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Funding support

If you’re studying a University Centre course with us, you may be eligible for a number of funding options to help with your tuition and living costs.

Students will be assessed by either Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance NI or Student Awards Agency of Scotland (SAAS) to determine eligibility for means testing and how much financial support would be available. Finance assessments depend on the income of both the student and their legal guardian or spouse’s/partner’s income.


Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are reviewed each year and any increases will be in line with the UK Government policy. Please note that fees for courses at Plymouth University may differ from College fees so be sure to check before applying.

Foundation Degree (excluding FdSc Nursing Associate) or HND / HNC

Full-time Students - £8,224 p/a
Part-time Students - £4,112 - £5,483 p/a (part time fee dependent on intensity of study


FdSc Nursing Associate

Full-time Students - £6165p/a


Top-up Year or PGCE/Cert Ed

Full-time Students - £9,250 p/a
Part-time Students - £4,625 p/a

HE student support


Eligible students who are actively registered on the 1st February will receive one of three bursaries from the University Centre.

  1. Household Income upto £25,000 - £720p/a
  2. Household Income above £25,000 - £320p/a
  3. All part-time students - £225p/a

Additional costs may need to be considered depending on the course, but typically students will need to cover the cost of materials or equipment and study trips.

Eligible full-time and part-time undergraduate students will not have to pay fees before they start their course or while they are studying, as they can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover these costs. Fees will be paid directly to the University or College by the Student Loans Company. Students of any age can apply and loans will only need to be repaid once a student has left their University programme and is earning over £25,000. 

Help with living costs may be available for the duration of a student’s University programme in the form of a Maintenance Loan that attracts a low rate of interest. First and second year students can apply for up to £7,324 when living at home or £8,700 for students living away from home and outside of London. Maintenance Loan money is paid directly into the student’s bank or building society at the start of each term, in three instalments.

Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loans will be repayable after the student has finished the programme and is earning more than £25,000 per year. If earnings fall below the £25,000 threshold the repayments will stop until their earnings rise above the threshold again. Deductions are usually made through the PAYE tax system by the employer in the same way as Income Tax and National Insurance contributions. The amount paid back is determined by how much is earned, not by how much is owed, and is 9% of earnings above £25,000 a year.

Funding through the Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) is available for eligible students with an illness, disability, medical condition or learning difficulty (including dyslexia) to help cover additional costs incurred as a direct result of their disability. Students of all ages can apply for DSA on the government website and the money does not need to be paid back.

New students who are enrolled in selected University level STEM courses for September 2022, will be eligible for our Technical Bursary of £1000. 

Courses that are eligible for the bursary are:

  • FdSc Cyber Security & HNC Cyber Security
  • FdSc Computer Technology
  • HND Mechanical Engineering &HNC Mechanical Engineering
  • HND Applied Sciences (Biology) & HNC Applied Sciences (Biology)

Help applying for student finance is available from the University Centre’s Student Support Adviser.

01872 305747


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