Student Funding for HNC / HND courses
Students on the HNC / HND courses are eligible for financial support through
‘Student Finance England’ to help with a loan for the course fee and for a maintenance loan and grant to support living expenses whilst on the course.
Students themselves apply directly for this support and the money for the course fee is paid directly to the college. The course fee loan application is not means tested, however maintenance support is and you will need to submit proof of income to Student Finance England during the application process.
You will not be liable to pay for any of the course fees up front if you meet the criteria set out and start paying back the loan once earning above £21,000 a year.
Forms for loans and maintenance support can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance
Additionally to the Student Finance support the college has a small pot of money in the
‘Access to Learning Fund’. This is designed to help those in hardship with costs for books and materials. You can apply for this during your course and the form is on the college website.
Questions in addition to the existing document
‘Financial support for HNC / HND Foundation Degree Courses’
Can I claim a loan from Student finance if:
I already have a degree
No. If you have achieved a degree you will not get any funding or financial support to undertake a HNC / HND and you will need to fund the course totally through private finance.
My existing degree was from another country
Regardless of where your degree is from you are not eligible. It is all to do with the equivalent qualification, not where you studied it. Student Finance has access to records from other countries to verify this.
It was many years ago
This again is not relevant and Student Finance has access to records going years back and access to the records of other countries as well.
I have already had a student loan. Can I apply for another, or extend it
You can apply for a loan as long as the course you are doing is at a higher level to that which you have already achieved. So for example, if you already have a HNC (level 4) you can apply for funding for an HND (level 5) but if you already have a HND you cannot apply for funding for a HNC.
My previous student loan was just for a 1 year course. Can I apply for another, or extend it
Again this is driven by the level of the course you are applying for. If you have yet to achieve the level you are applying for, then you are eligible.
I am on Jobseekers allowance / disability benefit / other benefits. Do I lose these benefits if I apply
If you get student finance you can no longer claim JSA or Housing benefit. Your support and maintenance is instead paid through Maintenance grants and loans from Student Finance. The only students who can carry on claiming benefits are single parents on disability benefits. Single parents apply for the
‘Special Support Grant’ through student finance which means they can carry on claiming income support and housing benefit. You have to communicate everything through the Jobcentre.
I am a single parent on benefits. How would a student loan affect me?
Single parents apply for the
‘Special Support Grant’ through student finance which means they can carry on claiming income support and housing benefit. You apply for this through direct.gov.uk. You have to communicate everything to do with your status change through the Jobcentre.
Can I claim a council tax rebate?
All students on HNC/HND will not have to pay Council Tax. You will need to get an exemption letter from your department.
I wish to progress to Post Graduate study. Can I claim a student loan for this?
No. Student Finance does not cover postgraduate courses. Information for applying for any Postgraduate study can be found at: www.prospects.ac.uk/funding_my_further_study.htm
Does the college offer any other sources of funding that I can apply for?
The college has a small pot of money in the Access to Learning fund for those in extreme hardship to apply for a one off payment to help with materials/equipment. This usually covers up to £200 and the student will need receipts for materials/equipment purchased.
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Updated: 31st June 2012