Can I get a tuition fee loan for the short course?
These short courses are part of the government’s pilot of the Lifelong Learning Entitlement which is a new student finance product. Therefore, they are eligible for Higher Education Short Course Loans.
You must normally live in England to be eligible for a Higher Education Short Course loan.
You may be eligible for Higher Education Short Course Loans even if you have had student finance for degree level study in the past.
Taking a Short Course Higher Education Loan as part of the pilot will not affect your eligibility for higher education loans in the future if you decide to do a full degree.
You do not have to borrow the full cost of your course; you can pay for some of it yourself or ask your employer to fund some of it.
You can receive up to a maximum of four Higher Education Short Course Loans and you can get more than one at the same time.
You will be due to start repaying your loan the April after you finish your course. However, you’ll only start making repayments if your income is over the repayment threshold, which is currently £27,295 a year.
The Student Finance England contact centre has opened a Higher Education Short Course telephone line for students on 0300 100 0085 so that they can speak to an Adviser about any Higher Education Short Courses query they may have – this line is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
The University’s Money Advice Service can also provide information about student money; this can be accessed through firstpoint.