Undergraduate students from the UK and the EU
ULIP undergraduate students benefit from special financial support arrangements giving them access to UK government loans. This means that students who are eligible for government funding do not have to pay anything up front and the arrangements for repaying Tuition Fee and Maintenance loans are designed to make higher education as affordable as possible. Students will not have to start repaying loans until the April after they graduate and are earning at least £21,000 a year.
Tuition fee loan
Students who take out a full tuition fee loan do not pay any fees directly to ULIP. It is available to UK and EU students, and does not involve means testing.
Maintenance loans help students with their everyday living expenses while studying.
All loans are organised by the Student Finance Authority in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
ULIP students are assessed on an overseas rate and entitlements vary according to parental income. As an example, new students from England currently receive a maintenance loan between £4,667 and £9,654 depending on circumstances. Please consult the relevant Student Finance websites for further details on the application process and for an estimate of your entitlements.
- Students living in England and the EU: www.gov.uk/student-finance
- Students living in Wales: www.studentfinancewales.co.uk
- Students living in Scotland: www.saas.gov.uk
- Students living in Northern Ireland: www.studentfinanceni.co.uk
As part of our partnership with Queen Mary University of London, institutional communication with the Student Loans Company is handled by Queen Mary.
Therefore, when applying, you should not register using the personal details held on your UCAS application. Instead, you should complete the questions relating to your Course and University or College as follows:
- University name & address: Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS
- UCAS university code: Q50*
- Course name: French Studies (ULIP), French with History (ULIP), French with Business (ULIP) and French with International Relations (ULIP)
- UCAS course code: R110, RV10, R1N1 and R1L2
- Where will you be studying: abroad (for all three terms)
* Please note that you should only use the Queen Mary UCAS code Q50 in relation to financial support. For all other communications with UCAS, please use the ULIP UCAS code of P26.
We offer bursaries to assist students from the UK with the cost of study. Bursaries do not need to be repaid and are paid by bank transfer in instalments. The amount received each year will depend on your household income which is assessed during your application for government financial support.
Two levels of bursaries are available:
- Students who come from households with an income of £25,000 or less per year are likely to be eligible for a bursary of £1,571 per academic year.
- Students who come from households with incomes of between £25,001 and £42,600 are likely to be eligible for a bursary of £1,256 per academic year.
You do not need to make a separate application for a ULIP Bursary. When you apply for financial support from Student Finance, you will be asked to give your consent to your information being shared with the University. Sponsors/parents who are submitting financial details about themselves as part of your application will also be asked to give their consent. It is important that this consent is given so that we can decide whether your assessed household income means you qualify for a bursary. Please consult the QMUL Bursary page for further details.
International students from outside the European Union
If you are a student applying from outside the European Union, you are not entitled to apply for funding from the UK Government towards your tuition or living costs. Your own government may, however, provide a scholarship scheme to help you study overseas, or there may be banks in your country that offer international student loans. We advise you to contact your local British Embassy, Consulate or British Council offices for advice regarding support for studies at ULIP.
Additional sources of funding
Housing benefit allowance (CAF)
The French Government grants housing benefit, administered by the Caisse d’allocations familiales (CAF), to students who pay rent (including for a room in a Hall of residence, a hostel, in a family home or flat-share) provided they have their name on the lease. The allowance can be up to 212 euros per month. Further information about the scheme is available on our accommodation page (link)
Student Bank Accounts
Most high street banks in the UK have special student offers, including an interest-free overdraft. Please note that student accounts in France do not offer this, so make the most of the possibility of borrowing money for free by opening a student account before you leave the UK.
Many students get a part-time job to help with their living expenses. This can make a big difference to a student budget and is a great way to develop your CV, as it gives you transferable skills that can help when applying for jobs. You should however limit the number of hours that you work during term-time, so that your studies do not suffer. General guidance is that 20 hours per week work is the maximum hours of work that should normally be considered by any student; however care should be taken even with a lower number of hours. It is often recommended that undergraduate students should limit part-time work to no more than 10 hours per week. Students should also think very carefully about accepting work during unsociable hours (e.g. in late-night bars) as this can have a detrimental effect on attendance and academic performance.
Disabled Student Allowance
If you're a student with a disability, mental-health condition, long-term health condition or learning difficulty, you can apply for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) through Student Finance.
DSAs don't need to be paid back and can help with the extra costs you may have while at university, such as specialist equipment for studying, non-medical helpers, extra travel costs or other costs like photocopying or printer cartridges. Click here to find out more.
Financial Assistance Fund
If you have exceptional or unforeseen costs or you are in financial hardship you could be eligible for help from the Financial Assistance Fund.
Priority groups for consideration include mature students, students with childcare costs, disabled students, students who have entered higher education from care, from low-income backgrounds and undergraduates in the final year of their study or those close to finishing their postgraduate qualification. Please consult the QMUL Financial Assistance Fund webpage for further details.
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