Financial Support – PT
Support for Part-Time Students
Tuition Fee Loan
Part-time students can now apply for a tuition fee loan to help them manage the cost of fees.
Part-time students only start repaying their loan when they are earning more than £21,000. Repayments begin in the April four years after you start your course. This applies even if you’re still studying. Students can pay back all or some of their loan at any time without incurring an early repayment charge.
Repayments are linked to your income, expected repayments can be found by clicking here.
Making an application
Please note that the maintenance loans and grants available for full-time students are not available for those studying in a part-time mode. It is important to do your sums before joining the course to make sure you can support yourself whilst studying. If you do claim a student fee loan and decide to withdraw from the course after the first six weeks of term you may be liable for part/full payment of the fees and will need to repay any tuition fee loan accordingly.
Before you make an application, you should check your eligibility. All the HE courses that we offer are eligible for loan funding. Some applicants may not be able to get a loan depending on their nationality or residency status or if they are already holding an equivalent level qualification. For more information click here.
You can apply for a tuition fee loan and maintenance loans and grants online. Application deadlines for can be found here. Selecting your course- remember, when you make an application it is important to select the correct provider. If you are applying for a University of Bolton course delivered at Salford, you must select Bolton as your institution, for University of Salford, you should select the University of Salford. Only HNC/D students should select Salford City College.
Guidance on the application process can be found here. Remember you may have to prove your identity and possibly confirm residency status and household income. Allow plenty of time for submission of your application and all supporting evidence.
You’re a ‘continuing student’ if you got finance last year. Log in to your student finance account and apply online.
Benefits for Higher Education Students with Low Incomes
Part-time students on a low income may be eligible for benefits, including Income Support, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. Allowances are dependent on your personal circumstances such as your income and any savings you may have.
If you’re already claiming income-related benefits and want to start a Higher Education course, you should ask Jobcentre Plus or your local authority’s Housing Benefit section how this will affect your benefits. For further information on, please click here.
Higher Education Hardship Fund
The Higher Education Hardship fund is to support students who may be experiencing unexpected financial hardship or may require extra financial support to enable them to access or remain in higher education. Due to the demography of the students who access our higher education courses, the Higher Education Hardship Fund is primarily accessed by students from the most underrepresented groups. Therefore, groups of students prioritised as follows:-
- Students with children
- Students from low-income families
- Mature students with existing financial commitments
- Students with disabilities
- Students who are care leavers
The fund seeks to assist those who need extra financial help to meet particular costs which are not already being met from statutory (or other) sources of funding. This may include:
- Emergency payments for an unexpected financial crisis
- As an intervention in cases where a student may be considering leaving higher education because of financial problems
Full and part time students are eligible to apply for this fund and an application for hardship will be assessed by looking at the difference between accepted expenditure and expected income. More information can be found on the SCC Website. https://www.salfordcc.ac.uk/universitycentre/financial-support