Student Funding Advice


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What we do

From basic advice on funding entitlements to complex advice about serious financial problems. The service offers impartial, confidential and professional guidance and information to students.

We administer the University Hardship Fund, Care Leaver and Estranged Student Bursaries and University Emergency Loans. (Please see below for further information)

We offer appointments to discuss:

  • Financial or personal situations which may affect study.
  • Financial implications of interruption, re-start, programme transfer or withdrawal of study.

Who we are

Debbie Smitham – Student Funding Adviser


For initial enquiries and information please contact or if you have a complicated query please email:

Twitter: @Funding_Marjon

Getting your Student Finance

You need to apply for your Student Funding either online or by downloading a paper application form. Follow the SFE twitter page to find out when applications are open each year and try to complete your application by the end of June to make sure your funding is put in place for the start of your course.

The standard funding you can apply for is a tuition fee loan, non-means tested maintenance loan and a means tested maintenance loan (based on household income).  You could also be eligible for grants if you are a parent or have adult dependants. There is also a Disabled Student Allowance.

Your funding will be paid to you in three instalments throughout the academic year. The maintenance loan is paid directly to you to cover accommodation and living costs and the tuition fee payments are made directly to the University.  You can find out how much you may be eligible for by using the SFE Student Finance calculator.

As long as you have been fully approved for funding by SFE/your relevant funding body then your payment will be released once you have completed the enrolment process at the start of the academic year. The University will inform SFE/your relevant funding body that you are a live student and your funds should be received into your bank account within 3-5 working days.

If you have any delays with this please check your online SFE account to check your “to do” list and the “letters and emails” section and contact the Student Funding Adviser in Student Support if you need further help and advice.

If you have started or completed another higher education course previously please get in contact with Student Funding Advice because previous study can affect your funding entitlement.

Students and Benefits

Some students can still be eligible for benefits while studying.

Further information regarding eligibility can be found here and here.

The DWP will take into account Student Funding when accessing eligibility to benefits but they will disregard any grants such as Parents Learning Allowance, Adults Dependents Grants, DSA or Childcare Grant.Students need to provide DWP with their Student Finance entitlement letter once received for their benefits to be reassessed.

The entitlement letter which should be provided can be downloaded from a student’s online Student Finance account as it needs to show the breakdown of the different funding types and amount to be received for the Academic Year.
For students on the 2016+ SFE funding system this will contain a paragraph which explains that £3,680*of the Special Support Element of the Maintenance Loan should be disregarded in benefits assessments.

For students on the pre 2016 SFE funding system who are still in receipt of a Maintenance Grant this funding amount will be disregarded.Please do make sure you contact the DWP ASAP regarding any changes to your income including your Student Funding to avoid any under or overpayments which may leave you in further financial difficulty.If you have any concerns regarding claiming benefits as a student or if you think you have been incorrectly assessed please contact* Figure for academic year 2018/19

Tuition & Accommodation Fees

Tuition fees 

You can find out the tuition fee cost of your course by searching our courses webpage. The standard cost for an undergraduate course is £9250 per year.

The tuition fees are paid directly to the university in three instalments over the year. If you are paying your tuition fees yourself you need to make a payment arrangement with the finance department.

Accommodation fees

Returning students, as well as new students, can opt to live on campus.  All information about living on campus can be found here –

Returning students can apply to become a Resident Student Assistant in return for which they receive a substantial rent reduction. These posts are advertised on the Community Hub around Easter each year for the next academic year.


Most student tenancy agreements do not cover insurance for student’s possessions.

If you are renting it is advisable to insure your belongings against loss or damage caused by theft, fire, vandalism, storm, flood and burst pipes.

If you share accommodation with other students, you should each take out your own contents policy. More information can be found here.

for the next academic year.

Council Tax

Full time students are exempt from paying council tax for the duration of their course including holidays.

If you live with others who are not students the property will still be liable for council tax but you would not be responsible to pay this. More information can be found here.

At the start of each academic year the Registry department sends a list of all “live” students to the local councils to confirm their council tax exception. Some councils may still require you to apply for an exemption. More information can be found here.

Money Worries

If you have any financial worries or concerns please contact Student Funding Advice so that they can advise or signpost you to relevant services:

Marjon has a University Hardship Fund which helps students who are experiencing financial hardship during their studies. More information is available here.

