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Financing Your Studies

Advice on finance

A great place to find out about financing your studies is the 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, visit the UCAS website for more information on how to plan your budget.

Our Student Money 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

Our short video below explains everything you need to know about funding your studies:

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 2020/21 the annual fees are £9,250. Fees for part-time undergraduate courses are usually a proportion of the full-time fee depending on the number of modules studied. Whether full time or part-time, if you're an eligible UK or EU student and you are successful in securing a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company you won't have to pay any tuition fees upfront.

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 2020 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 for most students 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 on

*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 £9,250 each academic year.
  • Part-time students can currently borrow up to £6,935 each academic year.

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.

Healthcare Degrees
Now fully funded through the Student Loans Company, you can receive a maintenance loan and a tuition fee loan.You can also apply to the NHS Learning Support Fund.

If you already have a degree, you can still get the tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to study a pre-registration healthcare course (undergraduate or postgraduate), or a PGCE. Students with a degree can get a maintenance loan only for an undergraduate Social Work or Architecture degree.

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.

Undergraduate FAQs

Plus Icon 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 at or by calling 0113 812 3113.
Plus Icon How do I contact the Admissions Office?
The address and contact details for the Admissions office are as follows:

Student Admissions
Leeds Beckett University
G05 Bronte Hall
Headingley Campus

Tel: 0113 812 3113
Plus Icon 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 with full details of those circumstances so that your request can be considered. Please also provide your full name, UCAS personal ID and course.

Plus Icon 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 with your full name, UCAS personal ID and details of the changes that you would like to make.
Plus Icon 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 if you applied via UCAS. If you applied directly to us, please send them to 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.


As an undergraduate student at Leeds Beckett, you may be eligible for any of the Scholarships and Bursaries that we offer to support you in your studies. You can visit our Scholarships page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and Bursaries  Right Arrow

Maintenance Loans

Full-time students

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 2018/19 is £8,700. See table below for breakdown of loan amounts.

Student living at home
Student living away from home
Income Loan
(maximum £7,529)
Income Loan
(maximum £8,944)
£25,000 £7,529 £25,000 £8,944
£30,000 £6,895 £30,000 £8,305
£35,000 £6,260 £35,000 £7,661
£40,000 £5,626 £40,000 £7,019
£42,875 £5,261 £42,875 £6,650
£45,000 £4,991 £45,000 £6,377
£50,000 £4,357 £50,000 £5,735
£55,000 £3,722 £55,000 £5,093
£58,215 £3,314 £62,187+ £4,168

*Some EU students may also be eligible for the Maintenance Loan if they have been resident in the UK for 5 years prior to the course.

Part-time students

If you are starting a part-time course in 2020, you may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan. How much you will receive will depend on where you live while you are studying, your household income and your course intensity.

How student loan repayment works

You will only start to make repayments on your student loan once you are earning a salary over £25,000. If your salary falls below £25,000, your payments will stop.

You will repay nine per cent of any earnings over £25,000 per year. See the table below* for some examples of loan repayment rates.

 Annual income before tax  Monthly salary  Monthly repayment
 Up to £25,000 £2,083   £0
 £26,000 £2,166  £7.50 
 £30,000 £2,500   £37.50
£35,000   £2,916  £75
 £40,000 £3,333   £112.50
 £45,000  £3,750  £145

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

Applying for funding

Applications for student funding for the 2020/21 academic year are now open. Please check for updates.

You don’t need a confirmed place at university or college to apply, just use your preferred choice and update it if it changes. 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. It takes at least six weeks to process your application. If your application is late, your money might be too. Early applications 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

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