Fees and Finance

FULL TIME FEES AND FINANCE

UK Resident Students
Level Tuition Fees Student Loan Bursary/Grant EMA
Higher National Diploma
Foundation Degree
OCR 4
Apply to local EA. Complete a PN1 formfor new students or PR1 form Apply to local EA. Complete a PN1 formfor new students or PR1 form Apply to local EA. Complete a PN1 formfor new students or PR1 form. NWRC bursary of £750. Not eligible for EMA
Further Education
Level 2 Diploma
Level 3 Diploma
NVQ 1-3
No Fees Not Eligible for Loan Apply to Student Finance NI WELB, Omagh if over 19
at 1st July
Complete a Further Education Award form
Apply if Under 20
at 1st July
EMA application form
EU Resident Students (Inc. Republic of Ireland)
Level Tuition Fees Student Loan Bursary/Grant EMA
Higher National Diploma Foundation Degree
OCR4 / NVQ4
Apply to EU Customer Services Team – Darlington SLC for Tuition Fee Loan – EU16N or EUR Forms Not Eligible for Loan Apply to SUSI
If unemployed or claiming benefits complete a Back To Education Form from your Social Welfare office. NWRC bursary of £750.
Not eligible for EMA
Level 2 Diploma
Level 3 Diploma
NVQ 1-3
No Fees Not Eligible for Loan No Bursary or Grant for these courses
If unemployed or claiming benefits complete a Back To Education Form
Not eligible for EMA

 

View our Student finance fact sheet

Students studying our full time higher education courses such as HNDs, Foundation Degrees & NVQ/ OCR 4, may apply for funding through studentfinanceni. A £750 NWRC bursary is also available to eligible H.E students. Please see information below detailing the different types of funding available.

NWRC Bursary
From 2015/16, students studying our full time higher education courses paying full fees of £2,500, may be entitled to a £750 bursary. In order to be eligible for the NWRC H.E. bursary, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Your household income must be less than £19,203
  • You must be enrolled on a full time H.E. course at NWRC
  • You must be paying the full tuition fee of £2,500
  • Your fee payments must be up to date with the Finance Department
  • You must be a UK or EU national
  • Satisfactory attendance

Application forms to apply for the bursary will be available from Student Services from September 2015. The deadline to apply is Friday 28th October 2016. The bursary will be paid over 2 instalments, one in November and one in May. Contact Student Services for further information

Student Finance NI Funding
Students studying full time higher education courses such as HNDs, Foundation Degrees, NVQ 4, Degrees may apply for funding through studentfinanceni. Students could get up to £3,475 of a non-repayable maintenance grant, which is means tested, therefore the amount you get depends on your household income. See below table as a guide to your entitlement:

Household Income Grant amount
£19,203 or less £3,475
Between £19,204 and £41,065 Partial grant
Over £41,065 No grant

 

Maintenance Loan
Students may also apply for a maintenance loan, which could help with your living costs such as accommodation, food, clothes, travel and so on. You could get up to £4,840 per year, but if you are in receipt of the maintenance grant, the amount of loan you can get will be reduced.

Maintenance loans are repayable once you leave education and are earning a salary over £17,495.

Tuition Fee Loan
Students can apply for a tuition fee loan of up to £9,000 to cover the cost of tuition fees. You can only receive a tuition fee loan up to the actual cost of your course. E.g. If a HND costs £2,500 per year, you may only apply for a loan up to £2,500. The loan is paid directly to the college on your behalf.

Maintenance loans are repayable once you leave education and are earning a salary over £17,495.

Childcare
A childcare grant of 85% of your actual childcare costs (up to £148.75 per week for one child or £255 for 2 or more children) is available to students with children in ‘prescribed’ childcare. The amount you may get depends on your household income. You cannot get this if you are receiving the childcare element of Working Tax Credit.

Forms and Deadlines
You should complete a PN1 form as early as possible in order to get your funding on time. The PN1 form will assess you for the maintenance grant, maintenance loan and the tuition fee loan. For childcare you need to complete a CCG1 formand return to Student Finance NI.

