Further Education Award

What is an FE AWARD?

Students over 19 on 1 July and who are progressing in Further Education courses (both part time and full time) up to and including Level 3 can apply to Student Finance NI in Omagh for a Further Education Award. This is a means tested allowance. You can apply for a Further Education Award from April onwards. Do not wait for Exam Results.

Closing dates for receipt of applications for courses commencing during the 2018/2019 academic year will be as follows:

  • Closing Date for Full Time Applications is 1 September 2018 . Eligible Students who submit an application by 30 June 2018 TBC will be guaranteed funding for the 2018/19 academic year.
  • Closing Date for Part Time Applications is 30 September 2018 . Late applications may be considered. Applications must be fully completed and all necessary documentation attached before they will be accepted. All applications must be sent directly to EANI (address below) - forms will not be accepted on campus. It is advised that applications are sent recorded delivery.

As the budget is limited it may not be possible to offer an award to every eligible applicant who submits an application by the published closing date.


How much will I receive?

The table below will give you an idea of the amount of maintenance grant you may receive for Full Time study:

Annual Household Income

Amount of Grant (living at parents' home)

Amount of Grant (living away from parents' home)

Up to £21,330 £1,674 £2,092
£21,331 - £26,160 £1,490 £1,863
£26,161 - £31,580 £1,306 £1,633
£31.581 - £38,805 £1,122 £1,402
£38,806 and over No funding No funding


The table below will give you an idea of the amount of grant you may receive for fees and course related costs for Part Time study:

Annual Household Income

Grant for Fee Support

Grant for Books and Stationery

Up to £15,000 £465 £265
£15,001 - £20,000 £275 £157
£20,001 - £25,000 £185 £105
£25,001 and over No grant No grant

When and how will I get paid?

Payment will be made following satisfactory attendance confirmation to the WELB.

Full time study – Payment is normally at the beginning of each academic term i.e. September, January and April and by cheque for collection at your Campus of study. Student ID must be produced.

Part time study – Students will receive a notification letter (CA1 form) from WELB which should be presented to your Campus of study to release funds and generate any refund due to student. Any Grant Payment will be made directly to your bank account.

What if I don't get paid?

Please contact the WELB directly.

Who should I contact on Campus?

Please contact a member of the Campus Services Team on your Campus.

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Queries and more information:

  • The telephone number is: 028 8225 4546 and the email is feawards-wr@eani.org.uk
  • If you have any queries regarding your FE Award application, payment or any other information please contact the EANI directly as per above.