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Hartlepool College of Further Education

Higher Education 2012 Made Easy

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Hartlepool College of Further Education

Higher Education 2012 Made Easy - A Students’ Guide


Hartlepool College of Further Education

Higher Education 2012 Made Easy - A Students’ Guide Fees & Funding - the key facts If you’re starting a HE course after September 2012, you will pay nothing for your education until you complete the course and earn over £21,000. Information re prices Part-Time Course Fees From September 2012, the course fees for the College’s part-time HE offer start from £1950 per year. Full-Time Course Fees From September 2012, the course fee for the College’s full-time HE offer is £5500 per year. See table at the back of this document for specific course fees. Funding your studies Loans Loans are financial products students will have to pay back. For 2012/13, there are two main types of loans available for HE students: Tuition Fee Loan - you don’t have to pay your fees upfront. The government makes a tuition fee loan available to all eligible students to cover the full cost of fees each year. This loan is not means tested so any eligible student who secures place at university can use the loan to cover the fees each year regardless of their household income.

With the exception of students wishing to study the PGCE, if you already have a degree-level qualification, you may not be entitled to a tuition fee loan. Please contact the College for further details. Maintenance Loan for Living Costs - Full-time students can apply for a Maintenance Loan to help with living costs. Maintenance Loans are paid into your bank account at the start of each term. Part-time students can’t apply for a Maintenance Loan. The


Hartlepool College of Further Education

Higher Education 2012 Made Easy - A Students’ Guide

exact amount full-time students can borrow depends on: Loans • your family’s income • where you live • what year of study you’re in • what help you get through the Maintenance Grant Grants A grant is a financial product that DOES NOT have to be paid back. For 2012/13, there are a number of grants available for full-time HE students: Maintenance Grant for Living Costs - you can apply for a Maintenance Grant to help with your living costs. Maintenance Grants are available to students whose household income is £42,875 or less. Your household income is your parents’ or partner’s income and your own. The maximum Maintenance Grant is £3,250 a year if your household income is under £25,000. Special Support Grant - If you get or qualify for Income Support or Housing Benefit you may get the Special Support Grant instead of the Maintenance Grant. The amount you can get through the Special Support Grant is the same as that available through the Maintenance Grant but it won’t reduce how much you get for your Maintenance Loan. You are likely to qualify for the Special Support Grant if: • you’re a single parent • your partner is also a student • you have certain disabilities Childcare Grant - the Childcare Grant could cover as much as 85 per cent of your childcare costs during term time and holidays. If you’re eligible, the amount you may get will depend on: • your household income • the cost of your childcare • the number of children you have This could be up to £148.75 per week if you have one child, or £255 per week if you have two or more children.


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Adult Dependents’ Grant – the Adult Dependents’ Grant could provide extra help if you are a full-time HE student with an adult who depends on you financially. The amount you get depends on your income and the income of your dependents up to a maximum of £2642. Bursaries HCFE HE Bursary – details to follow Institute for Learning (IfL) – if you wish to follow the Certificate in Education or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, the IfL offers bursaries of £1000. Those who intend to teach basic Maths and/or English in the post-school sector can get bursaries of £1500. Further Allowances Parents’ Learning Allowance – this allowance helps towards your course costs such as books, material and travel. You could get between £50 and £1508 for 2012/13 depending on our household income. Tax Credits – You can claim Child Tax Credit if you have children. Working students can also claim Working Tax Credit. If you claim the childcare element of Working Tax Credit you can’t also claim the Childcare Grant. HE Funding FAQs 1) How much will my fees cost? The simple answer is that no student will pay upfront fees for their HE course. All students (full- and part-time) will be eligible for a non-means tested loan to cover tuition fees. The amount you borrow depends on the cost of your HE course and, at HCFE; fees start from just over £4800, part-time fees start from £2310. 2) Where do I get my loan from? Tuition and Maintenance loans are provide by Student Finance England. Please speak to either Gill Brough, Sharon Collier or the College’s Student Services team for further details. Alternatively, see the ‘Useful Contacts’ section overleaf.


Hartlepool College of Further Education

Higher Education 2012 Made Easy - A Students’ Guide

HE Funding FAQs 3) When do I get my loan? Once your application has been processed by Student Finance England your employee will receive a breakdown of your entitlement and a payment schedule. The College and/or Teesside University will have to verify that your have enrolled onto your course and that you are attending before any payments are released. 4) How much do I pay back? Repayments will be 9% of income above £21,000, so the amount repaid each month will depend on earnings. Someone earning £21,500 – currently the salary of a newlyqualified teacher – would initially make repayments of just £3.75 per month. The monthly repayment would increase to: • £22.50 for someone earning £24,000 per year • £30.00 on a salary of £25,000 • £45.00 on £27,000 • £67.50 on £30,000 If the person’s income falls below £21,000 repayments will stop. All outstanding loan amounts will be written off after 30 years. The £21,000 threshold will increase in line with earnings from 2016 onwards. 5) Where can I find information relating to available grants? The Directgov website has a section specifically for student finance for 2012/13. See the ‘Useful Contacts’ section below. Useful Contacts HCFE Gillian Brough 01429 283806 Sharon Collier (term time only) 01429 404036 Student Services 01429 295000

gbrough@hartlepoolfe.ac.uk scollier@hartlepoolfe.ac.uk enquiries@hartlepoolfe.ac.uk

Teesside University - http://www.tees.ac.uk/sections/fulltime/funding2012.cfm Directgov including Student Finance England - http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/ EducationAndLearning/UniversityAndHigherEducation/StudentFinance/Typesoffinance/ index.htm Institute for Learning - http://www.ifl.ac.uk


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Course fees delivered in partnership with Teesside University PROGRAMME

CREDITS PER YEAR

FEE PER YEAR (£)

120 120 120

5500 5500 5500

HNC Aeronautical Engineering

60

2310

HNC Building Services

60

2310

HNC Building Studies

60

2310

HNC Electrical Engineering

60

2310

HNC Fabrication and Welding

60

2310

HNC Instrumentation and Control

60

2310

HNC Mechanical Engineering

60

2310

HNC Plant and Process Engineering

60

2310

FdA Counselling

120

3900

FdSc Sports Coaching and Exercise

120

4200

FdA Early Years

120

3900

FdA Outdoor Education

120

3900

FdA Supporting Teaching and Learning (subject to final approval)

120

3900

FdA Working with Young People and Young People’s Services

120

3900

Certificate in Education

60

1950

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

60

1950

BA (Hons) Education Studies

120

3900

120

3080

Full-time - two years in duration HNC Aeronautical Engineering HND Public Services FdA Design for the Creative Industries Part-time - two years in duration

Part-time - three years in duration FdA Design for the Creative Industries

Notes

• For HN programmes, Edexcel registration costs are also to be added (available in September 2012). • Some HNCs can be topped up to a HND. Each additional module is circa £700 • Students who started or completed a HE programme in 2011/12 will incur much reduced costs – information on request


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HCFE Higher Education Curriculum Offer

Aeronautical Engineering

Building/Construction

Design for the Creative Industries

Early Years Education

Education Studies

Electrical Engineering

Fabrication and Welding

Instrumentation and Control

Initial Teacher Training

Mechanical Engineering Plant and Process Engineering

Outdoor Education

Sport and Coaching

Youth Work

delivered in partnership with Teesside University

Hartlepool College of Further Education Stockton Street, Hartlepool TS24 7NT 01429 295000 enquiries@hartlepoolfe.ac.uk


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