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Can You Get A Student Loan For Online Degrees?

Key information for prospective
students in the UK.

An online degree gives you the freedom to study without having to leave your house.​

Funding for online course processes remain very much the same as those you would have if studying on a university campus except that You will only receive a loan for your tuition fees; there is no SFE maintenance loan available for those studying an online degree. There are some exceptions for those who are unable to attend in person due to health reasons.

Given your chosen online degree is eligible and you meet certain criteria, there are funding options available to you.

Tuition Fee Loans​

  • You won’t have to pay up front for your online degree and will apply through the student finance website. The tuition fee set out will cover the admin costs of your course, the lectures, seminars, and tutorials provided as well as the support that will be available to you. The amount of student loan needed to meet the cost of your tuition fees is not based on your household income and is paid directly to your institution in installments.
  • Both prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students can apply for tuition fee loans for an online degree. The fee required will depend on what you are studying, where you are studying and the duration of the course. You will have to make repayments for your loan but this will not be until you are in employment and earning over the threshold, which is currently £27,295.
  • Some tuition fee loans are cheaper than campus-based degrees and will vary depending on whether you choose to study a full-time or part-time degree.

Maintenance Loans​

Students can only apply for a maintenance loan to help with the costs of living if they are unable to attend in person due to health reasons and they are studying a part-time distance learning degree. How much maintenance loan you receive will be dependent on where you will be living whilst studying, your household income and the intensity of your course.

How to Apply​

Tell us what you want to learn, and we’ll guide you through choosing a degree, fulfilling admissions requirements.

Check your Eligibility

Use our eligibility checker if you want to see how likely it is that you’ll qualify for a course before you apply for it.

Loans and Grants

You may be able to get student finance to help towards your living costs fee while you’re at university or college and tuition.

Refer a Friend Scheme

When you help a friend enroll on a degree course with  our Refer a Friend scheme, you will receive a £500 referral fee per successfully enrolled referral.