The primary source of funding for most UK undergraduate students is government loans provided via a regional funding body.
Student Finance England (SFE) administers funding for students resident in England, whilst students from other regions will need to apply to the following, as appropriate:
- Student Finance Wales (SFW)
- Student Finance Northern Ireland (SFNI)
- Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)
In addition to this, many students will need to supplement their funding in one or more ways such as:
- University financial support – Falmouth University offers a number of bursaries and awards to support students through their course.
- Parental contributions - students whose household income is assessed as being over £25,000 (by Student Finance) will receive less than the maximum maintenance support, as it is expected that the household will contribute towards the student's living expenses.
- Working part-time – part-time, casual work, to fit around studies - it is recommended that students work no more than 15 hours per week.
- Savings – these may be needed to help with living or study expenses or as a financial safety net should something unexpected crop up.
- Private funding bodies – numerous private trusts, charities and organisations offer funding to students amongst a wide spectrum of other groups and identified individuals, for a variety of purposes. Private funding needs to be researched on an individual basis. As a starting point, check out the educational grants database, or search through the reference resources 'The Directory of Grant-Making Trusts' and 'The Grants Register' available in the careers library on campus.