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Student Advice and Support Service

Finance

Placements and study abroad 20/21

For the latest guidance on Covid-19’s impact on placements, see the Placement and study exchange student FAQS

If you are an undergraduate considering a year in industry or studying abroad as part of your course, the information below will outline the Student Finance England funding and Erasmus grants you may be eligible for.

Outgoing exchange students information can be found through the following link:  https://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/overseas-exchange/outgoing/

You can also obtain any advice and information you may need from Careers: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/careers/students-and-graduates/placements/

The international student tuition fees for placement years can be found through the following link: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/students/finance/international/fees/

Tuition fees

The amount of tuition fees and the funding available for placement years and study abroad depend on the type of placement/study you are undertaking. Information provided here applies to Student Finance England UK Undergraduate students.

Students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland should check with their student finance provider for relevant figures:

Tuition fee loan for placement years 20/21

Tuition fees for placement years vary according to the type of placement:

A tuition fee loan is generally available to cover the costs.

  • Industrial placement year or Year in Enterprise - £1,850
  • Erasmus placements lasting the full academic year - £1,385
  • Year of study abroad – £1,385 if your year is specified as study abroad
  • Split year 6 months placement + 6 months study abroad - £1,385
  • Work placement abroad - £1,850
  • Independent work placement during leave of absence - no tuition fee payable (but no formal qualification in recognition of year of work)

Maintenance loan eligibility for paid work placements 20/21

You can apply for a maintenance loan to help you with your living costs via your student finance provider.You will not have to be means-tested for this loan. 

The amount you can receive depends on where you are living during the placement. The exception to this is London placements; the London rate is payable only when your placement is within the London Metropolitan area, rather than where you are living. Note that if you are living at your family home in London you receive the family home rate not the London rate. 

2020-2021 figures

  • If you live at your family home: £2,090
  • If you live away from home, including a placement abroad: £2,788
  • If your placement is in London: £3,914

Maintenance Grants and Loughborough Scholarship Programme bursaries are not available for a placement year. It is important that you work out if you can live on the money available before accepting a placement. SASS has resources on our webpage to help you do this - https://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/sass/finance/managing-money/

Maintenance loan eligibility for unpaid work placements 20/21

Some types of unpaid placements are treated as if they are a normal year of study for finance purposes, so you continue to get student loans and in some cases grants at the same rate as for a year of study. These include placements based in:

  • a hospital, Public Health Service Laboratory or a Primary Care Trust
  • a Health Authority, Strategic Health Authority, Local Health Board, Special Health Board or a Health and Social Services Board
  • a Local Authority carrying out its duties relating to health, welfare or caring for children and young people, a voluntary organisation providing facilities or carrying out similar activities
  • the prison or probation sector or after-care services
  • unpaid research in a UK or overseas institution
  • the Houses of Parliament

Other unpaid work placements receive the reduced rates of tuition fee and maintenance loans as if they were a paid placement (see “Maintenance loan eligibility for paid work placements / Year in industry 20/21” above).

Loughborough University Bursary entitlement

 a)     Loughborough Scholarship Programme (LSP) Bursary

Loughborough Scholarship Programme bursaries are not available for placement years although there may be the possibility for some students of a fee waiver (reduction) in the placement fee amount charged. For further details, view the University’s webpage below.

https://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/fees-funding/scholarships/loughborough-university-bursary/

 

b)     Loughborough Bursary for Unpaid Placements (LBUP)

Loughborough University offers a limited number of bursaries for low income students on all types of unpaid placements. The details for the 20/21 scheme will be available on the Careers Network web pages. 

Contact careersprojects@lboro.ac.uk  if you think you may be eligible for the scheme,

If you are considering taking an unpaid placement, it is important that you work out if you can live on the money you have available before you accept the placement. SASS has resources on our webpage to help you do this - https://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/sass/finance/managing-money/

Whilst on placement…

  • You won’t normally have to pay council tax as you will still be considered a student for council tax purposes.
  • You can download a Council Tax certificate to confirm your student status to the local council where you are living whilst on placement.  Visit the Self Service Portal https://www.lboro.ac.uk/students/enquiries/letters/
  • The University’s Hardship Fund may help students in unexpected financial hardship during their placement year. However, it is important to plan your budget carefully and to help you do this, SASS has resources on our webpage - https://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/sass/finance/managing-money/
  • If you’re on a paid placement, your salary will be subject to tax and national insurance as it would for any type of paid employment. Check that you are not on an emergency tax code (it might appear as BR, W1, M1 on your payslip). If you see this code on your payslip talk to your employer.  For more information see the Tax Guide for Students.You can claim a refund for overpaid tax at the end of the financial year (April).

Independent ‘placements’ during a Leave of Absence (LOA) year

If you take LOA to gain work experience that does not count as an assessed placement:

  • Tuition fees are not payable.
  • Student funding is not available as you are not attending your course.
  • You won’t normally have to pay council tax as you will still be considered a student for council tax purposes.
  • The University’s Hardship Fund may help students in unexpected financial hardship. You need to plan your budget carefully. SASS has resources on our webpage to help you do this - https://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/sass/finance/managing-money/ 
  • You will not receive the full range of support from the University available to students on an approved placement year.

