Government fees and course grants (PTG)

The Government offers part-time foundation degree, BA/BSc, LLB and Certificate of Higher Education students non-repayable fee grants towards the cost of your course fees and course grants to help with the additional costs of studying, such as books and travel.

Applications for the part-time grant are not yet open for 2014/15.  Forms are expected to be available from SFE in Summer 2014.

If you’ve applied for the part-time grant before you’ll be emailed a link by SFE to the PTGC Form when applications open for 2014/15.  If you are already on your course but have not applied for the grant before, you will be able to download the PTGN Form for new applications from the gov.uk website from Summer 2014.

For further information please download the Student Finance Guide to Part-time Grants 2014/15.

Find out if you're eligible for a Fee Grant

  • Check the eligibility criteria for a part-time fee grant and/or course grant.
  • Find out how much you can get (Please note: this is for one year only. If eligible, you will need to make an application for the fee grant and/or course grant in each year of your course.)
  • If you are eligible for a fee grant you can enrol online without making an upfront payment by selecting the part-time fee grant option and answering the eligibility questions on screen. This is on the understanding that you are eligible and will apply for the part-time fee grant.
    • Alternatively, enrol by making an initial payment for your course by selecting to set up a direct debit mandate. You can then apply for the part-time grant and if your grant is successful you will be refunded any overpayment later in the year once Birkbeck has received your fee grant.
  • If you are not eligible for a fee grant based on your income for the 2013/14 tax year but have had a significant drop in income since then, please contact Student Finance England regarding being assessed on your current income.
  • If you are not eligible for a fee grant please contact the Funding Advice Service for further advice.

How to Apply - 'Home' students

  • If you are applying for the part-time grant for the first time, or have transferred courses for 2014/15 you will need to download and complete the PTGN FormPDF icon and also see the Guidance NotesPDF icon.
  • If you have applied for the part-time grant before, you will need to download and complete the PTGC FormPDF icon and also see the Guidance NotesPDF icon.
  • Once completed, you will need to get your form authorised by the Funding Advice Service to confirm that you are enrolled for the academic year 2014/2015 (you can hand in your completed form to the My Birkbeck Student Centre).
  • Your form will be stamped and returned to you. You must then send the authorised form with your supporting documents by the deadline to:

How to Apply - EU nationals

When your form can be authorised by Birkbeck

  • You must be enrolled for 2014/15 before the Funding Advice Team can authorise your form.
  • For students who have applied for the part-time grant before the earliest your form can be authorised is 01/09/2014.
  • For students applying for the part-time grant for the first time, or students who have transferred courses for 2014/15 the earliest your form can be authorised is 15/09/2014.

Additional Forms

  • If you are in receipt of means-tested benefits you should complete a Benefits Confirmation Form (CB1)PDF icon and send it to SFE with your part-time grant application.
  • If you don’t have a P60, P11D or payslips to prove your income for the 2013/14 tax year you can complete an Income Confirmation Form (PTCI2)PDF icon
  • If your course, university or contact details change you should complete a Change of Circumstances Form (CO2)PDF icon

Additional money for fees and course costs

  • If you are awarded a part-time fee grant that does not cover the full cost of your tuition fees, you will be eligible to apply for extra help from the Additional Fee Support Scheme.
  • If you are awarded a part-time fee grant and require additional help towards course-related costs you can apply for support from the Access to Learning Fund.