The information below is for courses starting in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years.

Tuition fees for UK students

The following tuition fees are for undergraduate students studying in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years (between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2020). This includes new students starting in 2019/20 and continuing students who began in 2016/17, 2017/18 or 2018/19.

Full-time

2018/19 and 2019/20 tuition fees
CourseAnnual fee
BA, BSc, BEng or LLB £9,250
DipHE or CertHE £9,250
FdA or FdSc £9,250
BA, BSc with integrated foundation year £6,000 (year 1)
BA or BSc fee for the year of study applies in years 2-4
Sandwich or placement year £1,650
BA, BSc, BEng or LLB - accelerated 2 year degree To be confirmed

Please note: These fees apply to the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years only and may be subject to inflationary increases in subsequent years of study.

Paying your fees

Most students choose to take a student loan. If you are taking a student loan, you won't have to do a thing - the Student Loan Company will pay your fees directly to the university. For more information, please see the student finance section.

If you decide not to take a student loan, you can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the university. You can pay in full or spread out the cost through a maximum of three instalments. To discuss instalments, email us at accountsreceivableteam@cumbria.ac.uk.

Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to students university and personal email accounts.

Make a payment - without an invoice

Make a payment - with an invoice

Part-time

The tuition fees for part-time courses are based on the full-time fee. It may be calculated either pro-rata or by module, depending on the type of course. To confirm whether your course is modular or pro-rata, please contact uocadmissions@cumbria.ac.uk.

Modular billing

Most part-time students are invoiced by module in each semester. If your programme allows the extension of study beyond the standard period of enrolment, modular billing enables you to study at a rate you can afford, and over a period of time which suits you. 

The tuition fee payable for each module is based on the full-time fee for the relevant year of studyThese fees represent the cost of studying for 120 credits in a year. For 2018/19 and 2019/20, this means that each 10 credit module will cost £771. The tuition fee payable for modules may increase by inflation each year.

Pro-rata billing

Some courses are calculated on a pro-rata basis, by taking the cost of the equivalent full-time course and dividing it by the number of years it will take to complete. Please note that some course fees may be subject to inflation.

Paying your fees

Most students choose to take a student loan. If you are taking a student loan, you won't have to do a thing - the Student Loan Company will pay your fees directly to the university. For more information, please see the below.

If you decide not to take a student loan, you can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the university. Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to students university and personal email accounts.

Make a payment - without an invoice

Make a payment - with an invoice

Student loans

If you are from the UK, 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

Tuition fee loans

Full time students from the UK can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £9,250 for 2018/19 and 2019/20. This is paid directly to the university each year, and is not dependent on your household income.

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.

Students enrolling on NHS programmes can, subject to eligibility, qualify for a student loan even if they have accessed student loan funding for other programmes in the past.

Apply for a tuition fee loan

Maintenance loans

You 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 who normally live in England may be able to apply for the following amounts. If your home address is in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or elsewhere in the UK, please visit gov.uk/studentfinance for more information.

Living arrangements2018/192019/20
Living at Home Up to £7,324 Up to 7,529
Living away from home (outside of London) Up to £8,700 Up to £8,944
Living away from home (in London) Up to £11,354 Up to £11,672
Studying abroad (for 1 year) Up to £9,963 Up to £10,242


You can work out how much of a loan you are entitled to apply for using the Student Finance Calculator.

Repaying your loan

Graduates with a home address in England, who have a student loan, only start repaying their loan the April after graduation and once they earn over £25,000 per year, and then only on the amount above £25,000. 

You'll pay 9% of anything you earn above that amount. If you don't earn more than the threshold, you won't pay anything.

Here's what your monthly repayments could look like:

Annual income before taxMonthly salaryMonthly repayment
Up to £25,000 £2,083 £0
£27,000 £2,250 £15
£30,000 £2,500 £37
£35,000 £2,916 £74
£40,000 £3,333 £112

After 30 years, any outstanding loan is written off.

If your home, address is in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, visit Gov.uk for more information.

These loans attract interest, which is charged at different rates depending on your earnings. For more details on interest rates, please visit the Student Loans Company website. Please note that the Government, rather than the university, set the terms of student loans.

