What Options are Available to Fund University in the UK?

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We have a range of guides designed for working professionals who are thinking of returning to study as mature students via online learning. We have also collected a number of useful links to help with your planning on how to fund your online university study.

How to fund your study?

If you are a resident of the UK, your first step should be to check your eligibility for the main government schemes. For undergraduate courses, you can apply for a student loan. For postgraduate study, you can apply to the Master’s loan scheme. If you do not meet the criteria or require more funding, there are dedicated specialists and high-street loans that could be an option.

Depending on your situation, there may be grants or bursaries available to help with your fees, equipment or living costs. These can either be awarded directly from the university, the government or other 3rd parties.

Use the links below for in-depth guides on the main options used by mature students to fund their studies.

Government Tuition Fees Loans

Government Master’s Loans

High Street Bank & Specialist Loans

Employer Sponsorship

Bursaries and grants for Degrees and Master’s

You might be eligible for help via grants, bursaries and scholarships. These can range from the full costs of your course to help with equipment and smaller expenses.

Universities usually have dedicated support, so it is always worth checking to see what support they provide once you have narrowed down your list of preferred courses.

A great online resource is The Scholarship Hub which is a good place to start your research to see what could be available to you.

Scholarship dedicated to Online University Study

Finally, we offer our own UK Study Online Scholarship. The only scholarship 100% dedicated to online students.

Register for the UK Study Online Scholarship

Other Useful links

UK Government Student Finance support

MoneySavingExpert student finance

Recognised Degree Awarding Universities

Money Advice Service- Before you borrow

Search Accredited Online Degrees

Search Accredited Online Master’s Degrees

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