Tuition Fee Loans

Tuition Fee Loans

All eligible students from the UK and EU, entering university in 2019, can study without paying a penny up-front by taking out a tuition fee loan. Details of student finance provision for 2020 has not yet been confirmed.

Eligibility criteria for tuition fee loans includes factors like where you live, the course you choose to study and where you study. It can affect your entitlement if you have any previous higher education study.

Key tuition fee loan facts

The government, via The Student Loans Company, will lend you the money to cover the full cost of your tuition fees for every year of your course. Features of the loan include: 

  • the government pay the loan directly to your university, not to you
  • you only start to pay back the loan when you are earning over £25,725 a year
  • you can apply for a tuition fee loan from your student finance body

Living cost loans

If you're a student from England, you can apply for a living cost loan to help pay for living expenses.

If you're a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can find information on living cost loans from your student finance body.

Students from other EU countries are not eligible for living cost loans.

Repaying your loans

Find out more about repaying your tuition fee and living cost loans, or get an idea of what your loan repayments could be using the GOV.UK loan repayment calculator.