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Undergraduate Loans

Student loans are available to cover your tuition and living costs so you’re free to focus on being great at what you do.

Entitlement to Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans depend on meeting personal and course eligibility criteria. If you have previously studied at higher education level, your student finance eligibility may also be affected. Find out more from your national Student Finance provider.

Tuition fee loans

Tuition fee loans are available for most home undergraduate students, subject to meeting certain eligibility rules. You can apply through your national Student Finance provider.

We would urge you to apply early, you can do this before your university place is confirmed. The deadline for applications is usually around the end of May prior to the start of your course. You can still apply after this time, but your funding may not be ready for the start of your course.

The loan is paid directly in three instalments to the University on your behalf, so all you need to do is apply for it.

Full-time home undergraduates from England starting in 2021/22

Full-time home undergraduate students can get up to £9,250 per year to pay for their tuition fees.

Part-time home undergraduates from England starting in 2021/22

Part-time home undergraduate students can get up to £6,935 per year to pay for their tuition fees.

Find out more about the eligibility criteria from your national Student Finance service.

International students

If you are an EU or international student, please see our International student pages for information about the funding available to pay for your undergraduate studies.

Help with living costs

While your tuition fees may be covered by your Tuition Fee Loan, you should also think about paying for your day-to-day living costs for things like accommodation, food, course books, and social life. There are a few ways you can fund your living costs.

Maintenance Loans

The Maintenance Loan is available for eligible home students. You won't start paying this back until after you have left University and are earning more than the repayment threshold.

Full-time home undergraduate students starting in 2021/22

You can apply for a maintenance loan of up to £9,488 per year.

The amount you can borrow depends on:

  • your household income
  • your year of study
  • where you live during term-time.

Use the online Student Finance Calculator to estimate the loan you will be able to apply for.

The Maintenance Loan is paid to you directly, in approximate thirds, at the start of each term.

Part-time home undergraduate students starting in 2021/22

If you're joining us as a part-time home student, you may be eligible to apply for a Maintenance Loan towards your living costs. The amount you can borrow depends on:

  • the course you are studying
  • how much of the course you complete per year
  • your household income
  • your year of study
  • where you live during term-time.

The Maintenance Loan is paid to you directly, in approximate thirds, at the start of each term.

Scholarships and bursaries

You may be eligible for other types of funding like scholarships and bursaries, which you don't have to repay.

Find out more on our Bursaries and Scholarships page.

Employment

Many students choose to get a part-time job alongside their studies or work full-time in the holidays to supplement their living costs. Get in touch with our Employability and Careers service for more information.

Applying for a loan

Visit your national Student Finance provider website for more information on funding and to begin the application process:

Loan repayments and interest rates

You only start paying your loan back after you’ve left university and are earning above the repayment threshold. You can find out more about repayment arrangements and interest rates on the Student Loan Repayment website.

Useful links and further guidance

Finance providers and further information

Finance guides

Financial help and advice

Visit Money, fees and funding for more information about how we can support students.

If you have any further questions, please call +44 (0)115 848 2494 or email the Student Financial Support Service.