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Tuition Fee Loan, Maintenance Loans and Additional Grants

Maintenance Loan

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. The available loan for those living away from parents in London is £11,672.
  • 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 maintenance loan is 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.

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.

The maximum tuition fee loan for part-time students starting in September 2018 will be £6,935.

For more information, visit the Student Finance England 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:

If you have a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, you may be eligible for the DSA. This grant will help pay for extra costs you might have as a direct result of your disability, condition or learning difficulty, such as human support, travel costs and assistive technology. It is available to both full-time and part-time students and, providing you complete your programme and, unlike a loan, it does not have to be repaid. Eligibility for the DSA is based entirely on your level of need and circumstances (your household income isn’t taken into consideration).

Please note that the College will be unable to provide you with additional support if you haven’t been awarded appropriate funding through a DSA. Therefore, if you think that you will need additional support, please apply for a DSA as early as possible before the start of your programme.

This is intended to help with childcare costs if you have dependent children aged under 15 (or under 17 if they have special educational needs) in registered or approved childcare. You can get 85% of childcare costs. The maximum support you can receive is:

  • up to £169.31 a week for 1 child
  • up to £290.27 a week for 2 or more children

This is intended to help with course-related costs if you have dependent children and is linked to your household income. Currently up to £1,716 per year.

This is intended to help with costs if an adult depends on you financially and is linked to your household income. You can get up to £3,007 per year