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Fees and funding for HE students

Don’t let finance hold you back. With no upfront fees to pay1, funding you don’t need to pay back until you start earning over £25,000, low-cost loans and a whole range of other incentives, financing your course may be easier than you think.

Fees and loans


Competitive fees


Our tuition fees for full-time undergraduate courses offer great value for money.

  • Tuition fees for undergraduate courses starting September 2019 and January 2020 are £8,250 per year.
  • Tuition fees for undergraduate courses starting September 2020 are £8,3352 per year. 

Fees for part-time students and those studying part of a qualification

Students studying part-time, or part of a higher education qualification (for example, a proportion of the modules), will be charged on a pro rata basis.

Students undertaking full higher education on a part-time basis must pay the full annual higher education fee. It may however be possible to pay the fee in smaller instalments rather than paying the full cost upfront.

Fees for Advanced Certificate students

  • Fees for Advanced Certificate courses starting 2019 and January/February 2020 are £8,250 per year.
  • Fees for Advanced Certificate courses starting September 2020 are £8,3352 per year. 

However they may be studied over multiple years so payment can be staggered.

  • For autumn starts running over 2 full academic years, payment is 50% per year at the start of each year.
  • For Advanced Certificate starting in January/February that run over 3 academic years, payment is 50% per year for the first 2 years and nothing in year 3. 

A tuition fee loan with nothing to pay upfront

Student loans are available to cover the full cost of your tuition fees.1 You don’t have to pay anything upfront1 and there’s nothing to pay back until you’re qualified and earning at least £25,725 a year3.

A maintenance loan to help makes ends meet during study

If you’re studying a full-time course you can apply for a maintenance loan to help with living costs. Maintenance loans depend on your household income: if you’re under 25 and living with parents/guardians the maximum you can get is £7,529, those over 25 or living away from home could get up to the maximum £8,9444.

Nothing to repay until you’re earning £25,725 a year

The great thing about both tuition fee and maintenance loans is that you don’t need to pay anything back until you’re earning at least £25,7253 a year. The table below gives you an idea of what your monthly repayments could be.

Annual income before tax Monthly repayment
£25,725 £0
£27,000 £9
£29,500 £28
£31,000 £39
£33,000 £54


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 master’s degree in Maritime Operations or Marine Engineering. 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 in our International Student Fees Policy.

Financial support

You may be eligible to apply for additional financial support depending on your circumstances.

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.

1Eligibility applies –

2Please note: our course fees are subject to changes in government information and we reserve the right to update our fees accordingly.

3 Applies to English and Welsh students only - for full terms and conditions go to

4 Based on studying outside London and not living with parents

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