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Higher Education fees and funding

Most of our Maritime students are sponsored for their cadetship by a shipping or training company, which covers their tuition and provides an income towards living costs. Find out more about cadet sponsorship.

For students without company sponsorship, there are a range of options to fund your course, including government funding, student loans and other types of sponsorship, depending on your age and circumstances.

For information on student funding, fees and finance, go to

Maintenance Loans for students on Advanced Certificate/Diploma route Cadetships

If you have not previously achieved a relevant Level 3 qualification prior to starting your Advanced Certificate/Diploma programme, you will study FE Level 3 at Phase 1 in your first year. This part of your programme is not eligible for a maintenance loan.  However, once you have reached Phase 3 in the second year, and enrol to the Advanced Certificate part of your programme, you may be eligible for a maintenance loan should you wish to apply.  Please refer to the Student Finance website for more information

HE Scholarship for Serving Seafarers

There is a Merchant Navy scholarship available to serving seafarers, managed by the Marine Society. 

The Worcester Scholarship is aimed at officers who wish to take academic qualifications such as a bachelors or masters degree in Nautical Science, Marine Engineering or Electro-Technical. In certain circumstances, it can be used for advanced professional qualifications where there is no support available anywhere else or for those who are overqualified for a JW Slater Scholarship.

You can receive up to £1000. The amount awarded depends on what you are studying and the cost. You may also be eligible for an Interest-free loan – please refer to the interest-free loans page. 

You can find out more at

International students

Fees and payment information is available for international students can be found here

Contact us

Our advisers are here to help with all aspects of funding and can help you apply for your Tuition Fees Loan. Contact us on T +44 (0)1253 504496 or E

Disclaimer: Tuition fees may be subject to increases in subsequent years of your course.

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