Repayment calculator

Part-time

Tuition fee loans are available for students studying for their first higher education qualification, which is at least 25% of the intensity of the equivalent full-time course. CPD students may also be eligible for a loan based on level of study, intensity of the course and prior study.  Visit gov.uk website for more information and eligibility criteria.

Tuition fee loans are not means-tested and you can be apply for up to the maximum amount of your fees, which is £6,935 in 2018/19. Tuition fee loans are paid directly to the university so you don’t have to worry about arranging payment.

Eligible courses include:

  • a Bachelor's Degree, e.g. BA, BSc or LLB;
  • a Foundation Degree (FdA, FdSc);
  • a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE);
  • a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE);
  • Initial Teacher Training (ITT).

Part-time Maintenance Loans

Part-time students starting a course on or after 1 August 2018 can apply for a Maintenance Loan to help with their day-to-day living costs, such as rent or food. The Maintenance Loan is paid directly to your bank account, in three instalments, usually at the start of each term.

For more information about funding for part-time study, visit Gov.uk

For more guidance on applying for a student loan, visit the Student Room's student finance guide.

Repaying your Part-time loan

Part-time Students will have to repay any loans you borrow, but not until the April after you finish or leave your course, or the April four years after the start of your course – whichever comes first – and, only then, if your income is over the repayment threshold.

How much you repay each month depends on your income, not how much you borrowed.

You will repay 9% of your income over the repayment threshold, which is currently £25,000 a year, £2,083 a month or £480 a week.  If your income drops below the threshold, your repayments will stop automatically.

You will be charged interest from the day your first student finance payment is made until your loan has been repaid in full or cancelled. The interest rate is based on the UK Retail Price Index (RPI) and will vary depending on your circumstances.  For more details on interest rates, please visit the Student Loans Company website.

What if I've studied before?

Health students

Students enrolling on a Nursing, Midwifery or Allied Health Professional course in England on or after 1 August 2017 may qualify for a student loan even if they have accessed student loan funding for other programmes in the past. Subject to eligibility

Other students

If you have undertaken any other previous Higher Education study, it is important to be aware that this can sometimes have an impact on the student funding, including tuition fee loans, available to you when you start a new course.

This is a complex area. If you are not sure of your entitlement to funding, it is really important that you seek advice from your funding organisation or with a Student Money Adviser who can clarify exactly how your previous study will impact on your future student funding entitlement.

Financial support

There's a range of scholarships, bursaries, grants and other funding available to support you in getting your degree.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Cumbria Bursary (first year undergraduate students)

The Cumbria Bursary is our financial award for 1st year ‘home’ or ‘EU’ undergraduate students commencing their studies in the 2019/20 academic year.  It is a non-repayable bursary designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000.

In 2019/20 there are up to 90 full or part time Cumbria Bursaries available, worth £1,000 per year of study (full time) or £500 per year of study (part time) for up to 3 years for students entering onto full time or substantive part time* undergraduate programmes.

There are a further 15 Cumbria Bursaries available for students entering onto courses with integrated foundation years; these are worth £1000 per year for up to 4 years.

Up to one third of our Cumbria Bursaries will be allocated specifically to students who are aged 21 and over on the 1st September 2019, who also meet the eligibility criteria.

*Part time students must be studying at least 50% of the time and registered on a minimum three year course. 

Find out more


NHS courses

If you are studying an NHS course (ie. Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Diagnostic Radiography, Physiotherapy), the university will cover the costs of your uniform, DBS check and occupational health check if you enrol onto an undergraduate programme in 2018/19 or 2019/20.

The NHS has not yet confirmed the financial support arrangements for students enrolling in 2019/20. In 2018/19, this included, for eligible students:

  • a non-repayable grant of £1,000 per year for students with eligible child dependents
  • access to exceptional support of up to £3,000 per year for those students in severe hardship
  • support for excess travel and dual accommodation expenses incurred due to attending practice placements.

Further details of the 2018/19 arrangements are available on the NHSBSA website. We will provide an update once the arrangements for 2019/20 are confirmed.


Social Work bursary

It is possible for some undergraduate Social Work students to receive a bursary to support their studies in their second or subsequent years. The number of people who can get a bursary is limited (or capped), therefore there is no guarantee you’ll receive a bursary in your 2nd year. The university will provide a shortlist of students to the NHSBSA who will then assess bursary applications. Full details, including the eligibility criteria, are available on the NHSBSA website.

