A guide to paying for your university course! A student finance overview including specialist finance help for health courses. Featuring Middlesex University and the University of Bradford.

13 October 2020 at 12:00


Event summary

A guide to paying for your university course! A student finance overview including specialist student finance advice for health courses.

Featuring Middlesex University London and the University of Bradford.

Event speakers

A student finance overview
Natalie Wignall, Education Liaison and Outreach Officer at Middlesex University London
Sophie Alexis, Education Liaison and Outreach Officer at Middlesex University London

Student finance for health courses
Sarah, Student Life Manager at the University of Bradford

Hosted by:
Jon Cheek, Founder and Director, UniTasterDays.com

Event Summary

This webinar is hosted by Jon Cheek, the Founder and Director of UniTasterDays. Guidance is provided for students to help them make good choices when considering university. The guest speakers for this event are Natalie Wignall, the Education Liaison and Outreach Officer at Middlesex University London, Sophie Alexis, the Education Liaison and Outreach Officer at Middlesex University London and Sarah, a Student Life Manager at the University of Bradford.

UK student finance
Natalie speaks about the two types of loans you can apply for to help with your higher education, the tuition fee loan and the maintenance loan. She explains who will receive this loan from and how it is different to a loan from the bank. Everyone who applies to university is likely to be eligible for both loans but there is additional support available for people with disabilities or anyone with caring responsibilities. As well as this, students who choose to study allied health professions courses may be eligible for extra funding, and Natalie talks about where you can find out more information regarding any additional support.

Natalie goes on to speak about how to apply for student finance, how the money is paid and when you need to repay. You pay back a certain percentage of your income above the payment threshold and Natalie discusses this in further detail. Finally, she touches on what the maintenance loan covers for you as a student and answers common misconceptions.

Bursaries, scholarships and budgeting for health courses
Sophie explains who is eligible for a bursary or scholarship at university and advises that you can undertake research to see if you are entitled for this extra money. If you are unsure if you qualify, Sophie speaks about where to look for information or who to contact.

She goes on to talk about budgeting and why it is important to start thinking about this before starting university. She focuses on how you can work out a budget as a student, and different ways you can get/earn extra money if you need it. Finally, Sophie talks about the many benefits of becoming a student ambassador at university.

Student finance for health courses
Sarah talks about the student finance available for students on health courses. As well as the tuition fee and maintenance loan, students are likely to be eligible for the NHS learning support fund. Sarah explains what this is, what you are assessed on, whether you are required to repay and when you receive the payment.

Session summary from Rubaya Zaman, a final year English Literature student at the University of Birmingham.

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Important note:

The live event is for post 16-students. Those aged 15 or under will have access to the event recordings which will be provided on this page as well, after the event.

Of course teachers, careers colleagues and support staff are very welcome to attend as well - for their own CPD purposes.


 
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