Despite major changes in government funding of higher education, many students do not realise they can obtain help with fees. Studying may prove to be a more affordable option than people have been led to believe. The higher education institutions we work with offer detailed advice on funding issues, and Support Tutors are there to help with any general questions about course costs and loans for tuition fees. Student loans are available to cover the cost of tuition fees for up to four years of study.
Tuition Fee loans are provided by Student Finance England (SFE) and applications for loans are made by students direct to SFE. Tuition fee loans are paid directly to the university when students have officially enrolled on their chosen course.
One of our Support Tutors will be happy to explain more about university fees and funding when you come in for pre-entry advice.
You can get a loan to cover the cost of your tuition. You do not have to pay anything until you start earning at least £21,000. You only pay 9% on anything you earn over £21,000. If your salary was £22,000, you pay 9% on £1,000, that's only £7.50 per month. Your repayments will automatically be deducted from your salary. Any outstanding balances will be written off after 30 years.
New full time students starting a degree programme in academic year 2016/2017 can apply for means tested maintenance loans of up to £8,200.
Continuing full time students who started their degree before August 2016 can apply for a means tested maintenance grant and a maintenance loan. Full details of amounts available are listed on the government’s student finance website (see link below).
Full time students who have young children, or who have adults who depend on them, can apply for grants to help pay towards extra costs.
Full time and part time students with disabilities and additional learning needs can apply for funding of resources and support via disabled students allowances (DSA).
Please note that at the current time part time students can apply for tuition fee loans but can not apply for maintenance loans or maintenance grants. This rule may change for students starting their degree after September 2017.
Information on eligibility for funding and the funding application process can be found by following the link below to the government’s student finance website. Students do not receive maintenance loans and additional support until after they have officially enrolled onto their chosen course.
Students in financial difficulty may be eligible to apply for a small hardship grant depending on their course and circumstances but these funds are very limited. For more information please make an appointment to talk to a Support Tutor.
Here are the fees for courses commencing April and September 2017.
|Full Time||Per Annum|
|BA (Hons) Education & English Literature||£5,995|
|BA (Hons) Education & Special Educational Needs||£5,995|
|BA (Hons) Early Childhood & Education||£5,995|
|BA (Hons) Education & History||£5,995|
|BA (Hons) English Literature & History||£5,995|
|BA (Hons) Top Up Early Years Practice||£9,250|
|Part Time||Per Annum|
|BA (Hons) Teaching, Learning and Mentoring Practice (Level 6 Progression)||£6,750|
|Foundation Degree Early Years Practice||£6,165|
|BSc (Hons) Psychology with Applications||£4,950|