Fees and funding

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Undergraduate finance

Making the decision to study at University can be a big financial commitment, which is why it's important for you to learn about the fees you will need to pay as well as how to manage your money before you start your studies.

Tuition fees

Applications for student finance are now open. The deadline for applications to ensure funding is in place by September is 24 May 2019.

If you study with us, fees for students from the UK, EU, Channel Islands and Isle of Man studying a full-time undergraduate degree are currently £9,250 per year for the first year of study. This fee is subject to a government review, and for EU students, subject to potential changes following the UK's withdrawal from the European Union. Any changes to this information will be updated when we know.

For the latest information on the impact of Brexit on tuition fees for students from outside the UK, please visit the Universities UK Brexit FAQs.

The fees for UK/EU part-time students will vary depending on the number of credits taken per year, and the fees for the foundation year of a full degree may differ. Please see the relevant course page for details.

Tuition fee loans are provided by the Student Loans Company and applications are made to Student Finance EnglandWalesScotland or Northern Ireland as appropriate. Applications for Student Finance open in the spring each year, usually towards the end of February, and we will email all applicants when this happens. If you're starting your degree in September 2019 or January 2020, you should apply before the end of May 2019 to guarantee that your funding is in place by the time you start your course.

If you're a student from outside the UK, you can find a handy guide to applying for student finance on the Student Room. If you have any queries about your eligibility for student finance, you should check this with the relevant funding body as appropriate. We do not make decisions about eligibility for loans; the decision lies with the funding body directly.

 

Maintenance loans

The other major cost at university is living costs; this includes accommodation, utilities, travel, food, stationery and any course materials. If there are costs associated with your particular course of study this will be outlined on our course finder pages.

To support with meeting these costs, you’re entitled to apply for a maintenance loan. This is a means-tested loan and will take a number of factors into consideration, including:

  • Household income – this means the total gross income of the students’ parent(s), caregivers or spouse living in the household where the student lives;
  • Living arrangements – students living away from home are entitled to a higher maintenance loan than those staying in the family home;
  • Students with a dependent child(ren) or spouse may also be entitled to extra funding to support them such as a Childcare Grant, Parents Learning Allowance or an Adult Dependants’ Grant.

There are other factors taken into account, but these are the major ones. There is a handy calculator on the Student Finance website which you can use to check eligibility for student loans.

You apply for your maintenance loan at the same time as your tuition fee loan and it is paid directly into your bank account in three instalments. The first instalment will be paid once your attendance at University has been confirmed – we use the date you collect your ID card as the confirmation of attendance and it can take three to five working days after this before the monies are released.

Financial support at Salford

We're dedicated to helping our students get the most out of their time studying with us, which is why we have three financial support schemes in place: the Inspire Support Scheme, Care Leavers' Bursary and the Unite Foundation Scholarship Scheme. See below for further information and whether you're eligible.

Support schemes and bursaries

Inspire Support Scheme

When you complete registration here on campus you'll automatically be given access to an Inspire account. The scheme is open to all new home and EU undergraduate students joining a foundation year or year one of an undergraduate degree based at the University, and gives you £150 of credit to spend in a dedicated online store. You'll be able to buy learning resources such as text books, electronics or stationery, to give you the best possible start to your studies here at Salford. This scheme will run annually, meaning you’ll receive £150 of credits each year of your undergraduate degree if based here on campus.

For students from low-income backgrounds and living in areas where participation in higher education is low, there will also be the opportunity to receive an additional £350 of credits, bringing the total to £500 each year. This will be based on your personal circumstances and will be assessed at the point of registering as a student here in September.

For further details on the scheme and to get an idea of what you can buy, visit the Inspire site. You'll also be able to see the full terms and conditions and frequently asked questions.

Care Leavers' Bursary

Care leavers from the UK who are studying an undergraduate degree will be eligible for an annual bursary of £1,000 from September 2019. This will be paid in two instalments of £500, the first in October and the second in April. To find out more, including full eligibility, please contact our Course Enquiries team on 0161 295 4545, or email enquiries@salford.ac.uk.

Gerry Mason Engineering Scholarship

Thanks to the generosity of the Mason Family, applicants for engineering courses can qualify to apply for one of five Gerry Mason Engineering Scholarships. Each scholarship is worth a total of £9,000, paid as two cash award instalments of £1,500 each per annum for a maximum of three years.

The scholarships aim to ensure that talented students starting their first year are not deterred from studying at the University of Salford for financial reasons.  Qualifying students will be encouraged to apply following registration and enrolment in September 2019. Priority will be given to students who:

  • Can demonstrate the scholarship will provide the necessary support during their studies;
  • Would otherwise be deterred from an undergraduate degree by tuition fees and associated living costs; 
  • Live in the North West England; 
  • Have at least 112 UCAS points or equivalent. 

 

Qualifying courses:

Morson Group Scholarship

Applicants for a selection of computing, science and engineering courses can qualify to apply for one of five scholarships provided thanks to the generosity of the Morson Group. Each scholarship is worth a total of £9,000, paid as two cash award instalments of £1,500 each per annum for a maximum of three years.

The scholarships aim to ensure that talented students starting their first year are not deterred from studying at the University of Salford for financial reasons.  Qualifying students will be encouraged to apply following registration and enrollment in September 2019. Priority will be given to students who:

  • Can demonstrate the scholarship will provide the necessary support during their studies;
  • Would otherwise be deterred from an undergraduate degree by tuition fees and associated living costs; 
  • Live in the North West; 
  • Have at least 112 UCAS points or equivalent. 

 

Qualifying courses:

The University of Salford is committed to widening access to higher education. Find out more about our current and future access and participation agreements

Managing your money

Some basic budgeting skills will be important for all students. You’ll find a wealth of information on askUS to support with this, as well as information on how to manage your money. We’ve also created a guide to living costs at Salford, too - so you won't be stuck for resources on this topic.

You can also hear from Salford students themselves, as our student bloggers have put together their advice on saving before starting uni and tips on money-saving whilst shopping, which are well worth checking out.

Additional resources

The Student Room is an excellent resource for applicants, covering information on a wide range of topics. You'll also find that Money Saving Expert has dedicated information for students including money saving tips, budget planners and student bank accounts, as well as discounts and deals.

 

Need further information?

If you have any further questions about finance at University, contact our course enquiries team on 0161 295 4545 or email enquiries@salford.ac.uk.