Good to know

  • Home, and currently EU students, don't have to pay tuition fees upfront, as they can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK government
  • These loans don't have to be paid back until students have left university and are earning over the repayment threshold

There are currently two rates of tuition fees: the Home rate (for UK students, and currently EU students) and the Overseas rate (for international students). 

The rate of tuition we charge is based on your son or daughter’s fee status, which we assess using UK government regulations after we receive their application.

Home tuition fees

The maximum fee that universities are allowed to charge Home students is set by the UK government. This is set at £9,250 for 2019 entry, which we charge for all of our undergraduate courses. The UK government has not yet announced the maximum for 2020 entry.

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting at an English university in the 2019–20 academic year will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition for the duration of their course. The UK government has not yet confirmed whether EU students will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition after the UK exits the EU. 

For information on how the EU Referendum result might affect EU students, please see our dedicated webpage.

Overseas tuition fees

Tuition fees for overseas student are set by the College and vary per course – see our course pages for details.

Students from outside the EU are not eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK government. However, we encourage your son or daughter to contact their Ministry of Education or British Council education advisor for information on what funding may be available towards their tuition fees.

For more information on tuition fees, please visit our Fees and Funding webpages.

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Fee increases

All students should expect inflationary increases to their tuition fees for every year their course lasts. Increases to the Home rate of tuition are subject to government regulation.

Overseas fees increases are set by the College and are expected to rise each year by an amount linked to inflation.

Extra course costs

Some of our courses involve extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees, for example, protective clothing (like a lab coat) that may be required for practical work, printing costs, books and field trips.

Please see our course pages for details of costs that may apply to your son/daughter's chosen course.

Tuition Fee Loan

If your son or daughter is a Home student they do not need to pay the cost of tuition upfront. They can apply for a non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the UK government for every year that their course lasts.

The UK government has confirmed that EU students, who meet the government's residence requirements, will continue to have access to Tuition Fee Loans from 2019 entry. The UK government has not yet confirmed whether EU students will continue to have access to the Tuition Fee Loan after the UK exits the EU.

How do the Tuition Fee Loans work?

The money is paid directly to your child's university through the Student Loans Company. Your son or daughter will need to apply for a loan for each year of study. The loan is paid directly to your son or daughter's university. 

Loan info

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Does the money need to be paid back?

Yes, your son or daughter will need to pay back the Tuition Fee Loan. They do not have to start making repayments until the April after they have graduated and when they are earning above a certain threshold.

Repayments are calculated on how much they’re earning over the repayment threshold, not on how much they owe in total. 

Find out more about how loan repayment work.

The Tuition Fee Loan attracts a small interest rate, even while your son or daughter is studying. The amount of interest charged depends on whether your son or daughter is studying and how much they are earning when they are in employment.

Find out more about how interest rates are calculated.

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How can my son or daughter apply?

Your son or daughter can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan through his/her local funding authority:

England: Student Finance England
Wales: Student Finance Wales
Scotland: Student Awards Agency for Scotland
Northern Ireland: Student Finance Northern Ireland
EU students: Student Finance Services Non-UK Team

Home students can also apply for a means-tested Maintenance Loan at the same time.