This information is for part-time undergraduate students whose home is in England, the EU/EEA or Switzerland and who began their course in September 2012 or later. It is not normally relevant for International students and students with a Tier 4 (General) visa, or module retrievers.
Module retrievers: If you are registered on a full-time course but take fewer modules than usual in a year, eg because you are repeating, you remain a full-time student. You are not eligible for part-time funding. Instead, you remain eligible for your usual full-time Student Finance England (SFE) funding. Your funding entitlement will be affected if you are not required to attend your course, have previously repeated a year before or have attended a previous degree level course. Please visit our Previous studies pages for information.
EU/EEA nationals and family members should also visit our EU/EEA national funding page.
Student Finance England (SFE) provides funding for undergraduate degree level courses. You must meet their eligibility rules to qualify. It’s important you check the rules and apply for your funding early to ensure your eligibility is assessed before you start your course.
If your home is in another part of the UK, visit one of these websites:
Eligible part-time students starting a course in September 2017 can apply for an SFE Tuition Fee loan. SFE do not provide a part-time Maintenance Loan for living costs or any additional grants for dependent children, childcare or dependent adults.
A Tuition Fee Loan is available from Student Finance England providing you meet the eligibility rules.
If any of the following apply to you, you may not qualify for the Tuition Fee Loan, so it’s vital that you contact Student Advice before you start your course to check your eligibility:
- I have been living outside the UK/EEA/Switzerland during some or all of the last three years
- I am not a UK or EU national and I am waiting for the outcome of an application to the Home Office to grant my immigration status
- I am not a UK or EU national but have been granted limited or discretionary leave to remain by the Home Office
- I am not a UK or EU national, but a member of my family is a UK or EU national
- I have previously attended a higher education course (see our Previous studies page.)
Student Finance England eligibility rules
The first step is to meet the main eligibility rules. These cover nationality, UK/EEA/Swiss residence, immigration status in the UK and previous degree level study.
In most cases, you will need either three or five years ordinary residence in the UK/EEA or Switzerland by the first day of the first academic year of your course (1 September for courses starting in September and 1 January for courses starting in January). This residence must not have been for the purpose of education and SFE will normally require evidence of this.
There are a number of ways to qualify for SFE funding. A common way to qualify is to be a UK national with over three consecutive years of ordinary residence in the UK immediately before the first day of the first academic year of your course. However there are many other ways to qualify and eligibility rules are in place for EU nationals and their family members, Swiss nationals, Turkish workers, Refugees, people with long UK residence, or those with discretionary leave or indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
The eligibility rules are very complex. For a detailed explanation about who qualifies, please visit UKCISA. If you are unsure about your eligibility, contact our Student Advisers as it is important to get advice before you start your course.
Remember even if you meet the main eligibility rules, if you have previously studied on a part-time degree level course and you did not complete it, your funding entitlement will be reduced. If you already hold a degree level or higher level qualification from the UK or an equivalent or higher level qualification from another country you will not be eligible for any SFE funding at all. Read our Previous Studies page for information about how this can affect your funding.
If you start your course in September 2017 or later, you must be able to complete your part-time course within four times the normal length of the full-time equivalent. If you reach a point where you are unable to do this, your funding entitlement will stop.
SFE funding for tuition fees
Tuition fee funding isn't based on household income. The maximum loan for courses that start from September 2017 is £6,935. The tuition fees charged will not exceed this amount. If you apply for a loan to cover just part of your fees, remember that you will need to cover the remaining fee yourself.
SFE funding for other costs
Student Finance England do not provide any loans or grants to help with living or study costs, although if you’re a UK/Home student, meet the general eligibility rules and have a disability, you may be eligible to receive the Disabled Students’ Allowance. This is specifically for help with additional study needs. There is no additional SFE funding available for students with children or partners.
For more information about the Disabled Students’ Allowance, visit the Students with disabilities page.
Applying for SFE funding
Applications for students starting their course in September 2017 usually open during spring. Student Finance England do not publish the date so keep checking their website for updates.
Applying as a UK/Home student
New or continuing part-time students whose course began September 2012 or later can apply online or, if you prefer, on a paper application form available from Student Finance England.
You will need a valid passport and National Insurance Number. If you do not have a National Insurance Number, you can apply for one on the Gov.uk website.
Applying as an EU Student
You will need to complete paper application form EUPTL, available from the SFE website.
You will need a valid passport or National Identity Card but are not required to have a National Insurance Number.
Who can I contact for help with my SFE funding?
The Student Advice team at the University can provide tailored advice about your eligibility to receive SFE funding, help if things go wrong with the application process and also liaise with SFE on your behalf.
The Disability Learning Support Team can help with issues related to the Disabled Students’ Allowance.
You can also contact Student Finance England.