the
Learner Support Helpline on 0800 121 8989.
I will be attending higher education at university, how do I apply for student support?
Please be aware that, as from 14 March 2011, all student finance responsibilities are transferring to Student Finance
England (SFE). From the above date you will no longer be able to contact your local authority regarding matters relating
to student finance.
The SFE contact number is 0845 300 5090.
- New 1st year students and continuing students entering Higher Education:
What financial help is available?
Maintenance grants and loans are available to students in addition to a loan to cover the cost of tuition fees.
- Non-income assessed applications:
You may be entitled to a Tuition Fee Loan and Non-income assessed Maintenance Loan.
- Income assessed applications:
You may be entitled to a Tuition Fee Loan, an Income assessed Maintenance Loan and Maintenance Grant.
The level of support you are entitled to depends on your household income. If you are a student aged 25 or over, you will be classed as independent.
Is there any other help available?
Further grants may be available for disabled students, adult dependants and help with childcare costs - see "More information" below.
How will I receive my support?
When your application has been assessed, you will receive a notification and payment schedule letter from the Student Loans Company detailing
how much you will receive and when you will receive it. If you have applied for your support support online, you will receive a declaration to
sign and return to the Student Loans Company before you are paid.
When I leave university, when do I have to start to repay my student loans?
- Your loans are not paid back until you are earning over £15,000 per year.
- Repayment of your loan should begin at the start of the financial year following the end of your course.
- Interest is gained at the rate of inflation.