Social Work bursary


Postgraduate Loyalty Award

Having a postgraduate degree will ramp up your job prospects and plump up your earning potential. But, at the University of Cumbria it's possible to do it without racking up the extra debt.

We’ve waived the fees for many postgraduate courses* to students like you planning to start an undergraduate degree with us to help you extend your education. 

So, students who commence a designated full-time undergraduate degree will be eligible to progress on to a specified Postgraduate programme (or an equivalent alternative programme designated by the University*), with zero tuition fees payable for the specified postgraduate programme.

Find out more


Progression Scholarship (first year undergraduate students from partner colleges)

If you are a student of any of the following colleges, you might be eligible for one of our Partnership Progression Scholarships offered to those applying to the University immediately after Further Education:

  • Blackburn College  
  • Bury College
  • Carlisle College
  • Doncaster College
  • Furness College
  • Kendal College
  • Lakes College West Cumbria
  • Lancaster and Morecambe College
  • Newton Rigg (Askham Bryan) College
  • Northumberland College
  • Southport College

We have up to 35 Progression Scholarships for students starting study in the 2019/20 academic year.

The awards are worth £500 in total; these non-repayable grants are paid directly to your bank account in the first year only. The Progression Scholarship can be received alongside the Cumbria Bursary if a recipient is eligible and ranked to receive both awards.

Find out more


Gymnastics scholarship (first year undergraduate sport students)

Are you a passionate gymnast? Do you want to study for a degree at a university that gives you the support to continue your passion?

We are offering a fantastic gymnastics scholarship opportunity to 10 successful applicants to the following undergraduate sport degree courses to start in September 2019 in Lancaster:

The scholarship will include 10 items:

  • £1,000 off accommodation (£500 semester 1 and £500 semester 2)
  • Free Biomechanical Analysis
  • Free Fitness Testing
  • Free lifestyle coaching
  • Free Sport Psychology support
  • Free Access to Sport Rehabilitation clinics
  • Free nutrition advice
  • If you hold suitable coaching qualifications, you will have the opportunity to coach at the nationally renowned Lancaster Gymnastics Club and ‘earn while you learn.’
  • Access free training at the Lancaster Gymnastic Club if you are of competition standard.
  • Flexibility in your study to allow international competition.

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who is passionate about continuing their development in gymnastics-acrobatics or trampolining, and wants to be surrounded by people with the expertise to help them achieve this while studying towards a degree in sport.

Find out more


Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELCAS) - Armed forces personnel

We are proud to be a registered learning provider with the Ministry of Defence's ELCAS scheme. ELCAS is a scheme run by the Ministry of Defence to provide financial support to Armed Forces personnel (both serving and service leavers) to study a course at university.

Find out more

Additional grants

If you have special circumstances, you may be able to get additional funding to help support you during your course.

For students with children

  • Parents’ Learning Allowance - means-tested on household income. Maximum available £1,716
  • Childcare Grant - means-tested on household income. A maximum of 85% of your weekly childcare costs may be paid on your behalf, up to £169.31 per week for one child and £290.27 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 £3,007.

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.

Armed Forces

  • 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.

NHS Learning Support Fund

Eligible students on a nursing, midwifery or Allied Health Professional course may be able to access support from the NHS Learning Support Fund:

  • a non-repayable grant of £1,000 per year for students with eligible child dependents
  • access to exceptional support of up to £3,000 per year for those students in severe hardship
  • support for excess travel and dual accommodation expenses incurred due to attending practice placements.

More information and eligibility criteria

Support funds

Depending on your circumstances, you might be able to qualify for extra funding. There are a number of different Awards and Funds that might be helpful should you require financial aid.

Visit our support funds page for more details.

Accommodation

From only £10 per night, we provide the lowest cost student accommodation in the North West. Check out our accommodation page for a full price list and more details about the residences.

Read more

Heating, lighting, water and internet costs are included in your rent and full-time students don't pay council tax.

Paying your accommodation fees

At the beginning of term, you will receive an email confirming your accommodation, your accommodation fees and a quick payment link. Please ensure that you have your student ID available prior to entering the online payments site.

