Almost all students pay their fees by taking out a Student Loan, which starts being repayable when you have completed your course and when your earnings rise over £21,000 per year. Below is a table showing how those repayments work out.

You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from Student Finance England at the same time as applying for other maintenance grants and loans. The amount you pay will then be deducted from your salary by your employer in the same way they deduct tax and national insurance payments. The table below should give you an idea of what you’ll repay each month.

Annual Salary




Repayments per Month




How do student loans work and am I eligible?

Eligible students studying their first Higher Education funded course do not have to pay any tuition fees upfront. Instead, Tuition Fee Loans are available to UK and EU students. These are repayable after you graduate or leave your course and earn over £21,000 a year. For more information, please visit:

Some students will pay their tuition fees, or their employer may pay. However, most full-time and some part-time Higher Education courses will be funded via a Student Loan, whilst some other courses (for example Access to Higher Education) may be covered by an Advanced Learning Loan. In either case, the loan is paid back via your salary when you are earning £21,000 per annum or more.

Information regarding either funding source is subject to change, so it is important that you check the websites below for the latest information:

Student Loans Company

For further information about Tuition Fee Loans eligibility, applications and repayments visit the Student Loans Company website at:

Supporting your Study

There may be ways in which we can support your learning.

If you are finding it hard to cover the costs of any materials associated with your course or travelling to college, please contact our Student Services team at Dearne Valley College on 01709 513114 as support may be available for you to cover these costs.

Opportunity Fund (Full-time and Part-time Students)

The Higher Education Opportunity Fund helps students to finish their education when they would otherwise be prevented from doing so because of financial difficulties. You will need to have applied for the full amount of any statutory support (such as student loans and grants) before your application can be assessed.

Educational Grants Advisory Service (EGAS)

This is an independent agency which may be able to help people get funding for further or higher education if they do not qualify for government finding. For more information visit EGAS website or call 020 7254 6251.


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