Loans and grants
Student Finance help is targeted at first time undergraduates. The arrangements depend on where you live.
Students from England are able to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan. The Tuition Fee Loan isn’t based on household income and there’s no upper age limit for applying.
Students from Northern Ireland are able to apply for the part-time student financial package of a means tested fee grant of up to £1,230, and a course grant of up to £265.
Students living in Northern Ireland who wish to undertake a degree course with the OCA should note that it is their responsibility to make up the difference between the fee grant as awarded and the tuition fees as set by the OCA.
Students from Wales are able to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan. The Tuition Fee Loan isn’t based on household income and there’s no upper age limit for applying.
The following websites contain further information and the relevant application forms:
Student Finance England Student Finance Wales Student Finance Northern Ireland
What should I do if I want to apply?
If you are applying to Student Finance England, download the PTL1 application form from their website and complete it to the best of your ability – you may need to contact OCA to determine the tuition fees for the year. Once completed, forward the form to the funding body.
Once your funding is approved, you will receive written notification. Send a copy of your letter of entitlement, together with anEnrolment Form specifying both the degree for which you are applying and the course units you wish to be enrolled on in the current funding year, to Dee Whitmore at OCA Head Office.
If you are in Wales or Northern Ireland download the PTG1 form from the relevant website.. Complete the forms and send these, together with the supporting documentation (e.g. P60, benefit entitlement letter, Birth Certificate etc) to Dee Whitmore at OCA Head Office. You should also send your Enrolment Form, specifying both the degree for which you are applying and the course units you wish to be enrolled on in the current funding year. Once we have received your documentation, we will fill in Section 6 (reserved for the course provider) and then send it off to the relevant Student Finance scheme.
Can I still apply if I am already part way through my degree with the OCA?
Yes. You may apply for Student Finance up to 9 months after the start of your course in any funding year.
Is there anyone I can speak to with further queries?
We strongly recommend that you look at the relevant Student Finance website first. However, if you have any questions about the OCA arrangements, please speak to Dee Whitmore, who can be contacted via our Freephone number 0800 731 2116.