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Financial support for university students

New Students

Full-time students:

New full-time students in 2016/17 or students returning to a new university-level course (including Foundation degree, HNC/HND) after a break or gap year, will pay tuition fees of:

£6,150 per annum for courses awarded by Staffordshire University

£5,950 per annum for courses awarded by Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Part-time students:

New part-time students in 2016/17 undertaking a university-level course (including Foundation degree, HNC/HND and DTLLS) will pay tuition fees of:

£3,075 per annum

Student Loans:

There are two types of loans to help new students cover the costs of their higher education course in college: tuition fee loans and living cost loans (also called maintenance loans). You pay these loans back when you finish your course and earn over £21,000.

Tuition fee loans are available to help full-time and part-time students pay the cost of your tuition fees. They are paid directly to the College by the Government.

What you have to pay back:

The amount you have to pay is calculated as 9% of your taxable earnings (so long as your income is sufficiently high to have triggered repayment).

Example of student loan repayments

Annual income (before tax)

Monthly income

Monthly repayment

Less than £16,910

Less than £1,409














Full-time students can apply for a Maintenance Loan to help with living costs. Maintenance Loans are paid into your bank account at the start of each term. Part-time students can’t apply for a Maintenance Loan.

The exact amount full-time students can borrow depends on:

  • your family's income
  • where you live
  • what year of study you’re in

Useful Links

For more information about applying for a student loan visit - Student Finance England

Use the Student Finance Calculator to get an estimate of the loans, grants and bursaries available to you.

For more information please visit the Money Saving Expert website.

Quick Start Finance Guide


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