Money issues can be of major concern before taking the step back into full-time education. However, the Government’s introduction of a new fees system has also brought a whole package of loans and grants (some non-repayable) - we have specialist Welfare Advisers at the University who can help you work out which of the many sources of assistance you may be entitled to. Below are some main points for guidance. Please note that, apart from the Foundation Scholarships, this financial information applies to UK/EU students only - Overseas students can obtain details of fees and funding from the University's International Office.
The Department of Electronic Engineering offers a number of £500 scholarships for the best performing Foundation Year students, after the first term of the course. These are open to both UK/EU and International students.
The foundation year has a reduced fee, due to a University fee waiver. However, many UK/EU students will also be eligible for non-repayable bursaries. Subsequent years of the course are charged at the University’s standard rate, but there are Fee Loans available to cover these, along with other sources of financial help - see below.
Non-repayable Maintenance Grants are awarded depending on income and in many cases mature students will qualify for the maximum award. For those with children there are Parent’s Learning Allowances and Childcare Grants. Disabled Students Allowances are available. Those claiming benefits may also be able to retain some of these. In addition, students can take out Loans for Living Costs, which are only repayable after you have finished your studies and are earning over a specific amount.
Other entrance bursaries and hardship funds may also be available, and once students progress from the Foundation Year to the next year of the degree course they become eligible to apply for a University of York Bursary.
We strongly recommend that prospective students seek the help of our Student Support Office as early as possible when considering financing their course and living expenses. They can go through all the options available to you and help you to make applications to different sources. You can make an appointment to see a Welfare Adviser by telephoning 01904 324140 or you can email them.
If you decide to visit us in the Department of Electronic Engineering in advance of making an application to the course, you can also book to see a Welfare Adviser on the same day. You apply for all government loans/grants through the Student Loans Company, telephone 0845 6077577 - our University Welfare Advisers can help you with this so you may find it easier to contact them in the first instance.
The University Careers Service runs a job shop that provides help looking for and finding part-time work. In the particular case of the Foundation Year we would only recommend very minimal hours during term time. However, the course is taught in three ten week terms. The Christmas and Easter vacations are usually four weeks in length, leaving 14 weeks free in the summer. Students would probably want to use some part of the Christmas and Easter vacations for study but the summer vacation gives a clear opportunity to obtain full time work.
Mrs Helen Lay
Dr Jude Brereton
(+44) 01904 322365