What will the tuition fees be in 2013?
We have set our tuition fees at £9,000 per annum* for undergraduate courses (and £7,000 for foundation degrees) starting in September 2013.
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.
* = Subject to final approval from OFFA.
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.
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:
- Making available more than 200 National Student Scholarships at a value of £5,000 each (comprising £2,000 fee waiver in the first year, together with a £1,500 fee waiver in years 2 and 3)
- Ensuring that all students who come from a household with a combined annual income of less than £25,000 will receive £2,000 support from the University, in the form of cash (£1,000 in year 1 and £500 for years 2 and 3)
- Allocating additional financial support to enable students who come from a household whose declared residual annual income is below £42,600 (and who have attended one of the University’s targeted partner schools and colleges) to apply on a first-come, first-served basis for a support package worth £2,000. This will also take the form of cash (£1,000 for year 1 and £500 for years 2 and 3)
- Giving all first-year full-time undergraduate students, including students studying at the University’s partner institutions, a £50 credit for use at the University’s bookshop
- Chester Excellence Bursaries which are available to students who achieved ABB grades or more where household income is below £42,600. This is payable in addition to the other awards and the National Student Scholarship. It is a cash payment of £1,000 in year 1 and £500 in each of years 2 and 3.
- 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. You will not have to make any loan repayments until you have left university and are earning at least £21,000 per year.
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.