This article provides information regarding funding for students on part-time or distance learning undergraduate courses.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees vary depending on the type of course you are doing and the number of credits you are studying each year. To find out the exact fees for a course, including specific fees for franchised courses, please see our course fees information or email tuition.fees@port.ac.uk.

Tuition fee loans

All eligible part-time undergraduate (or PGCE) students from England or the EU studying at least 25 per cent of a full-time course (at least 30 credits per year) can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover their fees each year. This loan is not income assessed and is paid directly to the University.

Alternatively, you can choose to pay your fees in full before the start of term one, for which a two per cent discount applies, or via six monthly instalments while you study.

Please note that in order to take out a tuition fee loan, this must be your first degree level or teaching qualification.

How do I apply?

You apply online directly to Student Finance England.

When and how do I repay my loan?

Repayments on your tuition fee loan will be based on your income, not how much you borrowed. You start to repay your loan from the April after you leave your studies or the April four years after your course started, whichever is sooner – and then only if your income is over £21,000 a year.

You will repay your loan at a rate of nine per cent of your income above £21,000.

What is the interest rate?

Interest on your loan will be applied at inflation (Retail Price Index – RPI) plus three per cent whilst you are studying. From the April after you leave university, or the April four years after you have started your course, whichever is sooner, interest will be applied on a sliding scale depending on your income, up to a maximum of RPI plus three per cent.


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