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Student loan and tuition fees advice

Learn more about the University of Surrey's tuition fees and the government's student finance support.

The University of Surrey will be charging tuition fees of £9250 for UK/EU Undergraduate students in 2017/18.

Tuition Fee Policy

Fees for EU students starting in 2017

We are very pleased to announce that the UK government has recently confirmed that EU students applying for courses at English universities in autumn 2017 will be able to benefit from the current system of loans, and the current level of fees, throughout the duration of their course.

It has also been confirmed that tuition fee levels for EU students who enter UK Higher Education in September 2017 will remain at the same level as UK students for the duration of their studies.

We hope this provides assurance to you about funding your studies at the University of Surrey from September 2017.  

Tuition fees during your Professional Training placement year

The majority of our students have the opportunity to take part in our Professional Training placement programme. The fees during this placement year are substantially reduced – these are under review and are currently set at £1,800 (or £1,350 if on Erasmus for the year).

Most students on our Professional Training placement programme are paid a salary by their employers, which is a valuable source of income during their time at Surrey. For those who are on an unpaid placement, we have a fund to ensure that they receive some financial support during their placement year. For an unpaid research placement at a university overseas we ensure you are eligible for your normal maintenance loan to help with the costs.

Student loans and grants

It’s estimated that paying your tuition fees upfront is the least cost-effective way of paying for your degree. Instead, consider a student loan. They work like this: 

  • The government loans you the money to pay your tuition fees
  • You pay the government back, in instalments, after you graduate
  • Your repayments are in proportion to your income
  • You only start repaying when you earn over a certain amount (currently £21,000 per year)
  • Repayment rates are decided in advance, so there shouldn’t be any unexpected changes 

Learn more on the Government's student finance website and watch a video featuring Martin Lewis, Head of the Independent Taskforce on Student Finance Information, which explains why everyone can afford to go to university.

New advice for EU students from the UK government

EU nationalsshould note that new students in 2016/17 must now prove they have been living in the UK for five years before their course start date in order to get living cost support from Student Finance England.

Maintenance Loan

This helps with living costs and is paid into your bank account each term. Here are a few facts to help you understand Maintenance Loans:

  • Only full-time students can apply for a Maintenance Loan 
  • The exact amount that you can borrow depends on your family’s income, where you live, where you study, what year of study you’re in and what help you get through the Maintenance Grant
  • Rates for final-year students are different 

Special Support Grant

This is for students who qualify for income support or housing benefit. You may be eligible for the Special Support Grant if: 

  • You are a single parent
  • Your partner is also a student
  • You have certain disabilities 

For full details and qualifying criteria, please the government’s Student Finance website.