If you’re going to university in 2016/17, the good news is that you don’t have to pay your tuition fees up front.
If you’re ordinarily a resident in England and studying for an undergraduate degree for the first time, Government loans are available from Student Finance England to cover your tuition fees and help towards your living costs.
You don’t pay anything back until you’ve left university and your income is over £21,000 per year. You can find out more about repaying Government loans below.
We know that the cost of studying is important to you and we hope these pages you enough information. If you need any further advice, though, take a look at:
Tuition fee loan
Universities and colleges can charge up to £9,000 a year for their courses and a Tuition Fee Loan helps you to pay for this.
New full-time students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to cover the cost of tuition fees. The amount you can get doesn’t depend on your household income.
A loan is available to help with your living costs such as food, accommodation and travel.
The amount you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and your household income.
You can find out what a typical loan might look like based on your household income below:
|Household income||Living with parents||Live away from home
and study outside London
|£25,000 or less||£6,904||£8,200|
Please note, if you live away from home and are looking at studying at a university in London, you could receive a higher loan.
For more information and to find out what support you could get, please use the Student Finance Calculator on gov.uk.
Additional support and funding
If your household income is below £25,000, you may be entitled to additional support and funding.
If you take out maintenance loans and tuition fee loans whilst at university you will be expected to start repaying this cost once you have left university and have started earning £21,000 per year. You can find out more about loan repayments on gov.uk.
If you’re employed, repayments will be deducted from your income just like tax and national insurance contributions.
You’ll repay 9% of your income over £21,000 a year. So, if you earn £25,000 a year this means you’ll repay 9% of £4,000 – or £30 a month.
If you’re self-employed, separate arrangements are in place with HMRC to make your repayments.
If you stop working or your income drops below £21,000 your repayments will stop and only start again when your income is over £21,000 a year. After 30 years, any outstanding balance will be written off, unless you have defaulted on your loan.
Remember: You do not have to repay university or government bursaries.
Not from England or already studied for an undergraduate degree?
The information on this page is only for students from England, entering Arts University Bournemouth as an undergraduate student for their first degree, in 2016. We can’t currently confirm arrangements if you’ve already studied at university at an undergraduate level.
Managing your money
Becoming a full-time student means managing your money, and it can be a challenge to budget for everything you need throughout the year. Living costs vary and cover things like accommodation, food and travel costs. What you will receive will depend on your personal circumstances, but further information to help you with this can be found at Managing your Money.