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Undergraduate study

Undergraduate student funding

When thinking about going to university you will have two key costs to consider. Firstly, the cost of tuition fees for your chosen course of study and secondly, the living costs you will need to budget for. For each of these costs, financial support is available from Student Finance England (SFE) for every eligible student to access.

Tuition fee loan

If you are an eligible full-time UK undergraduate student you can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of your fees each year. The tuition fee loan is repayable - but not until you’ve left university and your income is over £27,295 a year.

Maintenance loan

Full-time students can also apply for financial support for help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. This support is in the form of a repayable maintenance loan. The amount of maintenance loan you can get depends on where you live, where you study and your household income.

If you are a student applying from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can find out more about your entitlements here:

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Repayments

Student loans are different to other types of loan. Below are the key facts about student loan repayments:

  • you only start repaying your tuition fee and maintenance loans once you’ve left your course and your income is over the threshold amount for your repayment plan
  • the amount you repay each month is based on your income and not on how much you owe

Your repayments automatically stop if either:

  • you stop working
  • your income goes below the threshold

Funding for part-time students

Eligible part-time students can apply to Student Finance England (SFE) for a tuition fee loan - this covers the cost of your course and a maintenance loan to help towards your living costs.

Tuition fee loan

You can apply for a tuition fee loan of up to £6,935 each year of your course. A tuition fee loan is available for all eligible students to cover this cost and is paid to your university by SFE on your behalf. Tuition fee loans are not income assessed so anyone who meets the eligibility criteria will be able to take out a loan each year to cover the cost of their fees.

The tuition fee loan is repayable in the future but not until you’ve left university and your income is over £27,295 a year.

Maintenance loan

Part-time students can also apply for financial support to help towards their day-to-day living costs, such as rent or food. This support is in the form of a repayable maintenance loan.

The amount of maintenance loan you can receive depends on household income, course intensity and where you live while studying.

This loan is repayable in the future but not until you’ve finished your course and your income is over £27,295 a year.

Funding for health and social care students

Funding for parents

Funding for students with a learning difficulty, health problem or disability

Previous study

If you have attended a higher education course before, this can have an impact on the funding you get for any course you want to do in the future. Please contact a student adviser in Student Life for advice about your eligibility before starting a course.

Teesside University online learning

Our students use a variety of ways to finance their study; some take advantage of our flexible pay-per-module scheme, others are funded by their employer. If you're based in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan.
More about online learning funding

Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme

The Ministry of Defence’s Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme promotes lifelong learning among members of the British Armed Forces. The scheme provides financial support in each of a maximum of three separate financial years for higher level learning of a nationally recognised qualification at Level 3 or above.

Please contact us on 01642 335018 to discuss your eligibility to apply for ELC funding.
More about the Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme

Fees and funding enquiries


Please contact Student Life.