The N. Ireland Education and Library Boards’
Student Support section is known as;
Student Finance ni
In order to be eligible for support from
Student Finance ni you must satisfy the
A student must have been in
residence in the UK for at least
three years before the start of the
Students must be applying to attend an
approved college such as;
A university or college in the UK or ROI that is
maintained out of public funds.
A college of food, agriculture and rural
Certain private colleges, specifically designed
for student support
Students must be studying one of these courses.
Higher National Diploma (Level 5 BTEC)
Higher National Certificate (Level 4 BTEC)
Diploma of Higher Education
Certain other courses
Expenses whilst at university or college fall
into two categories;
Tuition fees which help meet the cost of a
Living costs referred to as higher education
Entitlement Tuition Fees
Studying in the UK
N. Ireland £3465.00 per year
England Up to £9000 per year
Wales Up to £9000 per year
Scotland Up to £9000 per year
Entitlement Tuition fees
Studying in the Republic of Ireland
There are no tuition fees if attending a
college in the South – only a registration fee
€2250 which will be paid directly to the
institution upon receipt of an invoice.
Entitlement Tuition Fees
Student loan for fees
All students can take out a student loan for fees for the
maximum amount charged by the institution.
Paid directly to the institution by SLC.
No income assessment involved.
Study first and pay back when you start to earn over
Interest is paid at 9% of earnings over £15,795 so someone
starting at £22,000 would pay £10.73 per week.
Entitlement Living expenses
Financial Help includes;
Loan for living costs (means tested)
Maintenance Grant (means tested)
Maintenance Grant / Special Support Grant
Worth up to £3475 and is payable to students
where the household income is less than £19,203
Between £19,203 and £41,065 there is a partial
grant. Above this there is no grant.
Grant is paid in three instalments.
Doesn’t have to be repaid except if a student
withdraws or doesn’t complete the course.
Entitlement Living Costs
Student Loans for Maintenance
(must be paid back)
rent, food, books etc.
Max £6780 if studying in London
Max £4840 if living away from home outside
Max £3750 if living at home
Higher Education Bursary
Students who are in receipt of a full or partial
maintenance grant are entitled to a bursary ranging
from £347 - £2000 depending on the institution.
Students must speak to the college or university to
find out what is available.
Disabled Students’ Allowance
A range of assistance is available which is not means tested.
Specialist equipment up to £5266 for the
General allowance up to £1759 pa
Extra travel costs
Allied Health Professional Degrees
What do they cover?
Chiropody,Dental Hygiene / Therapy, Dietetics,Midwifery,
Occupational Therapy, Orthoptics, Physiotherapy,
Podiatry, Prosthetics, Radiography, Speech and Language
Income assessed bursary £2355 (not normally repayable)
Reduced rate student loan £2370 (must be applied for)
Tuition fees paid
Applies to UK public institutions only. See notice board
for relevant addresses.
If studying at Queens or University of Ulster,
students must apply for full funding a.s.a.p. to the
Bursary Administration Unit
See me for the address
If studying in England, Scotland or Wales, application
should be made to the relevant body- addresses on careers
suite notice boards.
The funding is non means tested.
How to apply for Support for
Complete the provided application form fully and return
to the local NEELB.
Make sure to include your National Insurance Number
…..no number – no payment!
And either an original birth certificate with a ‘Declaration
of Identity’ or a valid passport.
One of your teachers can sign this ‘Declaration of Identity’
Check the appropriate deadlines for means tested and non
means tested applications.
Ensure to use the correct postage
(check weight and size of envelope)
In May, representatives from
StudentFinance NI will come to school.
Any queries can be resolved
Forms can be stamped and collected for
processing on the provision of the relevant