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If you’re worried about the cost of higher education, it might help to know there are a range of finance options available when studying at Northumberland College. These range from tuition fee loans, which you only have to repay when you earn a certain amount, to grants, which you don’t have to pay back.

Tuition Fee Loans

As a full or part time higher education student at Northumberland College you don’t have to pay any tuition fees up front.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England. This loan will only need to be paid back once you’ve completed your course and only when you start earning over £25,000 a year.

You can find out more information about applying for a higher education student loan on the Student Finance England website.

Maintenance Loan for living costs

You may have to give details of your household income.

The loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term. You have to pay the loan back.

You may have to give details of your household income In addition to the tuition fee loan, full time students are also entitled to a Maintenance Loan for living costs. You may have to give details of your household income. EU students can’t apply for Maintenance Loans. The loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of term. You have to pay the loan back.

Higher Education Travel Bursary

This is a bursary to provide free term time travel within Tyne and Wear to full time ‘home’ students.

A ‘home’ student is somebody who has been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of their course.

Reasons to study as an adult:

  • To get back into education or gain a qualification
  • To learn a new skill or keep your mind active
  • To meet new friends or develop an interest
  • To progress your career or embark on a new one
  • To achieve a lifelong ambition or take on a new challenge