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:
The seven steps to accessing Student Finance:
Open a finance application at either gov.uk/student-finance or via your UCAS application.
- ACTION BY YOUR PARENTS (SPONSORS) OR PARTNER
Student Finance will send your parent(s) each an email asking them to register as your sponsor.
They will check that you are a UK student and that you haven’t been to university before.
- NOTIFYING YOU OF THE OUTCOME
Based on the calculated level of household income, they will write to you saying how much Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan you are eligible for.
You must sign the declaration ASAP, which can be done online.
- ENROL ON THE COURSE
You will be emailed details (from the university) on how to enrol for your course in early September 2019.
- START AT FALMOUTH
Once you arrive at Falmouth, and assuming you’ve enrolled online, the first instalment of your Maintenance Loan will be released during the first week of term.
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.