HE Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

The amount of financial support provided to higher education students will depend on the programme you choose and if it is a full-time or part-time course. It will also depend whether you are a home, EU or an international student.


Please see the schedule below for information on fees and payment schedules.

Student Finance

You can find out all about the financial support you are entitled to from the government at the following address: www.gov.uk/student-finance

Tuition Fee and Living Cost loans are available from Student Finance England. The tuition fee loan is paid directly to the university and covers the cost of the course. The living cost loan (also referred to as a student loan or maintenance loan) is usually paid in three instalments directly into your bank account to help cover living costs including accommodation, food and course materials.

You can use the student finance calculator to find out how much you will be able to get from the government.

There is information on the Student Finance England website about how to apply, paying your student loan back, interest rates, additional support for students with special circumstances and much more. Student Finance England also share up to date information via their Twitter and Facebook pages.


We have created the following document to help you understand more about the process of applying for student finance.

To be eligible for a tuition fee loan you must fulfil certain criteria in regards to:

  • UK residency status
  • The university or college you are studying at and the course you are taking
  • Previous higher education study (first-time students)
 Please note: if you already hold a higher education qualification when applying for entry to our undergraduate programmes you may not be eligible for further tuition loan funding we strongly urge you to visit https://www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance or contact Student Finance England direct.

Please see below for regulations relating to Higher Education study at University Centre South Essex.

Advice and Guidance

Our higher education support team is on-hand to provide advice and guidance on issues relating to study costs and financial support, including hardship funding.

 Further information

you require assistance with your application or more information please contact HE Support HESupport@southessex.ac.uk

Prior to starting your course, it is advisable to work out if this is financially viable, especially if you plan to give up work, or will lose benefits that you were previously eligible for. Before you do this you are advised to speak to the benefits agency to see how your benefits may be affected by enrolling onto a higher education course.

University Centre South Essex works with The Money Charity to assist students in understanding and managing their budgets. We recommend that you use their budget builder to help you prepare for university.

You can find the online tool here

 Student Finance England Contact Information

Student Finance England
PO Box 210
Darlington DL1 9HJ

Telephone: 0300 100 0607

NGT text relay (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0300 100 0607

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