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You can apply for loans to cover the cost of studying at Newcastle University.

Placement year

Funding is different for each type of placement. If you're planning a study or work placement, here's what you'll need to know:

Does my finance application need to be different?

Apply for your student funding as early as possible. Let SFE know you’re on a placement on your application. If you don’t know the details of your placement you can still apply and update SFE later. If you need to change anything please do it six weeks before the start of your placement. That way you’ll get your money at the start of your placement.

What if I need to make changes while I’m away?

Student Finance England (SFE) now have a live chat function so you can make changes to your application online. If you want a family member or University staff to speak to SFE on your behalf you can set up Consent to Share (CTS). You can do this over the phone or by uploading this form (PDF: 27KB) to your SFE account.

You need to give SFE the below information:

  • First line of University address: Claremont Road
  • University postcode: NE1 7RU
  • Relationship: Higher Education Provider
  • Password: your choice, but you’ll need to share it with us before we call SFE

Will I still get an Opportunity Scholarship?

If you’re on a full-year placement your tuition fee is reduced. As such, you won’t be eligible for an Opportunity Scholarship while you’re away.

If you’re on a part-year placement, you will pay a full tuition fee, so you can be considered for a scholarship. You’ll get placement funding for the time you’re on placement, and standard funding for the time you’re at University.

What happens if I have money trouble while I’m away?

If you find yourself struggling for money while you’re on a registered placement, apply to the Student Financial Support Fund to help with living costs. You’ll need to provide documents like banks statements, student finance entitlement letters and tenancy agreements to support your application. Make sure you have access to these documents while you’re away.

Detailed information for each type of placement is below:

Change of circumstances

A change of circumstance can have an impact on your eligibility to receive student loans.

What is a change of circumstances?

A change of circumstances is when you:

Why is it important?

A change of circumstance can have an impact on your eligibility to receive student loans. If you decide to make a change in your studies before looking into the financial implications, you might not be able to get a tuition fee loan in future, especially if you have previous study from another degree. Your funding body might also ask for a repayment from you if they think you’ve had an overpayment from your maintenance funding.

How can I find out more?

Take a look at the items below before you make any decisions. You can also give us contact us if you have any questions.

Other sources of support

Personal tutor

You may find it useful to discuss your options with your personal tutor.

Student wellbeing service

If you need to speak to someone about the financial implications of repeating, taking time out, transferring or withdrawing, book an appointment with one of the student finance advisers.

If you are experiencing personal or emotional problems, you may find it helpful to speak to a student wellbeing adviser.

To make an appointment, contact the student wellbeing service by calling 0191 208 3333 or complete an online enquiry form.

Student advice centre

If you want to talk to someone about your entitlement to benefits, council tax exemption or an academic issue, book an appointment with the student advice centre by telephoning 0191 239 3979 or sending an email.

Study matters

If you are finding the academic content of your course difficult and you want help, speak to your tutor. You may also find the following University services helpful:

  • the University Library offers lots of information to help you improve your study skills
  • the Academic Skills Team provides resources, advice and one-to-one support on a range of academic and study skills.
  • Maths Aid is a drop-in centre which provides assistance with mathematics and statistics

Careers service

The Careers Service offers free and impartial advice about the options available to you and your next steps.

External sources

Loans for Postgraduate students

Postgraduate students can apply for loans for Master's and Doctoral study. Awards differ depending on your home country.