Fee support


The fee support available to you depends on when you started your course. Did you start your course:

Tuition Fee Loan

As a continuing part-time or a part-time distance learning student who started your course on or after 1st September 2014, you could get a Tuition Fee Loan to help pay for your tuition fees.

Continue reading for more information or go straight to how to apply and other forms.

How much can you get?

The maximum Tuition Fee Loan available is:

  • £2,625 if you’re at a Welsh university or college
  • £6,750 if you’re at a UK university or college outside Wales
  • £4,500 if you’re at a privately funded university or college

If the tuition fee charged by your university or college is more than the Tuition Fee Loan available, then you’ll have to fund the difference yourself (this may be the case for a privately funded university or college).

You must also be studying an average course intensity of at least 25% to get a Tuition Fee Loan.

Course intensity

Course intensity is the length of time it takes to complete your part-time course compared to the equivalent full-time course. It’s worked out by taking the number of part-time units (such as credits, credit points or modules) you’re studying in the academic year and dividing it by the number of units you’d complete doing the course full-time. This is then multiplied by 100 to give you the course intensity for your period of study as a percentage:

Part-Time Units ÷ Full-Time Units x 100 = Part-Time %

If you’re not sure what your course intensity is check with your university or college.

How it's paid?

We pay the Tuition Fee Loan directly to your university or college in three instalments within the academic year. The first payment of the Tuition Fee Loan is made after we receive confirmation from your university or college that you’re in attendance on your course.

Repayment

You must repay your Tuition Fee Loan including any interest. Interest is added to your loan balance from the day the first loan payment is made to your university or college.

You can get more information on the repayment of your student loan by downloading our repayment quick guide (PDF 188kB) or the more comprehensive ‘Student loans – A guide to terms and conditions 2015/16’ (PDF 188kB).

How to apply and other forms

Applied before?

If you applied for support last year, then you can apply for the Tuition Fee Loan and Course Grant by completing the:

There are also accompanying notes for the PTLC form (PDF 222KB) to help you complete it. You may also be able to pick these up as part of your application pack from your university or college.

Applying for the first time

If you’re applying for support for the first time as a continuing student, then you can apply for the Tuition Fee Loan and Course Grant by completing the:

There are also accompanying notes for the PTL1 form (PDF 186kB) to help you complete it. You may also be able to pick these up as part of your application pack from your university or college.

Other forms

If you receive state benefits and are unable to send the evidence requested in your application notes, you’ll need to complete this form to confirm which benefit(s) you receive and how much.

If you need to tell us about any change in your circumstances through the year, for example a change in your course or the university or college you’re attending, you’ll need to complete this form:

If you need to change the amount of Tuition Fee Loan you’ve requested, you’ll need to complete this form:

Useful guides

We’ve produced a quick guide that explains the key facts about the loans available to part-time students in 2015/16.

This guide provides information about the financial support available to part-time students in 2015/16.

You can also view our film:

Fee Grant

As a continuing part-time student who started your course before the 1st of September 2014, you could get a Fee Grant to help pay for your tuition fees.

Continue reading for more information or go straight to how to apply and other forms.

How much can you get?

The amount of Fee Grant available to you depends on your course intensity. Course intensity is how long it takes to complete your part-time course compared to the equivalent full-time course. You should check the course intensity with your university or college each year.

This table sets out the maximum Fee Grant you could get, based on the intensity of your study.

Course intensityMaximum Fee Grant available
50%-59% £690
60%-74% £820
75% or more £1,025


How much you get is also affected by your income and/or your partner’s income.

Household IncomeAmount of Fee Grant
Less than £16,865 Maximum Fee Grant
£16,865 to £25,435 Partial Fee Grant (at least £50)
More than £25,435 No Fee Grant

How it's paid?

The Fee Grant is paid directly to your university or college.

How to apply and other forms

Applied before?

You can apply for the Fee Grant and Course Grant by completing the:

There are also accompanying notes for the PTGC form (PDF 645KB) to help you complete it.

If you’re an Open University student and started your course before the 1st of September 2014, you’ll need to apply through the Open University for your financial support. You can contact the Open University by phone on 0300 303 5303 or visit www.open.ac.uk

Applying for the first time?

You can apply for the Fee Grant and Course Grant by completing the:

There are also accompanying notes for the PTGN form (PDF 645kB) to help you complete it.

Other forms

If you receive state benefits and are unable to send the evidence requested in your application notes, you’ll need to complete this form to confirm which benefit(s) you receive and how much.

If you need to tell us about any change in your circumstances through the year, for example a change in your course or the university or college you’re attending, you’ll need to complete this form:

Useful guides

We’ve produced a quick guide that explains the key facts about the grants available to part-time students in 2015/16

This guide provides information about the financial support available to part-time students in 2015/16.





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