Make a payment - without an invoice

Make a payment - with an invoice

Tuition fees for EU students

The following tuition fees are for undergraduate students studying in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years (between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2020). This includes new students starting in 2019/20 and continuing students who began in 2016/17, 2017/18 or 2018/19.

Full-time

These fees apply to the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years only and may be subject to inflationary increases in subsequent years of study.

CourseAnnual fee
BA, BSc, BEng or LLB £9,250
DipHE or CertHE £9,250
FdA or FdSc £9,250
BA, BSc with integrated foundation year £6,000 (year 1)
BA or BSc fee for the year of study applies in years 2-4
Sandwich or placement year £1,650
BA, BSc, BEng or LLB - accelerated 2 year degree To be confirmed


Paying your fees

Most students choose to take a student loan. If you are taking a student loan, you won't have to do a thing - the Student Loan Company will pay your fees directly to the university. For more information, please see the Student Loans section.

If you decide not to take a student loan, you can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the university. You can pay in full or spread out the cost through a maximum of three instalments. To discuss instalments, email us at accountsreceivableteam@cumbria.ac.uk.

Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to students university and personal email accounts.

Make a payment - without an invoice

Make a payment - with an invoice

 

Part-time

The tuition fees for part-time courses are based on the full-time fee. It may be calculated either pro-rata or by module, depending on the type of course. To confirm whether your course is modular or pro-rata, please contact uocadmissions@cumbria.ac.uk.

Modular billing

Most part-time students are invoiced by module in each semester. If your programme allows the extension of study beyond the standard period of enrolment, modular billing enables you to study at a rate you can afford, and over a period of time which suits you. 

The tuition fee payable for each module is based on the full-time fee for the relevant year of studyThese fees represent the cost of studying for 120 credits in a year. For 2018/19 and 2019/20, this means that each 10 credit module will cost £771.  The tuition fee payable for modules will increase by inflation each year.

Pro-rata billing

Some courses are calculated on a pro-rata basis, by taking the cost of the equivalent full-time course and dividing it by the number of years it will take to complete. Please note that some course fees may be subject to inflation.

Paying your fees

Most students choose to take a student loan. If you are taking a student loan, you won't have to do a thing - the Student Loan Company will pay your fees directly to the university. For more information, please see the student loans section below.

If you decide not to take a student loan, you can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the university. Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to students university and personal email accounts.

Make a payment - without an invoice

Make a payment - with an invoice

Student loans

If you are from the EU, you can apply for a loan to help with the cost of university fees. This is paid directly to the University of Cumbria in February and May, so you can focus on your studies without worrying about payment.

Full-time

You can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £9,250 for 2018/19 and 2019/20. This is paid directly to the University each year, and is not dependent on your household income. Click here to apply directly online.

If you decide to take the loan, you do not need to pay anything at registration. Just bring along your letter from the Student Loans Company to show that you have applied. It’s as easy as that. Please note that this loan will only cover your tuition, however you may be eligible for a grant to cover the living costs of studying in England from the Education Department of your own government. We recommend contacting them to find out more about how to apply - you don’t want to miss out.

Once you’ve finished your time at university, you will start repaying your loan from the April after you graduate, provided that you are earning above £25,000 a year (or the equivalent in your home country). The Student Loans Company will contact you about your employment after graduation. There will be a small amount of interest on the loan-more information about this can be found on the Student Loans Company website.

Apply for a tuition fee loan

How to apply

You can apply for your Tuition Fee Loan through the European Union Team of the Student Loans Company. To get started, visit the Direct Gov website and scroll down to ‘New EU Students’. There you will find the forms you need to apply. If you get stuck, get in touch with us to help you out.

Once you’ve started university, should you have any trouble with your funding, our advisers can provide all the support and advice you need. To book an appointment please use our online referral form, or if your enquiry can be answered via email, please contact us on moneyadvice@cumbria.ac.uk

Book an appointment

Email our money advice team

Repaying your loan

Graduates with a home address in England, who have a student loan, only start repaying their loan the April after graduation and once they earn over £25,000 per year, and then only on the amount above £25,000. 

You'll pay 9% of anything you earn above that amount. If you don't earn more than the threshold, you won't pay anything.

