Arranging your funding

Before you arrive at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), you'll need to make sure your funding is in place. Take a look at our step-by-step guide to how your funding is released.

Arranging your funding

Before you arrive at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), you'll need to make sure your funding is in place. Take a look at our step-by-step guide to how your funding is released.

The information below applies to full-time undergraduate home students only. If you are an international student, make sure you look at the right information for you.

  • Step 1: Apply for your student finance

    If you haven't yet applied for your student finance, make sure you do so as soon as possible.

    Details of how to apply can be found at https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-student-finance/how.

    If you submit your application for student finance after the advertised deadline (31st May for Student Finance England) your student finance may not be paid to you by the start of term and you should bring enough money with you to cover your needs until your loan/grant arrives.

    Links to Student Finance England and other national Student Finance Services can be found below:

    www.gov.uk/apply-online-for-student-finance

    www.studentfinancewales.co.uk

    www.studentfinanceni.co.uk

    www.saas.gov.uk

    When you apply, you will be given a customer reference number, password and secret answer.

    Keep these somewhere safe as you will need them if you ring to enquire about your funding and / or access the online services. Details of what to do if you forget your log in details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-register-login

    NTU Bursary

    There is no separate application for the NTU Bursary.  Your eligibility for the NTU Bursary will automatically be checked using the information that you provide on your student finance application, provided that you consent to share your information with the University.  (This consent is automatic but you and your sponsors can tick a box as part of the declaration to withdraw your consent).  If you are eligible, you should receive a letter confirming this by the end of November.  Find out more about the NTU Bursary .

  • Step 2: Your student finance application is approved

    Within approximately six to eight weeks of submitting your application, you should receive a Student Finance Entitlement letter, outlining what loans you are entitled to, and the dates your payments will be made.

    Don’t assume that no news is good news – check out what’s happening with your application

    You can track the progress of your application online and view any correspondence that has been sent to you. If you have not heard anything after eight weeks, you should chase your national Student Finance Service to check all is progressing as it should be.  Letters can go astray and your application could be on hold while they wait for some information from you.

    Respond to information requests promptly

    If you need to send any additional evidence to support your application, this should be flagged on your online student finance account. Make sure you respond to requests as quickly as possible. We recommend you send evidence via recorded delivery and give your Student Finance Service a quick call to make sure these have been received.

    Make sure your application details are correct.

    When you receive your financial notification from your Student Finance Service, double check all details, including…

    • the University you will be attending (especially if NTU wasn’t your first choice when you applied for your student finance);
    • the course you will be studying, and
      the full tuition fee for your course (i.e. £9,250 for those starting an undergraduate/foundation degree at NTU in 2017)

    If anything is incorrect, contact your Student Finance Service as soon as possible.

    To find out how to make any necessary changes visit: https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-student-finance/change-an-application. If your latest financial notification from your national Student Finance Service has a different university name on it, please bring this along with you when you come to pick up your student card, as we can often sort out issues swiftly at enrolment, if you have your student finance paperwork with you.

    NTU Bursary

    If you are eligible, you should receive a letter confirming NTU Bursary payments by the end of November.  If you think you are eligible but have not heard by then, please contact the Student Financial Support Service.

  • Step 3: Return your student finance declaration form

    If you applied for your student finance online, you need to sign the Student Finance Declaration Form. You should be able to download this from your student finance account. This needs returning immediately to the Student Loans Company or your funding cannot be paid to you.  In addition, if you fail to return this form, the University will not be notified of any tuition fee loan and this will prevent you becoming fully enrolled.

    Return your declaration form even if some of the details are incorrect.  You can let them know separately of any changes (see step two above)

  • Step 4: Your tuition fee loan is confirmed to the University

    When you have returned your Student Finance Declaration Form, the University will receive confirmation from the Student Loans Company of any tuition fee loan you are eligible to receive and have applied for.

    This information should be received electronically from the Student Loans Company and this means you should not have to present your student finance paperwork to the University unless there are problems.

  • Step 5: Complete your Enrolment

    The first stage of enrolment should be completed online before you arrive. For your loans and grants to be paid to you, you need to be either Fully enrolled or Conditionally enrolled.

    You will only be fully enrolled if the University has confirmation of how your fees are being paid. For most students, this will happen when the SLC confirm your tuition fee loan (see step 4 above).  However, if you intend to pay fees direct to the University then you will need to set up a payment arrangement.  See NTU's fee payment details for more information

    Without confirmation of how your fees are being paid, your enrolment cannot be completed and your loan cannot be released.

    Once you have completed your online enrolment, you will be advised of your enrolment status and if it is showing as ‘in progress’, you should seek advice.

  • Step 6: Collect your student card

    Collecting your Student Card is the final stage of your enrolment. You can collect your card once you arrive at the University. The University will not confirm to the Student Loans Company that you are registered and attending NTU until you are fully enrolled and have collected your card.

  • Step 7: University confirms your registration and attendance

    Once you are fully enrolled or conditionally enrolled, and have collected your student card, the University will send confirmation of your registration to the Student Loans Company to trigger the release of your maintenance loan.  (In addition, they will send confirmation of your attendance and this will release the payment of the tuition fee loan to the University).

  • Step 8: Your loan is paid

    Your first loan instalment should be released three to five working days after the University has confirmed your registration.  This will be paid into the bank account detailed on your Student Finance application.

    Where everything goes smoothly, most students tend to receive their funding on the Wednesday or Thursday of Welcome Week. However, it can be later if you applied late or if there are any other delays, so make sure you bring enough money to last you through Welcome Week.

Important information

Bring some money with you

Even if everything goes to plan, most students do not receive their first payment until the end of the first week, so you should ensure that you have sufficient funds to cover your expenses during Welcome Week.  If you applied late for your funding, you will need more.

Bring copies of letters and your login details for your student finance account with you

It’s a good idea to have a copy of any letters you’ve received, or your log in details, so any problems can be sorted out quickly when you arrive. In particular, it can be helpful to have your ‘University or College Payment Advice’ (sent as part of your entitlement letter) as this is proof of any fee loan being paid to the University, although you don’t need to show this unless specifically asked.

Seek advice early

If you have had confirmation of your student finance funding, but your enrolment status is still showing as 'in progress' by the start of September in the University systems, then seek advice from our Student Financial Support Service as your student finance will not be released until your enrolment is complete. Staff will be at hand during welcome week to help you sort this out.  You can also visit the Student Services Centre at any of our sites after welcome week and you will be put in touch with someone who can look into this for you.  We’ll also give you access to a telephone to call your national Student Finance Service.

Plan a budget

Remember, in most cases you will not get another payment until January so you should give some thought to managing your money and planning a budget to make sure you have enough to last you all term.

Be aware of phishing emails

Scam emails are often sent out just before grants and loans are paid.  The University and Student Finance England will never email you to ask you to confirm your log in or bank details.  If you receive an email asking to confirm any details, don’t follow any links and forward the email to: phishing@slc.co.uk

Finally, if you have any problems with your funding application or finances in general, you can contact the NTU Student Financial Support Service directly by email or on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Information for postgraduate students

Paying your tuition fees

You can pay your fees in one go, or arrange to pay in instalments using our online payment system.

If you haven't set up a payment arrangement before your course starts, you'll only receive temporary enrolment status and will be given notice to arrange your payment.

Please note that if you have applied for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan, this money will not be released until you have set up a payment arrangement for your tuition fees and are fully enrolled.

Still need help?

Student Financial Support Team
+44 (0)115 848 2494