Fees and funding

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Undergraduate finance

Making the decision to study at University can be a big financial commitment, which is why it's important for you to learn about the fees you will need to pay as well as how to manage your money before you start your studies.

Tuition fees

If you study with us, fees for students from the UK, EU, Channel Islands and Isle of Man studying a full-time undergraduate degree are currently £9,250 per year for the first year of study. This fee is subject to a government review, and for EU students, subject to potential changes following the UK's withdrawal from the European Union. Any changes to this information will be updated when we know.

For the latest information on the impact of Brexit on tuition fees for students from outside the UK, please visit the Universities UK Brexit FAQs.

The fees for UK/EU part-time students will vary depending on the number of credits taken per year, and the fees for the foundation year of a full degree may differ. Please see the relevant course page for details.

Tuition fee loans are provided by the Student Loans Company and applications are made to Student Finance EnglandWalesScotland or Northern Ireland as appropriate. Applications for Student Finance open in the spring each year, usually towards the end of February, and we will email all applicants when this happens. If you're starting your degree in September 2020 or January 2021, you should apply before the end of May 2020 to guarantee that your funding is in place by the time you start your course.

If you're a student from outside the UK, you can find a handy guide to applying for student finance on the Student Room. If you have any queries about your eligibility for student finance, you should check this with the relevant funding body as appropriate. We do not make decisions about eligibility for loans; the decision lies with the funding body directly.

 

Maintenance loans

The other major cost at university is living costs; this includes accommodation, utilities, travel, food, stationery and any course materials. If there are costs associated with your particular course of study this will be outlined on our course finder pages.

To support with meeting these costs, you’re entitled to apply for a maintenance loan. This is a means-tested loan and will take a number of factors into consideration, including:

  • Household income – this means the total gross income of the students’ parent(s), caregivers or spouse living in the household where the student lives;
  • Living arrangements – students living away from home are entitled to a higher maintenance loan than those staying in the family home;
  • Students with a dependent child(ren) or spouse may also be entitled to extra funding to support them such as a Childcare Grant, Parents Learning Allowance or an Adult Dependants’ Grant.

There are other factors taken into account, but these are the major ones. There is a handy calculator on the Student Finance website which you can use to check eligibility for student loans.

You apply for your maintenance loan at the same time as your tuition fee loan and it is paid directly into your bank account in three instalments. The first instalment will be paid once your attendance at University has been confirmed – we use the date you collect your ID card as the confirmation of attendance and it can take three to five working days after this before the monies are released.

Financial support at Salford

We're dedicated to helping our students get the most out of their time studying with us, which is why we have three financial support schemes in place: the Inspire Support Scheme, Care Leavers' Bursary and the Unite Foundation Scholarship Scheme. See below for further information and whether you're eligible.

Support schemes and bursaries

Inspire Support Scheme

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For students from low-income backgrounds and living in areas where participation in higher education is low, there will also be the opportunity to receive an additional £350 of credits, bringing the total to £500 each year. This will be based on your personal circumstances and will be assessed at the point of registering as a student here in September.

For further details on the scheme and to get an idea of what you can buy, visit the Inspire site. You'll also be able to see the full terms and conditions and frequently asked questions.

Care Leavers' Bursary

Care leavers from the UK who are studying an undergraduate degree will be eligible for an annual bursary of £1,000 from September. This will be paid in two instalments of £500, the first in November and the second in April. To find out more, including full eligibility, please contact our Course Enquiries team on 0161 295 4545, or email enquiries@salford.ac.uk.

Estranged Students' Bursary

Estranged students who are from the UK and studying an undergraduate degree will be eligible for an annual bursary of £500, payable in June. To be eligible for the award, you must be able to show that you have gained independent status with Student Finance for estrangement. This will be verified by our Student Experience and Support Team. To find out more, please contact us at studentdiversity@salford.ac.uk or call 0161 295 0023 (option 1, option 3).

The University of Salford is committed to widening access to higher education. Find out more about our current and future access and participation agreements

Managing your money

Some basic budgeting skills will be important for all students. You’ll find a wealth of information on askUS to support with this, as well as information on how to manage your money. We’ve also created a guide to living costs at Salford, too - so you won't be stuck for resources on this topic.

You can also hear from Salford students themselves, as our student bloggers have put together their advice on saving before starting uni and tips on money-saving whilst shopping, which are well worth checking out.

Additional resources

The Student Room is an excellent resource for applicants, covering information on a wide range of topics. You'll also find that Money Saving Expert has dedicated information for students including money saving tips, budget planners and student bank accounts, as well as discounts and deals.

 

Need further information?

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 enquiries@salford.ac.uk.