How can I get help to fund my studies?
You can get government support. This includes a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the cost of your fees, which you only start to pay back once you are earning over £21,000 per year.
What does the government finance package include?
• Tuition Fee Loan - this pays for your course fees
• Maintenance Loan - this helps with living costs and must be paid back
• Maintenance Grant - this helps with living costs, but doesn't have to be paid back
• Repayments and interest
You might also qualify for extra help on top of your main student finance package.
The information provided on this page is applicable to students resident in England, with no previous experience in Higher Education.
Student support arrangements vary for students resident in other areas of the UK. They are as follows:
• Students resident in Scotland can get information from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.
• Students resident in Northern Ireland should contact the Education and Library Board in the area where they live. Relevant contact details can be found at Student Finance Northern Ireland.
• Students resident in Wales can find details at Student Finance Wales.
You should apply for student finance every year. You don’t need a confirmed place at university to apply. Apply now!
How to apply for student finance
Could I be entitled to Government support towards my fees?
Government changes from September 2012 resulted in new eligible part-time students being able to apply for a government loan to cover their tuition fees. If you are eligible, you can borrow up to £6,750 per year to cover your tuition fees.
To be eligible, you must study a minimum of 25% of the full-time equivalent course. You must also normally live in England, meet all the regulations to qualify for student finance and be studying for your first degree.
Unfortunately, part-time students cannot apply for a Maintenance Grant or Maintenance Loan towards their living costs.
IMPORTANT: We do advise that you apply for your Tuition Fee Loan as soon as possible so that your loan will be fully processed by your funding body i.e. Student Finance England and be in place by the time you start your course or early in your first semester. When do I start repaying my tuition fee loan? You only start to repay your loan from the April four years after your course started - or the April after you leave your studies, whichever is sooner - and then only if you are earning over £21,000 per year (please note that this is based on current guidlines and could be subject to change). Do I pay interest on my loan? Yes, you are charged interest on your loan from the day your first payment is made until you pay your loan back in full. How much will I need to repay? Have a look at the repayment calculator to see what you will be paying back. Once you earn over the threshold, you will pay 9% on everything you earn over this amount. If your income drops below £21,000, all repayments will automatically stop. Information relating to Student Loans. • http://www.studentfinanceengland.co.uk/ • http://www.studentloanrepayment.co.uk/
Alternative Learner Support Available
For more information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit www.gov.uk/grant-bursary-adult-learners or contact 0800 100 900.