Tuition Fee Loan

Loans that cover all or part of a student's tuition fees, up to £9,000 per academic year.

Most universities can charge up to £9,250 a year for full-time courses, and £6,935 for part-time courses.

Students can check their course fee amount with their university or college.

Maximum Tuition Fee Loans

Student typeMaximum Tuition Fee Loan for 2016/17Maximum Tuition Fee Loan for 2017/18
New full-time students Up to £9,000 Up to £9,250
New full- time students at private university or college Up to £6,000 Up to £6,165
New part-time students Up to £6,750 Up to £6,935

Full-time students

The Tuition Fee Loan covers the full amount of fees being charged by the student's university or college, up to a maximum of £9,250 for new and continuing students in academic year 2017/18.

Some private institutions may charge students more than £9,250 if they offer designated courses.

Students continuing on a course that started before 1 September 2012

Full-time students who started their course before 1 September 2012 and are continuing their course in 2017/18 will pay tuition fees of up to £3,465. If they are studying at a university or college in Northern Ireland, the maximum Tuition Fee Loan available will be £4,030.

How is it paid?

The Tuition Fee Loan is paid directly from us to the student's university or college; the student does not receive the money directly.

Do students need to pay it back?

Yes, it is a loan which students need to pay back after they have finished their course.
Detailed information about loan repayment can be found on the Student Loans Company site, Student Loan Repayment.

Previous study, nationality and residency

To get a Tuition Fee Loan, both the student and the course they are studying need to be eligible for student finance.

Students leaving their course during the year

If the student leaves their course during the year they will pay back the instalments of the loan which Student Finance England paid out.

When they leaveTuition Fee Loan they have to repay
Before they register for their course Nothing
After they register, but before the end of term 1 25%
Before the end of term 2 50%
Before the end of term 3 100%

Changing course - what students pay back

If the student changes their course during the year they will pay back:

  • any instalments which were paid for their old course
  • any remaining instalments, for their new course.

For example, if they change their course in the first term, and we have paid their first tuition fee instalment, they will pay back:

  • 25% of the tuition fee of their old course; and
  • 75% of the tuition fee for their new course.

Studying overseas, work placements and ERASMUS

The following tuition fee rates are based on the student:

  • studying at a publicly funded university in England, Wales or Scotland
  • having started a course on or after 1 September 2012; and
  • applying through Student Finance England (or Student Finance Services if they're an EU student).


They'll be:Maximum Tuition Fee Loan for 2016/17Maximum Tuition Fee Loan for 2017/18


  • studying abroad
  • on a work placement abroad
£1,350 £1,385
Studying abroad with less than 10 weeks at an English, Welsh or Scottish university/college £1,350 £1,385
On a work placement year of a sandwich course with less than 10 weeks at an English, Welsh or Scottish university/college £1,800 £1,850

We advise the student to speak to their university about the tuition fees charged if they're unsure if the criteria mentioned is not met.

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