Frequently asked questions - undergraduate UK/EU students

  • Frequently asked questions

    Undergraduate UK/EU students

    Please see the various sections below for the answers to some questions that are commonly asked by UK/EU undergraduates about financing their studies.

    Questions on tuition fee policy

  • UK/EU undergraduate tuition fees have remained at £9,000 for the last four years. The recently published Government White Paper,Success as a Knowledge Economy, states that the £9,000 maximum fees introduced in 2012, are now worth £8,546 in real terms. This has reduced higher education’s spending power to invest in the provision for students and represents a 5 per cent reduction in value in real terms.

    According to a Department of Education statement in May, fees would be worth £8,000 by 2020, if the £9,000 cap were left unchanged. The proposal to raise the current maximum statutory tuition fee from £9,000 now to £9,250 in 2017/18 is a step towards closing this gap.

    All universities with a satisfactory and current quality assurance award from the Higher Education Funding Council for England will be eligible to raise fees. This is a year-on-year rise of 2.8 per cent, in line with the Office for Budgetary Responsibility forecast for RPI-X (the retail price index, excluding mortgage interest payments).

    This new fee level for 2017/18 for all UK/EU undergraduate students who started their study after 01 September 2012 will mean that Oxford Brookes can further reinvest in its students and further improve not only the quality of their degree, but also the legacy of their qualification at Oxford Brookes as the University continues to enhance its reputation locally, nationally and internationally.

    The statutory maximum level for tuition fees for UK/EU students enrolling in 2018/19 has been set at £9,250 by the UK Government. Tuition fees may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Once this is information is known, the University will consider the options available and provide further information.
    The £9,250 tuition fee level for 2018/19 for UK/EU undergraduates who started their study after 1 September 2012 will continue to be covered by a loan from the Student Loan Company, in line with its published repayment terms and conditions.
    Oxford Brookes has already publicly stated that any EU students joining the University in the 2017/18 academic year will continue to pay EU level fees for the duration of their course, which is in line with fees levels for UK students. To confirm, if you join us as an EU student in 2017/18 you will not move to International level fees, provided this continues to be permitted by UK law. Further information is available on our dedicated Brexit FAQs webpage.

    Previous discussions with student representatives have been helpful in identifying that a proportion of the additional funds received should be invested directly into enhanced provision of mentoring of students by alumni. This is already an area of great strength in a number of subject areas at Oxford Brookes and enhancing this provision and rolling it out more widely will have significant benefits for our students, as well as for the sectors in which our graduates go on to work. The University will also continue to invest in other programmes which directly improve the student experience, including its ten year estate investment plan.

    Oxford Brookes also remains committed to Widening Participation and has committed to investing over £7.5 million in access, student success, progression and financial support for under-represented students in 2017/18 alone.

  • How might this affect me?

  • No. First time undergraduates' fees can be paid by a Student Loans Company loan, which means you do not pay up-front. UK graduates start repaying their loans when they are earning over £25,000. EU repayments are collected separately.

    The increase in tuition fees will not increase your monthly repayments. Student loan repayments for students who started their study after 1 September 2012 see UK graduates pay back 9 per cent of their income over the minimum amount of £21,000. For example, graduates earning £25,000 per year will continue repay £30 per month (based on current Student Loan Company repayment rates). 

    The increase in tuition fees will increase the size of your student loan and will mean you repay your loan over a longer period of time. Currently, any outstanding student loan will be cancelled 30 years after you become eligible to repay.

    Yes, the tuition fee increase to £9,250 from 2017/18 will apply to all UK/EU undergraduate students who started their study after 1 September 2012.  

    Existing EU and UK undergraduate tuition fee levels have remained the same for four years and have now reduced in value by more than 5 per cent in real terms. During this time, we have continued to apply inflationary increases to international and postgraduate students. 

