Funding for undergraduates

As an undergraduate at Plymouth, there are plenty of funding options available to support you during your studies, including:

  • Tuition fee loans
  • Living cost loans

Tuition fee loans

At Plymouth University all Home and EU students are able to apply for a tuition fee loan equivalent to their fee – £9,000. For more information, visit our tuition fees pages, or visit the Student Loans Company website.

Living cost loans

All students are eligible to apply for a living cost loan (also called maintenance loans) if you’re studying full time. This is to help towards your day-to-day spending such as food, travel and accommodation.

2016/17

In 2016/17 the maximum annual loan available will be:

  • Students living at home £6,904
  • Students living away from home £8,200
  • Students who are eligible for benefits and living at parental home £8,144
  • Students who are eligible for benefits living away from parental home £9,347

You won’t have to repay your tuition fee or living costs loans until you graduate and earn over £21,000 a year.

The table shows examples of what you can expect your monthly loan repayments to be once you’re earning over £21,000.

Yearly income before tax Monthly income Monthly repayment
Up to £21,000  £1,750  £0 
£25,000   £2,083  £30
£30,000   £2,500   £67
£35,000   £2,916  £105
£40,000   £3,333   £142 

2017/18

In 2017/18 the maximum annual loan available will be:

  • Students living at home £7,097
  • Students living away from home £8,430
  • Students who are eligible for benefits and living at parental home £8,372
  • Students who are eligible for benefits living away from parental home £9,609
You won’t have to repay your tuition fee or living costs loans until you graduate and earn over £21,000 a year.

The table shows examples of what you can expect your monthly loan repayments to be once you’re earning over £21,000.

Yearly income before tax Monthly income Monthly repayment
Up to £21,000 £1,750 £0
£25,000 £2,083 £30
£30,000 £2,500 £67
£35,000 £2,916 £105
£40,000 £3,333 £142

Living cost loans: living away from home rates 2016/17

Annual household income Repayable living cost loan
£25,000 or less £8,200
£30,000 £7,612
£35,000 £7,023
£40,000 £6,434
£42,875 £6,095
£45,000 £5,845
£50,000 £5,256
£55,000 £4,667
£60,000 £4,078
£62,180 and over £3,821

Living cost loans: living away from home rates 2017/18

Annual household income Repayable living cost loan
£25,000 or less £8,430
£30,000 £7,825
£35,000 £7,220
£40,000 £6,615
£42,875 £6,266
£45,000 £6,009
£50,000 £5,404
£55,000 £4,799
£60,000 £4,193
£62,180 and over £3,928

Living cost loans: living at home rates 2016/17

Annual household income Repayable living cost loan
£25,000 or less £6,904
£30,000 £6,332
£35,000 £5,704
£40,000 £5,158
£42,875 £4,824
£45,000 £4,576
£50,000 £3,994
£55,000 £3,412
£58,201 and over £3,039

Living cost loans: living at home rates 2017/18

Annual household income Repayable living cost loan
£25,000 or less £7,097
£30,000 £6,499
£35,000 £5,901
£40,000 £5,303
£42,875 £4,959
£45,000 £4,705
£50,000 £4,107
£55,000 £3,509
£58,201 and over £3,124

Santander scholarships

Applications for the 2016/2017 cycle are now closed - undergraduate and postgraduate students, and in some cases staff, are welcome to apply.

Scholarships include funding for research projects, initiatives to promote volunteering and the development of employability skills.

Find out more about the scholarships

Unite scholarships

The Unite Foundation scholarship provides students with year round accommodation, in a Unite students property, for three years of an undergraduate degree

These scholarships are administered by Plymouth University with respect to its own students.

Download the application form and guidance notes.

Find out more about these scholarships.