When you study at the University of Cumbria you are investing in your future. We work hard to ensure your degree is worth every penny by helping you leave university career ready.
Undergraduate tuition fees
The table below illustrates the undergraduate tuition fees for the 2016/17 academic year.
|Course||Home and EU||International|
|BA, BSc, BEng or LLB
|DipHE or CertHE
|FdA or FdSc
|BA, BSc with integrated foundation year (non-Arts)
||£4,500 (year 1)
£9,000 (year 2-4)
|£7,500 (year 1)†£10,500 (year 2-4)
|BA, BSc with integrated foundation year (Arts)
||£6,000 (year 1)
£9,000 (year 2-4)
|£7,500 (year 1)†£10,500 (year 2-4)
|Sandwich or placement year
** Premium foundation degrees: FdSc Radiation Protection, FdSc Project Management
† An early payment discount is available for international students. For more information, visit our international finance page.
Fees for part-time students with a fixed term of study are calculated on a pro-rata basis, calculated by taking the cost of the equivalent full-time course and dividing it by the number of years it will take to complete. For more information, please visit our part-time finance page.
Tuition fee loans
If you are from the UK or part of the EU, you can apply for a loan to help with the cost of university fees. There are two types of loans you may be able to apply for: tuition fee and maintenance loans.
Full time and part time students from the UK or EU can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £9,000. This is paid directly to the University each year, and is not dependent on your household income. Click here to apply directly online.
When applying for your student loan, you will need to contact the relevant student funding authority for the area in which you live. Your loan application is likely to take around 2 months to finalise so it is important to complete your application as soon as possible. We recommend completing your application by the end of May (new students) or June (continuing students) to avoid any delays in receiving your funding.
Apply for a tuition fee loan
Full time students from the UK can apply for a maintenance loan to assist with meeting living costs such as food, accommodation and travel expenses. These are normally paid in three instalments throughout the university year directly to your bank account.
Depending on household income, students may be able to apply for the following amounts:
|Living at Home
||Up to £6,904
|Living away from home (outside of London)
||Up to £8,200
|Living away from home (in London)
||Up to £10,702
|Studying abroad (for 1 year)
||Up to £9,391
You can work out how much of a loan you are entitled to apply for using the Student Finance Calculator.
If you're eligible, you may be able to access a reduced rate maintenance loan. The amount depends on where you live during the year:
- £2,425 (if you live away from home and study outside London)
- £3,405 (if you live away from home and study in London)
- £1,819 (if you live with parents)
Repaying your loan
Don’t worry about ending up in debt from your studies. Graduates with a student loan only start repaying their tuition fee loan once they earn over £21,000 per year, and even then at very reasonable rates (e.g. £4 a month for earners of £21,000).
It’s unlikely you’ll ever have to pay the whole amount unless you earn £37,000 a year or more (and even then it would still take up to 30 years). This means you may have some (or even all) of your loan written off.
These loans do attract some interest which is charged at diferent rates depending on your earnings. For more details on interest rates, please visit the Student Loans Company website.
Some students with specialist circumstances may qualify for additional funding to help support them during their courses.
For students with children
- Parents’ Learning Allowance - means-tested on household income. Maximum available £1,573.
- Childcare Grant - means-tested on household income. A maximum of 85% of your weekly childcare costs may be paid on your behalf, up to £155.24 per week for one child and £266.15 per week for two or more children. For example, if childcare for one child is £150, you may receive a £127.50 grant (85% of £150).
For students with adult dependants
- Adult Dependants’ Grant - means-tested on household income. Maximum available £2,757.
For students with a disability or specific learning difficulty
- Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)— students with a disability or specific learning difficulty may be eligible to receive help towards enabling costs; eg non-medical helper, specialist equipment etc.
- If you currently serve (or have recently served) within the Armed Forces and wish to enhance your education, then you can receive help covering your funding through the Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme. Find out more.
If you are a full-time student and you decide not to apply for a tuition fee loan, then you may pay your tuition fees in full or spread out the cost through a maximum of three instalments. To discuss instalments, send us an email.
Instalments are not available for part-time students. Fees must be paid in full at the start of the semester.
Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to students university and personal email accounts.
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