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£500 Study Bonus

£500 Bonus for full-time eligible students
Full time undergraduate students will be offered a bonus worth £500 per year provided they meet initial and continuing eligibility requirements.

Eligibility

  • All new full time HE students who started study after the 2016/17 academic years who are paying the £7,500 or £8,250 fee
  • Students must be studying on the undergraduate programme full time paying the £7,500 or £8,250 fee
  • Students who are fully funded by their employer/sponsor are not eligible

Additional terms

Payments will be subject to satisfactory attendance and satisfactory progress. Satisfactory attendance will be determined based on records of student attendance in registers using a centre-wide formula determined by

Higher Education Management Team (HEM) and approved at the commencement of the academic year.

Eligibility for any award will cease if a student is no longer in ‘good standing’ with the College, (e.g. as a result of non-payment of fees, poor attendance, repeatedly missing submission deadlines, disciplinary action, etc.). In addition, for clarity, no bursary will be paid to a student unless payment has been received by the

College for the respective proportion of their fee at the time the bursary instalment is paid. e.g. for a bursary paid in three instalments, in order for the first instalment to be paid 25% of fee must be paid, for the second instalment 50% and the final instalment 100%.

Students returning to repeat a full time year of study and paying the £7,500 or £8,250 tuition fee will be reviewed by a Senior Post-holder who will make the decision whether to award the bursary on a case by case basis.

Because of the initial and continuing eligibility criteria, you must not make any financial plans in which you assume you will receive this bursary until you actually receive a payment.

Note that no individual member of staff in the College is able to tell you whether or not you will be eligible, or continue to be eligible, as this matter is determined by a panel. Because of the initial and continuing eligibility criteria, you must not make any financial plans in which you assume you will receive this bonus until you actually receive a payment.

Additional terms and conditions may apply. See Bursaries and Scholarships Policy, 2020-2021 for more information.

This fund forms part of the Blackburn College ‘Hardship’ offer as prescribed by Government.

Access to success fund

Does your course offer extracurricular activities? Are there events that you want to attend? Do you often struggle to find the money to participate?

The Access to Success Fund is a fund that students can apply to once per academic year to receive a grant up to £500 per year.

The funding can be used for:

  • Trips to support learning and general support to meet other financial costs
  • Purchasing specialist equipment for your subject area
  • Travel costs to and from work placements
  • IT Equipment
  • Books and Stationery
  • Activities to support your learning (e.g. conference attendance/mentoring opportunities etc.)

How to apply

All eligible students will be required to complete an application form. The fund will open for applications in November and close either on 31st May or when the fund is fully spent, whichever occurs sooner. The fund will therefore be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

An initial enquiry about the fund must be made to Student Finance at the drop-in service, so that an initial assessment can take place to check the student meets the initial eligibility criteria set out above. Where this is met, an application form will be issued which will include the means tested eligibility tracker.

Advice on completion/submission of the form will be offered by the Student Finance Team.

Initial eligibility criteria

  • Be a full-time undergraduate paying fees of £7,500 per annum or above
  • Be in receipt of the full level of support available to them from Student Loan Company
  • Be in regular attendance on their course at a minimum of 90%
  • Be up-to-date with all financial payments to college

Requirements

You must have satisfactory attendance, defined as:

  • attendance at 90% or more of timetabled events for the particular programme of study, after adjustment for authorised absences and/or illness;
  • have submitted all work due, defined as:
  1. attendance at all examinations, in-class exercises or other summative assessment events
  2. submission of all assessments due

For these purposes, the due date for an assessment will be taken to be the later of:

  • the original due date set for the assessment
  • the due date after any extension agreed in writing by the relevant Programme Leader
  • any revised due date set by the Mitigating Circumstances Committee

Be in good standing, defined as:

  • not have withdrawn from the course
  • transferred to a non-qualifying course
  • not be excluded from the course or the college for financial, disciplinary or other reasons
  • having paid all monies owed to the college in accordance with any agreed payment plan

Additional terms and conditions may apply. See Bursaries and Scholarships Policy, 2020-2021 for more information.

