Students enrolling onto a part-time undergraduate programme can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan instead of paying for their tuition fees up front.
Accessible through Student Finance, a Tuition Fee Loan is a non-income based loan to meet the cost of tuition fees, payable to the University in three instalments. Payment is made when Student Finance receive confirmation from the University that the student is in attendance at the start of each trimester.
Depending on where you live and because our online undergraduate courses are classed as part time, you may be eligible for a part-time Tuition Fee Loan instead of paying for your tuition fees up front. Accessible through Student Finance, a part-time Tuition Fee Loan is a non-income based loan to meet the cost of tuition fees, payable to the University in three instalments. Payment is made when Student Finance receive confirmation from the University that the student is in attendance at the start of each trimester.
For more information, please visit the Student Finance website. If you need help with answering the course related questions on the Student Finance website, you can contact our friendly Admissions Team on 01332 594000
Students in England
If you are a new part-time student and do not already have an undergraduate degree you may be eligible for a tuition fee loan through Student Finance England of up to £6,935 per year. You’ll only start making repayments when your income is over the UK repayment threshold, which is currently £25,000 a year, £2,083 a month or £480 a week.
With a salary of:
- £25,000 the monthly repayment would be £0
- £27,000 the monthly repayment would be £15
- £29,500 the monthly repayment would be £33
- £31,000 the monthly repayment would be £45
- £33,000 the monthly repayment would be £60
To claim a part-time loan, your total number of credits in any year must be worth a minimum of 25% (30 credits) of a full time course (120 credits). The number of credits you study in a year depends on how many modules you choose and the credit value of each module. You’ll find the credits and module details you need on the relevant module course page.
The following qualifications we offer are currently eligible for a loan:
- Diploma Higher Ed
- Full (Hons) degree
- 1 Year level 6 (top up)
The deadline for applying is 9 months after the start of the academic year (September).
Students in Wales
Our online courses are registered with the Welsh Assembly. If you are resident in Wales, you are not eligible for the new part time loan described above but you may be eligible for grant funding. Apply to Student Finance Wales (SFW).
Students in Northern Ireland
If you are resident in Northern Ireland, you are not eligible for the new part time loan described above but you may be eligible for grant funding. Apply to Student Finance Northern Ireland (SFNI).
Students in Scotland
Students Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) does not fund part time courses outside of Scotland. If you are a Scottish resident applying for one of our online courses, you are unable to claim funding.
You may be eligible to apply for financial help towards the cost of your tuition fees if:
- you are an EU* national or a family member of an EU* national
- you have been living within the European Economy Area (EEA)** or Switzerland for the three years immediately before the start of your course
- your main reason for being in the EEA or Switzerland is not to receive full time education
*EU Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
** EEA includes the above EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
It is your responsibility to liaise with the funding agency and ensure that funding is in place to cover your fees. You are also responsible for any difference between your tuition fees and the amount of funding you receive.
Don’t worry if you already receive a part time grant, you can continue to claim this until you complete your current programme of study (subject to your circumstances remaining the same).