Home student tuition fees

Tuition fees for home students

The following tuition fees apply for new home students (students who are not classified as international students) who enrol at the University in the new academic year. These are annual fees, payable on each year of the programme.

FT - Full-time, PT - Part-time

Course

Fees for 2024/25 

Proposed fees for 2025/26

Undergraduate FT

£9,250

£9,250

Undergraduate Accelerated FT

£11,100

£11,100

Undergraduate PT

£4,625

£4,625

Undergraduate Online

£5,800

TBC

Postgraduate FT

£9,350

TBC

*MSc Dietetics FT

£9,250

TBC

Postgraduate PT

£4,675

TBC


*MSc Dietetics is a 2-year programme, and students are able to apply for student finance up to £9,250 per year. This application will be regarded as the one for an undergraduate course. 

Please note: EU students are now considered international students and will pay international tuition fees (except if they have pre-settled or settled status deemed to be UK residents)

Paying your tuition fee

Student Finance is the organisation set up by the Government to provide you with money in order to pay for your course and to assist you with living costs, whilst you are studying. This means that you don’t have to pay any upfront tuition fees to go to University. Money that is provided by Student Finance will only have to be repaid after you have left the course and are earning more than the repayment threshold.

If you are an English student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England. You’ll only start making repayments if your income is over £25,000 a year. The repayment threshold for students applying to Student Finance Wales is £27,295 a year.

The first 25% instalment of your tuition fees is payable by 31 October. If you have not received your Tuition Fee Loan by this date, you will need to make this payment yourself. Please be aware that access to teaching and learning facilities will be restricted until confirmation of payment is received. After this, you will be required to complete a refund request. 

Should you not want to take out a loan, you are also able to pay your fees directly, or through a sponsor such as your employer or government. Find out more.

Financial support for English students

As an English, full-time, undergraduate student, there are two main types of support that you can apply for. In order to be entitled to these you must meet the residency criteria and not be studying a course at a lower or equivalent level to one you have already achieved.

If you have previously studied at a Higher Education level but have not achieved a qualification, this may affect whether you are entitled to full support for each year of your programme.

Type Is it dependent on Household Income? Who is it paid to? When is it paid? Repayable
Tuition Fee Loan
(full-time undergraduate)
No The University In 3 instalments Yes
Maintenance Loan Yes (although all students are entitled to a proportion of maintenance loan regardless of household income) Yourself In 3 termly instalments (providing you have applied in plenty of time) Yes

Tuition Fee Loan

Tuition Fee Loan is available to students regardless of household income. However, if you have had previous Higher Education study, then you may not be eligible for this. If you are eligible, you can get a loan to cover the total amount of your tuition fees. It is a loan and is, therefore, repayable.

Maintenance Loan

A proportion of the Maintenance Loan is available to all students regardless of household income. However, the lower your household income, the more you will be entitled to. If you are going to be living away from home, rather than at home you will also be entitled to a slightly higher amount. It is a loan and is, therefore, repayable.

Levels of support for 2024/25

The figures in the tables below show the different levels of maintenance support for 2024/25.

 

Full-time students living with parents

Household Income

Maintenance Loan

Tuition Fee Loan

£25,000

£8,610

£9,250

£30,000

£7,887

£9,250

£35,000

£7,163

£9,250

£40,000

£6,440

£9,250

£42,875

£6,024

£9,250

£45,000

£5,716

£9,250

£50,000

£4,993

£9,250

£55,000

£4,269

£9,250

Over £58,307

£3,790

£9,250

Non-Income assessed

£3,790

£9,250

 

 

Full-time students living away from home

Household Income

Maintenance Loan

Tuition Fee Loan

£25,000

£10,227

£9,250

£30,000

£9,497

£9,250

£35,000

£8,766

£9,250

£40,000

£8,035

£9,250

£42,875

£7,614

£9,250

£45,000

£7,304

£9,250

£50,000

£6,573

£9,250

£55,000

£5,842

£9,250

£60,000

£5,111

£9,250

Over £62,347

£4,767

£9,250

Non-Income assessed

£4,767

£9,250

 

Other types of support

There may also be additional support for students who have child or adult dependants, a disability, or a specific learning difficulty. To find out about any of these, whether you are eligible and how to apply, please contact Student Finance England on 0300 100 0607.

Support from University College Birmingham

In addition to the money from Student Finance, University College Birmingham provides a range of support designed to encourage individuals to access programmes of study. Find out more.

Financial support for Welsh students

As a Welsh, full-time, undergraduate student, there are three main types of support that you can apply for. In order to be entitled to these you must meet the residency criteria, and if you have previously studied at a Higher Education level this may affect whether you are entitled to full support for each year of your programme.

If you have previously gained an Honours Degree, or higher, from a UK institution, you should not expect to get any tuition fee or maintenance support for a new course (unless you are studying an exempt course such as Nursing or Physiotherapy).

Please note that the figures for maintenance support for the academic year 2024/25 have not yet been released. Any figures mentioned in this document relate to the 2023/24 academic year and are subject to change.