Here's what your monthly repayments could look like:

Annual income before taxMonthly salaryMonthly repayment
Up to £25,000 £2,083 £0
£27,000 £2,250 £15
£30,000 £2,500 £37
£35,000 £2,916 £74
£40,000 £3,333 £112

After 30 years, any outstanding loan is written off.

If your home, address is in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, visit Gov.uk for more information.

These loans attract interest, which is charged at different rates depending on your earnings. For more details on interest rates, please visit the Student Loans Company website. Please note that the Government, rather than the university, set the terms of student loans.

Part-time

Tuition fee loans are available for students studying for their first higher education qualification, which is at least 25% of the intensity of the equivalent full-time course. CPD students may also be eligible for a loan based on level of study, intensity of the course and prior study.  Visit gov.uk website for more information and eligibility criteria.

Tuition fee loans are not means-tested and you can be apply for up to the maximum amount of your fees, which is £6,935 in 2018/19. Tuition fee loans are paid directly to the university so you don’t have to worry about arranging payment.

Eligible courses include: 

  • a Bachelor's Degree, e.g. BA, BSc or LLB;
  • a Foundation Degree (FdA, FdSc);
  • a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE);
  • a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE);
  • Initial Teacher Training (ITT).

Part-time Maintenance Loans

Part-time students starting a course on or after 1 August 2018 can apply for a Maintenance Loan to help with their day-to-day living costs, such as rent or food. The Maintenance Loan is paid directly to your bank account, in three instalments, usually at the start of each term.

For more information about funding for part-time study, visit Gov.uk

For more guidance on applying for a student loan, visit the Student Room's student finance guide.

Repaying your Part-time loan

Part-time Students will have to repay any loans you borrow, but not until the April after you finish or leave your course, or the April four years after the start of your course – whichever comes first – and, only then, if your income is over the repayment threshold.

How much you repay each month depends on your income, not how much you borrowed.

You will repay 9% of your income over the repayment threshold, which is currently £25,000 a year, £2,083 a month or £480 a week.  If your income drops below the threshold, your repayments will stop automatically.

You will be charged interest from the day your first student finance payment is made until your loan has been repaid in full or cancelled. The interest rate is based on the UK Retail Price Index (RPI) and will vary depending on your circumstances.  For more details on interest rates, please visit the Student Loans Company website.

What if I've studied before?

If you have undertaken any other previous Higher Education study, it is important to be aware that this can sometimes have a impact on the student funding, including tuition fee loans, available to you when you start a new course.

This is a complex area. If you are not sure of your entitlement to funding, it is really important that you seek advice from your funding organisation or with a Student Money Adviser who can clarify exactly how your previous study will impact on your future student funding entitlement.

Financial support

There's a range of scholarships, bursaries, grants and other funding available to support you in getting your degree.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Cumbria Bursary (first year undergraduate students)

The Cumbria Bursary is our financial award for 1st year ‘home’ or ‘EU’ undergraduate students commencing their studies in the 2019/20 academic year.  It is a non-repayable bursary designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000.

In 2019/20 there are up to 90 full or part time Cumbria Bursaries available, worth £1,000 per year of study (full time) or £500 per year of study (part time) for up to 3 years for students entering onto full time or substantive part time* undergraduate programmes.

There are a further 15 Cumbria Bursaries available for students entering onto courses with integrated foundation years; these are worth £1000 per year for up to 4 years.

Up to one third of our Cumbria Bursaries will be allocated specifically to students who are aged 21 and over on the 1st September 2019, who also meet the eligibility criteria.

*Part time students must be studying at least 50% of the time and registered on a minimum three year course. 

Find out more 


Progression Award (first year undergraduate students from partner colleges)

If you are a student of any of the following colleges, you might be eligible for one of our Partnership Progression Scholarships offered to those applying to the University immediately after Further Education:

  • Blackburn College  
  • Bury College
  • Carlisle College
  • Doncaster College
  • Furness College
  • Kendal College
  • Lakes College West Cumbria
  • Lancaster and Morecambe College
  • Newton Rigg (Askham Bryan) College
  • Northumberland College
  • Southport College

We have up to 35 Progression Scholarships for students starting study in the 2019/20 academic year.

The awards are worth £500 in total; these non-repayable grants are paid directly to your bank account in the first year only. The Progression Scholarship can be received alongside the Cumbria Bursary if a recipient is eligible and ranked to receive both awards.

