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Student support calculator

Kent student support calculator 2018/2019

Financial support which may be available for full-time students from England entering in 2018 and paying the maximum tuition fee*:

For most students, household income is the gross taxable household income of you and your parent(s)/step-parent(s)/partner, less payments into a pension fund and excluding your earnings during university term time and holidays.

Students are classified as mature if 21 years or older when they start higher education

The postcode of your normal home address.

Exempt groups:

  • Eligible care leavers. See eligibility criteria
  • Students who live in Social Housing
  • Students who will be in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances
  • Students who live in a Foyer or who are 'homeless'

*Students who normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland will receive financial support from the Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly Government or the Northern Ireland Executive, as appropriate.

  • The eligibility criteria for the funding scheme also include a measure of whether a candidate resides in an area deemed to have participation rates in higher education which are below expected levels. This criterion, referred to as Participation of Local Areas, or POLAR, is used by the Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE) to determine university widening access targets. The University of Kent uses this criterion in combination with household income to target its financial support. A full list of postcodes and their classification by participation (POLAR), which inform the University's online calculator, can be found on the HEFCE website. The calculations made by this calculator use data that was correct in February 2017; further details can be found at http://www.hefce.ac.uk/analysis/yp/POLAR/POLAR3,data/ See the zip file under: Look-up between unit postcode and the POLAR3 and the HE-qualified adult classification of 2001 Census Area Statistics wards. Awards are made to students who fall into POLAR quintiles 1 and 2 and who are under 21 on 30 September 2018, who also meet other eligibility criteria, and students who fall into any POLAR quintile and who are over 21 on 30 September 2018, who also meet other eligibility criteria. The data differentiates participation by people under 21 (in the left hand column) and people over 21 (in the right hand column). Please be aware that this file is very large and can be difficult to download.
  • These calculations are only an estimate. For a more detailed calculation (excluding University of Kent's Financial Support Package) click here. Student Finance England is the definitive source for student funding calculations and you should contact them to find out the exact amount you are eligible for.
  • All UK students can apply to defer payment of tuition fees via a tuition fee loan.
  • The Kent Financial Support Package is subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

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