The following information details the package of financial support available to Initial Teacher Training students in 2020-21.
- Financial Support for Full-time PGCE Students who are not employed by a School
- Financial Support for School Direct (Tuition Fee) Students
- Financial Support for School Direct (Salaried) Students
Support for tuition fees
The University will charge full-time UK (Home) students and EU students studying for a PGCE qualification tuition fees of £9,250 for the 2020-21 academic year. Home and EU students can apply to the Student Loans Company online at www.gov.uk/studentfinance for a tuition fee loan to cover up to the full cost of the tuition fees.
The tuition fee loan is non-means tested, which means the amount you can receive is not based on your household income. The Loan is paid directly to the University so, if you choose to take the Loan, you won’t have to set up/make any payments yourself.
If you don’t want to take out the Loan, or only want to take some of it, you can pay your tuition fees directly to the university either in full, at the start of the academic year, or in the following instalments:
Term 1 - 50%
Term 2 - 25%
Term 3 - 25%
You can find more information about how to pay on the Student Finance website
Government Training Bursaries for Home/EU Students
In 2020-21 the Government will offer a training bursary as a financial incentive to attract high quality graduates into the teaching profession. Training bursaries will be available for PGCE students who meet all the eligibility criteria for the scheme (this includes eligibility to receive student support from the UK government). Bursary amounts will vary depending on teaching subject and degree classification.
Applicants who have firmly accepted their offer, whose degree classification has been verified by the University and who have been identified as potentially eligible for a training bursary will be contacted by email for further information from late Spring. This will be done automatically by the University, you do not need to contact us.
The table below summarises the training bursaries and scholarships available in 2020-21:
 Trainees in Secondary Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Geography and Modern Foreign Languages with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. Trainees with a 2:2 can still apply but will need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. Languages scholarships are only available if you train to teach French, German or Spanish.
 Secondary Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Modern Foreign Languages trainees who completed a non-Salaried teacher training course and received a bursary or scholarship in the 2020/21 academic year may be eligible to receive three additional early-career payments of £2,000 each (after tax) in their second, third and fourth year of teaching (enhancements to these payments are available if teaching in specified areas in England). Trainees must have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing their ITT course.
Payment of ITT Training Bursaries/ Scholarships
Bursaries will be paid in 10 equal monthly instalments over the duration of the course:
|Bursary award||Value of monthly instalments (5 October 2020 to 5 July 2021)|
To receive the monthly bursary or scholarship instalments students must remain fully registered on the PGCE programme. Payments will ordinarily commence on 5th October 2020 (providing all eligibility criteria have been met).
The bursary payments are not taxable. However, as with student maintenance loans, they may be treated as capital income for the purposes of assessing income for trainees in receipt of state benefits. Trainees are therefore advised to contact their local benefits office to check whether this may affect their eligibility for state benefits.
For more information about the ITT Training Bursary, please see the Department for Education guide 2020/21.
Student Maintenance Loans
This table shows the amount of student maintenance loan you might qualify for based on your household income. The figures here apply to students who will live away from home, or in their own home, during their studies. Additional non-repayable help may be available if you have a child/ children, an adult dependant or a disability.
|Income (£)||Students living away from parental home and outside of London (£)|
|25,000 and below||9,203|
|62,249 and above||4,289|
These figures are subject to government approval.
You will need to provide details of your household income if you want to apply for the full Maintenance Loan or grants for dependants. Your household income is made up of your income plus that of the people who live with you; your parent/s, your parent and their partner or your partner. In certain circumstances you might be considered to be an independent student, for example:
- You are aged 25 or over
- You have been in the care of your local authority
- You are permanently estranged from your parents
- You have supported yourself financially for at least three years
Students who are in principle entitled to means-tested benefits, such as those with qualifying disabilities, lone parents and full-time student couples with children, may be eligible for a higher rate of maintenance loan.
EU students are generally not eligible for government maintenance support.
For further details of the government financial support available and details of how to apply please see the website: www.gov.uk/studentfinance.
University of Warwick Undergraduate Scholarships and Bursaries
PGCE students are not eligible for the Warwick Undergraduate Scholarships and Bursaries Programme (Warwick USB).
PGCE students, who meet the eligibility criteria, can also apply for supplementary grants, such as the Childcare Grant, Parents Learning Allowance, Adult Dependants’ Grant and Disabled Students’ Allowances. You will need to contact the Student Loans Company to establish your individual entitlement.
Warwick Hardship Funds
Warwick Hardship Funds are intended to provide selective help to students who have serious financial difficulties. Home PGCE students experiencing severe and demonstrable financial hardship can apply for a Warwick Hardship Fund award to help with course related or day-to-day living costs, such as the costs of accommodation, childcare, transport, disability needs and various course related expenses. Grants from the Warwick Hardship Fund are non-repayable, but you should first have taken out your full entitlement of Maintenance Loan and Tuition Fee Loan.
Further information about the Warwick Hardship Fund can be found on the University’s website www.warwick.ac.uk/hardshipfunds. You can either apply online or an application form for the fund can be obtained from the Student Funding Office, Senate House, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL or by emailing studentfunding at warwick dot ac dot uk. Applications cannot be processed until you are fully enrolled on your course.
Repaying student loans
You will start to repay your loans from the April after you graduate or leave your course and only then if your income is above a certain threshold. From 6 April 2020, the repayment threshold is £26,575 and this is expected to rise each year in line with inflation. Once your income reaches the threshold, you will pay 9p for every pound you earn over it.
Interest will be added to your loan as soon as the first payment is made to you and the University. It is linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) and will vary depending on whether you are in study and how much you earn once you finish or leave your course. You can get more information about the current interest rates and how student loan repayments are calculated on the Student Loans Company repayment page.
Students on the School Direct programme who do not receive a salary from their school will be eligible for the same level of tuition fees and the same package of financial support as detailed above.
Tuition fees for the 2020-21 academic year for students following the School Direct (Salaried) route will be £2,000. Students studying on this route will be employed by their school and will not be entitled to a tuition fee loan, maintenance loan or supplementary grants.
School Direct (Salaried) students will not be eligible to receive a training bursary, University bursary or Warwick Hardship Funds.
For further information about Initial Teacher Training courses, please contact the Centre for Teacher Education on 024 7615 0269 or complete the online form.
For further information about financial support for your Initial Teacher Training course, please contact Helen Cherrington on 024 7657 5327 or email ittbursary at warwick dot ac dot uk.