We understand that funding your studies is a daunting and challenging prospect, but there is plenty of financial help available to you. This includes potential sources of funding as well as lots of practical support, information, and advice from us at University Centre Leeds.

When undertaking a course there are a number of costs that you should make yourself aware of before starting on your chosen programme:

Tuition Fees

Full-time HE tuition fees for ‘home’ students starting programmes in 2022/2023 will be £7950 per academic year unless otherwise stated. Part-time HE tuition fees for 'home' students starting programmes in 2022/2023 will be £3,975 per academic year unless otherwise stated. You can find course fees on the individual course pages, or through UCAS.

Eligible students can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their tuition fees from the government which you repay gradually through monthly repayments once you are earning over a certain amount (see below).

Tuition fees are mandatory and depending on the course you chose to study the tuition fees you pay may cover but may not be limited to:

  • Lectures, seminars and tutorials 
  • Workshops, masterclasses and visiting speakers/professionals
  • Library and computing facilities
  • Access to practice rooms, studios and performance spaces
  • Equipment loan
  • Admissions and course administration
  • Assessment, validation and graduation
  • Support, advice and wellbeing services
  • Careers, employability and Alumni services

For those who have the potential to benefit from studying with us at the University Centre, there should be no financial barriers.

Additional Course Costs

These may be optional or mandatory based on the course you apply for and are for resources that you may need to be able to study on your course such as materials for art-based courses, a kit for sports based courses or a DBS for those that require a placement. For information relevant to your course please visit the relevant course page which can be found at here.

Living Costs

Whether you will be living at home or moving away, you will be able to apply for a maintenance loan from Student Finance England (SFE) for your living costs, such as rent and bills. The amount you receive depends on your household income and where you live and study. Should you be eligible for a loan then it is paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term.

The maximum loan for living costs for 2021 entry is £9,488 per year for students living away from home and studying at a university outside of London. The equivalent loan rate for those living in the parental home during their studies is £7,987 per year.

Please note that the amount of maintenance loan you receive is dependent on household income. A maintenance loan entitlement is designed to contribute to your living costs, not to cover them entirely. Visit Understanding living costs while studying at university or college - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) for more information.


Travel expenses

If you plan on using public transport to get to college then you may wish to apply for a maintenance loan from Student Finance England to help to cover these costs. We would also advise that you may wish to check with the bus or train operator you would be traveling with to see if they offer any discounted tickets for students. If you require a letter confirming your student status, this can be provided once you have enrolled on to your chosen course.


Although we condense our full time studies into just two days we understand that you may need to make alternative care arrangements for your young ones. Students on our full time courses may wish to apply for a Childcare Grant from Student Finance England. Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/childcare-grant.


There are 3 main ways students usually pay for their tuition fees which include:

  1. A tuition fee loan from Student Finance England (sfe)
  2. Their employers fund their course
  3. Students pay for their own tuition fees

Please see the information below for further details in regards to these payment methods.

Tuition fee loan from Student Finance England 

Tuition fee loans will be available to cover the full cost of tuition, regardless of household income, and this will be paid directly to the College by the Student Loans Company. As a part-time student you are also eligible for a tuition fee loan.

Full-time students will not start repaying their loan until the April after you leave us once you're earning over £27,295. This earning threshold may be adjusted annually in line with average earnings by the government.

Your Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan are added together to make one borrowed amount. You don't start paying it back until you've left university and are earning over £27,295 per year. This figure is updated in April every year. You pay back 9% of everything you earn above the £27,295 threshold. For example:

  • a person with an income of £30,000 per year will pay £20.29 per month
  • a person with a salary of £40,000 a year will pay £95.29 a month.
  • If you haven't repaid the loan 30 years after you have left university, then any remaining debt will be written off.

Yearly income before tax

Monthly income before tax

Monthly repayment

Up to £27,295















More information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance.

For the most recent information relating to fees please see the Higher Education Fees & Refund Policy.

Working Out Your Budget

You can get an estimate of the amount of student finance you would be entitled to, before you actually apply, by using the Student Finance calculator at https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator.

Funded by your employer

If your employer will be paying your fees, we require a letter upon enrolment (on company letterhead) requesting an invoice for your fees with a purchase order number. This letter needs to state your name and the course fee. Our finance office can then raise an invoice from our finance system.

Self-funding your course

If you intend to pay the tuition fees yourself, we require 25% of the year’s tuition fees at enrolment in September. Payments can be made online and we require you to specify how you plan to pay at the start of your course:

Additional Financial Support

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)

The Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) provides extra financial help to UK Higher Education students. This is to meet any extra study costs, which may arise from a learning difficulty, disability and/or ongoing health condition. It is a non-repayable grant based on need, rather than income.

You can apply via your Student Finance account

The application process can take up to 14 weeks so it is best to start it as soon as possible. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowance-dsa
Through DSA you may get help with the costs of:

  • Specialist equipment or computer software
  • A specialist support tutor
  • Extra travel costs you have to pay because of your disability
  • Other costs, like photocopying or printing costs

Full Time Bursary

For students who choose to study with us on a full time basis, University Centre Leeds offers a bursary, which will be awarded to those who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Your household income has been assessed by Student Finance England through a means tested assessment, falls below £42,600 and you have agreed to share this information 10 working days before the bursary payment date.
  • You are up to date with your work.
  • You have an attendance record of 80% or above.

Should you meet the above criteria, the amount you may be awarded is based on your household income as follows:

Household income (as assessed by Student Finance England)

Total bursary

Semester 1 payment

Semester 2 payment

Less than £25,000




£25,001 and £42,600




The bursary does not apply to EU students who are eligible for the tuition fee loan only, or international students.

You will not need to apply separately for this bursary; you do this while applying for your financial support through Student Finance England. Please agree to a household income assessment (a means test) and ‘agree to share’ the outcome of this assessment. Everyone who contributes to the household income and forms part of the assessment needs to agree to share the outcome. The assessment is carried out by Student Finance (England) and they provide the information to the College. Failure to do this will mean that Student Finance England will be unable to assess your eligibility for a bursary.

To qualify for the bursary you must also meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum of 80% attendance and
  • Be up to date with your course work

If you are successful, the amount awarded would be split into 2 payments to be paid to you, one at the end of each semester. More information on the criteria will be provided after your enrolment.

If you’re eligible to receive the college bursary, but it has been withheld because you are not up to date with work or are below the required attendance, then you may be able to appeal. Please see our Bursary page here for more details.

To view our Access and Participation Plan please click here.

Please see our Student Privacy Notice, this details what information we collect from you, why we process your information and who we share the information with in line with Data Protection Legislation.

Support available

There is financial guidance and advice available to you to ensure you feel prepared financially whilst you study. If you are struggling to understand how student finance works, you need to find out what funding you may be eligible for, or you need help to manage your money, we can help.

We can help you:

  • Apply for Student Finance.
  • Work out what you are eligible for, and ensure you receive your full entitlements.
  • Look at possible emergency help if you are in financial difficulty or struggling with cash flow.
  • Work out a budget and understand your income and expenditure.
  • We can contact Student Finance on your behalf, with your permission.

You can contact us on hestudentsupport@ucleeds.ac.uk