We want to make your university education as flexible and affordable as possible. We offer a number of financial support options to help you go further by staying local.
With our quality assured courses, in state of the art facilities, we aim to offer a cost-effective alternative to travelling further afield to university. At the Hugh Baird University Centre, you can achieve your university level qualification, validated by either the University of Central Lancashire or Liverpool John Moores University, on your doorstep without the additional expense and upheaval of finding accommodation elsewhere.
We are committed to helping all of our students within their first year of study to purchase course related equipment as well as help towards the cost of international trips.
All new first year full time Foundation Degree students will be allocated a Bursary Gift of up to £500. The HBUC Bursary Gift will be linked to student attendance, punctuality and achievement.
Terms and conditions apply. Click here to read the terms and conditions.
The College recognises the need to support disadvantaged students who may not otherwise progress to a full Honours degree. We will allocate a limited amount of awards (5) of £500 for students who have been accepted for a full time Top up year at the Hugh Baird University Centre. This will be made available via application.
To be eligible for the Hugh Baird University Centre Moving On Scholarship, a 2nd year full time student will need to fulfil the following criteria:
The training bursary is a financial incentive to attract and retain new high quality graduates to become teachers in the Further Education (FE) sector. Bursary levels will vary according to the degree classification held by the trainee.
You don’t need to pay for your tuition fees up front - Tuition Fee Loans cover university or college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university or college, by Student Finance England. They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn and not how much you owe and you won’t need to start paying them back until you are earning more than £21,000 per year. The chart below gives examples of the repayments. After thirty years, outstanding loan amounts are written off. Student Loans will also help to support your living costs.
For more information, visit www.gov.uk/student-finance.
You must pay back tuition fee loans and maintenance loans. You also pay interest on these. You don’t have to pay back other student finance, e.g grants and bursaries.
For up to date figures, please visit www.gov.uk/student-finance/loans-and-grants
As well as the Maintenance Loan, students can apply for a Special Support Grant. This is based on household income and does not need to be paid back. The Special Support Grant doesn't reduce the amount a student can borrow through the Maintenance Loan. If their household income is £45,000 or less, they will be eligible for the full Maintenance Loan no matter how much Special Support Grant they get. Any money awarded through the Special Support Grant won't be counted as income when working out entitlement to benefits or tax credits.
Who can get Special Support Grant?
These allowances provide extra financial help for disabled students. They are paid on top of standard student finance packages and are not dependent on income, nor do they have to be repaid. You may get DSAs if you have a disability, ongoing health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia.
If you are a full time undergraduate student with childcare needs, you may qualify for a Childcare Grant. You may be eligible if:
(Note: if you, your husband, wife or partner gets the childcare part of Working Tax Credit, you won’t be able to get a Childcare Grant as well).
The Adult Dependants’ Grant
Full time university students with an adult who depends on them financially can apply for an Adult Dependants’ Grant of up to £2,642. You can apply for this grant on top of any other student finance and you don’t have to pay it back.
Households where everyone is a full time student are exempt from paying Council Tax. If you do get a bill, you can apply for an exemption by visiting www.gov.uk. To count as a full time student, your course must:
You will get a Council Tax bill if there is someone in your household who is not a full time student, but your household might still qualify for a discount.
Although we don’t have our own halls of residence, we can give you information on the local area and can signpost you to lettings agents and housing associations.
There are a range of passes available that permit travel across a variety of modes including buses, trains and even ferries if required. To find out about travel concessions for students, visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk/tickets.
Every undergraduate at the Hugh Baird University Centre is entitled to a free breakfast of either porridge or toast, with orange juice, in any of the College Refectories, POD Cafe or L20 Cafe between 8am and 8.45am.
Please contact our Student Services team: