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Previous Study

The funding available from Student Finance England (SFE) to assist undergraduates from England is aimed at helping students who are undertaking a degree for the first time.  If you’ve studied on a higher education course previously you should read the following information, even if you’ve never received funding before.

You already have a degree or higher level qualification

If you already hold a degree or higher from either a UK or an overseas institution and you want to study for an equivalent level qualification or lower, you aren’t usually entitled to any further undergraduate funding from SFE. This means you’ll have to cover the cost of your new course. There are some exceptions to this rule:

Exceptions
Architecture, Master of

If you’re returning to study within 2 academic years of completing the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 1 you can apply for same funding package as 1st degree students.  This includes tuition fee loan, maintenance loan and / or maintenance grant through SFE.  Depending on your circumstances you may qualify for Dependent Grants and / or Disabled Students Allowance.         

Dental Surgery

In years 1-4 you’ll need to self-finance tuition fees, although a maintenance loan is available through SFE.  Depending on your circumstances you may qualify for Dependent Grants and / or Disabled Students Allowance

In year 5 you can apply for a reduced rate maintenance loan through SFE.  Tuition fee and living cost support is available through NHS Student Bursaries.  Dependent Grants and Disabled Students Allowance are also available through the NHS.

Medicine and Surgery

In years 1-4 you’ll need to self-finance tuition fees, although a maintenance loan is available through SFE.  Depending on your circumstances you may qualify for Dependent Grants and / or Disabled Students Allowance

In year 5 you can apply for a reduced rate maintenance loan through SFE.  Tuition fee and living cost support is available through NHS Student Bursaries.  Dependent Grants and Disabled Students Allowance are also available through the NHS.

Medicine and Surgery (Accelerated Programme)

In year 1 you’ll need to self-finance £3,465 of your tuition fees as you can only apply for a £5,785 tuition fee loan through SFE.  A maintenance loan is also available.  Depending on your circumstances you may qualify for Dependent Grants and / or Disabled Students Allowance

In years 2-4 you can apply for a reduced rate maintenance loan through SFE.  Tuition fee and living cost support is available through NHS Student Bursaries.  Dependent Grants and Disabled Students Allowance are also available through the NHS.

Speech and Language Sciences

You can apply for a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan through SFE.  Depending on your circumstances you may qualify for Dependent Grants and / or Disabled Students Allowance.

Teacher Training

You can apply for a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan through SFE, unless you’re studying the Employer Based PGCE or salaried version of School Direct.  Depending on your circumstances you may qualify for Dependent Grants and / or Disabled Students Allowance.  You should check to see if you qualify for a Teaching Bursary.   

You did not complete your previous higher education course and do not have any higher level qualifications

If you didn’t finish your previous course and do not have any higher level qualifications you may still be eligible to receive tuition fee loan funding through SFE for your new course.  The amount of previous study, including part-years, will determine if you’re eligible for a tuition fee loan.  The calculation used to work out your eligibility can be found in our attached examples (PDF 390KB). 

You should be eligible to receive a maintenance loan for each year of your new course as long as you don’t already have a degree or higher level qualification.  Depending on your circumstances you may qualify for Dependent Grants and / or Disabled Students Allowance.       

Your most recent course was a degree and you left with a lower level exit qualification

If you already have a higher education qualification which is lower than a BA Hons degree you may still be eligible to receive funding through SFE for your new course.  Common lower level higher education qualifications are HNCs, HNDs, CertHE, DipHE and Foundation Degrees.  You may have been awarded one of these qualifications as an exit award from a previous degree.  Your previous study and entry point on your new course will determine if you’re eligible for a tuition fee loan.  The calculation used to work out your eligibility can be found in our attached examples (PDF 391KB).    

You should be eligible to receive a maintenance loan for each year of your new course as long as you don’t already have a degree or higher level qualification.  Depending on your circumstances you may qualify for Dependent Grants and / or Disabled Students Allowance.      

You have a lower level higher qualification and your most recent course was not a degree

If you already have a higher education qualification which is lower than an Honours degree you may still be eligible to receive funding through SFE for your degree.  Common lower level higher education qualifications are HNCs, HNDs, CertHE, DipHE and Foundation Degrees.  SFE make tuition fee loan funding available for students wishing to top up their qualification to degree level.  However your previous study and entry point on your new course will determine if you’re eligible for a tuition fee loan.  The calculation used to work out your eligibility can be found in our attached examples (PDF 391KB).     

You should be eligible to receive a maintenance loan for each year of your new course as long as you don’t already have a degree or higher level qualification.  Depending on your circumstances you may qualify for Dependent Grants and / or Disabled Students Allowance.      

Contact Us

If you’re unsure about your funding entitlement or have received different advice and guidance from SFE please get in touch.  If possible, contact us well in advance of starting your course as you could be personally liable to pay tuition fees once you’ve registered