Loans for Part-Time Undergraduates

Students starting a part-time undergraduate course in 2017 may be able to apply for government funding to cover the costs of their tuition fees.

Impact of Brexit on government funding

Following the UK vote to leave the EU, Student Finance England has confirmed that the eligibility criteria for funding remain unchanged for EU nationals, or their family members, who will be starting a course at a university in England in the 2017-18 academic year. Such students who are assessed as eligible to receive funding in the 2017-18 academic year will be eligible for this funding for the duration of their course.

The information on this page is for students who will be applying for funding from Student Finance England.

If you normally reside in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, please refer to the website of the relevant funding body:

Tuition Fee Loan

Eligible students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from Student Finance England to cover all or part of their fees. This money will be paid directly to the University after enrolling onto the course.

Eligibility

Eligibility for the Tuition Fee Loan depends on the following factors:

  • Your nationality or your family's nationality.
  • Your residency status or your family’s residency status.
  • Your course. All part-time BA courses at UAL are eligible.

The UKCISA website provides a summary of who is eligible – students meeting the criteria of any listed category would be eligible to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan.

The Student Advice Service can provide further guidance and information if you are unsure about your eligibility.

Previous study can affect funding

If you have already studied a higher education course either in the UK or elsewhere, the number of years of funding to which you are entitled may be reduced, even if you meet the eligibility criteria above. This applies even if you did not complete your previous course or did not receive funding. Please read our information on previous study.

Applying

When to apply

You do not need to have a confirmed place at university in order to apply.

Students are encouraged to apply as soon as the application system opens, which is likely to be in February 2017 – we will update this page to confirm when it has opened.

The deadline for submitting an application is usually nine months after the start of the academic year. However, to avoid problems enrolling onto your course, you should apply before the date specified by Student Finance England – this is usually the last weekday in May, and this page will be updated when the date is known.

You must reapply for funding from Student Finance England in the spring before every subsequent year of your course.

How to apply

The application processes depends on whether you are applying for the type of Tuition Fee Loan: Home funding or EU funding.

  • Students who fall into categories 1 and 3-11 as shown on the UKCISA website can apply for the Home funding type of Tuition Fee Loan.
  • Students who fall into category 2 as shown on the UKCISA website can apply for the EU funding type of Tuition Fee Loan.

Home funding

Applications can be made either online or if you prefer by downloading a PTL 2017-18 paper form when it becomes available.

It will usually take up to 6 weeks for your application to be processed.

EU funding

Applications can be made using an EUPTL1 paper application form when it becomes available.

It will usually take at least 6 weeks for your application to be processed.

Repayments and interest

You‘re charged interest from the day your first Tuition Fee Loan payment is made until your loan is repaid in full or 30 years from the start of your repayment period. You’ll start repaying your loans on a monthly basis from the April four years after your course starts if your income is over a threshold set by the government. At the moment, this threshold is £21,000 per year for graduates living in the UK.

Refer to the UK Government website for full details on interest rates and how repayments are made.

Supplementary grants

Students eligible for Home funding may also be eligible to apply for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) from Student Finance England if they are disabled or have a Specific Learning Difficulty. Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) are not loans and therefore do not need to be repaid.

The Disability Service can assist with applications for this.

Extra funding from the University

After enrolling onto a course, students receiving Home funding from Student Finance England may be eligible for additional funding through the Access to Learning Fund.

Financial planning

It is important for prospective students to plan their finances carefully before making any commitments to a course and accommodation – see our example living costs.

Help

The Student Advice Service is available to provide further information and support on financial matters related to your course.