Fees and funding

Fees and funding

2021/22 University fees for new entrants

NUA will assess students’ tuition fee status using the guidance provided by the UK Council for International Student Affairs

Students from the UK or Ireland and EU students with ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status will be charged ‘Home’ fees if they meet the relevant residency requirements.  They will usually be eligible for a tuition fee loan from the UK government, meaning that they won’t have to pay NUA’s tuition fees up front.

Students who do not meet the necessary residency requirements will usually be charged ‘Overseas’ fees and will not be eligible for the UK government tuition fee loan. For the first time in 2021/22, this will include new entrants from the EU, EEA and Switzerland who do not have ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status, because the UK has now formally left the EU.

Fee statusCourseFee
HomeUndergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree)£9,250
HomePostgraduate degree (full-time)£8,500
HomePostgraduate degree (part-time)£5,310
HomeMArch Architecture (full-time, over 2 years)£9,250 per year. £18,500 in total.
HomeMArch Architecture (part-time, over 3 years)£6,167 per year. £18,500 in total.
HomeMA in Education (part-time)£5,310
HomePostgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Arts, Design, Architecture and Media (part-time)£3,000
HomeResearch degree (full-time)£5,400
HomeResearch degree (part-time)£2,700
OverseasUndergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree)£15,900
OverseasPostgraduate degree (full-time)£15,900
OverseasMArch Architecture (full-time, over 2 years)£15,900 per year. £31,800 in total.
OverseasResearch degree (full-time)£16,000

In subsequent years inflation may be applied to the fees of those who started in 2021/22, at no more than the Office for Students’ recommended measure based on forecast RPI-X. The exception to this is the fee for UK postgraduate degree (part-time), which will remain at £5,310 in 2022/23.

Financial support for UK students in 2021

Tuition fee loans and loans for living costs are usually available to UK and some EU students, as well as non-repayable NUA bursaries based on family income. Find out more about applying for funding.

Postgraduate Masters Loan

For 2021, UK nationals and EU nationals who have ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status may be eligible for a government loan towards course fees or living costs. Both full and part-time Masters degree students can apply for the Masters loan. Find out more.

NUA alumni, staff and feeder staff discount

All NUA alumni are eligible for a £1,000 discount on NUA postgraduate degree fees. For the purposes of this discount, alumni are those who have completed a course with us at undergraduate or postgraduate level, but excluding short courses.

All NUA staff and art teachers at high schools or sixth form colleges are eligible for a £1,000 discount on NUA postgraduate degree fees. As long as this status applies at the time that they start the course, we will honour the discount for the duration of the course, even if the person subsequently leaves their employment.

Postgraduate Doctoral Loan of up to £26,445

The UK Government offers loans of up to £26,445 to contribute to the cost of doctoral study. Find out more here.

Tuition Fees Loan for undergraduate study

Tuition fees loans are available for most UK and some EU students.

  • Available to cover the full cost of your tuition
  • You don’t have to pay for your course up front yourself
  • Only start paying back when you are earning over £27,295 per year

Maintenance Loan for undergraduate study – 2022/23

Student Maintenance Loans are available from Student Finance England for most UK and some EU students to help with living costs such as accommodation, food, clothes, travel and course expenses. The amount students receive is dependent on household income and any maintenance grant received.

  • A loan of up to £9,706 may be available if you live away from home.
  • A loan of up to £8,171 may be available if you live with your parents.

Different figures may apply if you are currently based in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. Find out more.

Undergraduate interest rates

  • 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 £27,295 interest will be applied at the rate of inflation
  • Once you are earning between £27,295 and £46,305 interest will be applied between RPI and RPI plus 3% on a scale depending on income
  • For graduates earning over £46,306 interest will be applied at RPI plus 3%.

What the university provides for your University fees

  • Included:
  • Welcome Week course activities
  • Teaching and technical instruction
  • Access to, and use of relevant workshops and equipment
  • Access to, and use of relevant equipment in studios, including computers
  • Materials used as part of timetabled workshop inductions
  • Access to, and use of recycled materials within workshop areas
  • Access to Academic Registry and Student Support
  • Access to Careers Advice
  • Access to professional business expertise and support through the Ideas FactoryNUA which develops participation in ‘live’ course projects with business
  • Access to the specialist NUA Library and associated resources
  • Some local study visits
  • Support for ERASMUS student mobility opportunities
  • Exhibition opportunities
  • Access to East GalleryNUA
  • Free entry to Norfolk Museums, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and arranged access to their collections and archives
  • Discounted entry and membership at Cinema City and a range of shops and venues around the City.
  • Not included:
  • Equipment for your personal or private use
  • Day-to-day items you may need as part of your personal, portable toolkit
  • Materials for producing your own work beyond inductions
  • Books for your personal or private use outside key course texts available in the Library
  • Study visits, unless specified.

A guide to your Student Experience (PDF)

How the NUA community spends University fees


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