Additional Links
Studentfinanceni.co.uk

Students studying full time further education courses such as Level 2 & 3 Diplomas, NVQs, may apply for funding through studentfinanceni. Please see information below detailing the different types of funding available:

Further Education Award
Maintenance Grants (non-repayable) of up to £2,092 are available to students aged 19 and over on the 1st July, which are aimed to provide financial support towards living costs. They are assessed on household income. See below table as a guide to your entitlement: (£)

Household Income Amount of grant
Living at home
Amount of grant
Living away from home
Up to £21,330 £1,674 £2,092
£21,331 – £26,160 £1,490 £1,863
£26,161 -£31,580 £1,306 £1,306
£31,581 – £38,805 £1,122 £1,402
£38,806 and over No Funding No Funding

 

Student Finance NI will pay the maintenance grant in three instalments, one at the start of each term, subject to an attendance check at the beginning of each course term.

Forms and Deadlines
Click here to apply for the Further Education Award
The closing date for the FE Award is 1st September 2016, although it is advisable to send your completed application form to the Education Authority – Western Region before the 30th June, in order to be guaranteed the grant, if eligible.

Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
EMA payments of up to £30 per week is available to students aged 16-19 who are studying further education courses. There are also bonus payments of £100 if you remain on your course and make satisfactory progress with your learning. The amount you get depends on your household income, See table below as a guide to your entitlement:

Household Income Weekly entitlement
up to £20,500 £30
£20,501 – £22,500 and there is at least 1 other dependent eligible for child benefit in your household, other than you. £30
£20,501 – £22,500 and there are no other dependents eligible for child benefit in your household, other than you. £0
£22,501 or more £0

 

Forms and Deadlines
Forms will be available from Student Services during May. Continuing EMA students will automatically have their details rolled over and do not need to make a new application. Students who were in receipt of EMA at school and who are coming to the NWRC should contact EMA directly to tell them about the change of institution.
Telephone: 0300 200 7089

Additional Links – For additional information on EMA please click here

Childcare for Full Time Further Education students
Students aged 20+ on 1st September 2016

You can claim a childcare grant if you are using registered or approved childcare. Your childcare provider must be registered or approved by the Health and Social Care Trust.

You will not be eligible for the Childcare Grant if the childcare is provided by a registered or approved childcare provider who is: Your partner; A relative of the child and providing care in the child’s own home; A relative of the child providing care away from the child’s own home and is only caring for children he or she is related to. A relative of the child means a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother or sister related by blood or marriage, or living arrangements. How much you get depends on your income and that of your dependants (including your husband, wife or partner). The table below will give you an idea of the support available:

Household Income 1 child 2 or more children
Up to £21,330 £130 £220
£21,331 – £26,160 £110 £188
£26,161 – £31,580 £78 £133
£31,581 – £38,805 £40 £70
£38,806 and over No funding No funding

 

Forms and Deadlines
You should complete CG1 form (online form available soon), also available from Student Services. You must submit your childcare application to the WELB before 1st September 2016 in order to be eligible.

Students under 20 years of age on the 1st September 2016
Students under 20 must apply via the Care to Learn Scheme which is administered by Student Services at the College. Please call into Student Services for more information about the Care to Learn Scheme.

EU Resident Students (Inc. Republic of Ireland)
Level Tuition Fees Student Loan Bursary/Grant EMA
Higher National Diploma Foundation Degree
NVQ Level 4
Tuition fees are £2,500 per year. Complete an EU16N form for a tuition fee loan and return to EU Customer Services Team in Darlington
Not Eligible for Loan A means tested grant is available from the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Unemployed students should contact Social Welfare for information on Back to Education Allowance. NWRC bursary of £750.
Not eligible for EMA
Level 2 Diploma
Level 3 Diploma
NVQ 1-3
No Fees Not Eligible for Loan No grant available. Students in receipt of certain social  welfare payments  should contact Social Welfare for information on Back to Education Allowance
Not eligible for EMA

 

Funding for EU Residents (includes ROI students)

Students studying full time higher education courses such as HNDs, Foundation Degrees, NVQ 4, Degree’s may apply for tuition fee loan/grant through EU Customer Services Team in Darlington and through the SUSI. A £750 NWRC bursary is also available to eligible H.E. students. Please see information below detailing the different types of grant/loans available:

NWRC Bursary

From 2015/16, students studying our full time higher education courses paying full fees of £2,500, may be entitled to a £750 bursary. In order to be eligible for the NWRC H.E. bursary, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Your household income must be less than £19,203
  • You must be enrolled on a full time H.E. course at NWRC
  • You must be paying the full tuition fee of £2,500
  • Your fee payments must be up to date with the Finance Department
  • You must be a UK or EU national
  • Satisfactory attendance

Application forms to apply for the bursary will be available from Student Services from September 2016. The deadline to apply is Friday 28th October 2016. The bursary will be paid over 2 instalments, one in November and one in May. Contact Student Services for further information

Maintenance Grant

A maintenance grant is available for Republic of Ireland (ROI) students who are studying higher education courses. New students should apply through SUSI via www.studentfinance.ie. The amount you get depends on your household income, as well as other factors.
Click here to find out more information regarding the maintenance grant.

