Have you recently enrolled on a new Midwifery programme?
Have you been assessed for funding by Student Finance England?
It is really important to check your entitlement notification letter, which should appear in your online Student Finance England account under the heading ‘letters and emails’. This will show you how much funding you are due to receive for your fees and living costs. A ‘Tuition Fee Loan’ is paid direct to the university on a termly basis to cover your fees and the ‘Maintenance Loan’ is the money paid to you direct in 3 x termly instalments for your living costs – accommodation, travel, food, utilities etc.
The first academic year of this course has a study duration of 45 weeks and as such you need to be correctly assessed for funding for these extra weeks. This is because you don’t get the same amount of long vacation as other (typically non-Health) students.
The exact amount you are due to receive will vary from one student to another, depending on your personal circumstances ie if you are under or over 25; if you live with a partner or on your own; if you have a child/children; if you are going to be living in the parental home whilst you study and so on. However, typically a single student over 25 with no children should receive the ‘standard’ maximum £8430 + 22 extra weeks @ £90 per week = £10,410 for the whole academic year.
This course is registered as a ‘long course’ but as the funding has changed for Health Science students from this academic year, there may be some interim teething issues with SFE.
If you want to check if your assessment is correct, come and see a Student Adviser in person or you can contact SFE direct on 0300 100 0607. SFE phone lines are open between Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm and on the weekend between 9am to 4pm. You need to have your customer reference number and secret password to hand when you call them.
The university Student Centre is based in Trevin Towers at Welkin campus in Eastbourne and the Student Advisers run a drop in service on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10.30 – 3.30. We are here to talk to you about all things money so pop in if you have a question.
Student Advice Service