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Finance for new students (2018/19)

Student support funding is UK government funding which available to all full time “home students” to help cover the costs of their studies whilst at University

The rules about who qualifies as a “home” student and can get this type of funding are very complicated and depend on your nationality, the immigration status of you and your family members and where have been living.   If you are a British national and have lived in the UK for at least three years before that start of your course then it is likely you will qualify.  If you have any questions about “home” funding status and whether you will qualify then please feel free to contact one of our advisers in the Advice Zone at The Hub on
0121 204 4007.

Key Dates for aplications
In order for your student funding to be in place in time for the start of term in September 2018 you must complete your application by:

Returning students: 24 June 2018
New students: 27 May 2018

There absolute deadline for existing students to apply for 2018/19 funding is 9 months after the start of the academic year which would be the end of May 2019. 

Student support funding for “home” full time students is assessed and paid through Student Finance England.  You can make an application online at the Student Finance England website or you can apply using a form.  If you have not applied to Student Finance England before then you will need to use form PN1 for 18/19.  You can request a copy of these forms by calling Student Finance England on 0300 100 0607and you can also pick up a copy from The Hub Advice Zone. 

The normal tuition fee at Aston University for new students in 2018/19 will be £9,250.  Most of our undergraduate courses are sandwich degrees which include a placement year and the fees will be different whilst you are on placement.  Students who are undertaking placements will be normally be charged £1,250 for their placement year but some students will qualify for a placement scholarship.  To find out if you qualify please visit the scholarships webpage

You should be able to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from Student Finance England.  This means that you will not have to pay your tuition fees to the University up front but you will need to repay the loan after you have finished your studies.  The Tuition Fee Loan is paid directly to the University.  

You will normally be able to apply to Student Finance England for loans to help cover your living costs whilst you are at University.   There will be some grants available for students with disabilities, students with children and students who have adult dependants.

Maintenance Loan

This is a loan which is available to help you pay your living costs.  Part of the loan is assessed based on your family’s income there are different amounts according to where you study and if you live at home whilst you study.  The Maintenance Loan will be paid into your bank account at the start of each term.  You have to repay this type of funding after you have finished your studies. The maximum rates for 2018/19 will be:

up to £8,700 if you live away from home and study at Aston University

up to £7,324 if you live at home during your studies  

There will be a number of different Scholarship schemes available to students in 2018/19 and you do not have to repay this type of funding. You can find more information about Aston Scholarships on our scholarships page and information about bursaries here.

Last checked 18/12/2017 KJ