Find out more


Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELCAS) - Armed forces personnel

We are proud to be a registered learning provider with the Ministry of Defence's ELCAS scheme. ELCAS is a scheme run by the Ministry of Defence to provide financial support to Armed Forces personnel (both serving and service leavers) to study a course at university.

Find out more

Support funds

Depending on your circumstances, you might be able to qualify for extra funding. There are a number of different Awards and Funds that might be helpful should you require financial aid.

Visit our support funds page for more details.

Support Funds

Accommodation

From only £10 per night, we provide the lowest cost student accommodation in the North West. Check out our accommodation page for a full price list and more details about the residences.

Read more

Heating, lighting, water and internet costs are included in your rent and full-time students don't pay council tax.

Paying your accommodation fees

At the beginning of term, you will receive an email confirming your accommodation, your accommodation fees and a quick payment link. Please ensure that you have your student ID available prior to entering the online payments site.

Make a payment - without an invoice

Make a payment - with an invoice

EU Referendum

EU nationals who wish to enter the UK to study a course in England which starts in either the 2018/19 or the 2019/20 Academic Years, are still eligible for student support and home fee status for the duration of their studies.

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Our University has a proud and strong history of educating students from Europe and we look forward to welcoming you and other European students over the coming months and years. We are delighted that the Government has given reassurance about financial support for current students and those starting in 2018/19 or 2019/20. Please read the full Governmental statement for more details.

Whilst there is not yet official confirmation of financial support for new entrants for 2020/21 and thereafter, the University of Cumbria will continue its ambitions to be a destination of choice for our European students and we encourage potential applicants to continue to check the University website for the latest information so we can share the most up to date position with you.

Student Loans Company statement

Students beginning study in the 2017/18 or 2018/19 Academic Years

EU Nationals and Student Finance in England (1) - Student Loans Company

The eligibility rules regarding student support and home fee status applying to EU nationals, or their family members, who wish to enter the UK to study a course in England which starts in either the 2017/18 or the 2018/19 Academic Year and which attracts student support, are also unchanged. 

SFE will assess these applications against existing eligibility criteria, and will provide loans and/or grants in the normal way. EU nationals, or their family members, who are assessed as eligible to receive grants and/or loans by SFE will then be eligible for this support and for home fee status for the duration of their course.  These eligibility criteria set out that for students beginning study any time after August 2016, EU nationals must have been resident in the UK for at least five years or be EEA migrant workers in order to apply for a maintenance loan.

The migration status of EU nationals in the UK is being discussed as part of wider discussions with the EU. The Prime Minister was clear in her letter to the President of the European Council that that we should seek an early agreement on the rights of UK nationals in the EU and EU nationals in the UK, on a reciprocal basis.

Students should consult their institution’s student finance office, or the GOV.UK website, for information on what support they may be able to receive.

Statement from the Student Loans Company website.

Tuition fees for international students

The following tuition fees are for undergraduate students studying in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years (between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2020). This includes new students starting in 2019/20 and continuing students who began in 2016/17, 2017/18 or 2018/19.

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Undergraduate tuition fees
Course levelTuition fee (annual)
Bachelor's degree (BA, BSc, LLB) £10,500
BA (Hons) Social Work £15,500
DipHE or CertHE £10,500
BA or BSc with integrated foundation year £7,500 (year 1)
£10,500 (years 2-4)
Sandwich or placement year £1,650
BA, BSc, BEng or LLB - accelerated 2 year degree To be confirmed
Foundation degree (FdA, FdSc) £10,500
Premium Foundation (FdSc) £10,500
Health pre-registration programmes £15,500
Non-medical prescribing £2,875
Pre-sessional English (6 weeks) £1,554
Pre-sessional English (12 weeks) £3,108

 † An early payment discount is available for international students. 

Please note: These fees apply to the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years and may be subject to inflationary increases in subsequent years of study.

Fee Deposit Policy

Before you can get started with your course, you will be required to pay a deposit of up to £5,000 (the exact amount will be listed in your offer letter). Until we receive this deposit, you will not be issued a 'Confirmation of Acceptance'. Your offer letter will provide more information on how to pay your deposit, but we recommend paying online. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable unless your visa is refused due to exceptional circumstances.

