Part-time students

You may be able to get a loan if your part-time course has a ‘course intensity’ of 25% or more.

‘Course intensity’ measures how much of your course you complete each year compared to an equivalent full-time course.

You can work this out by comparing your module credits with the number of module credits a full-time student will study. You’ll be asked how many credits you’ll study when you apply for the loan.

Check with your university or college if you’re not sure.

What you can apply for depends on when your course starts.

If your course starts on or after 1 August 2018

You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan.

Tuition Fee Loan

Your university or college sets your tuition fee, and the loan is paid directly to them. You have to pay it back.

Part-time student 2017 to 2018 academic year 2018 to 2019 academic year
Part-time Up to £6,935 Up to £6,935
Part-time at a private university or college Up to £4,625 Up to £4,625

Maintenance Loan for living costs

How much you can get depends on:

The loan is paid directly into your bank account two weeks after the start of each term. You have to pay the loan back.

You can only apply for a Maintenance Loan as a Distance Learning student if you can’t attend your course in person because of a disability.

Use the student finance calculator to estimate your Maintenance Loan.

If your course started before 1 August 2018

You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan.

Your university or college sets your tuition fee, and the loan is paid directly to them. You have to pay it back.

Part-time student 2017 to 2018 academic year 2018 to 2019 academic year
Part-time Up to £6,935 Up to £6,935
Part-time at a private university or college Up to £4,625 Up to £4,625

Apply

Apply for student finance or find out how to apply.

Further information

2017 to 2018 academic year

2016 to 2017 academic year