Tuition fees

The Student Loans Company administers tuition fee support for all eligible undergraduate students who live in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Find out about the following undergraduate support:


Tuition Fee Loan

The Tuition Fee Loan is a non-income assessed loan to meet the cost of tuition fees. It is payable to the university or college  in three instalments. Payment is made when confirmation is received from university or college that the student is in attendance at the start of each term.

The amount of tuition charged is dependent on both the:

  • country of study - each of the devolved governments are responsible for setting the maximum tuition fees rate within their territory
  • university or college  - who charge a fee rate up to the maximum set by their government (this excludes private institutions who can charge more)

The maximum Tuition Fee Loan available to a student will be the lesser of the two.

Any costs which are in excess of this will need to be paid by the student directly to the university or college.

All Tuition Fee Loans are repayable and accrue interest at the same rate as the Maintenance Loan.

Find out more about tuition fees in our student zone area.


Tuition Fee Grant (full-time)

The Tuition Fee Grant is a non repayable government grant paid to universities or colleges to cover part of the costs of tuition.

The availability of the Tuition Fee Grant is dependent on devolved government policies for higher education where you apply for support.  Find out more in our student zone area.


Fee Grant (part-time)

The Fee Grant is a government grant paid to universities or colleges to cover all or part of the costs of tuition for a designated course.  A designated part-time course is one which:

  • lasts at least one year
  • leads to an HE qualification
  • takes no longer than twice the time required to study the course on a full-time basis

The amount of Fee Grant paid is based on how intense the course of study is.

Availability of the Tuition Fee Grants is dependent on devolved government policies for higher education where you apply for support.  Find out more in our student zone area.


Oxbridge College Fee Loan

The Oxbridge College Fee Loan is a non-income assessed loan available to cover the costs of the college fee.  This is an additional cost to the tuition fees charged by the university or college.

The college fee loan is for students who have an Honours degree already but are entering Oxbridge courses to gain entry to specified professions.

Payment of College Fee Loans is made directly to the institution when confirmation is received from them that the student is in attendance.