Pay your deposit online

Payment instructions

Alternatively you can provide a letter of sponsorship/financial guarantee. This must be on letter-headed paper and include the following information:

  • name of the programme and academic year for which the sponsorship applies
  • amount of sponsorship (for example, full fees or specified amount in pounds sterling)
  • your full name (as stated on your passport)
  • your student identification number
  • address and named contact to which the University of Cumbria should send the invoice
  • full name and address of the sponsoring institution

Pre-sessional courses

Those required to attend a pre-sessional course will need to pay the full fee, in addition to the deposit, which is part payment of the substantive programme fee. The university will not issue the unconditional offer or CAS until both the deposit and full pre-sessional fees are paid.

If a student on the 11-week pre-sessional fails to progress on academic grounds, the full deposit for the substantive programme will be repaid. If a student on either the 6-week or 11-week pre-sessional fails to progress as a result of non-attendance, poor attendance or lack of effort, the deposit for the substantive programme will not be repaid.

Deposit refunds

A refund of the deposits will only be considered where a student has been refused a visa for non-fraudulent reasons. Students may apply for a refund by sending copies of the official visa refusal notification from the Home Office (UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)), together with passport details. The university reserves the right to verify details with UKVI.

Where the university decides to make a refund of the deposit, this will be refunded in pounds sterling to the person who originally made the payment. The university will transfer the deposit in the most cost-effective way but will not be liable for any bank charges involved in the money transfer. Refunds will not be made if the visa application is refused, or a CAS is withdrawn, on the grounds of fraudulent activity by the student, or due to failure to disclose full details in the application.

Refunds will not be made if the student fails to attend at the start of the programme or withdraws after the start of the programme.

Paying your tuition fees

After you have paid your deposit or provided your sponsorship letter, you can decide to pay the fee balance in full, or you can follow our instalment plan.

An early payment discount is available if you choose to pay your full annual tuition fee by registration and not in instalments. The early payment discount is only available to self-funded students in their first year, and excludes pre-sessional courses, partnerships and students receiving other benefits such as scholarships.

If you choose to pay in instalments you will be required to pay 75% of your total tuition fees prior to registration. The deposit you have already paid will be included.  For example: If your tuition fees are £10,000, and you’ve paid a deposit of £5000, you’ll need to pay £2,500 prior to registration to complete the 75% requirement. The remaining 25% must be paid three weeks before the end of your first term.  

If you are enrolling onto a one semester programme or short course, the tuition fee must be paid in full prior to the start of the programme or course. If your tuition is being sponsored, then you will not be able to pay with an instalment plan.

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International scholarship

The following scholarship information is from the 2018/19 academic year. Scholarship details for the 2019/20 academic year will be available here soon.

The University of Cumbria is delighted to announce the launch of a new international scholarship programme for 2018 entrants. We have a number of scholarships available for undergraduate students to the value of 50% of tuition fee costs for the first year of study. 

Scholarships will be awarded on a merit basis for outstanding academic achievement, assessed in accordance with the terms and conditions.

How to apply

Who is eligible?

University of Cumbria international applicants who hold an unconditional offer and have accepted their place are eligible to apply for a scholarship. 

Scholarships are available in the following subject areas:

  • Business
  • Creative Arts
  • Law
  • Science
  • Literature
  • Sport
  • Outdoor
  • Social Sciences

Scholarships are not available for NHS-funded courses (Nursing, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Social Work etc.) or for degrees leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). To check whether or not your course participates in the scholarship programme, please email scholarships@cumbria.ac.uk

How to apply

Please read the terms and conditions carefully and complete the International Scholarship application form. The application deadline is Friday 13 July 2018.

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Terms and conditions

These terms and conditions apply to all International Student Scholarships offered at University of Cumbria.

Applicants must hold an offer of a place of study on an eligible full-time bachelor’s degree, top-up degree or a taught master’s degree (180 credits) at the University of Cumbria. For students enrolling on programmes lasting more than one year the scholarship is awarded for the first year of the programme only.

