Ok, so let’s discuss the elephant in the room. Cost! Obviously we cannot shy away from the fact that going to university is a significant investment, but two things are definitely true: firstly, university is worth it – we provide our students with a transformational experience that will benefit them for the rest of their lives; and secondly, there’s loads of financial support available – many of our students have access to loans, bursaries, scholarships and discounts which will help them (or you!) pay for their education at Essex.
Undergraduate students from the UK are entitled to apply for a Government-backed loan to cover their tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of their studies with us. They will then start to repay the loan in small increments after they’ve graduated and are earning over £27,295 per year (accurate as of November 2022). This loan enables every UK student to undertake an undergraduate degree.
Most postgraduate (those studying Masters courses and research degrees) students from the UK are also entitled to apply for a Government-backed loan. These loans are generally for students studying on both full-time and part-time courses and they're not means tested, so they're not dependent on personal or family income. We also offer loyalty discounts to students who studied at Essex or one of our partner institutions.
There are also a wide range of scholarships and bursaries available for UK and international students, which will help to pay for tuition as well as living costs.