Money matters

Money to learn for part-time higher education

Part-time students from England studying for their first degree or other designated higher-education course will have access to student loans for tuition fees and living costs if they are studying at least 25% of a full-time course.

Part-time students will not have to pay for tuition fees upfront.

Loans will not be available if you already have a previous qualification at the same or higher level than the one you want to apply to, unless you are studying a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) or healthcare course. 

Repayment of loans for fees

Part-time students will start to pay back their loan four years after the start of the course, if they are earning more than £25,725 a year.

They will then pay back 9% of their income each month, above £25,725 a year. Any outstanding debt will be wiped out after 30 years.

It will still be possible to pay university fees upfront in order to avoid accruing any debt. If you choose to take out a loan you can choose to pay back all or some of the loan at any time without an early repayment charge.

Getting help sorting out the funding

Many colleges and universities have Student Services Centres, which are a good source of information for people making enquiries about courses and financial support.

Find out about finance for part-time higher-education study from

View information about funding for mature students thinking about higher education.

View the website showing all the latest information about financial support for students.

See information about part-time funding at the Student Room.

Part-time students who are eligible might also be able to claim Disabled Students Allowances (DSA).

Studying part-time with the OU

Open University fees are based on the number of credits you study in a year and this depends on the modules you choose. Most OU students will study part-time at 60 credits a year, meaning the fee will be:

  • £2,928 if you study 60 credits in a year.
  • £1,464 if you study 30 credits in a year.

(The OU's full-time equivalent fee if you study 120 credits in a year is £5,856).

Find out more about OU fees and ways to pay.

Use the Open University's Finance Finder which can be used to indicate whether you may be eligible for any financial assistance in the current academic year.

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