Financial support for undergraduate UK and EU students: 2020-21

  • You may be worried about the cost of coming to university but there is financial support available. A government loan to cover your tuition fees is available to all UK students and you may also be eligible for a bursary.

    Please note some financial support is available for UK students only and is not available for EU students.

  • You don't pay for tuition up front. The government will provide a loan to cover your full tuition charges. You or your parents don't have to contribute anything now – you start to pay them back yourself once you graduate and are earning at least £25,000 a year.

    Eligible part-time students also have access to loans for tuition fees. They won't have to pay upfront as long as it's their first degree.

    To apply for a tuition fee loan please contact Student Finance England.

    Repaying your loan

    With effect from 1 April 2019, repayments will be 9% of any income above £25,725, so the amount you repay each month will depend on your earnings. Examples of monthly repayments for loans covering tuition and living costs:

    Salary Monthly Repayments
    £25,725 £0
    £26,000 £2
    £30,000 £32
    £35,000 £70
    £40,000 £107

    Repayments will be deducted automatically from your pay packet. All outstanding repayments will be written off after 30 years.

    Maintenance loans are available from the government to help with living costs. Please see the Student Finance England website for more details.

    SLC Maintenance loan for students with household income over £35,000

    Household income

    Maintenance loan

    Not living with parents

    Maintenance loan

    Living with parents

    £35,000 £7,661 £6,260
    £40,000 £7,019 £5,626
    £45,000 £6,377 £4,991
    £50,000  £7,735  £4,357 
    £55,000  £5,093  £3,722 
    £60,000  £4,452  £3,314 
    £65,000+  £4,168  £3,314 

    You may be worried about the cost of coming to university, but there is financial support available.  A government loan to cover your tuition fees is available to all UK students and you may also be eligible for a bursary to help towards your living costs.   

    The Oxford Brookes Bursaries Scheme is available to qualifying students for each year of their studies and does not need to be paid back. It is available to all eligible UK full-time on-campus undergraduate degree students on £9,250 undergraduate courses whose commencing year of study is 2020/21, as follows: 

    • If your household income is under £25,000 you will receive an annual Oxford Brookes Bursary of £750.
    • If your income is under £25,000 and you are 21 or over when you enrol on your course, you will be eligible for the Mature Bursary of £1,500
    • If your income is under £25,000 and you are living in a recognised postcode area you will be eligible for the Enhanced Bursary of £3,000.

     You are only eligible for one of the above bursaries.

    Eligibility for enhanced bursary

    You are eligible for the Enhanced bursary if your permanent home postcode indicates that you live in an area of low participation in higher education or a low socioeconomic area. This must be your home address when you enrol at University and we must hold this address on our Student Record System. You can check if you would be eligible by using the following look-up sites:

    (a)  Visit the  Office for Students site to see if you live in an area of low participation. Check the first column titled ‘Polar 4 young participation quintile’. If the number listed in the row beneath is a 1 or a 2, you are eligible for an enhanced bursary.

    (b)   Visit  here to see if you live in a low socioeconomic area. Check the column titled ‘Index of Multiple Deprivation Decile’. If the number listed against your postcode is 1 to 4, you are eligible for an enhanced bursary.

    Summary of funding available

    Household 

    Income 

    Maintenance 

    Loan

    (2019-20 figures) 

    Additional 

    Bursary 

    Criteria 

    Bursary 

    Amount

     

    Maintenance 

    Loan

    (2019-20 figures) 

    Annual

    Total 

    Funding 

    under £25,000  £8,944  Brookes Bursary (none) £750  £9,694  £10,444 
    under £25,000 £8,944 Mature Bursary (age over 21) £1,500  £10,444  £11,944
    under £25,000 £8,944 Enhanced Bursary (recognised postcode) £3,000  £11,944  £14,944
    £25,000 - £34,999  At least £7,661  Brookes Bursary (none) £500  At least £8,161  At least £8,661

     The bursary will be paid in three instalments during the academic year in November (25%), February (25%) & April (50%).

    You must be in full time attendance at the University on the payment date to be eligible for each bursary instalment.

    Applying

    You don't need to apply - we will know if you are eligible from your household income figure provided to the Student Loans Company. All eligible students who have not opted out of the "consent to share" part of their SLC student support application will automatically be assessed for a bursary.

    Please note you must be means tested by the end of the academic year (31 August 2021) to be entitled to claim your bursary for the current academic year. Students who consent to share their information, or who are means tested after the end of an academic year are no longer eligible to receive the previous year's bursary.

