Fees and funding

Fees and funding

The cost of your course is determined by your status as either ‘UK/EU’ or ‘International’, so it’s important to check your fee status.

View our international student scholarships

2020/21 University fees for new entrants

UK/EU students are eligible for a tuition fee loan from the UK government, meaning you won’t have to pay your fees up front. 

International students are not eligible for the UK government tuition fee loan.

If you’re unsure about your fee status, the UK Council for International Student Affairs website will help you determine whether you’re eligible to pay a UK/EU fee (also called a ‘home’ fee). 

Citizen status



UK/EU nationality

Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree)


UK/EU nationality

Postgraduate degree (full-time)


UK/EU nationality

Postgraduate degree (part-time)


UK/EU nationality

Research degree (full-time)


UK/EU nationality

Research degree (part-time)


International (non-EU)

Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree)


International (non-EU)

Postgraduate degree (full-time)


International (non-EU)

Research degree (full-time)


In subsequent years inflation may be applied to the fees of those who started in 2020/21, at no more than the Office for Students’ recommended measure based on forecast RPI-X. The exception to this is the fee for UK/EU postgraduate degree (part-time), which will remain at £5,000 in 2021/22.

Financial support for UK/EU students in 2020

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

Postgraduate Masters Loan of up to £11,222

For 2020, UK and EU nationals may be eligible to apply for a government loan of up to £11,222 towards course fees or living costs. Both full and part-time Masters degrees are eligible for the Masters loan.

NUA alumni, staff and feeder staff discount

All NUA alumni are eligible for a £1,000 discount on NUA postgraduate degree fees. All NUA staff and staff from feeder institutions are eligible for a £500 discount on NUA postgraduate degree fees.

Postgraduate Doctoral Loan of up to £26,445

The UK Government is introducing new loans of up to £26,445 to contribute to the cost of doctoral study in time for the 2020/2021 academic year.  Find out more about UK PhD Loans (PDF).

Tuition Fees Loan for undergraduate study

Tuition fees loans are available for UK and 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 £26,575 per year

Maintenance Loan for undergraduate study – 2020/21

Student Maintenance Loans are available from Student Finance England for UK and eligible 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 £9,203 may be available if you live away from home.
  • A loan of up to £7,747 may be available if you live with your parents.

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

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 £26,575 interest will be applied at the rate of inflation
  • Once you are earning between £26,575 and £47,835 interest will be applied between RPI and RPI plus 3% on a sliding scale depending on income
  • For graduates earning over £47,835 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

Pie chart indicating Norwich University of the Arts community spend

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