Unfortunately there is no maintenance grant for ROI students who are studying further education courses, but students may be able to apply for Back to Education Allowance, details below.

Back to Education Allowance

Students studying both further education and higher education courses may be eligible to apply for the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA), which allows people in receipt of certain Social Welfare payments to retain those payments whilst participating in approved full-time courses in further and higher education. The BTEA allows qualifying persons to return to full-time education in approved courses while continuing to get income support.
Click here to find out more information regarding BTEA, and your entitlement.

Tuition Fee Loan

EU students studying full time higher education courses such as HNDs, Foundation Degrees, NVQ 4, Degrees may apply for a tuition fee loan through EU Customer Services Team in Darlington. You can receive up to £9000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees only. You should complete an EU16N form, available from Student Services.

Hardship Funds
The Hardship Fund is intended to provide support to learners who are experiencing exceptional financial difficulty with meeting costs associated with learning such as part time fees; accommodation; books; materials; travel; childcare costs etc.

Basic eligibility
Students must be:

  • Enrolled on a course that is more than 4hrs a week
  • Have been a resident in NI for 3 years before the start of the course
  • Have exhausted all other relevant funding options
  • Demonstrate financial hardship

Payments
Payments are made approximately every 6 weeks are paid directly into the students bank account. Typically students do not have to repay this, but may be asked to repay if they abandon their course. The amount payable is primarily based on household income.

Funding Provider Type of Funding Max Funding Available Funding Area Summary
NI Memorial Fund Grant Up to £1,200 UK Open to students undertaking any educational course or training that could help to improve career opportunities or personal development. Expenses such as fees and books may be covered. Open to those who have lost a close relative due to the troubles.

Download application forms from www.nimf.org.uk or contact the Northern Ireland Memorial Fund, Tel: 028 9024 5965 / 5949, Email: nimfgao@belfast.org.uk

Princes Trust Grant £50 – £300 UK Funding towards fees; childcare; equipment; materials; tools; travel costs, for individuals who have left school with less than 5 GCSE’s grades A-C ex-prisoners; ex-offenders or unemployed. Click here for additional information.
Army FE Bursary Grant £1000 UK Bursary pays students £1000 per year whilst studying at FE colleges, and also offers a full time job with the army once your complete your basic training. For more information you should call 0845 600 8080
Gingerbread NI Grant £300 per year for course fees UK Funding to help towards the costs of course fees; childcare costs; travel costs; for lone parents. Click here for further information and application forms.
St Vincent de Paul Grant Not Specified UK Funding available to students to help towards materials, childcare, transport & registration fees for applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds. Click here for more information.
Helena Kennedy Foundation Grant One off bursaries of £1,500 UK Awards are made primarily to disadvantaged students who have overcome significant barriers in order to continue with their education at university level. Applicants will be nominated by the college. Application forms are available to download from the website at www.hkf.org.uk or
Tel: 01908 321155 / 232641. 
Horizons Your Education  Grant Grant between £500 and £1,500 UK Developed by Barclaycard Horizons in partnership with Family Action to help lone parents with the cost of education and training in order to improve job prospects. Application forms can be obtained via the Horizons Education website at www.yourhorizons.com and Family Action’s website at
www.family-action.org.uk
The Royal Ulster Constabulary Benevolent Fund Grant Grants between £500 and £10,000 UK This is for members and ex-members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and their dependents. Support is available to schoolchildren, college students and undergraduates towards fees, travel, books and equipment. Applications in writing must be submitted via a regional representative. Contact: Royal Ulster Constabulary Benevolent Fund, Police Federation Northern Ireland (PFNI), T: 028 9076 4215.
JP McManus Grant Up to £22,000 UK Scholarships awarded to the top 25 performing students in NI who are progressing onto University level courses. Students should have been previously in receipt of EMA. Click here to download Application forms. 
TRIAX Grant Up to £500 UK 14 bursaries of £500 paid out to students living in the Bogside/Brandywell/Creggan/Fountain areas of the city, to assist with costs associated with full time and part time courses. For further information contact TRIAX direct on Email: info@triaxtaskforce.org or Tel: 028 7136 7007
Coiste Na nlarchimi Education Bursary Grant Overall £50,000 available each year to be split against all applicants UK Bursary scheme to help republican ex-prisoners, displaced persons and their immediate family fund their studies. The scheme is financed by the EU Peace 3 programme and the education and training grants are being offered through Coiste Na nIarchimi. Contact your nearest group within the Coiste network. Details can be found at www.coiste.ie or
Tel: 028 9020 0770 
International Student Award (British Council) Award £2,000 Int. student Available to international students studying in the UK. Students are required to write a story about their experiences studying in the UK. The lucky winner will receive £2,000. Runner up prizes also available. Click here for further information.
ROI Back to Education Allowance Dependent on other benefits received ROI Allowance payable from the ROI Social Security Agency for unemployed students for the duration of their course.
Click here for further information.
ROI state maintenance grant Grant Up to € 3,809 ROI Means-tested funding from the ROI VEC for students
seeking to enrol on a full-time HE/FE course. Visit
www.studentfinance.ie for further information
ROI fund for students with disabilities Grant Not Specified ROI Funding from the HEA to help towards course related equipment, travel or subsistence for those students who
have a verifiable disability. Go to http://www.hea.ie for
further information.

