How to fund your undergraduate course, and additional funding that’s available.

The funding that you are eligible for depends on your fee status, the type of programme you are studying and when you start your Bath Spa University studies. If you are unsure of your fee status, please refer to our definitions for determing fee status.

Funding for UK/EU students

Student Finance

>It is important to check out your own funding situation by referring to the official webpages. The information below is a broad overview only and subject to change.

Applications for 2017/18 funding

You can apply for funding early in the new year.

New UK/EU students should apply for funding by 27 May.

Continuing students need to apply before 24 June.

For information about your student finance entitlement and how to apply, please visit:

Tuition fee loans

You can apply for a non means-tested loan up to the maximum of £9,250 each year to cover the full amount of your tuition fees. You can choose to borrow a lesser amount (or none).  The fee loan is paid directly to the University. 

*If the tuition fees rise in 2018/19, the fee loan will also increase.

Eligibility for the loan may be affected if you have previously studied in higher education even if you paid the fees yourself.

Can I change my tuition fee loan amount?

If you change your mind about the amount of tuition fee loan that you want to borrow for an academic year, you can still amend the loan up or down (up to the maximum tuition fee loan entitlement).

If you decide, during the academic year, that you wish to change the amount of tuition fee loan that you have requested, you should contact Student Finance England.

Maintenance loan

Maintenance loans are available for your living costs during the academic year. The maintenance loan is paid into your bank account once your registration has been confirmed at the University.

If you started your course on or after 1 August 2016:

  • If you are living at home, you could receive a loan of up to £7,097 in 2017/18.
  • If you are living away from home, outside London, you could receive a loan of up to £8,430 in 2017/18.

If you started your course before 1 August 2016:

  • If you are living at home, you could receive a loan of up to £4,806 in 2017/18.
  • If you are living away from home, outside London, you could receive a loan of up to £6,043 in 2017/18.
  • You could also be entitled to a Maintenance grant or a Special Support grant.  Please see the GOV.UK website. 

You may need to give details of your household income to be assessed for part of the maintenance loan. The GOV.UK website explains what is meant by household income in more detail.

Use the student finance calculator to estimate how much maintenance loan you could receive.

Finance for placement year

The tuition fees charged and the funding available is different if take a placement year as part of your degree.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees are between £1,385 and £1,850. You can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the fees.

·         studying abroad for a full year under the Erasmus scheme or doing a work placement for a full year under the Erasmus scheme or studying abroad for part of a year under the Erasmus scheme where the periods of full-time study at the UK institution are in aggregate less than 10 weeks is £1,385 – 15% of the full-time fee

 ·         undertaking a sandwich work placement (paid & non-paid) year where the periods of full-time study are in aggregate less than 10 weeks is £1,850 – 20% of the full-time fee

Maitenance loan for living costs

If you started your course on or after 1 August 2016:

  • If you spend a year of a UK course studying abroad, you could receive a loan of up to £9,654 in 2017/18.

If you started your course before 1 August 2016:

  • If you spend a year of a UK course studying abroad, you could receive a loan of up to £7,180 in 2017/18.

Studying abroad: travel grants for students (England) 

You may get a grant to cover some of your travel expenses if you normally live in England and:

  • you’re studying abroad as part of your course, or on an Erasmus study or Erasmus work placement
  • you’re a medical or dental student studying abroad or attending a clinical placement in the UK

You don’t have to pay back a travel grant. There are rules on eligibility and how much you’ll get.

There’s a different process if you’re a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Repaying your student loan

When will students have to start repaying their loan?

Full-time students start to repay their tuition and maintenance loan in the April after leaving higher education but only when and if they are earning at least £21,000.

Part-time students will become liable to repay from the April after the fourth year of study (a part-time student starting in 2017 would become liable to repay from April 2022, but only if they are earning over £21,000).

What if they earn less than £21,000?

If for any reason the graduate's income falls below £21,000, their repayments will be suspended.

How much will students be repaying each month?

Repayments will be 9% of income above £21,000, so the amount repaid each month will depend on earnings.  Please see GOV.UK website for more information.

How will interest affect the loan?

For information on the loan interest, please see the Student Loans Company website on how they calculate interest.

How long will students be making repayments for?

All outstanding repayments will be written off after 30 years.

How will students make the repayments?

This will depend on whether you are employed, self-employed or working abroad.  Please see GOV.UK website for more information.

EU students

You may be able to get a Tuition Fee Loan and help with living costs if you’re from an EU country.

Use the student finance calculator to see what finance you can get and visit the GOV.UK website for more information on funding for EU students. 

Bursaries

Bath Spa University bursaries are non-repayable awards.  To see whether you are eligible please select the year of entry below:

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