Student Funding provides advice and guidance to students on funding opportunities available in support of their studies. We aim to inform students about the range of financial assistance available, the relevant criteria and how these funds can be accessed.
Our Student Funding Service will be available to:
- Provide one-to-one advice and guidance sessions on student finance
- Advise with student finance applications
- Accept applications for the Learner Support fund and Care to Learn Scheme
- Answer queries about funds administered by the Student Funding Office
The easiest way to currently contact us is by emailing studentfunding[AT]belfastmet[DOT]ac[DOT]uk.
General AdviceIf you are unsure what financial assistance may be available to you please get in touch with the student Funding Team by emailing studentfunding[AT]belfastmet[DOT]ac[DOT]uk
As well as offering financial advice and guidance, Student Funding is responsible for processing all of the student fund applications.
To enable staff to complete this task as promptly as possible, Student Funding will remain closed at all other times. Students may email queries directly to [email protected] and should normally expect to receive a response within 3 working days.
For details relating to Fees and Charges Policy, please visit Fees and Finance.
If you are studying a Further Education Course at Belfast Met you may be able to receive funding to support you during your studies. The funding available is dependent on your age, individual circumstances and household income:
Under 18 Support
Free School Meals - If you are aged under 18 on the 31st July 2023 and studying a Full Time Further Education course you may be entitled to free school meals through the Education Authority if you or your parent(s)/Guardian(s) receive one of the following benefits: Income Support, Income based JSA, Income Related ESA, Guaranteed Element of State Pension, Child Tax Credit/Working Tax Credit with an annual taxable income of £16,190 or less or an Asylum Seeker supported by the Home Office.
For further information and guidance or to apply please go to www.eani.org.uk
Under 19 Support
If you are studying a Full Time Further Education course and aged under 19 on 1st July 2023 and live more than three miles away from the College, with no closer College offering places on a similar course you may be entitled to a Travel Pass through the Education Authority.
For further information and guidance or to apply please go to www.eani.org.uk
Educational Maintenance Allowance
If you are aged 16,17,18 or 19 years on or between 2nd July 2022 and 1st July 2023 and studying a Full time Further Education course you may be entitled to EMA. EMA is a means tested allowance of £30 per week, paid fortnightly.
The household income of you or your parent(s)/guardian(s) must be £20,500 or less for households with one dependent child or; £22,500 or less for households with more than one dependent child. You can receive EMA for a maximum of three years, as long as the household income does not rise above the thresholds or you reach the age of 20.
For further information and guidance or to apply please go to www.nidirect.gov.uk
Please note: you can not receive both EMA and Further Education Award (only one or the other)
Over 19 Support
Further Education Grants Full Time
If you are age 19 or over on the 1st July 2023 you may be entitled to a Further Education Grant from the Education Authority (Western Region). The full time grant assists students with living costs and range in value from £2,092 down to £1,122, dependent on your individual circumstances and your or your parent(s)/guardian(s) household Income. Closing date for applications is 27th October 2023, however eligible students who submit an application by 30th June 2023 will be guaranteed funding.
Further Education Part-time 23/24
Further Education Grant Part time
If you are studying a Further Education Course at Belfast Met you may be able to receive funding to support you during your studies. The funding available is dependent on your age, individual circumstances and household income. The part time grant assist students with fees and books and equipment. Your entitlement depends on your course and your own Income and that of your spouse/partner (if applicable).
|Household Income||Grant for Fees||Books and equipment|
|Up to £15,000||£465||£265|
|£15,001 - £20,000||£275||£157|
|£20,001 - £25,000||£185||£105|
|£25,000 and over||No Funding||No Funding|
Your course must have a Full Time equivalent or be at least 8 hours per week and be completed in no longer than twice the time taken to complete the full time equivalent. Closing date for applications is 27th October 2023
For full criteria or to download a form please click here (applications available end of May 2023). Alternatively you can request a form to be posted to your home by emailing fegrants[AT]eani[DOT]org[DOT]uk
If you are studying a Full Time Higher Education Course at Belfast Met you may be able to receive funding from Student Finance NI. The funding available is dependent on your individual circumstances and household income.
Tuition Fee Loan (repayable)
A non-means tested loan available to you to cover the costs of your course up to £9,250. All Belfast Met Full-time Higher Education Courses cost £2,905 per year with the exception of the BSC in Social Work which costs £4,710 per year.
Maintenance Loan (repayable)
A means tested loan available to assist with your living/accommodation costs. A higher rate loan is available if living away from family home.
Maintenance Grant (non-repayable on course completion)
A means tested grant of up to £3,465 available to assist you with living/accommodation costs. Maintenance Grant & Loan means test examples (Living away from family home).
View full criteria and terms and conditions regarding Student Finance NI Loan and grant rates and to apply
If you are studying a Part-time Higher Education course at Belfast Met you may be able to receive funding from Student Finance NI. Part time Higher Education students, who are studying at least 50% of an equivalent full-time course, can apply for financial help. Your entitlement will depend on your income and that of your spouse / partner.