Type Is it dependent on Household Income? Who is it paid to? When is it paid? Repayable
Tuition Fee Loan No The University In 3 instalments Yes
Welsh Government Learning Grant Yes (although all students are entitled to a minimum of £1,000 grant regardless of income) The student In 3 termly instalments No
Maintenance Loan Yes (if you have a lower household income you will get a smaller loan but a bigger grant) The student In 3 termly instalments Yes

Tuition Fee Loan

The Tuition Fee Loan is available to students regardless of household income. You are able to take out a loan to cover your tuition fees, which are paid directly to the university where you enrol. It is a loan and is, therefore, repayable. 

Welsh Government Learning Grant and Maintenance Loan

All students are entitled to a combination of a Welsh Government Learning Grant (non-repayable) and a Maintenance Loan (repayable). All students living away from home can receive total support of £11,720 per year, whilst students living at home can receive £9,950 per year. However, your household income will affect how much of this total grant is and how much of a loan is.

Students with a household income of above £59,200, or those who choose their application to be non-means tested, will be entitled to the minimum level of Welsh Government Learning Grant, which is £1,000. The rest of their support will be paid as a maintenance loan.

Levels of support for 2023/24

The following two tables will give you an idea of the level of finance that you may be entitled to. However, to receive a more tailored estimate, visit www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/calculator.

Please note these figures are for 2023/24.

Full-time students living with parents
Household Income Welsh Government Learning Grant Maintenance Loan Fee Loan
£18,370 or less £6,885 £3,065 £9,250
£25,000 £5,930 £4,020 £9,250
£35,000 £4,488 £5,462 £9,250
£45,000 £3,047 £6,903 £9,250
£59,200 or more £1,000 £8,950 £9,250

 

Full-time students living away from their parents
Household Income Welsh Government Learning Grant Maintenance Loan Fee Loan
£18,370 or less £8,100 £3,620 £9,250
£25,000 £6,947 £4,773 £9,250
£35,000 £5,208 £6,512 £9,250
£45,000 £3,469 £8,251 £9,250
£59,200 or more £1,000 £10,720 £9,250

 

Other types of support

There may also be additional support for students who have child or adult dependants, a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or a specific learning difficulty. To find out about any of these, whether you are eligible and how to apply, please contact Student Finance Wales on 0300 200 4050 or visit www.studentfinancewales.co.uk.

Support from University College Birmingham

In addition to the money from Student Finance, University College Birmingham provides a range of support designed to encourage individuals to access programmes of study. Find out more.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How can I apply for Financial Support?

Students from England

The Maintenance Loan and Tuition Fee Loan can be applied for within the same application.

All English, full-time, undergraduate students will be able to register and apply online for Student Finance at www.gov.uk/studentfinance

Remember to:

  • Provide your household income information and evidence (if requested) if you wish to apply for the higher rate maintenance loan.
  • Request the maximum amount of tuition fee loan if you do not want to pay your tuition fees during the 2024/2025 academic year yourself.

Once your application has been processed by Student Finance, you will be sent a notification detailing your entitlement. You will need to ensure that you have submitted the application and all the required evidence before the end of May 2024 in order to ensure we can make a correct assessment of your tuition fees at enrolment.

Students from Wales

All student funding options – Maintenance Loan, Welsh Government Learning Grant and Tuition Fee Loan can be applied for using the same application. All Welsh, full time, undergraduate students will be able to register and apply online for Student Finance at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk from spring 2024.

Remember to:

  • Provide your household income information and evidence (if requested) if you wish to apply for a WGLG of more than £1,000
  • Request the maximum amount of tuition fee loan if you do not want to pay your tuition fees during the 2024/25 academic year yourself. 

Once your application has been processed by Student Finance Wales, you will be sent a notification of entitlement detailing the amount of loans and grants you are entitled to. 

When can I apply for Financial Support?

It is important to apply early so that you have all your funding in place ready for the start of your course. Even if you have not received a firm offer, you can still apply for Student Finance. Please email ucbstudentfinance@ucb.ac.uk if you need any further help.

Student Finance England

If there are any changes to your course/University in the following months, you will be able to complete an Online Change of Circumstances to reflect the change of institution and/or course.  

While you are completing your application, if you are unsure of any of the course codes/titles or tuition fee details, please contact 0121 232 4092/4401/4180 to confirm these.

It will take approximately six weeks for your application to be processed (depending on how busy Student Finance England is). If after this length of time you have not been sent a Notification of Entitlement (detailing the amount of support you will receive), please contact them. Do not assume it is being processed or has not been processed if you have not received this.

Student Finance Wales

If there are any changes to your course/University in the following months you will be able log into your online account and notify Student Finance Wales of these changes

Whilst you are completing your application, if you are unsure of any of the course codes/titles or tuition fee details please ring 0121 232 4411 or 0121 232 4180 to confirm these.

You must apply by mid-May 2024 in order to ensure that your finance is approved by September 2024.

It may take up to six weeks for your application to be processed. If after six weeks you have not received a Notification of Entitlement Letter, please contact Student Finance Wales.  Do not assume it is being processed or has not been processed if you have not received this.

