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Fees and Funding

Undergraduate fees for Home/UK and Channel Island students

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Annual fee changes

For students commencing their studies at the University of Essex in the 2021-22 academic year, fees will increase for each academic year of study. For full-time undergraduate students with a Home UK and Channel Islands fee status any fee increases during your programme of study will be limited to the annual increase in the RPI-X index. Increases in fees for full-time undergraduate students with a Home fee status remain subject to UK Government approval.

Our fees enable us to provide a high quality educational experience, to invest in teaching, services and facilities, and to increase our investment in widening participation, access and student opportunity. We publish information on how we use your fees.

Funding your studies

Government loans

If you're a UK or EU student, then you may be eligible to apply for a UK Government loan provided by the Student Loans Company. If you are eligible, you won't have to pay your tuition fees up front and you don't currently have to start repaying the loan until you have finished your course and are earning over £25,000 a year.

If you are applying for Student Finance and you have any previous years of higher education study, or you are repeating a year of study, your funding may be affected by repeat funding rules. Previous years of study include periods of self-funded study, or any study undertaken abroad. If you think that this may apply to you please see the attached guidance on repeat study (.pdf) and compelling personal reasons (.pdf) (CPR)

If you are from Northern Ireland

If you are from Northern Ireland and are thinking of studying with us, you may eligible for funding from Student Finance Northern Ireland. They offer a tuition fee loan to cover your course fees in full and a Maintenance loan for living costs.

If you are from Scotland

If you are from Scotland and are thinking of studying with us, you may eligible for funding from Student Awards Agency Scotland. They offer a tuition fee loan to cover your course fees in full and a Maintenance loan for living costs.

If you are from Wales

If you are from Wales and are thinking of studying with us, you may eligible for funding from Student Finance Wales. They offer a tuition fee loan to cover your course fees in full and a Maintenance loan for living costs.

 

Private loans

The best option when financing your studies is a government-funded student loan, but if that isn’t enough to cover all your expenses, or you’re not eligible for government support, Future Finance offer loans to UK, EU and international students with a UK domiciled address. They offer amounts from £2,000 - £40,000 to cover both tuition and living costs.

Brexit

Following the UK's decision to withdraw from the European Union, the Government has confirmed that EU students starting in 2021-22 will not be eligible for UK government funding. If you are an EU student, your fees are listed on our Undergraduate fees for EU and International student’s page.