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Fees and Finance

Tuition fees reflect the cost of delivering the highest quality teaching and the resources we are widely commended for and which you would expect from a specialist institution. There is lots of financial support available to make this affordable and a valuable investment in your future.

Home (Citizens of the European Union) Tuition Fee

4 year degree (year 0 only)

  • 2014 entry: £4,000

Undergraduate degree

  • 2014 entry: £9,000

Postgraduate degree (full-time)

  • 2014 entry: £5,000

Postgraduate degree (part-time)

  • 2014 entry: £3,000

Research degree (full-time)

  • £4,500

Research degree (part-time)

  • £2,475

International Tuition Fee

International Foundation Course

  • 2014 entry: £10,500

Undergraduate degree

  • 2014 entry: £12,000

Postgraduate degree (full-time)

  • 2014 entry: £12,500

Research degree (full-time)

  • £12,500

Fees will rise in future years by no more than inflation and within permitted parameters from Her Majesty’s Government. Find out more about fees for international students and the support available.

What financial support is available in 2014?

There are no upfront costs. Tuition fee loans and loans for living costs are available for all students as well as grants and NUA bursaries, which take family income into account, and which you do not have to repay. Find how to apply for Statutory Support.

Tuition Fee Loan

  • Available to cover the full cost of your tuition
  • You don’t have to pay for your course upfront yourself
  • Only start paying back when you are earning over £21,000 per year

Maintenance Loan

The Student Maintenance Loan helps with living costs such as accommodation, food, clothes, travel and course expenses. This loan is available to new and existing eligible UK students and the amount students receive is dependent on household income and any maintenance grant received.

  • A loan of up to £5,555 will be available if you live away from home.
  • A loan of up to £4,418 will be available if you live with your parents.

Maintenance Grant

New full-time undergraduate students from lower income households are able to apply for a non-repayable Maintenance Grant of up to £3,387 a year to help with living costs such as food, accommodation and travel. The Maintenance Grant is paid in three instalments, at the beginning of each term, directly into students’ bank accounts.

  • If the household income is £25,000 or less students will receive a full Maintenance Grant
  • If family income is above £25,001 and below £42,620 students will receive a partial Maintenance Grant

Rates of interest

  • Interest on your loan will be applied at inflation (Retail Price Index – RPI) plus 3% while you are studying and up to the April after you leave university
  • From then, if you are earning below £21,000 interest will be applied at the rate of inflation
  • Once you are earning between £21,000 and £41,000 interest will be applied between RPI and RPI plus 3% on a scale depending on income
  • For graduates earning over £41,000 interest will be applied at RPI plus 3%

How can you find out more?

To learn more about loans, repayment calculations and other financial support go to www.gov.uk/student-finance. If you have any questions about fees please do not hesitate to email student.finance@nua.ac.uk.

Making your application

Find out how to apply for student loans and grants and check the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills website for further information on eligibility and criteria.


The National Scholarship Programme is a government supported scheme designed to ensure that talented students from low income households are able to attend university.


NUA offers bursaries to new entrants who are not awarded a National Scholarship and who qualify for government maintenance support.

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