Tuition Fee Loan, Maintenance Loans and Additional Grants

Tuition Fee Loan

Designed to cover the full cost of your tuition fee, this loan is paid direct to the College or the partner university in three installments across the academic year. It is available to both full-time and part-time students and is non means-tested, which means that it isn’t based on your household income. It is repayable, but not until you’ve left your programme and you’re earning over £25,725 per year.

For more information, visit the Student Finance England website.

Maintenance loans are available to both full-time and part-time students.

If you enrol on a full-time programme, a maintenance loan is available to help with living costs during your studies, such as travel, accommodation and course materials. You must be aged under 60 on the first day of the first academic year of your programme to be eligible for this loan. It is paid direct to your bank account in three installments, one at the start of each term.

  • The maximum loan available for those who live with parents whilst studying is £7,529 and £8,944 for those who don’t live with parents.
  • You can apply for a maintenance loan for each year of study.
  • Like the tuition fee loan, the maintenance loan is repayable but not until you’ve left your programme and you’re earning over £25,725 per year.

Part-time students may be able to apply for a maintenance loan if their part-time course has a ‘course intensity’ (i.e. the amount of the course that is completed each year) of 25% or more. You’ll be asked how many credits you’ll study when you apply for the loan.

  • The maximum tuition fee loan for part-time students starting in September 2018 will be £6,935, with the maintenance loan dependent upon where you live while studying.

The loan is repayed in the same way as a full-time student.

More information is available on the Government website.

You are able to apply for student finance up-to 9 months after the start of your course. For more information on the process and requirements, please see the video below: