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Financing Your Studies


Advice on finance

A great place to find out about financing your studies is the Gov.uk student finance website. You can find all you need to know about fees, loans, bursaries and grants, if you qualify for student finance and how to apply for it.

If you've already had some experience of living independently, you'll probably have a good idea of what your living costs are. If you're not sure, there are some handy budgeting tips on the UCAS website.

Our Student Money Advice Team is also on hand to offer free, confidential and impartial advice on funding, budgeting and debt to ensure you have access to the information you need.

You can also download our guide to Student Finance.

How much will it cost to go to university?

Costs for university fall roughly in to two categories:

  • Tuition Fees
  • Living costs (maintenance)

Our Tuition Fees

For most full-time undergraduate courses starting in 2016/17 the fees are £9,000. Fees for part-time undergraduate courses are usually a proportion of the full-time fee depending on the number of modules studied. You won't have to pay any tuition fees upfront if you're an eligible UK or EU student, whether full-time or part-time.

Many of our courses are available in the sandwich mode, where students enter employment between their second and final year of studies in order to enhance their skills and extend their knowledge. As this is an important feature in a number of our courses we have decided that UK/EU undergraduate students starting their course in September 2016 will not be charged a fee for their placement year (please note, this does not apply to courses that are NHS and TDA funded). Non EU undergraduate students will be eligible for a 75 per cent discount on their tuition fee rate on their placement year.

Find out more about placements and other opportunities.

Tuition Fee Loans (UK & EU Students only)

What is the Tuition Fee Loan?
Tuition fee loans are available to cover the cost of your tuition fees. The Student Loans Company will pay this directly to the University. The amount of your tuition fee loan is not affected by your household income.

Part-time Students
You may be able to get a Tuition Fee Loan if your part-time course has a course intensity of 25 per cent or more. 

‘Course intensity’ measures how much of your course you complete each year compared to an equivalent full-time course. This is calculated based on the number of credits you study each year. For example: If a full time student was expected to study 120 credits per year and a part time student was expected to study 30 credits per year then the ‘course intensity’ would be 25% as 30 is one quarter of 120*.

Most courses are designed so that Part-time students are expected to study at least 25% of the course that full time students would study each year. However, if you have any questions, please speak to our admissions team.

*Please note that not all courses which are eligible for funding consist of 120 per level so the number of credits a part-time student is required to study may be greater than 30 to reach the 25 per cent intensity threshold.

Tuition Fee Loan
The loan is paid directly to your university or college and you will have to pay it back:

  • Full-time students can currently borrow up to £9,000 each academic year.
  • Part-time students can currently borrow up to £6,750 each academic year.

Maintenance Loans (UK Students only)

In addition to the tuition fee loan, you can apply for a maintenance loan to help pay for your living costs (food, travel, accommodation etc). It is paid each year in three instalments, one in each term.

How much you can borrow depends on the year of your course, where you live, your household income, your age and whether you can claim welfare benefits.

The maximum amount of loan you can receive to study at Leeds Beckett in 2016/17 is £8,200. See table below for breakdown of loan amounts.

 Student living at home   Student living away from home   
 Income Loan
(maximum £6,904) 
Income  Loan
(maximum £8,200) 
£25,000   £6,904 £25,000  £8,200 
£30,000  £6,322   £30,000 £7,612 
£35,000   £5,740  £35,000 £7,023 
£40,000   £5,158  £40,000  £6,434
 £42,875 £4,824   £42,875  £6,095
 £45,000 £4,576   £45,000  £5,845
£50,000   £3,994  £50,000  £5,256
£55,000   £3,412 £55,000   £4,667
£58,201   £3,039  £62,180+  £3,821

How student loan repayment works

You will only start to make repayments on your student loan once you are earning a salary over £21,000. If your salary falls below £21,000, your payments will stop.

You will repay nine per cent of any earnings over £21,000 per year. See the table below* for some examples of loan repayment rates.

 Annual income before tax  Monthly salary  Monthly repayment
 Up to £21,000 £1,750   £0
 £22,000 £1,833  £7 
 £25,000 £2,083   £30
£30,000   £2,500  £67
 £35,000 £2,917   £105
 £40,000  £3,333  £142

*Loan repayment information is representative. Repayment rates may be subject to changes beyond our control.

Applying for funding

Applications for student funding generally open in February or March and it is best to submit your application as soon as possible to ensure you have an idea of what your finances will be as a student. Early application will also help to ensure your first funding instalment is ready for release to you when we confirm your enrolment.

You can apply for funding online at www.gov.uk/student-finance.

If you're unsure how to apply or about any aspect of the application process give our team a call on 0113 812 3113, we're happy to answer any questions you might have! 

Additional funding for university

Some people may be eligible for additional funding available from Leeds Beckett and/or the government. 

Find out more about what is available and who is eligible.

NHS funded courses
If you are starting a full-time NHS healthcare degree, your funding will be split between the Student Loans Company and the NHS. This includes a means tested (based on income) NHS Bursary, a non means tested NHS grant of £1,000 and the reduced rate student loan of £2,438 (£1,936 if you are living at home).

If you are studying Social Work, your funding may potentially change as you progress through your course. In year one, you can apply for the standard Maintenance Loan and Tuition Fee Loan. In your second and third years, you can also apply for a Social Work bursary from the NHS.

Find out more about NHS funded courses.

Earn while you learn

Our in-house employment agency can help you find a job to fit around your studies. Rates of pay are competitive and work is flexible. You choose to offer your availability for work, when it suits you. 

Visit the Job Shop website or telephone + 44 (0)113 812 6700 to find out more.



Undergraduate FAQs

Do I have to have specific qualifications when applying for a course (e.g. if applying for law do I need A level law qualifications)?
All our courses have different entry requirements. Some courses do require specific qualifications for entry, others do not. You should check the Online Prospectus for details of entry requirements. If you need to check for a particular course please contact our Admissions team by email on admission-enquiries@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or by telephoning 0113 812 3113.
How do I contact the Admissions Office?
The address and contact details for the Admissions office are as follows:

Student Admissions
Leeds Beckett University
Carnegie Pavilion
Headingley Campus
Leeds
LS6 3DP

Tel: 0113 812 3113
Email: admission-enquiries@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
How long can I defer for? I have already deferred my place once.
Unfortunately, you are only allowed to defer for one year, If you have extenuating circumstances that may require your deferral for a further year then please email us at ucas-admissions@leedsbeckett.ac.uk with full details of those circumstances so that your request can be considered. Please also provide your full name, UCAS personal ID and course.
I have applied for one course but I would like to apply for another course?
For UCAS applicants, you have 5 choices on application. If you have used up all your 5 choices you cannot make any more choices. However if you have made the wrong choice and you have not yet received a decision on your application then you could contact UCAS to substitute one of your choices. If you have already received a decision on your application and want to change then this is not possible and you may have to go through Clearing. For postgraduate, part-time and distance learning courses you can simply apply. For all courses it is important that you check the course availability and your application status. Please send an email to ucas-admissions@leedsbeckett.ac.uk with your full name, UCAS personal ID and details of the changes that you would like to make.
What evidence do you require from me to confirm my place?

If you applied through UCAS, it is likely that we will receive some, if not all of your examination results via UCAS. If you have been asked to send your results in to us, this will be detailed on your offer letter/UCAS Track. It is very important that you do so as soon as possible after receiving your results. They can be faxed to us on 0113 812 3144 or scanned to ucas-admissions@leedsbeckett.ac.uk if you applied via UCAS. If you applied directly to us, please send them to direct-admissions@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Please make sure you have put your name and Personal ID/Leeds Beckett number on the correspondence to avoid any delays in confirming your place with us.