Tuition Fee Loan

If you’re a new part-time or a part-time distance learning student (including the Open University) starting your course in academic year 2016/17, 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's it 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.


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 179kB) or the more comprehensive Student loans – A guide to terms and conditions 2016/17' (PDF 425kB).

How to apply and other forms

You can apply for the Tuition Fee Loan online or by downloading the application form.

Applying online

There are four steps to applying online:

  1. If you don’t already have a Student Finance account, you’ll need to create an account
  2. Login to your Student Finance account and submit your application
  3. Provide us with any necessary evidence
  4. Sign and return the Online Declaration Form

Download the application form

If you don’t want to apply online you can download the application:

There are also accompanying notes for the PTL1 form (PDF 662kB) to help you complete it. You can also find out more information about the Course Grant.

Other forms

If you or your partner receive certain state benefits and are unable to send evidence to confirm these with your application, you’ll also need to complete this form:

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 2016/17.

This guide provides information about the financial support available to part-time students in 2016/17.

You can also view our film.

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