Financial support for undergraduate EU students: 2018-2019

  • You may be worried about the cost of coming to university but there is financial support available. A government loan to cover your tuition fees is available to all UK students and you may also be eligible for a bursary.
  • You don't pay for tuition up front. The government will provide a loan to cover your full tuition charges. You or your parents don't have to contribute anything now – you start to pay them back yourself once you graduate and are earning at least £25,000 a year.

    Eligible part-time students also have access to loans for tuition fees. They won't have to pay upfront as long as it's their first degree.

    To apply for a tuition fee loan please contact Student Finance England.

    Repaying your loan

    With effect from 1 April 2019, repayments will be 9% of any income above £25,725, so the amount you repay each month will depend on your earnings. Examples of monthly repayments for loans covering tuition and living costs:

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    Repayments will be deducted automatically from your pay packet. All outstanding repayments will be written off after 30 years.

    This scheme is open to full-time on-campus undergraduate degree students on £9,250 undergraduate courses whose commencing year of study is 2018-19.

    If your household income is below £35,000 then a bursary can help towards your living costs. Our bursaries scheme is available to qualifying students for each year of their studies and does not need to be paid back. It is available to all eligible UK students.

    How much will the bursary be?

    The Brookes Bursary is determined using the same household income calculation that is used by the Student Loans Company to work out the amount of financial support you receive from them. The amount of the Brookes Bursary will vary according to the year in which you join your course at the University.

    Household income Bursary (Year 1) Bursary (Years 2 & 3)
    Under £10,000 £1,500 £2,000
    £10,000 - £24,999 £1,000 £1,500
    £25,000 - £34,999 £500 £1,000


    The bursary will be paid in three instalments during the academic year in November (25%), February (25%) & April (50%). In 2018-19 the Bursary payment dates are:

    • 2 November 2018
    • 15 February 2019
    • 12 April 2019

    You must be in full time attendance at the University on the payment date to be eligible for each bursary instalment.


    You don't need to apply - we will know if you are eligible from your household income figure provided to the Student Loans Company. All eligible students who have not opted out of the "consent to share" part of their SLC student support application will automatically be assessed for a bursary.

    Please note you must be means tested by the end of the academic year (31 August 2019) to be entitled to claim your bursary for the current academic year. Students who consent to share their information, or who are means tested after the end of an academic year are no longer eligible to receive the previous year's bursary.

    Healthcare students* who start their course after 1st September 2017 are eligible to apply for the NHS Learning Support Fund, which provides extra funding for healthcare students in respect of:

    * Note that this fund is not open to Paramedic Science students

    If you are a full-time student who has spent a period of time in local authority care and are considering undergraduate study at Oxford Brookes there is a lot of additional support that the University can offer you.

    Oxford Brookes are proud to have been awarded the Quality Mark for Care Leavers by Buttle UK, which recognises the support we offer to care leavers applying to study here.

    This Bursary is open to students who are under 25 years of age at the time they commence full-time undergraduate study at Oxford Brookes.

    If you have been in care since the age of fourteen, are eligible for support from the Student Loans Company or NHS Business Services Authority and your household income is less than £40,000 per annum - you may be eligible for the Transition from Care Bursary of £2,000 a year.

    Payment dates in 2018-19

    This bursary is paid out in two equal instalments on:

    • 1 November 2018 (50%)
    • 1 February 2019 (50%)

    Guaranteed Accommodation

    All care leavers are entitled to guaranteed accommodation in our halls of residence, Cheney Student Village for 50 weeks as long as the following criteria are met:

    • Oxford Brookes must be selected as your firm choice on your UCAS form
    • All university course entry requirements are met and you have received an unconditional offer.

    To find out more about halls of residence and other accommodation available please visit our accommodation pages.

    Student support

    There is an excellent support system available to students that have been in care, for example Upgrade which is an advice service regarding any problems you may be having with your studies. More information on support can be found at:

    How to Apply

    When filling in your UCAS application form, you will need to indicate that you are a care leaver. From there, we can take the steps to help you with the support you need. If you have already applied and not declared that you are a care leave please contact Diane Harrison on +44 (0) 1865 484652 to establish your eligibility for a bursary and guaranteed accommodation.

    The Transition from Care Bursary will be paid in two equal instalments in November 2018 and February 2019.

    The Oxford Brookes University’s Faculty of Health & Life Sciences is offering 3 Bursary Nursing Awards to help assist trainee student nurses with living expenses. Each Award will be up to £30,000 per student over a maximum period of 3 years.

    The Bursary is open to mature, Home/EU students who are in financial need and without other funding, and would find it difficult financially to undertake the 3 year Pre-Registration course for the University’s BSc (Hons) or MSc (Hons) programme in Adult Nursing Degree.

    Download the application form

    Maintenance loans are available from the government to help with living costs. Please see the Student Finance England website for more details.

    Maintenance loan for part-time students

    New part time students from the academic year 2018-19 will be able to apply for a means tested part time maintenance loan from Student Finance England. You can apply to SFE for a maintenance Loan towards your living and course costs. This loan is means tested, so the amount you receive is partially based on your household income and whether you choose to live in your own home or in your parental home.

    As a part-time student the amount of maintenance Loan available to you will also be based on your intensity of study which is worked out from how many modules you take. As a part time student you can study between 2 to 5 modules per academic year. The table below shows how much you may be entitled to.

    Household Income 2 modules 3 modules 4 modules 5 modules
    £10,000 - £24,999 £2,175 £2,897 £4,350 £4,350
    £25,000 - £29,999 £2,019 £2,689 £4,038 £4,038
    £30,000 - £34,999 £1,863 £2,482 £3,726 £3,726
    £35,000 - £42,875 £1,617 £2,154 £3,235 £3,235
    £42,876 - £49,999 £1,395 £1,858 £2,790 £2,790
    £50,000 - £54,999 £1,239 £1,650 £2,478 £2,478
    £55,000 - £62,190 £1,015 £1,352 £2,030 £2,030
    £62,191 and over £1,014 £1,350 £2,027 £2,027

    When you apply to SFE for your maintenance loan and fees, you will be asked how many modules you are intending to study (between 2 and 5). You will also be asked how many modules you would study if your course was full time. There are 8 modules for full time study. This information is important to SFE, so they can calculate your intensity of study for your maintenance loan.

    Part Time Tuition Fees

    A non means test tuition fee loan is also available from Student Finance England. Oxford Brookes will charge £750 per single module credit in 2018-19.


    Applications for part-time Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loans are made online on the Student Finance England website and the site is now open for 2018-19 applications.

    The University has a long and successful history of supporting students who find themselves in unexpected hardship during their studies. Please visit our Financial Aid page for details of support available.

    A free BrookesKey bus pass will be offered to full-time undergraduate students that are:

    • on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more


    • living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence.

    The free BrookesKey pass is also available to international students (new and continuing) who are on courses with fees of £9,250 or more.

    There is an £8 administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.

    The cost of a mandatory field trip is included in your course fee

    Optional field trip costs are not included and a separate fee will apply. Please contact the relevant Faculty for more information about these charges.

    The Oxford Brookes University Community Scholarship rewards those students who have been an excellent role model within their school, college or community and/or have overcome personal or social difficulties.

    Payment dates in 2018-19

    This bursary is paid out in two equal instalments on:

    • 1 November 2018 (50%)
    • 1 February 2019 (50%)

    Please see the Community Scholarships page for more details.