Information for University-Level Students

This page is full of information for students living in England

The following links are for students currently residing in England - for students with a Welsh postcode please use the link on the left.  For international students please visit our dedicated International section.


Tuition Fee
Tuition Fee Loan
Maintenance Loan
Extra Loans & Grants from Student Finance England
How to Apply for Funding
Support from Hereford College of Arts
Progression Bursary for HCA Students
Part-time Study
Useful Websites


Hereford College of Arts Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for 2016-17 for a full time course has been set at £8,650 for all courses except for BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmithing which is £9,000.

For Students from England support is available from Student Finance England (SFE) and the Student Loans Company (SLC).
 
For students with a Welsh postcode please click on the left hand link for further information.


Tuition Fee Loan

A loan is available for English students & students from European Union member states to cover your tuition fees in full. The amount you borrow does not depend on your household income. SLC pays this directly to the College.


Maintenance Loan

All English students studying for a first degree are entitled to a Maintenance Loan to help with accommodation and other living costs (how much you get depends on where you live, study and your household income). The maximum available is £8,200.

Both of the above Loans have to be repaid but you will not start paying them back until you have left College and are earning over £21,000 per annum. The amount you repay is 9% on earnings above £21,000 and the repayment is made through the UK tax system. For example, if you are earning £25,000 per year, you would repay 9% of £4,000 which would be around £30 per month.  Use the handy calculator on the link below

Student Finance Calculator


Maintenance Support for Students Aged Over 60 Years

For students who are aged over 60 years there is a Maintenance Loan available of up to £3,469. The amount you receive depends on your household income.


Extra Help Available from Student Finance England


Loan for Special Support Elements
For students who are entitled to certain benefits they may qualify for an extra loan for living costs of up to £1,147 which would mean the maximum Maintenance Loan available would be £9,347. For example; if you are a lone parent or in receipt of Personal Independence Payment or Disability Living Allowance you may qualify for this extra loan.

Childcare Grant
This grant helps with childcare costs if you have dependent children aged under 15 years in registered or approved childcare. Depending on your household income, you can apply for up to 85% of actual childcare costs.

Parents Learning Allowance
This allowance helps with course related costs if you have dependent children. You can get up to £1,573 a year, depending on your household income.

Adult Dependants Grant
This grant helps with costs if an adult, for example your partner, depends on you financially. You could get up to £2,757 per year depending on your household income.

Disabled Students’ Allowance
Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSAs) may be available if you have a disability or a specific learning difficulty including dyslexia. DSA’s don’t depend on your household income and what you receive depends on your individual needs. For more information, please contact Student Services email helearningsupport@hca.ac.uk.


How to Apply for Funding

The easiest way is to apply online and you should apply as soon as the service opens (January 2016) to make sure you get your money on time. To apply to Student Finance England for funding, please visit www.gov.uk/studentfinance or, you will be able to use a link from your UCAS application.

For more information/useful guides about loans, other help, DSAs etc, please visit www.gov.uk/studentfinance or www.thestudentroom.co.uk/studentfinance.
 

Support Available From Hereford College of Arts 



Cash Bursary (First Year Only)
The Cash Bursary is designed to benefit students from disadvantaged backgrounds as they enter higher education in Autumn 2016. The College will award these scholarships to ensure that the students with the greatest financial need receive this targeted support. To be eligible for a scholarship a student must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • The student must be ordinarily resident in England or the European Union.
  • The student must be liable to pay the full tuition fee for that course.
  • The student must be a new undergraduate starting Higher Education for the first time in 2016 and have made a firm acceptance of a place on a Hereford College of Arts Higher Education course.
  • To be eligible a student must have a declared residual household income of less than £25,000.
  • As there are a limited number of scholarships, one or more of the following criteria will be used by the College to assess entitlement if applications exceed the number of scholarships available;
  • The students household income
  • Students with dependants
  • Students who are care leavers
  • Students with a diagnosed and statement supported disability who have applied for a Disabled Students Allowance.

These students will receive a cash bursary of £1,000 in their first year only. To request an application form, please email funding@hca.ac.uk. The bursary is paid directly to students in 3 instalments, one each term. Satisfactory work, attendance and progress during the year are required to ensure all payments are made.

Progression College Bursary (First Year Only)
All students who have studied either at Hereford College of Arts or one of its Progression Partner Colleges on a Further Education course within the last 2 academic years are eligible for a Progression Bursary of £1,000 in their first year only. This bursary is paid directly to students in 3 instalments, one each term. Satisfactory work, attendance and progress during the year are required to ensure all payments are made.

Higher Education Hardship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide exceptional support to students who are experiencing financial difficulty whilst studying. This support may provide assistance with travel, material costs, rent or living expenses. Students requesting assistance will be required to complete an application form detailing their financial circumstances and be able to show evidence of hardship. Applications are assessed each term and not all applications will be successful as the College has a limited fund available. Students must of applied for, and be in receipt of, their full maintenance loan from Student Finance England before an application can be considered.

Support for Part-time Study


Hereford College of Arts Tuition Fee
The tuition fee for 2016–17 has been set at £4,325 for all part-time courses, there may be some extra costs involved such as course books or materials.

Support Available From Student Finance England (SFE) and the Student Loans Company (SLC)

Tuition Fee Loan
A loan is available for part-time students to cover their tuition fees in full. The amount they can borrow does not depend on household income. The Student Loans Company pays this directly to the College. Part-time students will become liable to start repaying their loan from the April four years after the start of their course or the April after they leave their course - whichever comes first. However, students will only start making repayments if their income is more than £21,000 and repayment is made through the UK tax system using their National Insurance number. For example, if you are earning £25,000 per year, you would repay 9% of £4,000 which would be £30 per month. For more information, please visit www.gov.uk/studentfinance
Part-time students are not eligible for any maintenance loans or grants.

 


Disabled Students’ Allowance

Disabled students’ allowance (DSAs) may be available if you have a disability or specific learning difficulty including dyslexia. DSA’s don’t depend on your household income and what you receive depends on your individual needs. For more information, please contact Student Services on helearningsupport@hca.ac.uk.


Support Available From Hereford College of Arts 


Progression College Bursary
All students who have studied either at Hereford College of Arts on a Further Education course within the last 2 academic years are eligible for a Progression Bursary of £1,000. This bursary is paid directly to students over their first 2 years of study (£500 each year) in 3 instalments, one each term. Satisfactory work, attendance and progress during the year are required to ensure all payments are made.

Higher Education Hardship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide exceptional support to students who are experiencing financial difficulty whilst studying. This support may provide assistance with travel, material costs, rent or living expenses. Students requesting assistance will be required to complete an application form detailing their financial circumstances and be able to show evidence of hardship. Applications are assessed each term and not all applications will be successful as the College has a limited fund available.

Contacts at Hereford College of Arts
For more information about tuition fees, loans or bursaries, please email funding@hca.ac.uk

For any other information or enquiries about Higher Education funding, please email us at registry@hca.ac.uk
 

Useful websites


Student Loans Company: www.slc.co.uk
www.gov.uk/studentfinance
www.directgov.co.uk (European Union Students and general information and guidance for all students look in the Education and Learning section)
Student Finance England:  www.sfengland.slc.co.uk.
UCAS: www.ucas.com
National Union of Students: www.nus.org.uk
National Association of Student Money Advisers: www.nasma.org.uk