Tuition fees and student loans
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 extra 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 £9,000||Up to £9,000||Up to £9,000||Up to £9,000|
|Scotland||Up to £9,000||No fee||Up to £9,000||Up to £9,000|
|Wales||Up to £9,000||Up to £9,000||Up to £9,000||Up to £9,000|
|Northern Ireland||Up to £9,000||Up to £9,000||Up to £9,000||Up to £3,575|
|EU||Up to £9,000||No fee||Up to £9,000||Up to £3,575|
What financial help can you get?
- Tuition Fee Loans lend you up to £9,000 (or up to £6,000 for a private course provider), 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. If you’re from a low income household, you might get a Maintenance Grant too (called bursaries in Scotland, or Assembly Learning Grants in Wales).
You can get a loan if you’re studying at a rate of at least 25% of an equivalent full-time course and if you’re a Home or EU student.
How to apply for a student loan
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.
If you're planning on going to uni or college full-time in 2015, apply now to Student Finance England. The deadline for applications for new students was 31 May 2015.
If you apply after the deadline, you will have your application processed as quickly as possible, but it's important to apply as soon as you can, to help avoid delays with payments at the start of term. You don't need a confirmed place at university or college to apply; you can use your preferred course and change it later.
For an independent view of what it costs, go to Money Saving Expert.
Apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) – although you can apply to the SAAS to cover your full tuition in Scotland, you may also get other support for living costs, or for tuition fees elsewhere in the UK.
If you're planning on starting a course in 2015 you can apply now to SAAS.
If you're planning on starting a course in 2015 apply now to Student Finance Wales – the deadline for applications from full-time new students is 15 May 2015. If you apply for finance after this you could start the term without your funding in place. Wherever you study in the UK you can get support from the Welsh Government – get a £3,575 Tuition Fee Loan and they'll cover the rest of your fees with a Tuition Fee grant of up to £5,425.
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