QUB Undergraduate Students from GB
For the new academic year onwards it is anticipated that undergraduate students from England, Wales and Scotland will be required by QUB to pay annual tuition fees in the region of £9000. QUB are offering bursaries and scholarships to applicants meeting specific criteria (qub.ac.uk).
In addition to any QUB scholarships offered, BBC is also offering GB applicants a bursary for each year of study (subject to QUB fees remaining at £9000 level).
Please contact the college for more information on your bursary status.
Paying Your Fees
We realise that deciding to come to Belfast Bible College may well have a significant financial impact, whether you are coming as an individual, couple or family; from Northern Ireland, the UK or further afield. To help you in this, we keep our fees as low as possible, helped by the generous giving of the Christian public. As a result, our fees are much lower than many other colleges in the UK, Western Europe or North America.
Before you come to BBC, it’s important that you think and pray carefully about how you will fund your time of study with us. We will ask for some information on this at each stage of the application process and will also do all that we can to support you each step of the way. To the right are some practical tips which you may want to consider as you plan.
Annual fees for tuition, food and accommodation are payable in two instalments in September and February. You can pay by cash, cheque or online through www.charitygiving.co.uk, making sure you specify that gift aid is not to be claimed on the contribution as it is for fees. Please download the detailed instructions of how to do this. If you have any problems, please feel free to get in touch.
Students from the UK and EU who are applying for a degree course within the UK, are eligible to apply for a student loan for their period of study. This usually covers the full amount of fees per year (currently £3465) and may also provide an amount towards living expenses (means tested).
Students from outside the EU may also be eligible to apply for funding from their home country, for example North American students can access funding to study at a recognised UK institution. Please check with your local authority for details of exactly what you are entitled to.
Students from within the UK may be eligible to apply for a means tested discretionary grant towards the costs of a full-time course. Please note, this option is only available to those who have not already received funding for a previous further or higher education course.
Many students choose to work on a part-time basis alongside their studies to help fund their course at BBC. Suitable jobs may be available locally, or in the nearby cities of Lisburn and Belfast. We usually advise students to work a maximum of 12-16 hours per week during term time, to ensure that their job doesn't adversely affect the amount of time available for study. Please note, students coming to BBC from outside the EU may not be allowed to work while studying within the UK, due to visa restrictions. For up to date information and legislation details, you should contact the UK Borders Agency.
For many BBC students, their time here is a stepping stone to further future involvement in mission or ministry, at home or overseas. For that reason, a student's home church may choose to support them financially while they study. If this is not something you have considered, you may want to chat to your Minister, Pastor or Church Leader about the level of prayerful and financial support which your church could provide.
Friends & Family
Many BBC students also receive support from family and friends to help them financially during their time at college. You may want to put together a prayer letter and update which you could send to individuals allowing them to prayerfully consider supporting you in this way. If you are thinking of future ministry involvement after you graduate, this is a great way of beginning to build up a good support base.
Some trusts and organisations may offer student bursaries towards fees, living expenses, or the cost of your overseas placement. Some of these bursaries may be specifically for Postgraduate students who would not be able to access the usual loans or grants.
For the academic year 2012–2013, a bursary of £2500 is also available to students from England, Wales and Scotland choosing to study on the QUB undergraduate BTh or BD course.
Scholarships for Overseas Students
Each year, BBC provides a limited number of full or part scholarships, for students from overseas, who would not otherwise have access to the theological training they need in their home country. Scholarships are provided by Northern Ireland churches who are willing to partner with us in this way. Those who wish to be considered for a scholarship should mark this clearly in the ‘finance’ section of their application. Once you have been accepted by us, on the basis of your application, you would then be considered for full or part funding. Please note that we cannot guarantee funding for all those who request a scholarship, so you should also look at other funding options alongside this.
Students from Northern Ireland can access the most up to date information on finance options
Northern Ireland students going back into education as adult learners, can access advice and guidance on finance and other issues by contacting EGSA
Students from other parts of the UK and EU, should go here for advice regarding financial support for studying in the UK.
Overseas students who require a Visa for studying in the UK, should contact the UK Borders Agency for accurate info and advice on finance and work–related issues. Applicants should prepare for the fee of up to £250 to obtain a Visa for studying in the UK.