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Undergraduate student fees

Key facts for UK undergraduate students

  • Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. 
  • You don't have to pay anything upfront so long as you can claim a tuition fee loan.
  • The government has confirmed that you can receive up to £9,203 in funding to help with living costs in 2020/21 and 2021/22.
  • There's lots of support to help you manage your money.
  • Our tuition fee for international undergraduate students is £13,650. We offer a range of scholarships and awards for international students. Find out more.
  • How much does university cost?

    Please note, these fees are regulated by the UK government, and so may increase each year in line with government policy. 

    We will publish on our website prior to the beginning of the academic year in question, what the tuition fee will be for the forthcoming year of study. The Student Fees Regulations (available on our student portal) contain further information about payments, additional charges and refunds.

    As a UK student, so long as you are eligible to claim a tuition fee loan from the relevant authority, you will not have to pay any tuition fees upfront, whether full-time or part-time.

    More information about the current system of tuition fees and student loans can be found at the Government's Student Finance pages. Martin Lewis also provides an overview of the current system on the Money Saving Expert website.

    We are a not-for-profit organisation, so your tuition fees contribute to the investments we continue to make for your student experience, from teaching spaces and study resources to relaxing cafés and sports facilities.

    This fee also includes

    • membership for the professional bodies relevant to your course and future employment for the duration of your course of study
    • any UK field trips which are required as part of your course

    For fees and funding information on nursing, midwifery, allied health professions and social work courses please visit our health and social care webpages.

    If you choose to study a course beginning in 2019/20, 2020/21 or 2021/22 with a placement year, the fee for the year is waived to £1,200.

    If you study a course beginning in 2018/19 - 2021/22 and you do an Erasmus work placement year abroad, the fee for your placement year will be waived to £1,200.1

    If you started your course in 2020/21 or 2021/22 and you study on an Erasmus scheme abroad, you will be charged a reduced fee of £1,385 for that year.2

    There may be some additional costs or charges associated with your course, such as printing, books, personal study resources, equipment and materials, or overseas field trips and visits. Details about these additional costs are available on the University's website.

    1 This only applies if you study for less than 10 weeks at the home university and undertake a work placement abroad for the remainder of the academic year. If you study for more than 10 weeks at the home university and undertake a work placement abroad you will be charged the standard undergraduate fee (£9,000 or £9,250) and this will NOT be waived.

    2 This only applies if you study for less than 10 weeks at the home university and spend the remainder of the academic year abroad; or if you study for more than 10 weeks at the home university and more than 30 weeks abroad . If you study for more than 10 weeks at the home university and less than 30 weeks abroad you will be charged the standard undergraduate fee (£9,000 or £9,250).

  • When do I have to pay?

    As a UK student, you don't have to pay anything upfront.

    Instead, you take a loan from the Student Loans Company which you repay in monthly amounts once you earn over a certain amount. You don't start repaying your loan until the April after you leave university, even if you're earning over the re-payment threshold. You can also apply for a maintenance loan to help cover your living costs, such as books, food and rent.

    The amount you need to earn to start re-paying your loan is £25,725 on the current repayment arrangements.

    The repayment thresholds applicable to pre-2012 student loans, the older mortgage style loans and masters loans are not affected by these changes.

    The amount you repay each month is based on how much you earn, not the size of your loan, and you pay the same amount each month. Get an estimate on what your loan repayments would look like with the Student Finance repayment calculator.

    The money will be deducted automatically from your wages (just like tax and national insurance). You will stop making repayments if your salary drops below £25,725 - even if only for a short time - and any unpaid balance will be written off after 30 years.

    If you receive a tuition fee loan, we receive this amount directly from the Student Loans Company. For most students this means you will not be invoiced for any fees.

    Adam Clark

    'Your loan can feel like a lot of money at first, but when you start paying it back, it comes straight out of your payslip, so you don't really notice. Plus it's about the same amount as a phone or internet bill so it's not a huge chunk out of your wages.' Adam Clark, Hospitality and management graduate

  • What other support is available?

    To make sure even more students can access financial support from the University, we invested almost £5 million in funding and scholarships for undergraduate students in 2020/21. If you’re an EU student you might be eligible for support with living costs. Please check the Government's student finance pages.Jack Clare

    'The main form of financial support will be your student loan. This is a government loan that helps cover the cost of your tuition fees. You can also get a maintenance loan to help with your living costs. How much you get is based on your family’s household income. Your university may offer extra support like scholarships.' Jack Clare, Schools and Colleges Advisor at Sheffield Hallam

    Find out more about the financial support available.

    Our Funding Support Team can offer plenty of information and advice, in partnership with  our Students Union Advice Centre. Should you run into any difficulties while you're with us, we'll assist you in finding the right help for you. We can also help you with budgeting and improving your money skills.

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