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Loans and Grants

Tuition Fee Loan

All eligible UK and EU undergraduate students starting their first degree should be able to receive a tuition fee loan to pay the full cost of their tuition fees. The tuition fee loan has no age limit and is not means-tested. Check your eligibilty for finance here.

You will not have to repay this loan until you have graduated and are earning over £21,000 a year. Any money left unpaid after 30 years will be written off. 

The link to the Student Loan Company, repayment information and intrest rates is here.

Maintenance Loan

UK undergratuate students up to the age of 60 can also apply for the full means-tested maintenance loan.

New for the 17/18 Academic year- eligible Undergraduates aged 60 years of age and over on the first day of the academic year can apply for a reduced rate means-tested maintenance loan up to a maxumim of £3,566. 

Maintenance loans have to be repaid but not until you have graduated and are earning over £21,000 a year. Like the tuition fee loan, any monies left unpaid after 30 years will be written off.  For further information regarding repayments please see the link here

Students can estimate their eligibility for finance using the Student Finance Calculator.

There are also additional grants you may be eligible for and these do not have to be repaid unless you leave your course early.

Students should apply for their tuition fee loan maintenance loan and any grants they may be eligible for in every year of study at University of Suffolk. 

Applications need to be made to the relevant funding bodies; Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales,Student Awards Agency For Scotland and Student Finance Northern Ireland.

Parents Learning Allowance

You can apply for this grant if you have dependant children.This helps with extra costs associated with being a parent and a student.You do not need to be paying childcare to be eligible. You can get up to a maximum of £1,617 a year depending on household income. To find out more information please see link here 

Adult Dependants Grant

This grant is to help if an adult in your household depends on you financially. You can get up to £2,834 a year depending on the household income.

For further information on the Adults Dependants Grant please see link here  

Childcare Grant

This is a means-tested grant to assist with childcare costs as student if you have dependant children aged under 15 (or under 17 if they have special educational needs) in registered or approved childcare. Depending on your household income, you can apply for up to a maximum 85% of your actual childcare costs during term time in academic years 1-3.  In academic years 1 and 2 eligible students can apply for the childcare grant in the holidays to enable parent students to study, do voluntary work or an internship.  

You cannot apply for the childcare grant if you or your husband, wife or partner gets the childcare element of working Tax Credit from H.M. Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

For further information about Child care grants please see the link here  

Disabled Students Allowance

These are available to students who have extra costs because of a disability, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty.DSAs can help pay for specialist equipment, a non-medical helper, travel or other extra costs. DSAs do not depend on household income. How much DSA funding you will eligible for depends entirely on your individual circumstances. DSAs are paid directly for services and not to the individual.  Please see the link here for further information https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/eligibility