UK/EU Undergraduate Part Time Tuition Fees
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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.
To apply for the loan you should go to www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance
Repaying your tuition fee loan
Part-time students who commenced a course after 1st September 2012 who are on a "Plan 2" repayment plan who are working whilst studying and earning over £25, 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 start repaying their tuition fee loans while still studying.
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 £25, 000, ( Plan 2 repayment plans.)
- Your repayment will be based on how much you earn, not how much you borrowed.
- 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 £25,000 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.
- Intrest is payable on the loan from the time it is taken out. There is a link to more information about repayment and intrest rates here
New for 1st August 2018 onwards entry-Part time Maintenance Loans.
From the 1st August 2018 a maintenance loan for living costs will be available for eligible part-time students to apply for. A student needs to be studying a minimum course intensity of 25% of the full-time equivalent in order to apply for the part-time maintenance loan. So,for example if the full time course is 120 credits per year, you would need to be studying a minimum of 30 credits to be able to apply. The part-time maintenance loans are the same product as the full -time loan. The part -time maintenance loan will therefore be based on household income, where you study, your term-time address and course intentsity. Students cannot be supported more than four times the length of a full time course. The funding support is capped at 16 years maximum. For more information see here
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) is a limited, means assessed fund that eligible students can apply for. If students are given an award from this fund it is a grant and is therefore non-repayable. Before making an application you will be expected to have applied for all statutory funding available to you which includes student loans and grants. Further information about eligibility criteria and guidance on how to apply is available to students at University of Suffolk via MySuffolk and at the Infozone.