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Part-time student finance and funding

The funding for part-time undergraduate/foundation degree/PGCE students is different to the support for which full-time students are entitled. 

Part-time students beginning a course of study at St Mary's can apply for a tuition fee loan to help with the cost of course. Part-time students are also now eligible to apply for loans for their living costs. The amount a student can receive depends on the intensity of study, for example, if a student studies 50% of a full-time course in a year, they can they apply for 50% of the full-time maintenance loan.

Tuition fee loans

Eligible students studying 25% equivalent or higher of a full-time course will be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of the tuition fees.

Students do not qualify for a tuition fee loan if they already hold an equivalent or higher degree (with the exception of students on a part-time course in initial teacher training).

Applying for a tuition fee loan

Students will be able to apply for this loan through their awarding body:


Part-time students from England are eligible to apply for a St Mary's Scholarship, subject to meeting the criteria. 

More information can be found on our  scholarships and bursaries section. The fee waiver will be awarded pro-rata to the % of full time study.

Students with a disability

Students with a disability  may be eligible for help with extra costs you may have to pay to study on your course as a direct result of your disability.

Other help available

If you are studying on a part-time course, your entitlement to benefits is not affected. If you are on a low income you may be able to claim: