What are tuition fees?

Find out what tuition fees are, how much they are, how to pay them, and how to get financial help with fees.

More about tuition fees

Tuition fees are charged by universities to cover the cost of your course and academic life. Tuition fees pay for your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support.

How tuition fees are calculated

Tuition fees will vary depending on the course you are studying and whether you are a UK or international student.

To find out what your tuition fees will be, search for your course and go to the fees and funding section.

How do I pay my tuition fees?

You can pay your tuition fees directly yourself, or you can arrange for them to be paid through a loan, scholarship or sponsorship.


If you (or your parents or supporters) are paying your tuition fees, there are a number of payment options available.

You can pay your fees in full, make payments towards your fees or arrange to split your fees into pre-agreed instalments. You can make payments easily through our online portal.

Find out more about your payment options.

Can I get help to pay my tuition fees?

Students from the UK may be eligible for student loans that will cover their fees.

Tuition fee loans

Loans for undergraduates

A tuition fee loan will cover the cost of your university tuition fees for your first degree. This means you won’t need to pay for your degree before you start university or while you are studying. You will only start to repay your loan once you’ve graduated from university and are working, with an income above a certain level.

For example, in England you will start to repay your tuition fees once you are earning over £25,000.

The income threshold varies in other UK nations, check your Government’s website for the latest information:

Student Finance Northern Ireland

Student Awards Agency Scotland

Student Finance Wales

Use GOV.UK’s student finance calculator to help you understand how much your tuition fee loan is likely to be.

Learn more about student loans and how to apply.

Master’s loans

Postgraduate students in England may be entitled to a master’s loan to help with course fees and living costs. Eligible students on taught, research and professional master’s programmes can apply for a loan of up to £12,167 for the current academic year.

Find out if you’re eligible for a master’s loan and how to apply.

Maintenance loans

A maintenance loan is separate to a tuition fee loan. A maintenance loan can be used to help you with general living costs while you’re at university. This could include paying for your accommodation, travel, food and any equipment you might need for your studies. Whether you are eligible for a maintenance loan and how much you will get will depend on:

  • your household income (how much your parents or supporters earn)
  • where you’ll be living during your studies (at home or moving away for university)
  • if you’ll be living abroad as part of your course
  • if you will get any NHS funding.

Can I get money off my tuition fees?

You could be eligible for a scholarship, bursary or sponsorship that will cover all or part of the cost of your tuition fees.

Scholarships and bursaries

The university offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to help our students fund the cost of higher education.

Find out if you’re eligible and how much you could be entitled to on our scholarships and bursaries pages.


A business or organisation may agree to sponsor your studies, by paying all or part of your tuition fees for you. Your sponsor will provide you with an official sponsor letter that you’ll need to share with the university, detailing the amount and duration of your sponsorship.

Find out more about sponsorship.

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