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Funding for part-time students

TUITION FEE LOAN

Eligible students are able to get a Tuition Fee Loan from the government which helps to pay the course fee. 

This is available to students studying an Undergraduate or Foundation Degree and also the Certificate in Counselling Skills.

You can request a loan which covers the whole of the fee or just part of the fee. 

You will need to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan each year of your course. 

The Tuition Fee Loan is paid directly from the Student Loans Company to the University.

In order to qualify you must be studying at a minimum of 25% intensity e.g. a minimum of 30 credits per academic year. 

HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY

We recommend first checking your eligibility for funding. If you have any concerns about your eligibility, contact the Student Finance England helpline on 0300 100 0607. 

It’s open Monday – Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday – Sunday 9am – 4pm. 

Applications can be accessed and submitted from approximately the middle of May before the start of the academic year (e.g. you can apply from May 2018 for courses that start in September 2018).  

New students are advised to apply by 31 May in the year that they are starting (e.g. 31 May 2018 if you are due to start in September 2018).  However, it is possible to apply after this date but your funding might not be ready for the start of the course. 

The quickest and easiest way to apply is online.

If you experience any problems, call Student Finance England or contact the University of Chichester Student Money Advice Service.

USEFUL INFO FOR APPLICANTS

  • When you create a new account, make sure you make a note of your Customer Reference Number, password and secret answer and keep this information safe. 
  • You will need your valid UK passport, your national insurance number, your bank details and your course details to complete an application.
  • Do not wait until you know for certain which university you are going to.  Apply as early as possible and provide the details of your first choice university and course.  It is simple to change this information later if necessary.
  • If you do not receive a letter from Student Finance England three months after applying, log-in to your account and/or give them a call on their helpline to get an update.

REPAYMENTS

You will need to start making repayments on the money you have borrowed once you have finished your course and you are earning above £21,000pa. 

If you are employed, your employer will deduct the payments from your salary automatically (from the April after you graduate). 

You will repay 9% of your income above the £21,000 threshold as this table demonstrates:

The loan does attract interest.  Whilst you study, the rate is inflation plus 3%.  Once you finish your course, the interest depends on your income:  

Both of these tables came from the gov.uk website but more information can be found in this guide and on the Student Loan Repayment Website.

There is no penalty for repaying some, or all of, your loan early.