We know that money can sometimes be a worry when studying for a degree, but the good news is that you may be eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan and/or a Maintenance Loan.

Tuition Fee Loans are available through Student Finance England, up to £9,250. This loan is paid directly to Petroc. 

Maintenance Loans are provided by the Government, and can help you with living costs (e.g. rent, bills, food, nights out). The loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term. 

You will need to repay your loan at 9% of your income over and above £27,295. However, you won’t have to repay your loan until you earn at least £27,295 per year. If your earnings drop below £27,295, your loan repayments stop. If you have not cleared the balance after 30 years, it will be written off. All repayments are deducted at source from your pay.

To find out if you are eligible for a loan, and to apply, visit www.gov.uk


Higher Education Fee Breakdown 2021/22 (per year)

FdA/FdSc Full-time (two years) £9250
FdA/FdSc Part-time (three years) £6167
BA/BSc Honours Full-time (one year) £7800
BA/BSc Honours Part-time (two years) £3900
HNC Full-time (one year) £9250
HNC Part-time (two years) £4625
Certificate in Education Part-time (two years) £4625


Applying for Finance

To apply for Student Finance you will need to go to the Student Finance Login of the gov.uk website. There you will be able to register with Student Finance England and then apply for your loans.

You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan which will pay your fees. You can also apply for a Maintenance Loan, which is money that goes straight into your bank account. You may also be eligible for a Maintenance Grant. This is dependent upon your household income and does not need to be repaid. You can find more information about all these loans/fees on the Student Finance England website where there is a full overview of how these loans work. There is also a Student Finance calculator which can work out how much you are likely to receive. Please check the Plymouth University website to ensure you are clear about the fees that you will be charged upon progressing to Plymouth campus for a top up year.


Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)

As a higher education student living in England, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have a:

  • Disability
  • Long-term health condition
  • Mental health condition
  • Specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia/dyspraxia

The support you get depends on your individual needs. Details of the information, process and the forms necessary are available at:


The application can take as long as 14 weeks to complete, so it is essential to start the process as soon as possible.  We are here to support you through each stage, from filling in the forms to discussing any issues or concerns you may have. We feel very strongly that it is important that you have the best possible start to your Degree studies. 

If you are unsure whether you can apply for DSA or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.


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