For further information on the financial support the University Student Funding Advice team can offer please visit the Student Funding Advice page of the Student Handbook.

Money Related FAQs

What is the latest date I can apply for student finance?

You can apply for student finance up to nine months after the start of the academic year if you’re a full-time or part-time student. Check with Registry when your academic year starts as it’s not necessarily the first day of your course. It will either be 1 September, 1 January, 1 April or 1 July.

Should I get a student overdraft? 

A student interest free overdraft can help with the extra costs of university which student funding may not cover. More information about what student overdrafts are is available here and advice on choosing the best student bank account is available here.

Can I get help with childcare? 

f you are eligible for student finance you could also be eligible for a childcare grant from Student Finance England. More information can be found here.

What happens to my funding if I decide to withdraw, interrupt or change my course? 

Any students considering withdrawal, interruption or course transfer are advised to make an appointment with Academic Advice and Student Funding Advice in Student Support to discuss the financial and academic implications. For more information including contact details of the services please visit the Student Support section of the Student Handbook or visit the Information Hub for quick queries.

Where can I get help with budgeting?

If you would like advice and guidance on how to budget your student funding you can book a budgeting appointment with Student Funding Advice via
The UCAS website also has an online budget calculator as does the Which? University website.

Am I eligible for benefits while I’m a student?

The benefits you can apply for depend on your circumstances and whether you are studying full-or part-time. 

Summer University Hardship Fund

The Summer University Hardship Fund is available to help students who need extra financial support because they have higher than expected costs or experience severe financial difficulty due to unexpected events.
If you have children, are a mature student with existing financial commitments, are from a low-income family, were previously in care, or are homeless, the Summer University Hardship Fund may be able to help you.

All applications will be means tested.

To download the application form please click here

Paper copies of the application form are available from Finance.

To download the student bank details form required for the Summer University Hardship Fund applications please click here.

Care Leavers Bursary

Plymouth Marjon University provides a Care Leavers Bursary of £2,000 per academic year for eligible students.

Students who have indicated on their application to the University that they are a Care Leaver will be contacted by the Student Funding Adviser and sent a bursary application form after the start of the Academic Year.
Continuing Care Leaver students will be sent an application form by the Student Funding Adviser at he start of each academic year.

If you did not indicate your Care Leaver status on your University application please email

To download the Care Leaver Bursary Guidance for further information please click here.

Estranged Student Bursary

Plymouth Marjon University provides a Estranged Student Bursary of £1,000 per academic year for eligible students.

If you are under 25 and estranged from both of your biological/adoptive parents or only living parents you may be eligible to apply.

To download the Estranged Student Bursary Guidance for further information on the bursary please click here.
For an application form please contact

Securing independent status on the basis of estrangement with Student Finance can sometimes be difficult and time consuming so if you are struggling with this process please contact for help and/or visit the Stand Alone website.

University Emergency Loan

University Emergency Loan’s are intended to help students who need extra financial support in emergency situations due to unforeseen events and who do not have any other means of financial support.

Each application is assessed on an individual basis during a meeting with the Student Funding Adviser to discuss the situation and to assess if a University Emergency Loan is appropriate for the circumstance and/or if there is any further support that we can offer.

For further information the University Emergency Loan Guidance can be downloaded by clicking here.

The University Emergency Loan application form can be downloaded by clicking here.

To arrange an appointment regarding an University Emergency Loan please email:

International Student Emergency Fund

The International Student Emergency Fund (ISEF) is available to help International (including EU) students who are experiencing financial difficulty due to unexpected circumstances e.g. family illness/bereavement in their home country and high travel costs to return.

ISEF is not intended to help with general living costs because International students are expected to have made enough provisions prior to starting their course to cover their living costs and tuition fees.

For the full International Student Emergency Fund guidelines detailing further information regarding eligibility, conditions, assessment procedures etc. please click here.

The International Student Emergency Fund application form can be downloaded by clicking here.

Further advice & information leaflets

For information regarding Council Tax, funding FAQ’s, receiving your funding, insurance, money worries and tuition and accommodation fees please go to the “Money Matters” section of the Student Handbook.

Please click on the titles below to download the relevant information & advice leaflets:



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