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Fees & Money Matters

Tuition fees & funding information

Higher Education Finance

Whether you want to study a university course either full-time or part-time, you are entitled to some form of financial support.

At University Centre at Wakefield College we believe that pricing people out of higher education would devalue our institution by not allowing such a diverse range of students to continue their education.

Full & Part-time

Our full-time tuition fees for 2024 of £6,950 will be substantially less than most universities. This means that, all our full-time higher education students will have significantly less to pay back once they have completed their studies and are in work. As fees for part-time courses vary, please refer to relevant course leaflets.

Student Finance: Overview

The main student finance package includes a:

  • Tuition Fee Loan
  • Maintenance Loan - full-time students only

Tuition Fee Loans pay for your course. Maintenance Loans help with living costs (eg accommodation, books, bills).

You might get extra help on top of this.

Students on a low income
You can apply for:

Students with children or dependent adults
You can apply for:

Disabled students
If you have a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia) you can apply for:

You may also qualify for disability related benefits.

Part-time students

Home and EU students on their first higher education course who are studying at least 25% of a full time equivalent course can apply for a non-means tested tuition fee loan from Student Finance England.

More Information

Please click on the links below or go to: www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance

For more information on any funding or money matter issues please click here or contact the College’s Financial Support Team.

Telephone: 01924 789283 or financialsupport@heartofyorkshire.ac.uk.

Higher Education Bursaries & Scholarships

The University Centre at Wakefield College has a strong commitment to widening access to higher education, and we have a range of bursaries and scholarships to support eligible students starting a higher education course at the University Centre.

Financial Support Bursary

If you are a home student whose household income is less than £25,000 and have taken out the full means-tested living cost loan from the Student Loan Company, you will be eligible for a financial support cash bursary of £500.

Care Leaver’s Bursary*

This award will be made to any home student who has left local authority care in the 2 years prior to enrolment on the first year of study, irrespective of postcode. This is a non-means tested bursary of £1,500 per year of study.

Care Giver’s Bursary*

This award will be made to any home student who is a carer for a family member with long-term ill-health or disability. A cash award of up to £1,000 in each year of study, which is available to home students on full-time or part-time programmes of study within the scope of the agreement. *excluding any repeat year

Achievement Scholarships*

This award of a maximum of £500 will be available to any home student who has achieved ABB (or equivalent) at Advanced Level.

NB *These bursaries and scholarships will be linked to attendance and progression. Part-time students will be paid on a pro-rata basis based on the annual number of academic credits studied.

Applications for bursaries and scholarships

Full-time students who may be eligible for the bursary will be contacted once we have information from your application to Student Finance England and have been income assessed by them, and you and your parents have given your consent to share your financial details with the university centre. You will need to provide a copy of your funding allocation letter from Student Finance England. Part-time students will need to make an application and provide evidence of their household income.

For the Care Leaver’s bursary, evidence of your status will be required from your local authority.

Students will be responsible for applying for the Scholarship and can do so prior to results being released, in which case a conditional offer may be made.

For more information, please contact the Higher Education Student Engagement Team on 01924 789317 or email HEstudent@heartofyorkshire.ac.uk .

More Information

Student Hardship Support Fund

The Student Hardship Support Fund (SHSF) is provided by the University Centre to help students who have genuine and unavoidable financial difficulties and are struggling with their basic living costs despite having received all the financial support available to them.

The HSF is open to all normally registered students studying with us. There are some eligibility requirements for support, including having already taken out all of the statutory support for which you are eligible. You may also be asked to demonstrate that you made adequate realistic provision for your studies before embarking on your course. We understand that the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and national restrictions mean that many of our students are facing added financial difficulties. We have therefore substantially increased the funding available through the SHSF and have also made changes to the assessment criteria to make it easier to access.

All awards made from the SHSF are means-tested, which means that some applications will be unsuccessful. We can only assist in genuine cases where a student cannot meet basic expenditure from any other source. Any award granted will be paid as a non-repayable bursary into the student’s nominated bank account. Please note that the SHSF cannot be used to help with tuition fees.

For more information please contact HEstudent@heartofyorkshire.ac.uk.

Other Types of Funding

The government also offer further packages of non-repayable funding for the following:

  • Students on a low income
  • Students with children or dependent adults
  • Disabled students

Please click on the links below or go to www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance