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Part-time Tuition Fee Loan

Eligibility

Whether a student can get a Tuition Fee Loan depends on their:

  • university or college
  • course
  • intensity of study
  • previous study
  • nationality or residency status

Uni and course

The course must be at an eligible uni or college in the UK and one of the following:

  • first degree, eg BA, BSc or BEd
  • Foundation Degree
  • Certificate of Higher Education
  • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)
  • Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

Intensity of study

Students must be studying at an intensity of at least 25% in the academic year and the duration of the course.

Their course can last up to a maximum of 16 years.

Previous study

Students can usually only get student finance for their first higher-education qualification, even if their previous course was self-funded.

However, they may still get some funding if, for example:

  • they change course
  • they leave a course but start another
  • they’re ‘topping up’ a higher-education qualification, for example, if they have finished a HNC, HND or Foundation Degree and now want to do an Honours degree
  • they’re studying some nursing, midwifery or allied health professional courses
  • they begin a part-time course having previously studied in higher education but NOT achieved a qualification
  • they study a second part-time degree in approved science, engineering and technology subjects

Students can get funding for a maximum of 16 years of part-time study. They’ll have to self-fund anything over this amount.

Nationality or residency status

Students can apply if:

  • they’re a UK national or have ‘settled status’ (that means there’s no restrictions on how long they can stay)
  • they normally live in England
  • they’ve been living in the UK for at least 3 years before the first day of the first academic year of their course

The first day of the first academic year of their course is:

  • 1 September, if their course starts between 1 August and 31 December
  • 1 January, if their course starts between 1 January and 31 March
  • 1 April, if their course starts between 1 April and 30 June
  • 1 July, if their course starts between 1 July and 31 July

Students may also be eligible if they are one of the following:

  • an EU national, or a relative of one
  • a refugee, or a relative of one
  • under humanitarian protection, or the relative of someone under humanitarian protection
  • under 18 and have lived in the UK for at least seven years
  • 18 or over and have lived in the UK for at least 20 years (or at least half their life)
  • an EEA or Swiss migrant worker
  • a child of a Swiss national
  • a child of a Turkish worker
  • a stateless person (including any family members).

To be eligible as a ‘stateless person’ learners must:

  • be a new student starting on or after 1 August 2018
  • have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for 3 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course

Students who are overseas may also be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan if they’re:

  • a serving member of the UK armed forces
  • the spouse or civil partner of a serving member
  • a child, step-child or adoptive child living with a member of the UK Armed Forces serving overseas
  • a dependent parent living with a serving member

Distance learning

Students who are overseas may also be eligible if they’re:

  • a spouse or civil partner living with a member of the UK Armed Forces serving overseas
  • a child, step-child or adoptive child living with a member of the UK Armed Forces serving overseas
  • a dependant parent living with either a child who is a member of the UK Armed Forces serving overseas or the child’s spouse or civil partner who is a member of the UK Armed Forces serving overseas

This applies to students starting an eligible course from 1 August 2016.

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