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Sandwich or placement year students

Funding for sandwich or placement students

As a sandwich year or placement year student, your funding will be different during your placement year

On this page you’ll find more information about your tuition fees and your funding options as a sandwich or placement year student.

If you can’t find the information you need, please contact us.

Your fees and funding

Click on the tabs below to read about your tuition fees and funding options as a sandwich or placement year student.

Do I still pay tuition fees?

While you are on your placement year you are still classed as a student and you will still need to pay tuition fees.

If you are on placement during the 2016/17 academic year, Liverpool John Moores University will charge you a tuition fee of £975 for the year.

Will I receive a maintenance loan?

During your placement year, unless you are on one of the exceptions (see list below) you are normally only eligible for a reduced rate of Student Loan.

This is regardless of whether or not your placement is paid. This reduced loan is not means-tested and will be paid to you in three instalments.

In the 2016/17 academic year for example, you can have a loan of £1,863 if you live with your parents and £2,483 if you live elsewhere.

Exceptions to this are:

  • Service with Local Authority in UK, which is related to the health, welfare or care of children/young persons, or similar activities in voluntary organisations in the UK 
  • Service in a hospital/public health laboratory in UK 
  • Service in prison, probation, or aftercare service in UK 
  • Research in UK/overseas institution 
  • Service with a health authority in England and Wales or equivalent in Scotland or Northern Ireland

If your placement is one of these exceptions, you can apply for the full student loan in the normal way and any associated grants.

What other financial support is available for me?

If you are undertaking certain specified unpaid placements (see list), you may be eligible for additional financial support, including full Student Loans and associated grants, but only if the placement is an ‘unpaid service’, such as a:

  • Service with Local Authority in UK which is related to the health, welfare or care of children/young persons, or similar activities in voluntary organisations in the UK
  • Service in a hospital/public health laboratory in UK
  • Service in prison, probation, or aftercare service in UK
  • Research in UK/overseas institution
  • Service with a health authority in England and Wales or equivalent in Scotland or Northern Ireland

Do I qualify for Working Tax Credits or Universal Credit?

If you are on a paid placement you may qualify for Working Tax Credits or Universal Credit.

This is paid to working people on a low income, with or without children. 

I have dependants. What funding is available for me?

If you have children or an adult dependant you are not eligible for grants for your dependants during your placement year – unless you are on one of the placements as specified as ‘unpaid service’ (see ‘What other financial support is available for me?’ for details).

If you have children and you will be on a paid placement, you may be able to apply for the childcare element of Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit during your placement year.

Will I be eligible for a Liverpool John Moores University Bursary?

Due to the reduced tuition fee being charged, you will not be eligible for a Liverpool John Moores University bursary during your year in industry. 

What other help is available?

The LJMU Student Support Fund provides financial support to students. You can find out more information on the Student Support Fund page.

Will I be eligible for Council Tax exemption?

Even when you are on placement, you are still regarded as a full-time student.  This means you are eligible for a Council Tax exemption.

Will I need to pay Income Tax?

Everyone, including students on placement, have to pay Income Tax once their income goes over the earnings threshold.

For 2016/17, the threshold is £11,000.  Some employers may pay you a bursary or other allowance that may not be subject to Income Tax. 

For more information, please visit the Student Jobs section on the government website.