Tuition fees by region for courses starting in 2016
|Student's home region||Studying in England||Studying in Scotland||Studying in Wales||Studying in Northern Ireland|
|England||Up to £9, 000|
|Wales||Up to £3, 900|
|Northern Ireland||Up to £3, 925|
2017 entry tuition fees
- In 2017, the Government will introduce the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – this will give information about universities and colleges, to help applicants decide where to study.
- Unis and colleges will have to meet certain criteria to achieve a TEF award. In its first year, all unis achieving the eligibility criteria will receive a ‘Meet Expectations’ award. Over time additional awards will be added.
- Universities who achieve a TEF award will be able to increase their fees in line with inflation. This means that for 2017 entry, they can charge fees of up to £9, 250. Tuition fee and living loans will also increase with inflation.
- The changes apply to all new applicants for courses starting from September 2017, and existing students that started their studies after 1 September 2012.
What financial help can you get?
Student loans can include a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan/grant to help with your living costs.
- Tuition fee loans lend you up to £9, 000 (or up to £6, 000 for a private course provider), paid directly to the course provider, and you won’t have to pay it back until after your course, when you’re earning above a certain level.
- Maintenance loans can be applied for at the same time, lending you money at the start of each term (or monthly in Scotland). How much you get depends on your household income, where you study, where you live and how long for.
- 2016 entry onwards: Maintenance grants will be replaced with loans for new full-time students in England starting their courses from September 2016. From 1 September 2016, the student finance package will include a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan only. Students will still be able to apply for grants if they’re eligible for certain benefits, disabled, or need help with childcare costs. Read our blog on what these changes are and what they mean. You can also find out more on the student finance pages on GOV.UK.
You can get a loan if you’re studying at a rate of at least 25% of an equivalent full-time course and if you’re a Home or EU student.
The UK Government is replacing the 24+ Advanced Learner Loans so they will be available for more further education and training courses – from Level 3 (e.g. A levels) to Level 6 – and will be available to everyone aged 19 and over.
- Advanced Learner Loans will be available to those aged 19 and over, studying eligible courses from Level 3 (A level equivalent) up to Level 6 at approved course providers.
From 1 August 2017, all new undergraduate nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students on pre-registration courses will receive support for fee loans and living costs through the standard student support system, rather than through course fees and NHS bursaries for living costs paid by Health Education England (HEE).
These students will therefore be subject to the same student finance arrangements that apply to other undergraduates in 2017/18.