Funding for Part-Time Students
Tuition Fee Loan
Students studying part-time at 25% or more of the equivalent full-time course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from Student Finance England. Students need to meet the residency rules which include students who are EU nationals. Previous study does not affect entitlement unless students will be studying for a qualification which is equivalent to, or lower than one they already hold (ELQ). (There are exceptions to the ELQ rule for students studying for certain Engineering, Technology, Computer Science, Agriculture and related subjects, Biological Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Veterinary Sciences or a pre-registration Healthcare courses)
In addition to the Tuition Fee Loan, part-time degree students, or degree students who have transferred from a full-time course on or after 1st September 2018, can apply for a Maintenance Loan to help with living costs. How much loan you can take out depends on your 'intensity' of study.
For example; if you are studying at 50% intensity (usually 60 credit points) then you can take out 50% of the maximum loan. (£4,601.50 if you are living away from your parents' home.) Part of the loan is income-assessed based on parents' or partner's income.
For information about eligibility and how to apply read page 26 of the SFE Guide How you are Assessed and Paid.
Distance Learning students
Students studying an undergraduate Distance Learning course, who are studying at least 25% of the equivalent of a full-time course, can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan.
Disabled students who are taking a full-time course that normally requires attendance by distance learning; or who are taking a full-time distance learning course, because they are unable to attend the course for a reason relating to their disability, are also eligible to apply for the Maintenance Loan, Grants for Dependants and Disabled Students' Allowances.
Other disabled students who do not fit into the categories above can still apply for Disabled Students' Allowances in addition to the Tuition Fee Loan.