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Part-time Undergraduate Students

Student Finance England Loans for Part-Time Undergraduate Study

You may be able to get a loan if your part-time course has a ‘course intensity’ of 25% or more.

‘Course intensity’ measures how much of your course you complete each year compared to an equivalent full-time course.  You can work this out by comparing your module credits with the number of module credits a full-time student will study. You’ll be asked how many credits you’ll study when you apply for the loan.  Check with the university if you’re not sure.

What you can apply for depends on what year your course started.

If your part-time course started on or after 1 August 2018, you can also apply for a Maintenance Loan.  The Maintenance Loan is means-tested, so how much you get depends on your household income as well as where you live while studying. The amount of Maintenance Loan part-time students receive is also dependent on course intensity, which much be at least 25%.

If your course started before 1st August 2018 you can apply for a non means tested Tuition Fee loan only.

For more information on the financial support available for part-time students, please see the Student Finance England web page.

Distance Learning

Distance Learning courses are classed as part time for funding purposes.  If you are studying by part time Distance Learning, you will be eligible for a Tuition Fee loan only. The one exception to rule is if you cannot attend your course in person because of a disability. If you are studying by Distance Learning because of a disability and can provide evidence of this, you will be eligible to apply for the part time Maintenance Loan. For more information on the Maintenance Loan for part-time students, please see the Student Finance England web page. 

EU Students 

If you are a part-time EU student, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan if you meet certain conditions. 

You may be eligible for help with your living costs if you’ve lived in the UK for more than 5 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course, see:

Support from other UK Regions (Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)

UK Regional student funding providers will also fund part-time study, though the funding packages available differ from that outlined above.  Please contact the regional funding provider directly for more information.  Please Note: Students resident in Northern Ireland studying a flexible PGCE have previously been assessed for Student Finance Northern Ireland’s full-time funding package. Prospective students applying for funding for a course of this type should contact their regional funding provider directly.

Loans for Part-Time Postgraduate Study

A UK Government loan for taught postgraduate programmes, eg Masters level courses is available.  The Government Postgraduate Loan is available to eligible postgraduate Masters students studying towards their first such qualification on either a part-time or full-time basis. For part-time students, the course can last between two and four years.  It must be no more than twice the length of the equivalent full-time course.  The maximum Postgraduate Masters Loan available is £11,222, if your course starts on or after 1 August 2020. This loan is not means-tested. Full details are available at:

Prospective postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland should contact their regional funding provider directly.

The UK Government's Postgraduate Doctoral Loan is available to eligible students to help with fees and living costs. Students can be on either a full-time or part-time basis.  Full details are available at:

Financial Hardship

If you are in financial hardship, the University has an Access to Learning Funding providing non-repayable grants to eligible home/UK students.  For more information, visit Hardship Funding.

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)

Some part-time students may be entitled to DSA.  The DSA can help to pay for extra costs you may incur in attending your programme as a direct result of your disability or medical condition. The allowances can help with the cost of a non-medical personal helper, major items of specialist equipment, travel and other costs.  DSA is a non-repayable form of support and your award is not based on your household income, see:

For further information on DSA and relevant eligibility criteria, you should contact the Disability and Dyslexia Support Team on 0191 227 4127.

Further Information

The links below may be useful for both new and continuing part-time UK students.

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