Application, Fees & Funding
Undergraduate Fees and Funding
Fees and costs
In 2017/18 tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students from the UK and EU were £9,250 for all courses. This may increase in line with inflation for 2018/19. Details of fees for part-time students and international fees can be found on individual course pages.
Your choice to study for a degree is an investment in your future. We want to help you understand the fees involved and how they’re calculated so that you can plan ahead for your time at university.
Your university studies will entail some additional costs that you will need to allow for when planning your budget. Some costs are common to all courses of study and include things like the study texts and other costs relate to your specific course and include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
Staff family members discount
A 30% discount is available on tuition fees for children of University staff.
Children of University staff are defined as biological, step or adopted, aged under 25 on 31 August in each academic year of registration.
Application is necessary for each year of registration.
UK and EU Students
Funding for full-time students from England
In order to receive the support below you must meet certain eligibility requirements.
Tuition Fee Loan
You can apply for a non income-assessed loan to cover your tuition fees. You won’t have to start repaying this loan until the April after you finish your course, if your income is over £21,000 per year (gross). Most students from England choose to take out a tuition fee loan.
If you prefer, you can arrange to pay your tuition fees without taking a loan or you can pay part of your fees and apply for a reduced loan to cover the remainder.
You can also apply for a maintenance loan to help with your living costs. The amount of maintenance loan you can receive will depend on where you live whilst studying and your assessed household income. The loan is paid directly into your bank account in three termly instalments and is available each academic year. As an example: in 2017, students living away from home during term time could borrow between £3,928 and £8,430 and students living in their parental home could borrow between £3,124 and £7,097.
Maintenance loans are repaid in the same way as tuition fee loans.
2017/18 rates of support
|Household income||Tuition fee loan||Maintenance loan*|
|£25,000 or less||£9,250||£8,430|
*Based on students studying away from home (outside London).
You only start to pay back your loans when your income is over £21,000 a year and these repayments will be deducted from your salary through the tax system. You repay at a rate of 9% of your income above £21,000.
More information on repayments is available at www.myport.ac.uk - search for "student loan repayments".
Funding for students from the rest of the UK
Tuition fees for students from Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man starting in 2017 were £9,250. This may increase in line with inflation for 2018/19.
You can apply for support towards your fees and living costs through your home government. Visit the following websites for further information:
- Students from Wales: www.studentfinancewales.co.uk
- Students from Scotland: www.saas.gov.uk
- Students from Northern Ireland: www.studentfinanceni.co.uk
- Students from Guernsey: http://www.education.gg/article/2127/Funding-for-Study
- Students from Jersey: www.gov.je
- Students from the Isle of Man: www.gov.im/education
Funding for students from the EU
Tuition fees for students from the EU starting in 2017 were £9,250. This may increase in line with inflation for 2018/19.
Tuition Fee Loan
If you are an EU student you can apply for a non-income assessed tuition fee loan to cover your tuition fees. You won't have to start repaying this loan until the April after you finish your course, if your income is over £21,000. Different repayment thresholds apply if you live outside of the UK. For further information visit Student Finance England.
How to apply
If you applied for your course through UCAS, you will automatically be sent an application form for a tuition fee loan. If you are not applying through UCAS, you should contact the non-UK team at the Student Loans Company on +44 (0)141 243 3570 and request an application form.
If you have lived in the UK for five years or more before starting your course and currently live in England you may be eligible for funding as a student from England. Contact us for details.
It is important to budget carefully to ensure that you have enough money to support yourself during your time at University. You should allow between £7,000 - £9,000 for a 39 week course. For budgeting advice, hints and tips visit www.myport.ac.uk and search for "money".
Part-time UK and EU students
Around a third of those who go into higher education are studying part time. The good thing about studying part time is that you can carry on working and earning at the same time. Tuition fee loans are available to most part-time students to cover the cost of studying.
Funding for part-time students from England
Tuition fees for part-time undergraduate students are detailed on each course page. All eligible part-time students studying at least 25% of a full-time course (30 credits per year) can apply for a non-income assessed loan to cover the tuition fees. You only start to repay your loan from the April four years after your course started - or the April after you leave your studies, whichever is sooner - and then only if your income is over £21,000.
More information on repayments is available at www.myport.ac.uk - search for "part-time".
You can arrange to pay your tuition fees without taking a loan, or you can pay part of your fees and apply for a reduced loan to cover the remainder.
How to apply
New students from England will be able to apply online at Student Finance England.
A bursary is additional funding paid by a university to students from low-income households. Bursaries are paid on top of any other student finance and you don’t have to pay them back.
University of Portsmouth Bursary
All eligible new full-time, undergraduate students from England* whose assessed household income is £25,000 or less will receive a cash bursary each year in addition to the government student support package.
|Up to £25,000||£750|
Please note, this bursary is only available to students paying the full £9,250 full-time fee, and therefore is not available to sponsored students (including where fees are paid by the NHS or a similar body). Different levels of bursary may be available to you if you are studying a PGCE course, for further information see Postgraduate Fees & Funding.
How to apply
You do not need to apply to the University to receive a bursary as we will automatically assess your eligibility using the information on your application to Student Finance England.
The University will be able to determine your eligibility for bursaries when all of the following conditions are satisfied:
- You have applied to Student Finance England for income-assessed support
- The University of Portsmouth is stated on your Student Finance England application
- Your household income has been verified by Student Finance England
- You (and your parents or partner) have provided your consent to share your information with the University.
If your circumstances change after you have made your initial application and you become eligible for a bursary we will let you know.