    Terms and conditions

    The following applies (2020 entrants) only:

    1. The Oxford Brookes Bursary Scheme will only be awarded to students applying to begin their degree in September 2020, who meet the eligibility criteria.
    2. Students are eligible for the Mature Bursary if they are aged 21 or over when they first enrol at the University
    3. Students are eligible for the Enhanced bursary if their permanent home postcode indicates they live in an area of low participation in higher education or a low socioeconomic area. This must be their home address when they enrol at University and we must hold this address on our Student Record System before they enrol
    4. The student must be a Home fee paying student, entitled to both tuition and maintenance support from Student Finance England
    5. Household income is calculated and confirmed by Student Finance England and will be assessed annually
    6. Students must be studying on a full time undergraduate degree, paying fees of £9,250
    7. The Bursary will be awarded in three instalments, 25% in November, 25% in February and 50% in April
    8. Bursaries will be terminated in cases when students are found to be in breach of the Student Conduct Regulations and have been subject to, and found guilty by, a disciplinary process, which in the judgement of the University would warrant withdrawal of the Scholarship.
    9. If the student withdraws from their course on a temporary or permanent basis, payment of the Bursary will cease from the date the student leaves or is withdrawn from their Brookes course. 
    10. In circumstances when a student changes programme or mode of study to one which falls outside the eligibility criteria, the student will no longer be eligible for the Bursary.
    11. Students must be in attendance on their Brookes course on the instalment dates in order to receive any instalments due.
    12. Students must be means tested by the end of the academic year (31 August 2021) to be entitled to claim their bursary for the current academic year. Students who consent to share their information, or who are means/eligibility tested after the end of an academic year, are no longer eligible to receive the previous year's bursary.

    Source:   SFE Student Finance Calculator

    All nursing students on courses from September 2020 (new and continuing) will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back.

    For more information please visit The Department of Health and Social Care's website.

    A full list of eligible courses can be found here

    Maintenance loan for part-time students

    New part time students from the academic year 2018-19 will be able to apply for a means tested part time maintenance loan from Student Finance England. You can apply to SFE for a maintenance Loan towards your living and course costs. This loan is means tested, so the amount you receive is partially based on your household income and whether you choose to live in your own home or in your parental home.

    As a part-time student the amount of maintenance Loan available to you will also be based on your intensity of study which is worked out from how many modules you take. As a part time student you can study between 2 to 5 modules per academic year.  Using 2019-20 figures, the table below shows how much you may be entitled to.

    Household income 2 modules  3 modules  4 or 5 modules
    up to £25,000  £2,236  £2,978  £4,472 
    £30,000  £2,078  £2,765  £4,152 
    £35,000  £1,915  £2,551  £3,831 
    £40,000  £1,755  £2,337  £3,510 
    £45,000  £1,584  £2,124  £3,189 
    £50,000  £1,434  £1,910  £2,868 
    £55,000  £1,273  £1,686  £2,457 
    £60,000  £1,113  £1,483  £2,226 
    £65,000 +   £1,042  £1,388  £2,084 

    SourceSFE Student Finance Calculator

    When you apply to SFE for your maintenance loan and fees, you will be asked how many modules you are intending to study (between 2 and 5). You will also be asked how many modules you would study if your course was full time. There are 8 modules for full time study. This information is important to SFE, so they can calculate your intensity of study for your maintenance loan.

    Part-time tuition fees

    A non means test tuition fee loan is also available from Student Finance England. 

    Applying

    Applications for part-time Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loans can be made online on the Student Finance England website.

    Healthcare students* who start their course after 1st September 2017 are eligible to apply for the NHS Learning Support Fund, which provides extra funding for healthcare students in respect of:

    * Note that this fund is not open to Paramedic Science students

    If you are a full-time student who has spent a period of time in local authority care and are considering undergraduate study at Oxford Brookes, there is a lot of additional support that the University can offer you.

    This Bursary is open to students who are under 25 years of age at the time they commence full-time undergraduate study at Oxford Brookes.

    If you have been in care since the age of fourteen, are eligible for support from the Student Loans Company or NHS Business Services Authority and your household income is less than £40,000 per annum - you may be eligible for the Transition from Care Bursary of £2,000 a year.

    Payment dates in 2020-21

    This bursary is paid out in two equal installments in November 2020 and January 2021.

