Fees and funding students registered before September 2012
As a continuing student, you shouldn’t notice any difference in the amount of tuition fee you pay, or the ways that you pay it. If you’ve applied for Student Finance England support before, then this support should continue year on year, via the usual process; if you fund your own studies, then your fees are likely to only increase in-line with inflation. Categorically, your fees will not be raised to the levels paid by new students.
The Student Loans Company(SLC) will contact students who applied for part-time funding (Fee Grant and/or Course Grant) last year. You will receive an email from the SLC in mid-August with a short application form (PTGC) to complete. This must be signed by you, stamped by the University and returned to the SLC. Alternatively, the form can be downloaded from www.slc.co.uk/england when it is available.
Continuing students who are applying for a Fee Grant or a Course Grant for the first time will need to complete a full application form (PTGN), which they must sign and have stamped by the University. This form will be available at www.slc.co.uk/england from 3 September 2012. These forms are only available to download.
As you’ll have picked up from the media, the way new students are paying for their studies is indeed changing; and while that doesn’t affect you, if you’re interested, you can learn more through our pages on fees. The good news is that the University’s support for part-time students has never been greater; and whether you are a new or continuing student, you can still call on resources such as the Access to Learning Fund to help you navigate financial obstacles to your learning.