Student Finance

We recognise the financial stresses and strains academic life can involve. Financial stability is a key foundation stones of academic success.

For this reason we want to ensure every NWRC student benefits from the funding opportunities available to them based on the funding criteria. We strive to ensure payments are made on time and that Students are kept informed of key funding dates.

In addition the Student Finance team provides advice and guidance to students at NWRC and those wishing to progress on with their studies in areas such as:

  • Bursaries
  • Grants
  • Student Loans
  • Tuition fees
  • Other financial helpThe Student Finance team is also responsible for the administration of the Hardship Fund, EMA, Care to Learn, Higher Education Bursary, the distribution of Further Education Award cheques and Higher Education registrations.

Contact the Team

Strand Road (028) 7127 6033 (028) 7127 6010/  Limavady (028) 71278770

Further Education

Education Maintenance Allowance

• EMA pays £30 per week and is available to 16-19 year olds (means tested)

• Courses must be at least 15 hours per week (excludes Essential Skills)

• EMA Application forms are available online • Continuing students do not need to reapply • EMA Payment dates

Further Education Award

• FE Awards are available to students who are studying full-time further education courses and are 19+ on the 1st July 2018

• Students can get up to £2,092 per year (means tested, non-repayable)

• Download an application form online

Deadline to be guaranteed funding is 31st August 2018

Part-time Further Education Award

  • Part-time further education awards are also available to students studying part-time further education courses
  • Students can get up to £465 towards fees and £265 towards books and materials
  • Download an application form onlineDeadline for funding is 28th September 2018

Republic of Ireland Students

  • There are no grants available for ROI students studying full-time further education courses
  • Part-Time further education students may apply for the part-time Further Education Award (Fees Only)
  • You may be able to apply for Back to Education if you are currently on a Social Welfare payment.

Travel/Bus Pass

Bus passes are issued by your local Education Authority (EA).

Students must:

  • Be under 19 on 1st July 2018
  • Be studying a Further Education course only
  • Live at least 3 miles from their nearest collegeIf you are studying a Higher Education course you are not entitled to a travel pass.

Free School Meals

Students under 18 years of age at 31st July 2018 may be entitled to free school meals. Applications must be made by your parent or guardian to your local Education Authority.

School meal tickets will be available from reception and should be collected on a weekly basis.

Higher Education

Higher Education Funding

  • Students can get a non-repayable maintenance grant per year of up to £2,092 (means tested)
  • Maintenance loans and tuition fee loans are also availableTo make sure you receive your first payment at the start of term, you must complete and return a PN1 application form by 13 April 2018 you can still apply after this date

Part-time Higher Education Funding

  • Part-time higher education funding is also available to students studying part-time higher education courses
  • Students need to complete a PTL application form from Student Finance NI

Republic of Ireland Students

  • Full-Time higher education students may apply for a maintenance grant via SUSI. Students can apply online at www.susi.ie
  • Full-Time higher education students can also apply for a tuition fee loan by completing the EU18N application form
  • You may be able to apply for Back to Education if you are currently on a Social Welfare payment

Higher Education Bursary and Scholarship

  • £500 bursary available to all NWRC full-time higher education students (means tested and non-repayable)
  • Students can apply for the bursary through Student Services in September 2018Two HE Scholarships are available to cover the cost of fees for students from a disadvantaged background. Contact Student Services for additional information.

Training for Success

Training for Success students should refer to their Training for Success participant handbook for all information about payments.

Additional Sources of Funding

The Hardship Fund

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 expenses
  • Childcare CostsThe Hardship Fund is discretionary. Please contact Student Service to collect an application and criteria information.

Payments

The Hardship Fund can pay up to £45 per week. If approved payments are made approximately every 6 weeks and will be based on attendance.

Poor attendance could result in reduced or suspended Hardship Fund payments. Students may be asked to repay Hardship Fund payments if they abandon their course.

Princes Trust Development Award

If you’re aged 16-25 and need funding to get into Training/Education, you could potentially receive a grant to help to pay for fees, tools or equipment for a job or qualification e.g. hairdressing kit, carpentry tools, chef whites to help you to reach your educational goals.

If you meet the eligibility criteria you can receive up to £500.

For more information, contact:

Email: outreachni@princes-trust.org.uk Tel: 0800 842 842
Text: “Call Me” to 079 8338 5418

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

  • If your register is not fully marked each week, you may not get paid. Check your attendance regularly and discuss issues with your tutor
  • Students must have any absences authorised by their tutor within one week in order for payments to be processed.
  • Students on work placement (WP) must have this authorised by their tutor in order for payments to be processed
  • You can find all up-to-date information on EMA rules, AA/WP forms on the A-Z resources via the Student Portal
  • You can access the EMA Payment Guide for 2018/19 online.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • Missed or reduced finance payments could have a devastating effect on your ability to complete your course successfully.
  • The number one cause of missed or reduced Finance payments is your attendance at the College. All Student Finance is dependent on your continuous attendance. In most cases this is something you will have direct control over, however life events can sometimes present obstacles to attendance.
  • If you find you are having problems attending it’s really important to keep your Tutor informed in exceptional cases they may be able to authorise your absences to prevent it from affecting your payments.
  • Understanding your E-register is important, you can view your attendance on the Student Portal. It’s strongly recommended to monitor this. If you are not marked correctly you need to inform your tutor. Student Finance will be checking E-registers when calculating Student Finance payments

Related links:

www.studentfinanceni.co.uk

www.welbni.org

www.studentfinance.ie

www.eani.org.uk

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