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 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 £9,000||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 £3,900||Up to £9,000|
|Northern Ireland||Up to £9,000||Up to £9,000||Up to £9,000||Up to £3,925|
|EU||Up to £9,000||No fee||Up to £3,900||Up to £3,925|
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.
- 2016 entry onwards: Maintenance grants will be replaced with loans for new full-time students in England starting their courses from September 2016. From 1 September 2016, the student finance package will include a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan only. Students will still be able to 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.
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.
The government is replacing the 24+ advanced learner loans so they will be available for more further education and training courses – from Level 3 (e.g. A levels) to Level 6 – and will be available to everyone aged 19 and over.
- Advanced learner loans will be available to those aged 19 and over, studying eligible courses from Level 3 (A level equivalent) up to Level 6 at approved course providers.
- Applications can be made now through the Student Loans Company for courses starting from 1 August 2016.
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.
You can apply for funding now through Student Finance England for courses starting in 2016 – the deadline for applications is 27 May 2016.
Applications take at least six weeks to be processed, but Student Finance England will do an initial assessment so you have some money as close to the start of your course as possible.
For an independent view of what it costs, go to Money Saving Expert.
You can apply for funding now through Student Finance Northern Ireland for courses starting in 2016 – the deadline for student finance applications was 15 April 2016.
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.
Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) guarantee that all students who submit an accurate application form and supporting evidence on or before 30 June 2016, will have their funding in place for the start of their course. SAAS encourages students to apply as early as possible to allow themselves time to gather the necessary supporting evidence. Students can still apply after 30 June, up until 31 March 2017, and their funding will be backdated.
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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