Tuition fee loans for new part-time students

Part-time students from England may be eligible for a tuition fee loan that covers the full tuition fees and is paid directly to us.


You may be eligible for a tuition fee loan if you are a part-time student who:

  • is from England
  • is a UK national
  • has been resident in the UK for the past five years

You can check the tuition fee loan eligibility criteria on the government website.

To qualify for a tuition fee loan you need to register on a Higher Education course lasting for at least one year, such as a:

  • degree
  • foundation degree
  • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE).   

You will need to study at least 30 credits a year (25% of a full-time course).

You may not be eligible if you have already studied on a higher education course.

Phone Student Finance England for advice on +44 (0)300 100 0607


The application opening date for 2020 has not yet been confirmed. We will post the date here as soon as the information becomes available.

You will need to know your tuition fee charge for the coming year. Part-time fees are charged proportionally to the full-time fee of £9,250 (120 credits).

Other financial support

If your household income is £42,875 or less, you may qualify for the Leeds Bursary. You can take this award as a:

  • cash award
  • tuition fee discount or
  • discount on university-owned accommodation

If you choose the tuition fee discount you should still apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the full tuition charge. You can reduce the loan amount once the tuition fee discount is awarded. Apply for a part-time tuition fee loan.