This fund forms part of the Blackburn College ‘Hardship’ offer as prescribed by Government.

Postgraduate loans

Postgraduate Loans are available for students wishing to undertake Masters Level study.

This means if you wish to study our LLM (Masters) Law course, you will be able to take out a loan for the course costs.

Postgraduate Master's Loan

  • You can gain a loan of up to £11,222 from the Government
  • You can take any amount up to the full £11,222 limit and there will be no minimum loan request amount
  • Students aged under 60 can apply
  • You can only get loans for one course, so you cannot complete another postgraduate qualification and then take out another loan
  • The loan is paid directly to you (the student) not Blackburn University Centre – this means we will invoice you for your Master's degree.
  • You will not be eligible for a loan if you have an Equivalent Level Qualification (ELQ) – so if you already hold another Master's degree, including one studied overseas.
  • If you apply for a Postgraduate Loan, you will not be eligible for an Adult Dependants' Grant, a Childcare Grant or a Parents' Learning Allowance.
  • If you have a disability, long-term health condition or specific learning difficulties (eg. dyslexia) you can apply for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA).

Repayments

Once you're eligible to start repaying, you will only actually repay if you're earning above £1,750 a month or £404 per week – equivalent to £21,000 a year. However, this threshold may rise by the time you graduate.

The amount you currently repay for postgraduate loans is 6% of everything above that, this is lower than undergraduate loans which are set at 9% above the threshold.

Applying for your loan

If you have previously taken out a Loan from Student Finance England you will be able to use your existing account details to apply for a Postgraduate Loan online.

Those new to Student Finance England can set up a new account.

For more information

Please phone 01254 292839 to speak to a member of our Student Finance team or email studentfinance@blackburn.ac.uk.

Loans and grants

To support you during your studies we offer all our full time students a generous financial support package.

For students starting in September 2021

Up to £1,000 Financial Support Package available per year - that is over £3,000 available over a 3 year Honours degree!

Tuition fee loan

This covers the full cost of your fees for every year of study and you only start to pay it back when you earn £26,575 a year which will be deducted directly from your salary. As your earnings increase, your payments will also increase.

The amount graduates pay each month is related to what a graduate earns and not what a graduate owes.

  • Students will only be required to start paying back loans once they have graduated from (or left) university and are earning over £26,575.
  • For example, if you earn £30,000 per annum you will only pay back £25.69 per month.
  • Loan repayments will be deducted directly from salary, normally through Pay As You Earn (PAYE)
  • Any loans which remain outstanding after 30 years will be written off.

Maintenance loan

For those starting full-time studies in September 2021, up to £9,203 per annum available for students who live away from home whilst studying at the University Centre at Blackburn College.

Up to £7,747 per annum is expected to be available for students who live in their family home whilst studying at the University Centre at Blackburn College.

If you’re a part-time student, you may be able to access a Maintenance Loan for qualifying courses. Please visit Student finance for undergraduates time-students for up to date information.

Please note: The amounts quoted above are the amounts that students received in 2020 entry - these amounts may increase slightly in 2021. The official amounts have not yet been released by the Government.

Additional grants

These are available for students on low incomes with adult or child dependants for the 2021/22 academic year:

Childcare Grant – you could get up to £174.22 per week for one child and £298.69 per week if you have two or more children.

Parents Learning Allowance – you could get up to £1,766 a year.

Adult Dependants’ Grant – you could get up to £3,094 a year.

Please note: The amounts quoted above are the amounts that students received in 2020 entry - these amounts may increase slightly in 2021. The official amounts have not yet been released by the Government.

We would advise you to speak with our friendly and professional Student Finance team so that you can maximise the support you receive.

Call them on 01254 292839 for a chat or to make an appointment or email studentfinance@blackburn.ac.uk.

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