Fees can vary quite a bit – even for similar courses. You’ll be able to see exactly how much they are when you search for courses, but you can get an approximate idea from the table below. Then we’ll explain how to get a student loan to cover your tuition fees and living costs, and what additional funding might be available.
How much are tuition fees?
|Student's home region||Studying in England||Studying in Scotland||Studying in Wales||Studying in Northern Ireland|
|England||Up to £9,250||Up to £9,250||Up to £9,000||Up to £9,250|
|Scotland||Up to £9,250||No fee||Up to £9,000||Up to £9,250|
|Wales||Up to £9,250||Up to £9,250||Up to £9,000||Up to £9,250|
|Northern Ireland||Up to £9,250||Up to £9,250||Up to £9,000||Up to £4,160|
|EU||Up to £9,250||No fee||Up to £9,000||Up to £4,160|
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
The Government has introduced the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – this gives information about universities and colleges, to help applicants decide where to study. This applies to all new applicants for courses starting from September 2017, and existing students who started their studies after 1 September 2012.
Universities and colleges in England that achieve TEF awards have been able to increase their fees in line with inflation, up to a maximum of £9.250.
In October 2017, the Government confirmed tuition fees would remain capped at £9,250 for the 2018 entry cycle
Studying a second degree, or another ‘equivalent or lower qualification’ (ELQ)?
- Tuition fee loans, to cover the full cost of your course, are paid directly to the course provider, and you won’t have to pay it back until after your course, when you’re earning above a certain level.
- Maintenance loans can be applied for at the same time, lending you money at the start of each term (or monthly in Scotland). How much you get depends on your household income, where you study, where you live and how long for.
- In 2016, maintenance grants were replaced with loans for new full-time students in England. The student finance package includes a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan. Students can still apply for grants if they’re eligible for certain benefits, disabled, or need help with childcare costs. Read our blog on what these changes are and what they mean. You can also find out more on the student finance pages on GOV.UK.
Welsh Government has made changes to student finance for the 2018 entry cycle. View a snapshot of the new student finance package, and for full details, visit the Student Finance Wales website.
Flexible and part-time students
International and EU students
Advanced Learner Loans
It can take up to six weeks to process student finance applications. Make sure you apply early – even if you have a conditional offer – as you can amend or cancel your application if your plans change.
Applicants from England
Applicants from Northern Ireland
Applicants from Scotland
Applicants from Wales
Applicants from The Channel Islands and Isle of Man
Applicants from outside the UK
At this time of year, there's an increased number of phishing emails and text messages sent to students from fake student finance services.