You shouldn’t worry about the cost of university as it’s one of the biggest investments you can make for your future. Plus, you don’t need money upfront to cover the cost of your tuition.

A degree or HNC or HND Qualification can contribute to brighter employment prospects, the potential of higher earnings as well as providing you with an unparalleled experience where you will gain confidence, transferable skills and ultimately you’ll be investing in your own successful future.

Should you require more information, we have a dedicated Finance Officer who can help you to understand your entitlements and assist with loan applications.

Study Enhancement Gift

Apart from a whole host of reasons to make University Centre St Helens your first choice all of our first year, full-time undergraduates joining us in September 2017 will receive a course specific gift up to the value of £500*.

Course specific gifts for September 2016 entry included:

  • FdA/BA Criminal Justice - Laptop
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design - Apple Vouchers
  • BA (Hons) Game Art - Laptop (Alienware)
  • BA (Hons) Photography - iPad Pro
  • FdA/BA (Hons) Social Policy, Health and Housing - Laptop
  • FdSc Applied Microbiology - Laptop & UCSH Lab coat
  • FdA Theatre & Performance - Theatre Tickets/Excursions
  • FdA Exercise, Health & Fitness - L2 Gym Instructor Qualification
  • FdA Music & Sound Design - Studio Care Vouchers
  • FdA Applied Computing - Overclocker Vouchers
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting - iPad Pro
  • HND Creative Media Production - Canon 750D HD Camera (Still & Motion)
  • HND Business - Accredited Professional Course

Further information regarding course specific gifts for students joining us in September 2017 will be available shortly.

Study Enhancement Gift Terms and Conditions

To be eligible, you (the student) must be a new University Centre St Helens student, entering at level 4 study programme and enrolled on a full-time University Centre St Helens programme.

Students will begin to receive the gift after their first instalment of payment from Student Finance England has been received and confirmed by University Centre St Helens. Failing to complete an application for Student Finance England before enrolment will mean a delay in receiving the gift.

The identity of the gift is decided by University Centre St Helens; the items are chosen appropriately with the intention that it will enhance the students study.

The gift will be course specific, meaning different courses will receive the gift in different forms. This also means some courses may deliver the gift in one instalment, other courses may choose to spread the gift across year one to year three.

Tuition Fee Loans

You don’t need cash to pay for university, tuition fees are paid upfront by the Student Loans Company.

A tuition fee loan is available to all eligible students on a full or part-time undergraduate degree courses including HNC and HND courses. This tuition fee loan isn’t based on household income, there is no credit check and there is no upper age limit to apply.

You can apply for the exact amount of loan to cover your tuition fees and this will be paid directly to us by the Student Loan Company on your behalf.

Click here to find out more or apply for Student Finance.

Maintenance Loans

In addition to a tuition fee loan, eligible full-time undergraduate students may also apply for help with living costs in the form of a maintenance loan. Maintenance loans cover day-to-day living costs, such as food, rent and travel for full-time students. They are usually paid directly into your bank account in three instalments.

Click here to find out more or apply for Student Finance.

Loan Repayments

You will have to pay back your tuition fee loan and maintenance loans, along with any interest. You won’t have to pay back other student finance such as grants and bursaries if you are eligible for them.

Your loan repayments are linked to your income. You won’t have to start repaying the loan until the April after you have finished your studies and are earning over £21,000. If your income drops below this amount for any reason, you will stop repaying. If you haven’t repaid your full Student Loan back after 30 years, it will be written off.


Click here to find out more about repaying your loan.

Funding for those in employment

Many employers have an allocated budget to invest in the development of their employees. If you are considering studying one of our full or part-time degree or HNC/HND course which is going to enhance your career or your performance in your current job, then your employer may agree to fund your study.

We accept payment directly from employer’s so it’s worth taking a look at your employer’s policy on support for further/professional qualifications (this is usually available from your HR department). There may be criteria for accessing financial support or time off. Even if your employer does not have a policy or funding formally available, you can still make a case for support.

Professional and Career Development Loan – England

Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans that can be used to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work. You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000. Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays the interest while you’re studying.

The GOV.UK Professional and Career Development Loan section has information on eligibility and how to apply, as well as information on repayments and interest.

Click here to find out more about the Professional and Career Development Loan.

Additional Financial Support

Some students may be entitled to additional financial support, such as Adult Dependants Grant, Disabled Students Allowances, Childcare Grant and Parents Learning Allowance. Eligibility and entitlement for the above is to be determined by Student Finance England or the appropriate awarding body.

As a student studying at University Centre St Helens you will also benefit from a whole host of other financial Support.

Childcare Support

If you are a full-time undergraduate student with childcare needs, you may qualify for a Childcare Grant. You may be eligible if:

  • You are a full-time undergraduate student
  • You have at least one dependent child who is under 15 and in registered or approved childcare or have at least one dependent child who is under 17, is registered as having special educational needs, and in registered or approved childcare.

(Note: if you, your husband, wife or partner gets the childcare part of Working Tax Credit, you won’t be able to get a Childcare Grant as well).

The Adult Dependants’ Grant

Full-time University students with an adult who depends on them financially can apply for an Adult Dependants’ Grant of up to £2,642. You can apply for this grant on top of any other student finance and you don’t have to pay it back.

Council Tax

Households where everyone is a full-time student are exempt from paying Council Tax. To count as a full-time student, your course must:

  • Last at least 1 year
  • Involve at least 21 hours study per week
  • You will get a Council Tax bill if there is someone in your household who is not a full-time student, but your household might still qualify for a discount.

If you do get a bill, you can apply for an exemption by clicking here.

Student Accommodation

Click here to visit our dedicated student accommodation page.

Student Breakfast

All of our students are entitled to a free breakfast from 8.15am – 8.50am every weekday. Choose from toast, cereal or porridge and a hot or cold drink.

Travel Passes

You can purchase a discounted Arriva bus pass.

Microsoft Office Package

All of our students get 1TB of storage and full access to Office 365 including 5 licenses for Microsoft Office which allows you to be able to install on your computers or devices at home completely free of charge.