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 tuition fees for entry to the academic year 2018-2019 are not yet available for publication. UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK Government approval and this has not yet been given. We will update this page as soon as more detailed information is available. For reference, the 2017/18 tuition fees are provided below. Fees are expected to increase by inflation (RPI-X) each year.
The table below illustrates the undergraduate tuition fees payable by students who begin their programme of study in 2017/18. These fees apply to the 2017/18 academic year only and are subject to inflationary increases in subsequent years of study.
|Course||Home and EU||International|
|BA, BSc, BEng or LLB
|DipHE or CertHE
|FdA or FdSc
|BA, BSc with integrated foundation year
||£6,000 (year 1)
BA or BSc fee for the year of study applies in years 2-4
|£7,500 (year 1)†
BA or BSc fee for the year of study applies in years 2-4
|Sandwich or placement year
† 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 £9,250 for 2017/18. 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 in 2017/18:
|Living at Home
||Up to £7,097
|Living away from home (outside of London)
||Up to £8,430
|Living away from home (in London)
||Up to £11,002
|Studying abroad (for 1 year)
||Up to £9,654
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
Graduates with a home address in England, who have a student loan, only start repaying their tuition fee loan the April after graduation and once they earn over £21,000 per year, and then only on the amount above £21,000 (e.g. £7 a month for earners of £21,000).
To repay the whole amount you would need to 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 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 terms of student loans are set by the Government rather than the University.
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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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 2017-18 starters (PDF)
Download the Student Financial Regulations for 2016-17 starters (PDF)