Frequently asked questions
The purpose of financial aid is to help students reach the end of their course. If you are graduating, you therefore need to apply in time for your application to be considered by your completion date.
Deadlines are usually at least 4 weeks before your completion date. If you're unsure of your completion date or of the application deadline, do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Date for completing your course||Deadline for receipt of your financial aid application and all supporting documents|
|September 2021||Friday 19 August 2021|
|December 2021||Friday 19 November 2021|
|May 2022||Friday 15 April 2022|
|June 2022||Friday 13 May 2022|
|July 2022||Friday 17 June 2022|
I’ve run out of money. Can I get some from financial aid?
It’s true that financial aid can help students in financial difficulty but this must be because of unforeseen circumstances/emergencies or because you are a Home full-time undergraduate student and your means-tested assessment shows a shortfall over the academic year.
Students are expected to have planned and budgeted for their time at University and to live within their means. The Brookes Union Advice Service can offer budgeting and debt management advice.
Please email email@example.com,
Can I get a loan?
Payments from Financial Aid are usually an award following an assessment and don't need to be repaid.
The University doesn't offer loans.
Can I get a Brookes bursary?
I have debts from before I started at University. Will these be taken into account when I’m being assessed?
Assessments do not usually take pre-existing debts into account. It is assumed that, when students embark of a degree course, they have made sure that they have put their finances in order. The Brookes Union Advice Service can offer advice on dealing with creditors and budgeting.
My application was unsuccessful because my assessment did not show me as having a shortfall but my statement and the documents made it clear I was struggling. Why didn’t I get anything?
University Financial Aid works on similar lines to the government’s benefits system and is based on income and allowable expenditure. That means there is a limit put on the amounts you spend on day-to-day living (see Composite Living Costs explanation in the guidelines). There are also caps, e.g. on travel, rent, course costs.
Students without dependants or disabilities which prevent them from working are expected to have additional income from part-time work, family support, savings, etc. This is called ‘assumed income’. The figure is determined by the NUS and the University. Final year undergraduate students have the assumed income figure reduced as it is recognised that they may not be able to take as much part-time paid work.
These rules for standard assessment have to be followed by the University assessor.
How long will it take for my application to be assessed?
We will usually be able to give you an answer within 4 working weeks of receiving a complete application form. A complete application is one that has all the documents required including those we have asked for after you have submitted your form.
Can I apply more than once a year?
Assessment is over the entire academic year and any award is made on that basis. Therefore, you may only apply more than once during an academic year for University Financial Aid if your circumstances have changed from your original application and you did not receive the maximum award available. Applicants will be asked to provide appropriate documentary evidence.
Students who are experiencing financial difficulties over the summer can make an application for this period.
I’m on Approved Temporary Withdrawal. Can I apply?
You can apply for University Financial Aid if an award would demonstrably help you return to study.
What’s a priority debt?
A priority debt is defined as meaning that non-payment would give the creditor the right to deprive the debtor of his/her home, liberty, essential goods and services, e.g.:
- Secured loans (loans that are secured against a debtor’s home, e.g. a mortgage)
- Rent arrears
- Council tax
- Gas and electricity charges
Where can I get more help?
If you’d like advice on completing your application form and what documents are required as evidence, you can speak to the Financial Aid team located in Student Central, JHB Building, Headington Campus or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Brookes Union Advice Service offer budgeting and debt management advice.
Please email email@example.com. They can also advise you on what funding and benefits you may be entitled to, as well as help you complete and evidence your financial aid application.