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What costs are involved with PGCE study at Homerton?

  • Composition/Tuition fees are set by the University, and collected by the College.
  • College fee (Overseas and Islands students only)
  • Non-resident Homerton membership fee
  • Minimum meal contribution (resident students only)
  • Registration fee (new members only)
  • Maintenance/living costs (travel, entertainment, clothes, food)

How will I pay my fees?

All UK and EU students are eligible to apply for a Student Loan to cover their tuition fee; Student Finance England (SFE) will pay the fees on their behalf direct to the College.  Students will repay these loans once they have left university and are earning over £21,000.  If tuition fees are not funded this way, students will be required to pay the fees direct to the College at the start of the academic year.

Overseas and Islands students will be required to pay College fees in addition to tuition fees and will be asked by the College to complete a Financial Undertaking Form, confirming they have funds for the above costs for the duration of the course.  The following website may be used for general information about finance for international students.

All fees listed above, with the exception of maintenance/living costs, are due in one instalment at the College PGCE Matriculation and Registration day in September.

Do I have to apply to Student Finance England even if I do not wish to apply for a student loan?

Yes.  In order to certify your status as a Home/EU student you must apply to Student Finance England.  Applications must be made in good time in order to establish eligibility, otherwise you will be required to pay tuition and College fees at the start of your course.  Late applications can also delay payments of the training bursary.

How do I know if I am eligible for the Training Bursary?

Home, EU and Islands trainees starting a PGCE course from September 2013 are eligible to receive a training bursary.  The amount of the bursary depends on the subject in you are being trained and your undergraduate degree result.  You do not need to apply for the training bursary.  Please see the Faculty of Education website and the Teaching Agency website for further information.

Can I pay my fees with the Training Bursary?

No.  The fees are due in full in September and the training bursary is paid monthly directly into your bank account by the University, not the College.

Are there any grants or bursaries I can apply for?

The Cambridge PGCE Bursary Scheme (CBS) is available to UK and EU mature PGCE students only (i.e. those who were over the age of 21 when they started their first undergraduate course).  The CBS is a funding collaboration between the Colleges, the University and the Newton Fund.  Further details of the scheme including who is eligible and how to apply can be found on their website.  Applications for the scheme can be made on-line at the start of each academic year.

Further information regarding financial support can be found on the DirectGov website.

What is the Minimum Meal Contribution?

The Minimum Meal Contribution (MMC) is a charge paid by all students resident in College.  This commitment is added to the accommodation fee for the term.  The MMC amount is allocated to the University card, allowing students to purchase food in the Griffin Bar & Buttery and Great Hall at a 10% discount.

The figure for the academic year 2013-14 is £106 per term.  This means that each term £106 is credited to your University card.  The balance on the card should be used up by the end of the accommodation contract period.

What is the non-resident Homerton membership fee?

A College membership fee of £129 is payable by all non-resident students as a contribution towards the costs of providing subsidised catering, sports and social facilities (including the gym, the library and the IT suite), and up keep of the grounds which are available to all non-resident students.  The MMC is not applicable to non-residents.

What is the registration fee?

All new students (excluding current members) will be required to pay a £40 registration fee when they start their course; this includes life membership of the Homerton Roll alumni association.

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