Tuition and maintenance loans

Tuition Fee Loan

All first time UK or EU students, irrespective of household circumstances, can take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government which covers the cost of the tuition fee for each year of the course. This includes part-time courses. You won't have to pay anything back until you're earning over £21,000 per year.

Tuition fees for UK or EU students on our undergraduate degrees are currently set at £9,000 per year. For courses with work placements, the placement year fee is £1,000 per year. For courses with a year abroad, the fee for that year is £1,250.

You can find out more about tuition fee loans on the Student Room's Student Finance Zone.

Maintenance Loan

If you are taking a full-time course, you can get a Maintenance Loan of up to £8,200 per year from the Government. This is a separate loan to the Tuition Fee Loan. The amount you get depends on your household income - see the table below. You will only have to start repaying this loan after you have graduated and once you are earning at least £21,000 a year. Please note that part-time students are not eligible for a Maintenance Loan.

Total Government support for living costs

Household income Maintenance loan
£25,000 or less £8,200
£30,000 £7,612
£35,000 £7,023
£40,000 £6,434
£42,875 £6,095
£45,000 £5,845
£50,000 £5,256
£55,000 £4,667
£60,000 £4,078
over £62,180 £3,821

You must apply each year for your Maintenance Loan. The Maintenance Loan is paid directly into your account at the beginning of each term.

This student finance calculator can help you to work out how much you can expect to receive.

Future Finance Student Loans

Future Finance offers students the opportunity to apply for a loan of up to £40,000.

*Please note that the information provided on the University of Leicester’s website is not, and shall not be deemed to constitute, advice, an endorsement or a recommendation regarding any loan product. You should always ensure that a particular loan product is suitable for you and seek independent professional advice if needed. The University of Leicester does not assume any liability for any content on external third party websites that it provides hyperlinks to. The third party website provider is liable for the accuracy of the content and information it provides on its website.


If you have any further questions about fees and funding, please contact the Registry:

For general advice about student funding including loans and awards, visit our Student Welfare Service website or contact our Student Finance Advisers.

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