    How to apply

    When filling in your UCAS application form, you will need to indicate that you are a care leaver. From there, we can take the steps to help you with the support you need. If you have already applied and not declared that you are a care leave please contact Diane Harrison on +44 (0) 1865 484650 to establish your eligibility for a bursary and guaranteed accommodation.

    Please see the Support for Care Leavers page for details about support available including guaranteed accommodation.

    If you are irreconcilably estranged from both your parents, you are a UK student who is under 25 and you are considering full-time undergraduate study at Oxford Brookes, there is a lot of additional support that the University can offer you.

    The Stand Alone definition states that: an estranged student is someone that has not had verbal or written contact with both of their biological, adoptive parents or their only living parent for a significant period of time and this will not change. A significant period of time is usually considered twelve months or longer prior to the start of their course, but this can also depend on their circumstances.

    Eligibility

    To be eligible, you must:

    • be enrolled on a full-time undergraduate or foundation degree and registered as a student at Oxford Brookes University
    • start your course here in the 2019/20 academic year or later
    • be aged 25 years or under at the start of the course
    • be entitled to support from Student Finance England
    • be formally estranged from your parents and recognised as being independent by Student Finance England or be irreconcilably estranged from both parents. This should be verified by an objective third party, which for the purposes of these regulations, refers to any relevant person acting in a professional capacity, providing evidence for which they are professionally accountable (e.g. teacher from school/college or GP). This person should normally have known about their situation for a substantial amount of time, and can verify that they do not have contact with their biological, adoptive or only living parents.

    Bursary details

    1. The Bursary is worth £2,000 per academic year of study.
    2. You cannot be considered for an award if you have not responded to our requests for and provided appropriate proof of your estrangement.
    3. Awards cannot be claimed retrospectively for previous academic years.
    4. Awards will be paid for each year you are entitled to full student support funding from SFE
    5. The University reserves the right to terminate an award and demand repayment of funds already paid in the case of disciplinary action against an award-holder.
    6. The University reserves the right to withdraw a Bursary from anyone who is found to have misled the University about any aspect of their eligibility and to seek repayment of any monies already paid by appropriate means.
    7. The Bursary is paid in two instalments each academic year: normally November and March.

    Guaranteed accommodation

    All estranged students are entitled to guaranteed accommodation in our halls of residence for 52 weeks as long as the following criteria are met:

    • Oxford Brookes must be selected as your firm choice on your UCAS form
    • All university course entry requirements are met and you have received an unconditional offer.

    To find out more about halls of residence and other accommodation available, please visit our accommodation pages.

    Student support

    There is an excellent support system available to students who are estranged from their parents, and we have a dedicated contact in our Student Welfare Team who can offer support and advice during your time at Brookes. More information on support can be found at:

    How to apply

    Students are requested to complete an application for the Estranged Student Bursary and evidence must be in the form of an original letter by an independent person such as a teacher from school/college, GP or social worker. This person should normally have known about your situation for a substantial amount of time, and can verify that you do not have contact with your biological, adoptive or only living parents.

    Please email studentwelfare@brookes.ac.uk to request an application form or support with applying for estranged student status.

    The Oxford Brookes University’s Faculty of Health & Life Sciences is offering 3 Bursary Nursing Awards to help assist trainee student nurses with living expenses. Each Award will be up to £30,000 per student over a maximum period of 3 years.

    The Bursary is open to mature, Home/EU students who are in financial need and without other funding, and would find it difficult financially to undertake the 3 year Pre-Registration course for the University’s BSc (Hons) or MSc (Hons) programme in Adult Nursing Degree.

    Download the application form

    The University has a long and successful history of supporting students who find themselves in unexpected hardship during their studies. Please visit our Financial Aid page for details of support available.

    BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are:

    • on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more

    or

    • living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence.

    The BrookesKey pass is also subsidised for international students (new and continuing) who are on courses with fees of £9,250 or more.

    There is an £8 administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.

    The cost of a mandatory field trip is included in your course fee

    Optional field trip costs are not included and a separate fee will apply. Please contact the relevant Faculty for more information about these charges.

    The Oxford Brookes University Community Scholarship rewards those students who have been an excellent role model within their school, college or community and/or have overcome personal or social difficulties.

    Payment dates in 2020-21

    This bursary is paid out in two equal instalments November 2020 and February 2021.

    Please see the Community Scholarships page for more details.

    The  Oxford Brookes Sanctuary Scholarship scheme provides a full fee waiver and living cost bursary to individuals seeking asylum and those who have a form of protection from an asylum claim who are not able to access government student finance.