  1. All scholarship applicants/recipients must be self-funding students with overseas fee status.
  2. Applicants must hold an unconditional offer for their place of study and must have accepted their offer.
  3. Applicants must have no outstanding offer conditions attached to their place of study except for the tuition fee deposit and passport photocopy.
  4. All scholarship applicants/recipients must provide evidence of funds to cover the remaining tuition fee balance and living costs, as per Home Office requirements, for one academic year in the UK.
  5. The balance of tuition fee is due at or before registration.
  6. Scholarship applicants must complete the scholarship application form.
  7. The closing date for applications is 5:00pm (GMT) Friday 13th July 2018; scholarship applications received after this date will not be considered.
  8. Applications should be submitted by email to scholarships@cumbria.ac.uk
  9. Scholarship applications will be considered and assessed by a Scholarship Award Panel. The Panel may take into account the following aspects: academic performance, English language, merit of personal statement and the short essay.
  10. The Scholarship Award Panels decision will be finalised during the last two weeks of July 2018 and applicants will be notified of the decision on their application by email by the end of July 2018.
  11. The decision of the Scholarship Award Panel is final - the university will not provide feedback or enter into any correspondence with unsuccessful candidates regarding their decision.
  12. Successful scholarship applicants must meet any outstanding conditions (i.e. tuition fee deposit / passport photocopy) by 5.00pm (GMT) on 3rd August 2018 to receive the scholarship.
  13. Scholarships can only be taken for the academic year 2018-19 and may not be deferred to any other period
  14. Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants in receipt of a scholarship from any other source
  15. By accepting the scholarship, it is expected that scholars will assist the university with internationalisation events and provide a photograph and statement to be included in our publicity
  16. Courses which are eligible for scholarship awards are in the following areas of study: creative arts, business, law, science, literature, sports, outdoor and social sciences. It is the applicant’s responsibility to check that their chosen course is eligible for scholarship applications before an application is submitted (please email scholarships@cumbria.ac.uk if you require clarification)

The Award

  1. The scholarships will not be paid in cash. Scholarships will be deducted from the first year's tuition fees on registration at the University of Cumbria.
  2. Scholarship winners will be asked to provide a case study which may be used in university publications or on the website.
  3. This award cannot be held in conjunction with any other university awards or discounts.

Planning your finances

Studying in a different country is a big financial investment, so you need to ensure you have everything planned when it comes to spending your money.

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There are many points to consider before submitting your application, such as food, accommodation and other day-to-day expenses.

We recommend that you budget at least £5,500 for an academic year in the UK. This will include your accommodation and living expenses. To help you plan effectively, we suggest using the online UNIAID International Student Calculator to set a proper budget for your academic life.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study with the University you need to provide evidence of minimum funds that will be available to you. Please see UKVI requirements on their website in the “Tier 4 of the points based system: policy guidance” booklet. You will also find details of UKVI’s current requirements for the evidence you will need to provide during your application.

Accommodation

From only £10 per night, we provide the lowest cost student accommodation in the North West. Check out our accommodation page for a full price list and more details about the residences.

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Paying for your accommodation

If you choose to stay in univerisity accommodation you will be required to make a pre-payment of £250, and a pre-payment of £100 towards catering packages.

After you have made the pre-payment(s), and the contract has been returned, the balance of your contract will be due. Payment must be made by registration. Instalments are not available.

Please note that you do have the option to pay for the accommodation and catering in full with the contract.

Payment must be made in pounds sterling. You will be given the option online to convert your currency when making a payment.

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Payment instructions

If you’re having trouble paying online or have any questions, please contact your admissions officer who can give you advice about paying by bank transfer.

Student Financial Regulations

The Student Financial Regulations describes your contractual obligations to the university regarding finance. It includes our policies about:

  • Tuition fees and payments
  • Cancellations, withdrawal from programmes and interruption of studies
  • Debt management procedures
  • Other fees, fines and charges
  • Bursaries and scholarships

Please download and read the regulations before starting your course.

Download the Student Financial Regulations for 2019-20 starters (PDF)

Download the Student Financial Regulations for 2018-19 starters (PDF)

Contact us

We're here to help. If you have any concerns about student finance, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

For queries about student finance and the payment of fees, please contact our Accounts Receivable team at accountsreceivableteam@cumbria.ac.uk

For queries about student loans, scholarships, bursaries or support funds, please contact our Money Advice team at moneyadvice@cumbria.ac.uk

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