    The decision to apply a tuition fees increase across all years of UK/EU undergraduate entry will enable the university to further invest in the student experience. Previous discussions with student representatives have been helpful in identifying areas where the University can further invest in the student experience. It has therefore been agreed that a proportion of the additional funds received will be invested directly into enhanced provision of mentoring for students by alumni. 

    The decision also means parity of charging across all UK/EU undergraduate students. 

    UK/EU undergraduates who started their study after 1 September 2012 and need to retake an academic year in 2018/19 will be charged £9,250.
    No, this increase applies only to those students who started at Oxford Brookes after 01 September 2012.
    Undergraduate UK/EU students who started their study after 01 September 2012 and are on an Erasmus course or study abroad scheme in a partner university for a full academic year in 2018/19 will be charged tuition fees of £1,380 by Oxford Brookes.  Students coming to Oxford Brookes for their study abroad/Erasmus component will be charged tuition fees of £6,000 for a full academic year or £3,000 for a semester.

    Students studying for a foundation degree with one of our partner colleges in 2018/19 will be charged £7,200 for full-time study and £4,500 if studying part-time. You will then have the option to top up to a full bachelor's degree by carrying out just one year's further study. Where offered at a partner college, this will be charged at £7,200 in 2018/19.

    Students coming to Brookes to top up to a full bachelor's degree will be charged £9,250 for full-time study or £750 per single module for part-time study.  

    Please note that Equine Science and Equine Science and Thoroughbred Management courses fee levels for new and continuing students will be £9,250 in 2018/19. 

    Yes, all UK/EU full-time undergraduate students will pay £9,250 tuition fees for 2018/19. This includes students who have chosen to defer entry.
    Yes. Eligible Oxford Brookes students will still be able to apply for our bursaries and additional financial support packages. Further information is available on our Student Finance webpages

    Part-time undergraduate students will pay £750 per single module.

    Modular associate students will pay £6,000 per year or £3,000 per semester for full-time study or £750 per single module for part-time study.

     

    UK/EU undergraduate students studying for a PGCE at Oxford Brookes will be charged £9,250 for full-time study in 2018/19.
    From September 2017 any new undergraduate nursing student will not be funded by the NHS. UK/EU students will pay £9,250 for full-time study in 2018/19. Any student who started prior to September 2017 will continue to be NHS funded.
    Continuing students and those beginning their studies in 2018/19 who are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more and/or who are living in an Oxford Brookes Halls of Residence will also continue to receive a free BrookesKey bus pass which provides convenient travel between campuses and across the city.

    How do I pay my tuition fees?

    • Tuition fee loan.  Make an application to the Student Loans Company
    • Self financing.  Payment can be received by debit or credit card via the online enrolment pages, bank transfer, or in person at the University during enrolment week
    • Sponsor.  If you have an educational sponsor then we will invoice them.  Note: Parents / family are not considered to be sponsors.

    Applicants with firm offers will be contacted by our Admissions Office with links to the online enrolment pages.


    When do I pay?

    • information will be sent to you just before you enrol on your course each year.  If you are taking a SLC tuition fee loan, your fees are paid direct to the University.  If you are self-financing, you can pay in full in September, or in two equal instalments (September and January)

    What currency do I pay in?

    • pounds sterling (£)

    How does my sponsor pay my tuition fees?

    • your sponsor will need to provide an official letter of sponsorship detailing the student's name, the sponsor's address details and contact details for the invoice, and sponsorship amount. Your sponsor will then be invoiced by Oxford Brookes, usually after week 4 of the semester, and will be required to pay the full amount within 30 days.

    How much will it cost me to live at university?

    • The amount of money you will need for living costs will depend on your course and lifestyle. See our living costs page to get an idea of how much you'll spend.

    If your question is not answered on the website, please contact us:

    Student Finance
    tel +44 (0)1865 483088
    financefees@brookes.ac.uk

    Questions about financial support

    Financial Aid
    tel +44 (0)1865 484728
    finaid@brookes.ac.uk