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Funding for part-time higher education courses

Part-time students can also apply for loans to help with the cost of studying

Part-time students from England, studying for their first degree or other designated higher education course will have access to government subsidised loans for tuition fees if they are studying at least 25% of a full-time course.

Getting help sorting out the funding:

If you are already in work, the human resources or personnel section at your place of work may be able to help in providing some of the information you require.

Key questions to ask your employer will include:-

  • Will my employer provide financial support towards my course?
  • What other support will my employer provide  - for example time off for study?

Many colleges and universities have a Student Services Centres; they are a good source of information for people making enquiries about courses and financial support available.

The funding arrangements for part-time students studying in higher education.

Repayment of loans for fees

Part-time students will start to pay back their loan when they are earning more than £21,000 a year.

They will then pay back 9% of their income each month, above £21,000 a year.

Any outstanding debt will be wiped out after 30 years.

It will still be possible to pay university fees up front in order to avoid accruing any debt. If you choose to take out a student loan you can choose to pay back all or some of the loan at anytime without an early repayment charge.

View information about funding for higher education.

View an information leaflet about the financial support available for part-time students

Find out about financial support for childcare when studying.

Part-time students who are eligible might also be able to claim Disabled Students Allowances (DSA)

View further information about the financial support available for part-time study


Watch this video from the Open University showing, in one minute, how to pay for part-time study

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