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Part-time Fees

2017-2018 Entry

Foundation degrees per 20 credit module are £1,370 for UK/EU students

BA/BSc (Hons) degrees per 20 credit module are £1,454 for UK/EU students

HNCs are £771 per 15 credit module and £1,028 per 20 credit module.

Undergraduate part-time study may lead to the following awards:

  • Foundation degree - 240 credits
  • Bachelor degree - 360 credits

 

Financial support for part-time students

Part-time students are eligible for a tuition fee loan if they are studying at least 25% of the full course each year, and it is their first undergraduate degree. Part-time students are not able to apply for the maintenance loan or maintenance grant.

To apply for the loan you should go to www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

 

Repaying your tuition fee loan

Part-time students who are working whilst studying and earning over £21,000 per year will be eligible to start making repayments from the April four years after their course commences. This means that part-time students may be repaying their tuition fee loans while still studying.

The repayment rate is 9% of what students earn above £21,000, so on a salary of £25,000 students would repay £30 per month.

If a part-time student's situation changes and they reduce their salary, the repayments will change accordingly.

  • You only start to repay your loan from the April four years after your course started or the April after you leave your studies, whichever is sooner and then only if you are earning over £21,000 a year.
  • No one will be required to repay earlier than April 2017
  • Your repayment will be based on how much you earn, not how much you borrowed.
  • If your salary is £25,000 a year you will repay £30 per month. The repayment process is simple. If you are employed, repayments are deducted automatically from your pay through the tax system.
  • If for any reason your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will automatically stop.
  • You can pay back all your loan at any time with no early payment charge.
  • Any debt outstanding after 30 years will be cancelled.

 

Disabled Students' Allowance

To be eligible for Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) you must be registered for a part-time course (undergraduate or postgraduate) that lasts at least one year and does not take you more than four times as long to complete as an equivalent full-time course.

You can find more information about DSAs at www.direct.gov.uk/dsas

 

Access to Learning Fund

The Access to Learning Fund (ALF) can provide non-repayable awards to assist eligible students who find themselves in financial difficulty. The fund is in addition to the standard Student Finance package so you will be expected to have applied for any student loans, grants and bursaries you are entitled to before applying for help from ALF. Further information about eligibility criteria and guidance on how to apply is available to students at University of Suffolk via MySuffolk.

Student Finance Explained

  • Universities can charge up to £9,000 per year for tuition fees. University of Suffolk has set its fees at £9,000 for Bachelor degrees and £8,000 for Foundation degrees.
  • Students can apply for a tuition fee loan so no fees have to be paid upfront. UK students starting their first degree can also receive a maintenance loan.
  • Part-time students can apply for a tuition fee loan if they are studying at least 25% of the full course each year, and if it is their first undergraduate degree.
  • Loan repayments for part-time students can start four years after they start their course - but only if they are earning over £21,000.
  • The repayment amount is fixed at 9% of any earnings over £21,000.
  • Loan repayments will stop automatically if a graduate stops work or their salary drops below £21,000.
  • Any loans outstanding 30 years after repayments start will be wiped out.
  • Student loans do not affect an individuals credit rating or the ability to get a mortgage.