Erasmus+ traineeships and study exchanges

  • The Brexit impact on Erasmus+ is unknown at this point. Loughborough University hopes to continue to participate in the Erasmus+ scheme and this appears likely until the end of 2020; however this depends on the terms and condition of the UK’s departure from the EU. 
  • For your student finance assessment, if you are abroad under the Erasmus+ scheme you are treated as if you are in a year of study, regardless of whether your Erasmus exchange is a traineeship or study exchange.
  • Student Loans (and in some cases grants) are paid as if you are on a year of ordinary study but at the overseas rate.

Loughborough Scholarship Programme bursaries and LBUP are not normally paid for ERASMUS+ or study exchange years.

Study and work abroad Erasmus+ grants (2019/20 rates)

 

High cost of living countries

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden

Medium/lower cost of living countries

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Monthly supplement for students from disadvantaged backgrounds

 

Disadvantaged students are defined broadly as those with an annual household income of £25,000 or less.

Study abroad

Up to 420Euro per month

Up to 370 Euro per month

120 Euro per month

Train/work abroad

Up to 520 Euro per month

Up to 470 Euro per month

20 Euro per month

Study Abroad

  • If you are spending a year of your course at a university outside the UK you will normally be entitled to a higher rate of student maintenance loan, between £700 and £1,330 extra for the year depending on your income assessment.
  • The tuition fee is set at £1,385 for a full year of study abroad.
  • You will normally continue to be eligible for grants if you have received them in previous years and your household income has not changed. 
  • You may be able to apply for a travel grant from Student Finance subject to household income assessment.
  • If your study abroad starts before the normal UK academic year it may be possible for your student loan to be paid earlier. To request this, email studentenquiries@lboro.ac.uk with details of your study abroad. You should include where you are going, your study abroad semester dates and details of the financial commitments you will have before October. Student Enquiries can forward your request to Student Finance for consideration.
  • The University’s Hardship Fund may help students in unexpected financial hardship. You need to plan your budget carefully.SASS has resources on our webpage to help you do this - https://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/sass/finance/managing-money/
  • Medical care - European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) - If you are studying or on placement in Europe you can obtain a student EHIC card to help you access medical care in Europe. A standard EHIC card is not sufficient if you are abroad for more than 6 weeks. A student EHIC is recommended – see https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/moving-abroad/studying-abroad/
  • After 1st January 2021 the EHIC card may no longer be valid - https://www.gov.uk/european-health-insurance-card. The UK government recommends that you arrange travel insurance which includes medical care cover

Bursaries

Loughborough Scholarship Programme (LSP) Bursary

Loughborough Scholarship Programme bursaries are not available for study abroad years.

Bursaries for study abroad ‘Widening Participation Bursaries’

The University has a limited number of bursaries available for students who are selected to undertake international study exchanges at one of the University-wide partner institutions in 2020/21.

Please contact exchanges@lboro.ac.uk if you have any questions or would like further information about these bursaries.

6+6 work placement and study abroad

If you choose to complete a 6 month work placement and 6 months study abroad then the level of maintenance loan you are entitled to in each part of your placement year will be pro-rated accordingly.

Student Finance makes assessments based on 3 terms (which is why you receive your student loan in 3 instalments) and your entitlement will be based on the activity you are undertaking for the majority of each term.

If a term is split equally between both activities, then you will be paid at the higher loan rate for that term. Your maintenance for the year will therefore usually be calculated as 2 terms at the higher overseas rate and 1 term at the standard home rate or vice-versa.

Year in Enterprise

You can apply for a maintenance loan to help you with your living costs via your student finance provider. You will not have to be means-tested for this loan but the amount you can receive depends on where you are living during the placement,

2020-2021 figures

  • If you live at your family home: £2,090
  • If you live away from home, including a placement abroad: £2,788
  • If your Year in Enterprise is in London: £3,914

Maintenance Grants and Loughborough Scholarship Programme bursaries are not available for a Year in Enterprise. It is important that you work out if you can live on the money available before embarking on a Year in Enterprise.

  • You won’t normally have to pay council tax as you will still be considered a student for council tax purposes.
  • You can download a Council Tax certificate to confirm your student status to the local council where you are living whilst on placement.  Visit the Self Service Portal https://www.lboro.ac.uk/students/enquiries/letters/ 
  • The University’s Hardship Fund may help students in unexpected financial hardship. It is important to plan your budget carefully.

 

If you have any problems with funding/finance or would like advice on any associated issue, even if you are living away from Loughborough, please contact the Student Advice and Support Service:

To book a face to face or telephone appointment:

  • Phone 01509 222765
  • Call into the Bridgeman Building on campus

We can also offer you advice by email on advice@lboro.ac.uk 

For more information about renting privately, please see our website: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/sass/housing/livingoff-campus/