Fees and funding
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.
Watch our short video below about how you can afford your education:
Please note: from 6 April 2020, the repayment threshold for post-2012 (plan 2) loans will rise from £25,000 to £26,575, as announced by the government in February 2020. For more information, visit the gov.uk website.
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 England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland as appropriate. Student finance normally opens for applications in early spring each year, and we email all applicants when this happens. We would encourage you to apply for your student finance as soon as possible to ensure your finances are in place for the new academic year.
Update from the Student Loans Company (24 March 2020): The Student Loans Company have provided reassurance that all new applications for loans for students starting university after 1 August 2020 are still being processed as normal. Therefore, please continue to make your application for student finance and we will update further if this advice changes.
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.
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.
Additional funding support for healthcare students
In late 2019 the government announced additional funding for students on certain healthcare programmes. The NHS Learning Support Fund (NHS LSF) provides supplementary finding for eligible pre-registration healthcare students in receipt of a student loan. We understand that this will be available to students studying the following courses:
- Diagnostic Radiography
- Occupational Therapy
- Prosthetics and Orthotics
- Nursing (adult, child, mental health, learning disability, joint nursing/social work)
Further details regarding the bursary can be found here.
The application window for students on Autumn 2020 cohorts is now open. We encourage that you apply for funding as soon as possible to ensure it is in place for the commencement of your studies.
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.
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. You will be reassessed at registration each year to determine the level of award for that academic year.
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. This will be paid in two instalments of £500, the first in November and the second in April. To find out more, including full eligibility, please contact our Course Enquiries team on 0161 295 4545, or email email@example.com.
Estranged Students' Bursary
Estranged students who are from the UK and studying an undergraduate degree will be eligible for an annual bursary of £500, payable in June. To be eligible for the award, you must be able to show that you have gained independent status with Student Finance for estrangement. This will be verified by our Student Experience and Support Team. To find out more, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 295 0023 (option 1, option 3).
Student Carer Bursary
Student carers from the UK who are studying an undergraduate degree and able to prove that they have caring responsibilities for a family member or friend with a disability/long term illness will be eligible to apply for an annual bursary of £500 from September. If successful, you will receive £500 for each year of your undergraduate degree - for a maximum of three years, though it will not be paid for a repeated year of study. For more information, including full eligibility, please contact our team by calling 0161 295 0023 (option 1, option 3) or email email@example.com.
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.
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.