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Funding

If you are aged 19 or under and do not have your 20th birthday during the academic, you need to select the EMA (Educational Maintenance Allowance) option on the form to be assessed. Any student who is eligible for EMA will receive and award of £30 per week.

  • If you are the only young person dependant on your parent or guardian in the household, the household income needs to be between £0 - £24,421 to be eligible.
  • If there are two or more dependant children (including yourself) in the household, the total household income needs to be between £0 - £26,684 to be eligible.

EMA must be paid into the students own bank account and you only receive payments for time actually spent in college (so no paid holidays, boo!). It is also dependant on attendance (100%), your conduct on the course and your behaviour.

There are different awards you will be given for bursary depending on your circumstances. First you will be assessed as either 'Parentally Supported' or 'Self Supporting'.

  • Parentally Supported Students - This category is for students aged between 20-24 on the first day of the course or those who turn 20 during their course. This category means you will be assessed on your parent or guardians household income, unless you meet one of the extra requirements below.
  • Self-Supporting Students - This category is for students aged 25 and over but those that are under 25 can apply if they meet any of the following criteria;
    • Married or living in an established relationship for three months prior to course
    • Have supported yourself from earning or benefits for any three years prior to the start of your course. Please be aware that income from bursaries or student loans does not count.
    • Have no living parents
    • Have a child who is dependant on you
    • Are estranged from your parents

You are a Young Student, if:

  • You are under 25 before the start of the academic year we are assessing you for
  • You do not have a child of any age dependent on you at the start of the academic year we are assessing you for
  • You have not supported yourself from earnings or benefits outside full-time education for any three years before the first day of the first academic year of your course.
  • You are not married, in a civil partnership or living with a partner before the first day of the first academic year of your course. We will review this if your circumstances change during your course.

The amount of bursary and student loan you can get will depend on the household income in your permanent home.

Household IncomeBursaryLoanTotal
£0 to £18,999£1,875£5,750£7,625
£19,000 to £23,999£1,125£5,750£6,875
£24,000 to £33,999£500£5,750£6,250
£34,000 and above£0£4,750£4,750

The funding available to the following groups of students may be different from the standard funding package above:

  • Students studying Medicine at St Andrews University
  • Students studying a course which leads to a qualification that gives professional registration in one of the Allied Health Professions. These include speech and language therapy/pathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, radiography (diagnostic imaging (degree only), diagnostic radiography, theraputic radiography), podiatry (chiropody), orthoptics, dietetics, prosthetics, orthotics and paramedics.
  • Students who are studying abroad
  • Students on a practical placement (sandwich course)

If you fall into one of the above categories you should refer to www.saas.gov.uk for more information.

If you have received funding for a previous course then you may still be eligible for a loan.

 

You are a Independant Student, if:

  • You are 25 or over before the start of the academic year we are assessing you for
  • You  have a child of any age dependent on you at the start of the academic year we are assessing you for
  • You have  supported yourself from earnings or benefits outside full-time education for any three years before the first day of the first academic year of your course.
  • You are  married, in a civil partnership or living with a partner before the first day of the first academic year of your course.

The amount of bursary and student loan you can get will depend on the household income in your permanent home.

The funding available to the following groups of students may be different from the standard funding package above:

  • Students studying a course which leads to a qualification that gives professional registration in one of the Allied Health Professions. These include speech and language therapy/pathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, radiography (diagnostic imaging (degree only), diagnostic radiography, theraputic radiography), podiatry (chiropody), orthoptics, dietetics, prosthetics, orthotics and paramedics.
  • Students who are studying abroad
  • Students on a practical placement (sandwich course)

If you fall into one of the above categories you should refer to www.saas.gov.uk for more information.

If you have received funding for a previous course then you may still be eligible for a loan.