When will I have to start repaying my maintenance and tuition fee loan?

Your maintenance loans and tuition fee loans will be totalled into one loan amount. You will only start repaying your loan from the April after you leave your course and only if you are earning over the repayment threshold:

  • Student Finance England - £25,000 per year. This repayment plan is referred to as ‘Plan 5’.
  • Student Finance Wales - £27,295 per year. When you start repaying your student loan, the Welsh Government will cancel up to £1,500 from any full-time Maintenance Loan balance (Student Finance Partial Cancellation Scheme).

What happens if my salary is less than the repayment threshold, or if I become unemployed?

If your salary falls below the threshold for whatever reason, your repayments will stop and they will only start again when you earn over the repayment threshold.

What happens if I don’t earn enough to pay the loan back?

Any loan that has not been repaid after 40 years will be written off –  so if you never earn above the repayment threshold you will never repay any of the loan and after 40 years it will be cleared.  This loan cannot be transferred to anyone else i.e. if you don’t meet the criteria to pay it back or don’t pay it back in full, no one else will be expected to pay it on your behalf.

How do I repay the loan?

The repayments are collected through the tax system, therefore payments will be deducted by your employer.  

How much do I have to repay?

You only repay 9% of your income above the repayment threshold. Some examples of repayments are shown below:

Your Salary

Amount of salary from which the 9% repayment will be calculated

Actual monthly repayment

£30,000

£5,000

£37.50

£35,000

£10,000

£75.00

£40,000

£15,000

£112.50

£45,000

£20,000

£150.00

£50,000

£25,000

£187.50

£55,000

£30,000

£225.00

£60,000

£35,000

£262.50

Do I pay interest on my loan?

Yes interest will be calculated on your loan from the date of the first payment.

Interest on your loan will be applied at inflation (Retail Price Index) plus 3% whilst you are studying and up until the April you are due to start repaying. From the April you’re due to start repaying, the % of interest charged may be lower depending on your income and will never be more than RPI + 3%.

Should I still apply for Student Finance I am not sure about my course/university choice?

Yes. It is important to get your application in as early as possible in order to ensure that your finance is in place for September.  If any details change, you will be able to amend these online to reflect a change of institution and/or course. If you decide not to go to University, you can simply cancel your student finance application.

Do the tuition fees stay the same each year?

Your tuition fee may be increased by a permitted inflationary amount each year. Details of the fee amount will be available on our website when these are available. 

Whose income do I use to work out household income?

Generally speaking, household income is the income of:

  • both parents, if living together, or 
  • the parent the student normally lives with if the student’s parents are separated, divorced or no longer living together; or 
  • the parent and the step-parent/partner, if the parent the student normally lives with has remarried or lives with a partner. 

I have previously studied at Higher Education level – does this have an impact?

Student Finance England

Yes. If you have studied at a Higher Education level before but not achieved a qualification, you may still be entitled to some maintenance support during your course, but you may not receive a tuition fee loan for each year of your course – it will depend on the number of years you have studied previously.  You will need to contact Student Finance to find out how your previous study will impact on you. Remember to ask Student Finance whether you will be eligible for a tuition fee loan if this is the method by which you are intending to pay your tuition fees.

If you have already achieved a Higher Education qualification and wish to study another Higher Education course at the equivalent (or lower) level you will not receive any Government support.  

Student Finance Wales

Yes. If you have studied at a Higher Education level, you may still be entitled to some Government support during your course, but you may not receive full support for each year of your course – it will depend on the number of years you have studied previously. You will need to contact Student Finance to find out how your previous study will impact on you. Remember to ask Student Finance whether you will be eligible for a tuition fee loan if this is the method by which you are intending to pay your tuition fees.

What happens if I don’t have my tuition fee loan in place for the start of the course – can I still enrol?

Yes, you can still enrol; however, you will need to be prepared to pay the first instalment (25% of your tuition fees) by 31 October 2024 if your tuition fee loan is still not in place.

The Student Loans Company will provide confirmation of your loan to our Student Finance team who will credit any invoices raised for tuition fees. You will then be required to complete a refund request form.

Please be aware that access to teaching and learning facilities will be restricted until confirmation of payment is received.

I don’t want to take out a tuition fee loan, when do I need to pay?

You can either pay in full at enrolment (if you pay prior to Friday 4 October 2024 you will get a £500 early payment discount), or payment can be made in 4 equal instalments; the first instalment must be paid by 31 October 2024, then 3 further instalments by 31 January 2025, 31 March 2025 and 31 May 2025.

Payment can be made online, by calling us directly or by bank transfer. Find out more.

What will my tuition fees be if I decide to withdraw during the academic year?

Please consider carefully whether to enrol on your course. We offer a 2-week cooling-off period to new students, but if you withdraw outside of this period, you will be charged fees irrespective of how early in the academic year you withdraw.  If you are enrolled on a full taught year from September 2024 – June 2025, fees will be calculated as follows:

If you withdraw at any time in:

Percentage of tuition fee charged

Term 1

25%

Term 2

50%

Term 3

100%

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