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Undergraduate fees and finance

UK/EU Undergraduate Funding 

The University of Suffolk is successfully registered with the Office for Students (OfS). Students can view information about our registration status in the OfS Register of Providers. 

Find out more about our Asylum-Seeker financial support and how to make an application. 

Please see below the package of support that may be available to you as a student.  

Tuition Fee Loan

All eligible UK/EU undergraduate students starting their first degree may be able to receive a tuition fee loan to pay the full cost of their tuition fees. The tuition fee loan has no age limit and is not means-tested. There are a number of factors in assessing your eligibility for funding; being eligible for a tuition fee loan may open up further eligibility for a maintenance loan.  

One of the main factors and the key starting point for assessing your eligibility for funding is your residency status. It is important to check with Student Finance if you have any concerns about your residency status and student funding.  This is because in most circumstances you need to meet the residency criteria by the beginning of the academic year in which you commence your course in order to be eligible for funding for the remainder of your studies. 

Please note - residency status can be complicated, applying in good time will allow student finance to assess your eligibility before the start of the academic year and before you commit to a course. For the purpose of student finance, the academic year commences on 1 September for students starting their course in September/October, and on 1 January for students starting their course in February. 

If you have studied before, or already hold a degree or equivalent level qualification may limit your eligibility for further undergraduate funding. Some courses are eligible for funding as a second degree such as some pre-registration healthcare courses. Again, applying early will enable your funding eligibility to be checked in good time.   


All the information on tuition fees and maintenance loans pertains to students who are applying to Student Finance England (SFE) for their funding. This is because the majority of undergraduates who come to study at Suffolk will have SFE as their funding body. 

  • Check your general eligibility and apply for Student Finance here
  • For information regarding tuition fees please click here. 


For more information and to use a student loan estimator or repayment calculator, take a look at Blackbullion. Use the code 'SuffolkReady' to get free access

Maintenance Loan and Grants

There are a range of loans and grants available to full-time and part-time UK undergraduate students (subject to residency and other requirements). 

After applying for a tuition fee loan then the next step for eligible students is to apply for a maintenance loan. Your eligibility to apply for a maintenance loan, as with a tuition fee loan, depends on various factors - with residency status and previous study being key points to consider. 

Maintenance loans have to be repaid, but not until you have graduated and earning above a certain income.  The threshold at which you start repaying depends upon when you started your course.  From the start of the new tax year 2020/2021, and for courses that started after 1 September 2012 you start repaying your maintenance loan once you start earning £26,575 per year. 

However, if you leave your course early you may be asked to repay some of the maintenance loan earlier.  For example if you are a September starter and you leave your course in the third week of the following January, you may have already received the second instalment of your maintenance loan – which is usually paid at the beginning of January. You will likely go in to ‘overpayment’ for some of the maintenance loan for that academic term and would be asked to arrange repayment of the amount overpaid.  

Like the tuition fee loan, any monies left unpaid after 30 years will be written off. More information regarding repayments. 

Check your general eligibility, how much is available and apply for Student Finance here

Students with children or caring responsibilities may be eligible for additional grants, take a look at our grants page to find out more.

Students aged 60 or above

For those students who are aged 60 at the start of the academic year and commenced a full time undergraduate course after the 1 August 2016, there is a means assessed loan for living costs that you may be eligible for. This loan is still a loan that has to be repaid if you reach the repayment threshold. The Department for Work and Pensions should disregard this loan as income when assessing your eligibility for benefits. 


For more information and to use a student loan estimator or repayment calculator, take a look at Blackbullion. Use the code 'SuffolkReady' to get free access 


European Union

The U.K. government has announced that European students applying to universities in England in the 20/21 academic year will be still eligible for student loans and tuition fees at the same rate as domestic i.e. “home” students. 

In May 2019 the Universities Minister, Chris Skidmore, said that undergraduates from EU countries commencing studies at English universities from September 2020 will be charged the same yearly tuition fees as home students and will have access to the same government-backed student loans for the duration of their degree course, (Subject to meeting the usual eligibility criteria.)  

For Frequently Asked Questions for EU students and Brexit please see the British Council page here 

View more information for EU Nationals and how to apply for student finance 

Healthcare Students

The government recently announced that additional funding support will be made available to all new and current pre-registration students on nursing, midwifery and some allied health professional courses from September 2020. 

Students will still access funding from Student Loans Company for tuition and maintenance loans (see above for more information), and the NHS Business Services Authority to apply for the existing Learning Support Fund. You can read the full announcement on the GOV.UK website. 



Bursaries, Scholarships and Additional Funding

To find out about bursaries and scholarships available to University of Suffolk students click here. 


University of Suffolk, Financial Support Fund. 

Universities that charge higher fees are required to put aside some of the fees funding to support students who may be experiencing financial difficulties. These funds are often referred to as Access Funds and are set out in the University Access and Participation plan, which has approval from the Office for Students. The University of Suffolk funds are administered through the Financial Support Fund (FSF). 

The FSF is means assessed and assessed primarily in accordance with the national guidelines set out by the National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA). 

The University of Suffolk, like other universities, also has local polices that assist to adapt the fund to some of the specific needs of the University of Suffolk students and the disciplines that they are studying. The main fund opens in October of each year. Once you are a student at the University of Suffolk you can find out more about making an application to the fund by visiting the MySuffolk pages or speaking to the Infozone in the first instance. 

US Department of Veteran Affairs and MOD's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme

US Department of Veteran Affairs 

If you are an American citizen or a dependent and plan on receiving funding from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), please email with your name, contact details and course of study, so we can ensure your course is registered with the VA. 


MOD’s Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme 

We are an approved provider of Higher Education courses for the Ministry of Defences Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC), a scheme which provides financial assistance to members of the Armed Forces. The University Provider ID is 3033 . To check if you may be eligible for funding through this scheme, please visit the Enhanced Learning Credits website.