Undergraduate tuition fees and student loans

How much are tuition fees and how are you going to pay for them? Find out how to fund your studies and how to apply here.
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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?

These are the maximum tuition fees depending on where you’re from and where you’re studying. Exact fees will be shown when you search for courses.

Tuition fees by region for courses starting in 2017 

Student's home region Studying in England Studying in Scotland Studying in Wales Studying in Northern Ireland (2016*)
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 £4,046 Up to £9,250
Northern Ireland Up to £9,250 Up to £9,250 Up to £9,000 Up to £3,925
EU Up to £9,250 No fee Up to £4,046 Up to £3,925
Other international Variable Variable Variable Variable

*2017 fee levels for Northern Ireland are yet to be confirmed. The table displays the Northern Ireland fee levels for 2016.

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 that started their studies after 1 September 2012.

Universities and colleges that achieve TEF awards are able to increase their fees in line with inflation. This means that, for 2017 entry, universities and colleges can charge fees of up to £9,250. Tuition fee loans will also increase with inflation. The Welsh Government has maintained the fee cap of £9,000 for students studying in Wales.

What financial help can you get?

Student loans can include a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan to help with your living costs.
  • Tuition fee loans lend you up to £9,250 (or up to £6,165 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.
  • 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.
  • ​Flexible and part-time students

    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.

  • International and EU students

    The Government has announced the student support arrangements for EU students entering higher education in England in 2017. EU students that begin their studies in 2017 will be eligible for student loan and grants, and will continue to be for the duration of their course. Check the GOV.UK website for further information. 

    The Welsh Government has provided an update regarding student support arrangements for EU learners entering higher education in Wales in 2017/18. 

    The Scottish Government has confirmed student support arrangements for EU learners entering higher education in Scotland in 2017/18. 

    EU and international student may also be able to find a scholarship or bursary.

    For guidance on whether you are eligible to pay overseas or home/EU fees, please refer to the UKCISA website.

    Following the EU referendum, a statement has been issued about EU nationals and student finance in England – for EU nationals currently in receipt of student loans from the Student Loans Company (SLC), and to EU nationals who intend to begin studying in September or October 2016.

  • Advanced Learner Loans

    The UK 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.
  • NHS bursaries

    From 1 August 2017, all new undergraduate nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students on pre-registration courses will receive support for fee loans and living costs through the standard student support system, rather than through course fees and NHS bursaries for living costs paid by Health Education England (HEE).

    These students will therefore be subject to the same student finance arrangements that apply to other undergraduates in 2017/18.

How to apply for a student loan

If you're applying for university or college courses starting in 2017/18, you can apply for student finance now.

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. 

Stay safe online

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