Tuition Fee Loans 2020/21
All first degree UK and EU students, including part-time students (from September 2012) can take out a tuition fee loan through the Student Loans Company to cover the full cost of university tuition fees as shown in the table below:
|Course Type||Maximum Tuition Fee Loan Amount|
|Full-time undergraduate courses||up to £9,250|
|Foundation courses||up to £9,250|
Maintenance Loans 2020/21
UK Home students can apply for maintenance loans to assist with living costs including accommodation, food, books and travel from the Student Loans Company. Loans are paid in three equal instalments at the start of each term. Up to 65% of the maintenance loan is non-means tested, the remaining 35% is means-tested. The table below shows the maximum loan amounts:
|Where you stay during term-time||Maximum Loan Amount|
|Living in parents' home||£7,529|
|Living away from home, studying in London||£11,672|
Use the student finance calculator to estimate your Maintenance Loan rate.
Please note that prospective students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland who plan to begin their studies in the UK after August 2021 will no longer be eligible for home fee status, due to the UK’s departure from the EU.
The change will not affect EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.
Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland will continue to have right to study and to access benefits and services under the Common Travel Area arrangement between the two nations.
More information can be found on the British Council website.
The maintenance loan is paid in three instalments at the start of each term. At the start of each academic year unless students have applied for the full tuition fee loan, students must pay 50% of the tuition fees before they can be enrolled. Once students are enrolled their enrolment will automatically be sent to the Student Loan Company who will pay any maintenance loan instalment due.
How to apply
Visit the GOV.UK page on repaying your student loan for full details.
Funding for part-time students
Part-time students will be charged a pro rata version of the full-time 2019/20 fees; between 25% study intensity and 75% intensity. New part-time students starting from September 2012 or beyond will be able to apply for a tuition fee loan to cover part or all of these fees from the Student Loans Company.
For information about repayments of these loans, please visit the Student loans page. The only difference for part-time students is that repayment can begin from the April, 3 years after the start of the course once you are earning above the threshold of £21,000 rather than strictly after graduation.
Part-time students are expected to cover their living expenses and course cost themselves.
Apply for your tuition fee loan online via the Student Loans Company.
Contact 0845 607 7577 or Student Finance on 0300 100 0607