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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.

The cost of your course will differ depending on whether you’re eligible to pay a ‘UK/EU’ or ‘International’ fee, so checking your fee status is important. If you are unsure of your fees status, the UKCISA website will help you in assessing whether you will be eligible to pay a ‘UK/EU’ fee (also called a ‘home’ fee). Or if you would like to ask us, please get in touch with us at student.finance@nua.ac.uk

If you are assessed as a ‘UK/EU’ student then you will be able to obtain a tuition fee loan from the UK government which will mean that you won’t have to pay your fees up front – further details are provided below. You don’t have to take out a tuition fee loan though, so you can still choose to pay your fees up front. International students are not eligible for the UK government loan.

2018/19 Tuition Fees For New Entrants

Citizen status Course Fee
UK/EU nationality Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree) £9,250
UK/EU nationality Postgraduate degree (full-time) £7,000
UK/EU nationality Postgraduate degree (part-time) £4,500
UK/EU nationality PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in HE (part-time) £2,500
UK/EU nationality Research degree (full-time) £5,100
UK/EU nationality Research degree (part-time) £2,550
International (non-EU) Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree) £13,700
International (non-EU) Postgraduate degree (full-time) £13,700
International (non-EU) Research degree (full-time) £15,000

Fees will remain the same for each year of your course.

International students

Find out more about 2018 fees for international students and the support available.

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.

Financial Support for UK/EU Students

Tuition fee loans and loans for living costs are available as well as 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 for Undergraduate study

Tuition fee 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 upfront yourself
  • Only start paying back when you are earning over £25,000 per year

Maintenance Loan for Undergraduate study – 2018/19

Student Maintenance Loans are available for UK and eligible EU students and help with living costs such as accommodation, food, clothes, travel and course expenses. The amount students receive is dependent on household income.

  • A loan of up to £8,700 will be available if you live away from home.
  • A loan of up to £7,324 will be available if you live with your parents.

Postgraduate Masters Loan of up to £10,609

For 2018, UK nationals and those who have been resident in England for three years may be eligible to apply for a government loan of up to £10,609 towards course fees or living costs. Part time and EU students may also be eligible. Find out more about Postgraduate loans.

Postgraduate Doctoral Loan of up to £25,000

The UK Government is introducing new loans of up to £25,000 to contribute to the cost of doctoral study in time for the 2018/2019 academic year. Further details will be announced ahead of the scheme’s launch in Spring 2018. Find out more about UK PhD Loans (PDF).

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 £25,000 interest will be applied at the rate of inflation
  • Once you are earning between £25,000 and £45,000 interest will be applied between RPI and RPI plus 3% on a scale depending on income
  • For graduates earning over £45,000 interest will be applied at RPI plus 3%


  • The loan will be charged at a rate of RPI plus 3%. Interest will start to accrue as soon as the loan is taken.
  • For 2018 you will start to repay your loan in April 2020 if your earnings are over £21,000. The loan is repaid at a rate of 6% on earnings over £21,000. The loan will be written off after 30 years.

How can you find out more?

To learn more about loans, repayment calculations and other financial support go to www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan. 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 gov.uk website for further information on eligibility and criteria.


Find out about scholarship programmes available to NUA applicants.


NUA offers bursaries to new and continuing students whose household income is £42,875 or less.

What the University provides for your tuition 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


Download a guide to Learning, Teaching and Pastoral Support; Course and personal equipment; and Course Materials.

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