Going to university can be a daunting as well as an exciting experience. It can be difficult to understand the true costs of being a student as well as the financial support that is available to help you meet those costs so that you can begin to plan your future and make the most of Keele. We can help you to manage your funds, create a budget and ensure that you receive any funding for which you may be eligible, for example bursaries and scholarships and government funding.
We have additional funding to help students that have been impacted directly by Covid-19. Students can access this funding by applying to the Keele University Hardship Fund.
Applications can be made online through our partner platform Blackbullion and more details can be found here.
We have money specialists within our Student Support team who can offer advice and guidance on a range of money issues.
You can arrange a virtual appointment with one of the team at the button at the top of this page, or email email@example.com.
The university have a laptop loan scheme in place through the library.
If you need a laptop loan on a long term basis or are struggling financially then please get in touch with student services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your household income has changed since you applied for your student finance then you may be able to apply for a Current Year Income (CYI) Assessment. This involves providing a projected household income for the year and providing retrospective evidence at the end of the year.
There is more information about this and the CYI form on the Student Finance web pages.
If you are on an apprenticeship, please note that you are not eligible to apply for a Student Finance Tuition Fee Loan or Maintenance Loan.
There are various opportunities listed in the Funds section of our partner platform Blackbullion.
In addition you can check on our scholarships and bursaries web pages.
Our Money Specialists offer you confidential advice and support when you need it. We’ll do our best to answer your enquiries straight away.
We are not just here for times of crisis. We can help you with a range of queries including:
- Keele University Hardship Fund
- Emergency loans
- Information and advice on bursaries and scholarships
- Advice about alternative funding sources
- Advice about government funding sources
- Money education
- Help with budgeting
- International student funding (including federal loans for US students and Canadian loans)
We aim to advise all potential students to ensure they are getting their full entitlement in terms of government funding, including funding for all NHS-funded courses.
What we don’t do
We are not debt/welfare benefit advisers. If you have significant debt problems, such as affecting your ability to remain in your home, for instance, we may be able to help if you apply to the Keele University Hardship Fund, but you should also seek advice from ASK in the Students' Union or go to your nearest Citizens’ Advice Bureau.
You might find the following links useful for money advice and guidance:
- Gov.uk: for information about funding from Student Finance England for UK and EU undergraduates and PGCE students. Also has links to information about funding for other groups such as postgraduate and part-time students.
- The Student Room: information covering all aspects of student life, including student finance. There are videos and factsheets you can download as well as forums where you can chat with other students and advisors.
- Apprenticeship funding: you will find useful information on these UCAS web pages about understanding apprenticeships. You might also find this Gov.uk information on eligibility for universal credit helpful.
- NHS Business Services Authority: for information about funding for Physiotherapy, Nursing and Midwifery, Social Work and fifth year Medicine.
- Blackbullion: Our partner platform is free to access and hosts a wide range of money advice
- The British Council: information for international students on funding your studies
- Student Loan Repayment: Official SLC website containing information about repayment.
- Family Action: Keele University is a member of EGAS, which means that Keele students can apply for grants from this website. The Barclaycard Horizons Fund is also accessible via EGAS.
Apprenticeship degree funding:
If you're on an apprenticeship, you'll earn a salary, and your course fees will be covered by your employer and the Government. You just need to be willing to manage your time between work and study. Please note that you are not eligible to apply for a Student Finance Tuition Fee Loan or Maintenance Loan.