Care Leavers and Foyer Residents Bursary
An additional annual non income-assessed bursary of £1,700 is offered to eligible home (UK) undergraduate full-time students, who have previously spent a significant time in care (some of which has been in their teens) or are currently living or have lived in sheltered accommodation or a Foyer Federation (for a significant period of time for reasons related to their physical or mental well-being). Conditions apply so contact us for more details. Evidence will be required when you apply. Find out more about support for care leavers.
You should apply for the above bursary via the Student Finance Centre. The Centre will also be able to advise you about the additional financial and practical support available to care leavers starting university. For further information please contact us. The final deadline for receipt of applications will be the end of April 2018, subject to budget limitations.
An additional annual non income-assessed bursary of £750 is offered to eligible home (UK) undergraduate students who are under 25 and estranged from their parents. Conditions apply, so contact us for more details.
You should apply for the above bursary via the Student Finance Centre. The Centre will also be able to advise you about the additional financial and practical support available to you. The final deadline for receipt of applications will be the end of April 2018, subject to budget limitations.
Young Carers Bursary
An additional annual non income-assessed bursary of £500 is offered to eligible home (UK) undergraduate students who are under 25 and have caring responsibilities for a parent or family member (not a dependent child). To qualify your assessed household income must be under £25,000. You should apply for the above bursary via the Student Finance Centre.
Please note, you can only receive one of the above three bursaries.
Other Scholarships and Bursaries
To view a full list of all scholarships and bursaries and associated eligibility criteria, please see the summary of scholarships and bursaries.
Students choosing to study for a first degree have different circumstances and needs. At Portsmouth we’re committed to ensuring that all students capable of benefitting from higher education are not deterred for financial reasons.
We administer a number of support funds for students who are experiencing financial difficulty whilst studying. More information is available at www.myport.ac.uk - search for "support funds".
Students with dependants
If you have children there’s extra support available to you while you study, and some students (particularly lone parents) will be eligible for some benefits while they study. Our Student Finance Centre is able to compile a financial statement detailing the specific amounts of funding available to you, please contact us if you would like to discuss your situation further.
Statutory funding for full-time students from Student Finance England
In addition to the standard funding detailed for students from England, students with dependants can apply for the following (2017 rates):
- Parents Learning Allowance: Up to £1,617 (for those with dependent children).
- Adult Dependant's Grant: Up to £2,834 (if you are supporting an adult dependant).
- Childcare Grant: Can cover up to 85% of registered childcare costs (max payable £59 for one child, £273 for two or more children).
You can apply for these alongside your main student funding application. The exact amounts payable will be assessed on your personal and financial circumstances.
Child Tax Credits and Child Benefit
Child Tax Credit is one of the main forms of support for those with dependent children. Becoming a full-time student should not change your entitlement to receive payments. You should contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and advise them that you intend to become a student - your student award will be disregarded for tax credit purposes (the only element that is counted is the Adult Dependants' Grant which is only paid to those that are responsible for supporting an adult dependant).
Maximum weekly allowances for Child Tax Credit are currently (2017/18 tax year):
- One child: £63.84 (or £53.34 if born after 5 April 2017)
- Two children: £117.18
- Three children: £170.52
You are still eligible to receive Child Benefit as a student (unless you or your partner are a higher rate tax payer).
You are eligible for Housing Benefit as a student if you are also:
- A lone parent
- Living as a couple where you are both students and you have at least one child
- Receiving Personal Independence Payment or Disability Living Allowance (irrespective of the disability), or Disabled Students' Allowance for reasons of a hearing impairment
You must be living in rented accommodation and have a formal tenancy agreement in your name. All applications are made via your local council. If you live in Halls of Residence during term time and fall into one of the above categories then you are also entitled to apply. Your maintenance loan will be counted as income when you are assessed for housing benefit, so you may only qualify over the summer.
Students with disabilities
Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) is available to help with extra costs disabled students may have whilst studying, as a direct result of their disability or specific learning difficulty. DSA is non income-assessed and can help with areas such as travel, a non-medical helper, specialist equipment and other course-related costs. To apply, you must be a full or part-time student from the UK, studying an undergraduate or postgraduate degree.
The allowances for full-time students for 2017/18 were as follows:
- Specialist Equipment Allowance: Up to £5,358 for the whole course. Students are required to meet the first £200 of any claims for computers or related equipment.
- Non-Medical Helpers Allowance: Up to £21,305 per year. This is to help pay for people to assist you with non-medical needs.
- General: Up to £1,790 per year. This allowance is to help pay for anything not covered by the other allowances.
Part-time students studying for the equivalent of at least 50% of a full-time course are also eligible for the DSA.
The rates in 2017/18 were as follows:
- Specialist Equipment Allowance: Up to £5,358 for whole course
- Non-Medical Helpers Allowance: Up to £15,978 per year
- General Allowance: Up to £1,342 per year
When to apply
You should apply for Disabled Students Allowance at the same time as you apply for your loans through Student Finance England. During the online application you can request a ‘short’ application form for DSA (DSA1), which will be sent out to you. If you are not applying for any loans you will need to complete the ‘long' version of the application, available to download from Student Finance England. The assessment process can take up to three months to complete therefore you are advised to apply as soon as possible.
How to apply
Student Finance England is responsible for establishing your eligibility. For additional information on assistance with disabilities, contact our Additional Support and Disability Advice Centre on 023 9284 3462.
The way that certain healthcare courses are funded changed in September 2017 and NHS bursaries are no longer available. Instead, students can apply for the standard package of support from Student Finance England as described here. For courses that lead to registration as an NHS professional there may be situations where funding is available even if you already have a degree level qualification.
There is also some additional support for childcare and placement travel expenses available from the NHS on these courses.