Fees and Loans

We understand that making the decision to study at degree level is a big commitment, but it is important to remember that there is a lot of information and additional support available to you.

Should you require more information on fees and funding, University Centre St Helens has a dedicated Finance Officer who can help you to understand your entitlements and assist with loan applications. Please contact us for more information or to make an appointment.

University Centre St Helens Tuition Fees

The tuition fees for 2020 entry vary depending on your chosen qualification. These are clearly listed on each individual qualification featured in our course listings.

All eligible full-time, undergraduate students from the UK are able to apply for a tuition fee loan. No eligible student will have to pay for tuition fees upfront. This will be paid directly to us by the Student Loans Company on your behalf.

The 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 Loans Company on your behalf.

To apply for student finance, you don’t need a confirmed place with us. You should apply using your preferred choice of degree and this can be changed at a later date if needed.

Employer Contribution

Many employers have an allocated budget to invest in the development of their employees. We accept payment directly from employers 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. 

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. 

Repaying Your Student Loan

You will have to repay your tuition fee loan and maintenance loans, along with any interest. You won’t have to repay 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 £25,725. 

If your income drops below this amount for any reason, you will stop repaying. You will need to make your financial arrangements as soon as you’ve applied for a place. For more information on loans, grants or additional support, visit: www.gov.uk/student-finance

Study Enhancement Gift

All new, first-year (eligible Level 4 students), full-time undergraduates joining University Centre St Helens in September 2019 will receive a one-off, non-repayable Study Enhancement Gift, up to the value of £400. This could be a specific gift, such as a laptop, or subject-specific equipment, extra qualifications or trips and visits.

Find out more information about our Study Enhancement Gift on our dedicated page.

Additional Benefits

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. Students are entitled to complimentary access to Microsoft Office 365 with five licences, that can be used across several devices. Students are also able to purchase a discounted Arriva bus pass.