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Students have two main costs to meet - Tuition Fees and living expenses. Tuition Fees cover the cost of your university education and your expenses cover items such as accommodation, travel, food, books and entertainment. Students paying their Tuition Fees outright and international students paying their deposits pay the University directly. Find out how to pay.
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No upfront fees
Home students on part-time higher education courses no longer pay their Tuition Fees up front at the beginning of each year unless this is preferred. Provided it's your first degree, new part-time students can access government-subsidised Tuition Fee loans providing they complete a minimum of 25% of the full-time course-load in one year.
Students need evidence they hold a Tuition Fee loan at their face-to-face enrolment at the start of the academic year to avoid paying their Tuition Fees up front. Those who are ineligible for a loan or choose not to apply for one need to pay the initial down payment of a third of their yearly Tuition Fees at this time. The loan covers tuition costs and you only start repaying it on 9% of your income above £21,000 a year, from the April that's four years after the start date of your course or the April after you finish your studies, whichever is the soonest.
The loan will be paid directly to the University on your behalf by Student Finance England. However, part-time students are not eligible for maintenance loans or grants to help with living costs. Download an application form for a part-time Tuition Fee loan (PLT1) from the Student Finance England website.
Watch Student Finance England's video guide to how Tuition Fee Loans work for part-time students.
Find out more:
- Video on the cost of part-time study with money-saving expert, Martin Lewis, produced by Student Finance England.
- Download the guide from Student Finance England on Loans for part-time study 2013/2014 (379KB PDF, opens in new window).
- The latest guidance and application form for undergraduate part-time Tuition Fee loans is available on the Gov.uk website.
- See a guide to the cost of part-time education with the student finance calculator for part-time students.
Annual Tuition Fees for part time Home and EU undergraduate students for the academic year 2013/2014 have been set between £4,000 and £6,750. Tuition Fees vary depending on the type of course, subject chosen, number of credits delivered each academic year and the rate per credit, ranging between £33 and £62. For details of individual course fees see our Fees Checker.
Some course modules include field trips that you will be asked to pay for separately.
Your course may require you to attend other teaching sessions outside the University for which you may be required to pay an additional fee. Some courses, for example HNCs, require registration with an external body for which a fee is also payable.
How to apply for student finance
Application forms for part-time undergraduate loans will appear here when available.