Undergraduate Tuition Fees

What will the tuition fees be in 2016?

If you’re starting university in 2016, the tuition fees for UK/EU students at the University of Chester will be:

  • £9,000 a year for a full-time Undergraduate degree or £1,500 per module for part-time study
  • £7,650 a year for a full-time Foundation degree or £1,275 per module for part-time study (unless the Foundation Degree is franchised from the University, in which case the fee may vary)

This level ensures that the University can maintain a first-class student experience across all its subject areas, while allowing us to continue to invest modestly in new courses and facilities and keep pace with increasing costs.

Our students come first and these new proposals are designed to benefit all undergraduates. We recognise the difficult economic circumstances facing all households and, in reflection of our founding values, feel that it is appropriate for us to do what we can to help talented individuals experience higher education. A significant number of students will receive substantial financial support under our new arrangements.

For full-time modes of study, if you are eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan by Student Finance this will cover the cost of your tuition fee, and is paid directly to the course provider. If you live outside England, there can be subtle differences in the way student finance is governed. Further details can be can be found on student finance websites relevant to your country of residence.

For more financial information about part-time study, please visit our Part-time Undergraduates section.

For information about 2016 tuition fees, please download the Fees and Funding 2016 booklet.

Foundation Year courses

Our Foundation School offer courses that will enable you to progress on to a wide variety of undergraduate degrees at the University of Chester. The courses are a yearlong, and provide you with the academic study skills needed for further study at the University of Chester.

Our Foundation Year tuition fee for UK/EU students starting in 2016/17 is £6,000. For international students starting in 2016/17, the fee is £9,000.

Please note: For UK/EU students, the tuition fee for each subsequent year of your undergrdauate degree will be the full undergraduate fee for that year. For international students, please see our International section for tuition fee costs.

Nursing and Midwifery students

Please note that if you are an eligible Nursing or Midwifery student, you will not need to pay the tuition fees. The tuition costs for non-medical courses such as these are paid directly by the NHS. For further details, please refer to the NHSBSA website

How we will support you financially

In keeping with our mission and values, which advocate extending opportunities for education to all, we will provide an extensive range of targeted measures to help provide financial support for more than 40% of our students, particularly those from less advantaged backgrounds. These include:

  • A number of Bursaries and Scholarships.
  • New first year students will receive a number of core text books for their course during enrolment week
  • Making significant additional investment in the outreach activities undertaken by the University with schools and colleges in communities across the region.
  • Further enhancing the support the University provides to help students gain employment on the completion of their studies.


Tuition fee loans

If you are eligible for a tuition fee loan you will not have to find the money to pay for tuition fees before you come to university or while you are studying. Instead, you will be able to apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the fee costs. This means that you can study first and pay back when you are earning.

Should you withdraw from study during the academic year, a proportionate charge will be made which is linked to the date of your withdrawal.


Applying for a loan

The application process currently varies from area to area, which means you will apply to either your Local Authority (LA) or the Student Loans Company (SLC). We recommend that you apply online according to the area in which you live using the following links which have full details of all types of loans and grants:

You may receive a grant instead of having to take out a loan depending on where you live.

A student finance or grant application is entirely separate from the UCAS universities clearing system application, which should normally have been completed at an earlier stage.

UK and EU students are always asked to apply for financial eligibility even if they plan to pay for their fees in full. This is because the process formally establishes UK/EU residency, without which we have to charge international fees. International fees are normally much higher.

If you have been given a loan by your relevant body, they will automatically inform the university and these details should be apparent when you enrol online via the Sharepoint Portal on the university website.


Paying for your tuition fees yourself

If you have not been successful in obtaining a tuition fee loan, you will have to pay the University yourself. This can be done by debit/credit card in full or in part when you enrol online.



Please be aware that tuition fees do not include any provision for the costs associated with reassessment. If you are required to undertake a reassessment there will be an additional charge.