Part-time Student Funding

Part-time Student Funding


Part-time Students

Tuition Fee Loan

Part-time students who started their course from September 2012 onwards will be able to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from Student Finance England to pay their tuition fees. To qualify for the loan students must be studying at a course intensity of at least 25% of the full-time equivalent per year. The loan will not take into account their household income. 

Each 15 credit undergraduate module costs £1,156 for new part-time students in 2019/20.

Maintenance Loan

Part-time students starting their course from September 2018 onwards can also apply to Student Finance England for a Maintenance Loan to help with living costs.

You must be studying at a course intensity of at least 25% to get a Maintenance Loan. How much you can get depends on where you live and study, your course intensity and your household income. The loan is paid directly into your bank account two weeks after the start of each term.       

The following table shows the maximum amount you can get based on where you live while studying, and your course intensity.

   Study intensity    Living at home Studying outside London
and not living at home
   100%    Up to £7,529    Up to £8,944
   75% - 100%    Up to £5,647    Up to £6,708
   66.6% - 75%    Up to £5,014    Up to £5,957
   50% - 66.6%    Up to £3,765    Up to £4,472
   33.3% - 50%    Up to £2,507    Up to £2,978
   25% - 33%    Up to £1,882    Up to £2,236

The Maintenance Loan is not available to Students who started their part-time course before 1 August 2018.

You’re not eligible for a Maintenance Loan if you’re 60 or over on the first day of the first academic year of your course.


You will become liable to repay the loan from the April four years after your course started or the April after you leave your course (whichever is the soonest) but no repayments will be made unless you are earning more than £25,725.     

For more details of eligibility, how to apply online and loan repayments visit

Additional Support

  • Part-time students can apply to the University’s Access to Learning Fund (ALF) for help and may also be able to apply for help towards childcare costs from the ALF if they are on a low income.
  • Eligible part-time students will also receive support through the Disabled Students’ Allowance as long as they can complete the course in no more than four times the length of a full-time one.
  • Plus check out information on Bursaries & Scholarships, and Educational Trust Funds & Charities.

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