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Online learning funding

Paying for your course fees can be a significant outlay so it's important you make the right decisions about financing your studies.

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 or a postgraduate student loan.


Our pay-as-you-go payment plan has no monthly obligations. You simply make a payment when you are ready to start the next stage of your course.

Undergraduate tuition fee loans

Students in England
Depending on where you live, you may be eligible for a part-time tuition fee loan of up to £6,935 a year to cover the cost of your course fees. This is a non-income based loan and you only start making repayments when your income is over £25,000 a year.

The total number of credits studied in any year must be worth a minimum of 25% (30 credits) of a full-time course (120 credits) - this depends on how many modules you choose and the credit value of each module - see the relevant course page for more information.

Students in Wales
Our online courses are registered with the Welsh Assembly. If you are resident in Wales you may be eligible for grant funding from Student Finance Wales (SFW).

Students in Northern Ireland
If you are resident in Northern Ireland you may be eligible for grant funding from Student Finance Northern Ireland (SFNI).

Students in Scotland
Students Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) does not fund part-time courses outside of Scotland. If you are a Scottish resident applying for one of our online courses, you are unable to claim funding.

EU Students
You may be eligible to apply for financial help towards the cost of your tuition fees if:

  • you are an EU national or a family member of an EU national
  • you have been living within the European Economy Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years immediately before the start of your course
  • your main reason for being in the EEA or Switzerland is not to receive full time education.

It is your responsibility to liaise with the funding agency and ensure that funding is in place to cover your fees. You are also responsible for any difference between your tuition fees and the amount of funding you receive. If you already receive a part-time grant, you can continue to claim this until you complete your current programme of study (subject to your circumstances remaining the same).

If you are an undergraduate and funded by a student loan then please send your payment schedule to prove funding to Without proof of funding, we will be unable to release module materials.

Postgraduate student loans

A postgraduate masters loan allows you to borrow up to £10,906 (£10,609 for courses starting before 1 August 2019) to help cover the costs of your tuition fees.


  • You must normally live in England and be under 60 at the start of the first academic year of your course.
  • You have to be studying a taught or research postgraduate course in the UK that leads to a full masters qualification (MA, MSc, MBA, MEd or LLM).
  • If you already hold a masters qualification or an equivalent higher-level qualification you will not be eligible.
  • The amount you get doesn't depend on your household income.

The total amount you request is split equally and paid in each academic year, for up to a maximum of four years. You pay back 6% of your income over £21,000 a year. The interest rate on a postgraduate loan is currently 6.3%.

Recognised prior learning (RPL)
If you are considering applying for RPL, you will not be eligible for a postgraduate student loan as you will not be studying the full 180 credits.

Postgraduate fee discount

You may be able to benefit from a 10% discount towards your postgraduate degree tuition fee if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • you are a continuing Teesside University student progressing, with no break in study, from an undergraduate to a postgraduate degree course, or
  • you have completed and graduated from an undergraduate degree course at Teesside University from the academic year 2017-18 or 2018-19, or
  • you have completed and graduated with a first-class honours from an undergraduate degree course at any other university in the last two academic years (2017-18 or 2018-19), supporting evidence is required.

This offer applies to students enrolling on a postgraduate course in the academic year 2019-20, and the discount is automatically applied to your fee if you meet the qualifying criteria.

Other funding sources

Disabled students' allowances are available to help cover some of the extra costs you have because of a mental health problem, long-term illness or any other disability.

The Ministry of Defence's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) is available to members of the Armed Forces wishing to undertake higher education with approved ELC learning partners. Our provider number is 1716.


If you're working and studying, your employer or another sponsor may fund your course or make a contribution to your fees. They need to write to us on headed paper to confirm their intention to fund, or part fund, your studies or complete our sponsor letter template. We invoice them for the full academic year, part-contribution or on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Your sponsor will need to write to us again in the September of each academic year in which they will be sponsoring your studies (the start of the academic year is always in September, regardless of when you start your course.)

For employers and sponsors

Our online courses enable ambitious employees to balance their commitment to work with online study. Our work-related courses are accredited by professional bodies so you can be sure that our course content is relevant. Our specialist online tutors are experts in their respective fields so you'll benefit from the insight they share with your employee.

You may wish to sponsor an employee who is:

  • studying to support an application for promotion
  • acquiring the skills needed in a new role
  • refreshing his or her knowledge after a career break.

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