For more detailed information on what grants are available to – please visit www.turn2us.org.uk

Although most full time students are not entitled to social security benefits certain students in vulnerable groups, including single parents and disabled students, may be eligible for social security benefits including Housing Benefits.

If you want to take a full time course of education, you should ask your local benefits office how this may affect your benefits.

Part-Time Students in receipt of Benefits can receive help with childcare, travel and Books through Support Funds without affecting Benefits*

*This has been confirmed by Social Security Agency. (Jobs and benefits Section)

You don’t have fees to pay if you choose to study a Further Education (FE) course. These course levels are:

  • Level 2 Diploma
  • Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma
  • Foundation Art & Design
  • NVQ Levels 1, 2 & 3
  • City & Guilds Level 3
  • NCTJ Level 3 Diploma in Journalism

You do have fees to pay if you choose to study a Higher Education (HE) course.

  • OCR Level 4 Diploma in Administration (Business Professional) £2,500*
  • Higher National Diploma (HND) & Foundation Degree  £2,500** These fees are subject to confirmation

Students studying our full time higher education courses may be eligible for a means tested bursary of £750 per academic year, awarded by NWRC.

Payment of Tuition Fees

Full-Time Higher Education (HE) Courses (e.g. HND or Foundation Degree)
Year 1 ONLY: 
A deposit of £200 is payable when you accept an offer of a place on a full-time HE course. This deposit will be due on or before 30 June 2016, the exact date will be stated in your letter of offer. A direct debit must be set-up to pay the remaining balance over a maximum of 4 monthly installments. If your letter of offer is issued after 30 June 2016 the deposit of £200 is payable 4 weeks from the date of the letter or 31 August 2016 whichever is earlier. Failure to pay the deposit or produce evidence as above will result in your offer/place being removed and placed at the end of the waiting list.

In both cases a deposit will be waived if the student provides a letter from the Student Loan Company confirming that an application for a tuition fee loan has been received. 

Year 2:
Fees should be paid in full on enrolment for those students not in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan from the SLC. However, there is a facility to pay by direct debit. A minimum deposit of £200 will be payable on enrolment and a direct debit set-up to pay the remaining balance over a maximum of 4 monthly installments. These will begin on the 15th (or nearest working day) of the month following the date of enrolment.

NON-PAYMENT OF TUITION FEES
Failure to pay your required tuition fees may result in one or more of the following:

  • you will be withdrawn from your course
  • you will not be able to sit exams for any NWRC course you are enrolled on
  • you will not be able to access any College facilities or our Computer network
  • you will not be able to progress to the next year of your course, or enrol on an alternative NWRC course
  • your name will not be included on any pass / graduation list

We will aim to recover all outstanding money that is owed from your tuition fee requirement.

Derry/Londonderry
Michelle Breslin
Student Finance
02871276033
michelle.breslin@nwrc.ac.uk

Emmett Rice
Student Finance
02871276010
emmett.rice@nwrc.ac.uk

Susan Donaghey-Bell
EMA Administrator
02871276074
susan.donaghey-bell@nwrc.ac.uk

Limavady
Esther Mawhinney
Student Finance
02871278770
esther.mawhinney@nwrc.ac.uk

Jenny McCaughan
EMA Administrator
02871278780
jenny.mccaughan@nwrc.ac.uk

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