When studying at university, your personal circumstances, economic background and choice of course will have an effect on the type of funding you are eligible to receive. To illustrate the range of support available, we have produced a number of typical case studies that detail the funding options that are open to the students in each situation.
Please note that the list of case studies below is not exhaustive and is merely to give you an idea of the funding options available in certain circumstances. For further information, please contact the Student Funding Office.
David is an 18 year old English student applying for BSc Geography/Geology at the University.
He will be living in University owned accommodation at Maple Bank.
He has been assessed as having a household income of £15,000.
David is from a single-parent family. His mother is claiming Income Support and Housing/Council Tax benefits.
David is also diagnosed as dyslexic.
What funding will David receive in 2013/14?
Jamelia is a 21 year old English student applying for MBChB Medicine at the University.
Jamelia is from Birmingham and has decided to live at home for the duration of her course.
She has been assessed as having a household income of £25,000.
What funding will Jessica receive in 2013/14?
During Jamelia's fifth and final year her tuition fees will be paid by the NHS so she will not require a loan. She will also be eligible to apply for an NHS means-tested bursary and will receive a non means-tested grant worth £1,000. Jamelia is also eligible to receive a reduced rate Maintenance Loan (of £1,324) from Student Finance England in this year.
Kate is a 20 year old English student applying for BA French Studies at the University.
She will be living in University owned accommodation at Aitken.
She has been assessed as having a household income of £35,000.
Kate will also be taking a year abroad in France as part of her degree programme.
What Funding will Kate receive in 2013/14?
During her year abroad Kate will be entitled to the overseas rate of Living Cost Loan and can apply for a Travel Grant from Student Finance England. As she is studying in Europe, she can also apply for an Erasmus Grant from the British Council.
Maria is a 35 year old English student applying for BA Social Work at the University.
She will be privately renting her accommodation.
She has been assessed as having no household income.
Maria is a single-parent with two children (both under 5). Her partner is currently unemployed.
What funding will Maria receive in 2013/14?
Chamberlain Award of £3,500 (£2,000 deducted from £9,000 tuition fees and £1,500 offered as a cash bursary)
Sunil is an 18 year old English student applying for BSc Physiotherapy at the University.
He will be living in University owned accommodation at Mason.
He has been assessed as having a household income of £18,000.
Sunil has entered the University through the Access to Birmingham (A2B) scheme.
What funding will Sunil receive in 2013/14?