Tuition Fee Grant
A means tested grant available to you to help cover the cost of your course.
Tuition fee Loan
If the grant does not cover you entire fee or you are not eligible for the grant a non means tested loan is available to you to help cover the cost of your course.
A means tested grant of up to £265 to assist with the purchase of books etc.
For further information on means test and intensity levels please click here
How to apply
We strongly advise applying online by going to Student Finance NI and clicking create an account.
Additional or Supplementary Support
Student Finance NI also offer further support to students with specific circumstances:
DSA (Disabled Students’ Allowance) - Available to students who have extra costs because of a disability, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty.
Childcare Grant (Full Time Only) - Means tested grant to help with childcare costs up to £148.75 per week for one child or £255 for two or more children.
PLA (Parents Learning allowance) - Means tested grant of up to £1,538 if you have dependent children.
ADG (Adults Dependent Grant) - Means tested grant of up to £2,695 a year if an adult depends on you financially.
For more information about the above funds please click here.
Further Education Childcare Grant
If you are aged 20 years or over before the first day of the academic year you may be able to receive assistance towards your childcare costs through the Education Authority (Western Region). For further information and guidance or to apply please click here
Care to Learn Scheme
If you are aged under 20 years before the first day of the academic year you may be able to receive assistance towards your childcare costs through this scheme administered through the College. To apply email studentfunding[AT]belfastmet[DOT]ac[DOT]uk
Learner Support Fund Childcare
If you are aged 20 years or over before the first day of the academic year and are not receiving assistance for Childcare from the Further Education Award you may be to receive assistance towards your childcare costs from the Hardship Fund. To apply email studentfunding[AT]belfastmet[DOT]ac[DOT]uk
Learner Support Fund
The Learner Support Fund (Discretionary) is provided to increase access, retention and achievement for those learners experiencing exceptional financial difficulty with meeting costs associated with learning.
Students that apply to the Learner Support Fund and meet the means test and the eligibility criteria listed above will be assessed under the following categories:
|FUNDING CATEGORY||FULL TIME||PART TIME|
|living costs associated with learning||YES||NO|
|Books and Equipment Costs||YES||YES|
Please Note: Students cannot be double funded for the same category of funding received from elsewhere. i.e if a student is in receipt of Fee support from Student Finance NI, the Learner Support Fund will be unable to assist further under that category. All students must exhaust all other available sources before applying to this fund.
All Learner Support Fund assistance is conditional on student’s regular attendance at college and satisfactory academic progress.
Higher Education Bursary
The Higher Education Bursary is an Award paid to students from low income families who attend and progress on their Full Time Higher Education Course who pay variable fees.
The Award is approximately 10% of the overall fee charged for the course, for example a course that costs £2765 would equal an award of £276.
The process of the Higher Education Bursary is completed in Partnership with the Student Loan Company and therefore imperative that students apply through Student Finance NI to be assessed for the bursary.
Students must meet all of the following criteria:
• Must be enrolled as a Full-time Belfast Met Student Paying Variable Fee
• Student must have applied to SLC
• Must be financially assessed by SLC through PN1 form
• Must consent to share information through PN1 form
• Parents must consent to share through PN1 form (if means tested through parents)
• All required Evidence must be verified by SLC when applying through PN1 form
• Household Income must be less than £25,000
• Attendance over 80%
• Making academic progress
The Higher Education Bursary is generally processed at the end of term 3 when attendance figures and progression figures become available.
This bursary is awarded automatically if you meet the above criteria. If you have any queries please contact [email protected]
The Learner Support Fund is now open for applications. If you are in financial need and require assistance with any of the following categories, please apply:
- Course Fees
- Additional Living Costs (Full Time only)
- Travel Costs
- Books and equipment costs (essential/required)
- Childcare Costs
All students must exhaust all other available sources before applying.
All applicants must read the Guidance notes/Terms and Conditions before submitting an application. All questions must be answered accurately and honestly. Appropriate evidence must be uploaded were prompted. Failure to supply accurate information or appropriate documentation will result in a void application.
The College has relaunched a scheme to address digital readiness, the scheme will provide Laptops for those students who have limited or no access to IT in order to support them through their course.
You may be eligible for support from the College under the above scheme if:
- You are currently enrolled on an accredited qualification with Belfast Met
- You did not receive a Laptop from the Digital Readiness Scheme in 21/22
You will need the following if successful:
- Proof of Identity (Birth Cert, Passport or Home Office Permit)
- Proof of Address (any letter addressed to you)
The Laptop Scheme has been closed due to the volume of applications received.
Please note: Stock is limited, Laptops will be allocated on a first come first serve basis to eligible students.
If you have a query about this scheme, please send to: studentfunding[AT]belfastmet[DOT]ac[DOT]uk