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HE Knowledge Hub Podcast: Episode 1 – Student Finance

Welcome to the HE Knowledge Hub podcast series. Episode 1 focuses on the hot topic of student finance with a guest speaker from the Student Loans Company.

Episode 1: Student Finance

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Show Notes


  • Tuition Fees – the money that you pay to the university or college each year of study, currently (April 2021) it is up to £9,250 per year. The tuition fee loan is paid straight to your university or college, and doesn’t come to you first.
  • Maintenance Loan – this is a loan to cover your living costs (including your accommodation) it is paid directly to you, in termly instalments.
  • Threshold – we use this term to mean the amount you can earn before you start paying your loans back, currently £27,295 (although this does change).
  • Disabled Students’ Allowance – you will have heard that there is a Disabled Student Allowance that you can apply for. You could be eligible for this if you have a disability that affects your ability to study. The list includes:
    • learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, or ADHD
    • mental health condition, such as anxiety or depression
    • physical disability, such as if you’re partially sighted or have to use crutches
    • long-term health condition, such as cancer, chronic heart disease, or HIV

You can find out more here: https://www.ucas.com/student-finance-england/disabled-students-allowances#eligibility

Useful links

Useful infographics  (click to enlarge)

Additional links

We also recommend the following sites for impartial and up-to-date information about student finance:

Sound credits – https://www.bensound.com/


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