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Glossary

These meanings apply only to Aston University Home and EU Scholarship Policy 2013/14 and may not hold the same meanings when used on other webpages or documents.

EU Student

This is a student who is an EU national (or the relevant family member of an EU national) and who qualifies to be considered for a tuition fee loan from the UK government. These students cannot be charged more than £9,000 for their tuition fees. The rules about who qualifies as an EU student are complicated and depend on the immigration status of you and your family members and where you have all been living.

Equivalent Level Qualification

A student has an Equivalent Level Qualification if they already hold an awarded qualification which is at the same level as, or is higher than the course they will be studying at Aston University.

Fee discount

Aston University's scholarships give you a fee discount - meaning you pay less for your tuition fees.

Our fee discounts mean that you take out a smaller loan and will have less to pay back over your working life.

Home Student

This is a student who qualifies to be considered for a tuition fee loan and grants and loans for their living costs from the UK government. These students cannot be charged more than £9,000 for their tuition fees.  The rules about who qualifies as a home student are complicated and depend on nationality, the immigration status of you and your family members and where you have been living.

Household Income

This is the household income as calculated by the relevant funding authority for a student’s application for student funding from the UK government.  It is not possible for Aston University to accept any alternative assessment method of a student’s household income.

Placement year

This is a period of industrial, professional, linguistic or occupations training/work experience or study abroad which is approved by the University and forms part of the assessment for a sandwich degree or language degree at Aston University.  Sometimes a student is paid during their placement for the work they do by their placement employer which is called a paid placement.  In other cases, students do not receive any money from their placement employer for their work and this is called an unpaid placement.  If the placement takes place outside of the UK then it is considered to be a work or study placement overseas.

Student Finance England

This is the organisation that assesses and awards student funding from the UK government to Home students who live in England.

Student Finance Northern Ireland

This is the organisation that assesses and awards student funding from the UK government to Home students who live in Northern Ireland.

Student Finance Services

This is the organisation that assesses and awards student funding from the UK government to EU students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  It is also sometimes known as the EU team or the European Services Team.   


Student Finance Scotland

This is the organisation that assesses and awards student funding from the UK government to Home students who live in Scotland.  This organisation also assesses and awards student funding from the UK government to EU students who study in Scotland.

Student Finance Wales

This is the organisation that assesses and awards sufficient student funding from the UK government to Home students who live in Wales.






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