Financial support for undergraduate UK/EU students 2012-13

  • 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 scholarship, fee waiver or bursary.

    Please note some financial support is available for UK students only and not available for EU students.

  • 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 £21,000 a year.

    Eligible part-time students who start their degree in September 2012 or January 2013 will, for the first time, have access to loans for tuition fees. They won't have to pay upfront as long as it is their first degree.

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

    Repaying your loan

    Repayments will be 9% of any income above £21,000, 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.

    The Brookes fee waiver scheme is available to full-time students who are on degree courses of £9,000.

    If your household income is below £40,000 you should be eligible for a fee waiver (a reduction in your tuition fees). Our fee waiver 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 and EU students. The scheme will be partly funded by the Government's National Scholarship Programme

    Household Income Fee waiver
    £0 - £4,999 £2,500
    £5,000 - £14,999 £2,000
    £15,000 - £39,999 £1,000

    Your eligibility for a fee waiver will be determined by the household income details you provide to Student Finance England (SFE) as part of your application for student support. These income details will be shared with Oxford Brookes for the purpose of awarding fee waivers.

    You should apply for a fee loan for the full amount of your course fee and Oxford Brookes will reduce your loan once your household income has been fully assessed and verified by SFE.   We will send you confirmation of your entitlement once we have processed your details from SFE.


    The Community Scholarship rewards students who have shown commitment to studies, overcome personal or social difficulties and/or have been an excellent role model within their school, college or community.

    To be eligible, you must be at a state-maintained secondary school or college in Oxfordshire or at one of our partner colleges* and demonstrate one or more of the following:

    • Successful role model to other students
    • Commitment to study
    • Potential to succeed
    • Overcoming of personal or social difficulties
    • Engagement in the community

    *includes Bridgwater College, Somerset, Brooklands College, Surrey, Solihull College, Swindon College and New College, Swindon

    You must also firmly accept a place on a full-time three or four year degree course, or a foundation degree course at our partner colleges.

    The students awarded the scholarship are given a one-off payment of £1,000 in their first year of study at the University.

    This scheme is open to full time degree students on £9,000 courses.

    If your household income is below £30,000 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 who are in receipt of an HE maintenance grant.

    The scheme will be partly funded by the government's National Scholarship Programme.

    How much will the bursary be?

    The Brookes bursary is determined using the same residual family income calculation that is used by the Student Loans Company to work out the amount of HE maintenance grant you receive. The Brookes Bursary is different depending on which year you join your course at the university.

    Household income Bursary
    £0 - £4,999 £2,000
    £5,000 - £9,999 £1,500
    £10,000 - £14,999 £1,200
    £15,000 - £19,999 £1,050
    £20,000 - £24,999 £900
    £25,000 - £29,999 £300

    The bursary will be paid in three instalments in 2013-14

    • 8th November 2013 (25%)
    • 7th February 2014 (25%)
    • 16th April 2014 (50%)


    You don't need to apply - we will know if you are eligible from your means test for the HE maintenance grant. 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) 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.

    Further information about bursary eligibility and important information about the circumstances when you may be asked to repay the bursary can be found here.

    If you are a care leaver 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 at Oxford Brookes.

    You may be eligible for the Transition from Care Bursary of £2,000 a year, if you are already eligible for a HE Maintenance Grant from the Student Loans Company and have been in care since the age of fourteen.

    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 is 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 Dean on +44 (0) 1865 484652 or Jim Pye on +44 (0) 1865 484657 to establish your eligibility for a bursary and guaranteed accommodation.

    The Transition from Care Bursary will be paid in two equal instalments on 7th November 2012 and 7th February 2013.

    Grants (which you do not pay back) and loans (which you do pay back) are available from the government to help with living costs. Please see the Student Finance England website for more details.
    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.

    In 2012-13, a free BrookesBus pass will be offered to full-time undergraduate students (including January 2013 starters) that are;

    • on a course with a fee of £9,000 or more


    • living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence

    The free BrookesBus pass is also available to international students (new and continuing) who are on courses with fees of £9,000 or more

    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.