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If you started a part time course before September 2012, and you will be continuing on the course in 2013/14, the type of funding your receive will not change.
• Fee Grant - to help with tuition fees (maximum £1,270 if course is equivalent to 75% of a full time course)
• Course Grant - to help with study costs, such as books, materials and travel (maximum £275)
The amount of Fee Grant and Course Grant you can get is based on how ‘intensive’ your course is – how long it takes to complete compared to the equivalent full-time course – and your income level.
If you’re getting Income Support, Housing Benefit (including Local Housing Benefit), Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Council Tax Benefit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or New Deal Allowance you’ll qualify for the maximum automatically. Otherwise, how much you can get depends on your personal circumstances and household income.
Any help you get through the Fee Grant or Course Grant doesn’t have to be paid back.
You’ll need to make a separate application for each academic year, using the application form for part-time student finance (PTG1). Application forms are available on the Gov.uk website. Forms are also available by calling the Student Finance Publications line on 0800 731 9133 (textphone 0850 328 8988). The PTG1 form for the 2013/14 academic year is likely to be available from early September 2013. You have until six months after the start of the academic year to apply for the Fee Grant and Course Grant.
The University is committed to supporting part time students from low income backgrounds. If you receive a full or partial Fee Grant you will also be eligible for a University bursary of £830.00 (per 60 credits). This bursary is paid directly towards your tuition fees.
To apply please either email email@example.com and provide us with a copy of your Student Finance Breakdown letter confirming your Fee Grant or, if you are studying in the School of Education, contact the School office.
This table gives an indication of the amounts you may receive; the Fee Grant figure quoted assumes the course intensity is 50%
Full time students can’t usually claim income-related benefits but part time students are sometimes eligible. However, the rules on eligibility can be complex, and depend on your personal circumstances.
Part time students can still claim means-tested benefits such as Jobseeker’s Allowance, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit if they are unemployed. However to be eligible for Jobseeker’s Allowance you must be available and actively seeking work. If you are a single parent, or have a disability or long-term illness, and have a low income you may be able to claim Income Support or Employment & Support Allowance instead of Jobseeker’s Allowance.
If you’re already claiming income-related benefits and want to start a degree course, you should ask Jobcentre Plus and/or your local authority's Housing Benefit section how this will affect your benefits. If you’re currently at University the Student Advice Centre will be able to help.
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Funding information for part time students who started in September 2012
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