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Myths About Financial Aid

Federal student aid is available to students from all walks of life and financial backgrounds. Do not let common financial aid myths stop you from applying for the financial aid you may need for University.

 

What financial aid is available at the University of Sussex?

The University of Sussex participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program. As a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen you can apply for a Direct Loan if you have accepted an offer of a place at the University of Sussex on an eligible program.

Please note that you will not be eligible for a PELL Grant or a Perkins Loan as these are not available to those studying outside of the United States.

 

Which programs are eligible for financial aid?

Our eligibility certificate permits the University to provide financial aid for the following programs:
  • Bachelor's degree programs
  • Master's degree programs 
  • Doctoral degree programs
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Which programs are not eligible for financial aid?*

Certificates and Diplomas:
Certificate and diploma programs at this University are not eligible for financial aid.

Compulsory Study Abroad Year:
Programs with a compulsory study abroad year at this University are not eligible for financial aid. Programs with a compulsory study abroad year include programs with an American Studies component, a dual-language major, or a joint major involving a language.

If you are in receipt of, or applying for, financial aid you cannot transfer on to a program with a compulsory study abroad year.

Placements (including Internships and Externships):
Placements** (including internships and externships) cannot be undertaken in the United States if the number of credits for the placement exceeds 25% of the total credits for the program.

** A placement includes: assessed placement; dissertation with placement; integrated placement; research placement; internship; externship; industrial placement; professional placement; or work based placement.  

Distance learning:
Distance learning programs are not eligible for financial aid.

If you are in receipt of, or applying for, financial aid you are not eligible for the distance learning mode of study.

Doctoral (PhD) degree students: If any part of your funding, at any time, is through USA federal Direct Loan funds, you will be registered on a separate version of your doctoral degree which does not include the possibility of distance learning which is prohibited under USA federal regulations.

Foundation Year Courses:
Foundation year courses at this University are not eligible for financial aid.

International Study Centre (Study Group):
The University cannot certify loans for students progressing on to a three year degree program at Sussex from the International Year One (IY1) Programme offered by the International Study Centre (Study Group).

Partner Institutions:
The University cannot certify loans for students registered at partner institutions.

Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS):
The University cannot certify loans for Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) programs.

Visiting & Exchange and Summer Schools:
The University cannot certify loans for visiting & exchange students or students attending a summer school. (Students are required to apply for financial aid through their home institution).

 * Programs which do not qualify for financial aid may still qualify for a private loan(Online programs at this University are not eligible for a private loan). 

 

Sussex Choice and financial aid

Undergraduate Voluntary (Optional) Study Abroad:
Undergraduate students at the University can apply to take a voluntary (optional) study abroad period as part of a package known as Sussex Choice. Programs with a voluntary (optional) study abroad period are not eligible for financial aid. If you are in receipt of, or applying for, financial aid you cannot transfer on to a program with a voluntary (optional) study abroad period.

Undergraduate Voluntary (Optional) Placement:
Undergraduate students at the University can apply to undertake a voluntary (optional) placement as part of a package known as Sussex Choice. Programs with a voluntary (optional) placement cannot be undertaken in the United States if the number of credits for the placement exceeds 25% of the total credits for the program. If you are in receipt of, or applying for, financial aid you cannot transfer on to a program with a voluntary (optional) placement in the United States if the number of credits for the placement exceeds 25% of the total credits for the program.

 

Enrollment status and eligibility for financial aid

Mature Student Provision:
USA federal regulations state that you must have a secondary school completion credential (high school diploma) or the recognized equivalent of a secondary school completion credential to be eligible to receive Federal Student Aid. If you are enrolled at the University under the mature student provision (on the basis of your life and work experience rather than formal qualification) you will not be eligible to receive Federal Student Aid.

Returning to the United States:
If any part of your funding, at any time, is through USA federal Direct Loan funds, you are prohibited under USA federal regulations from returning to the United States to undertake fieldwork, research or to write your thesis. Placements (including internships and externships) also cannot be undertaken in the United States if the number of credits for the placement exceeds 25% of the total credits for the program.

The only exception to this is if you undertake independent research in the United States during your dissertation (write up) phase of a doctoral program under the guidance of faculty and the research can only be conducted in the United States. Please note that prior approval must have been given by the Financial Aid Office and you can only do this for a maximum of one academic year.

Thesis Submission:
Once you have submitted your thesis you will drop to below half-time status at the University until your viva. Once you have dropped to below half-time status you will become ineligible for any further loan disbursements.

 

Federal Work-Study

Employment is not provided as part of the financial aid package at this University.

 

Eligibility Criteria Published by the U.S. Department of Education

To be eligible for federal student aid you must meet the U.S. Department of Education's eligibility criteria.