Government loans for undergraduate study
Most UK students will need to apply for funding in the form of a government loan (and/or grant in some regions) to cover the cost of University tuition fees and to help with living expenses.
Eligible UK students will receive funding from their regional funding body, based on their ordinary country of residence (not where they are planning to study). For detailed information about funding from each body, please follow the links below:
- Student Finance England (SFE)
- Student Finance Wales (SFW)
- Student Finance Northern Ireland (SFNI)
- Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)
To be eligible for government student funding, applicants need to meet a range of criteria that includes nationality, residency and previous study. Please note that if you have ever studied in Higher Education before – even if you do not have a degree – your entitlement to funding may be affected.
Students must apply for funding each academic year and are strongly advised to do so as soon as the application cycle opens, usually around February / March, for the academic year starting the following September.
See the key steps for information on how to apply for your funding.
On-Campus UK students
Eligible UK students undertaking a campus based undergraduate course, can apply for two elements of financial support:
- A Tuition Fee Loan (and/or grant in some regions) which is paid direct to the University on a student's behalf, to cover the cost of the tuition fees; and
- A Maintenance Loan (and/or grant in some regions) which is paid in instalments to the student throughout the academic year, to help with their living expenses. If a student wishes to borrow more than the minimum amount of maintenance loan, they will need to have an assessment of their household income.
Online UK students
UK Students studying our online undergraduate courses will be able to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan, however, the Student Loans Company does not offer maintenance support for distance learning study unless the student is unable to attend a course in person due to a disability.
International and new EU students commencing their studies from the academic year 2021/22 onwards, are not eligible to apply for any financial support from the UK Government.
Please see our International pages for further information on studying at Falmouth.
Accelerated Degree (UK) Students
UK Students studying a two-year accelerated degree are able to apply for funding in the same way, and are subject to the same eligibility criteria, as students studying three-year courses.
Accelerated degree students can apply for a tuition fee loan up to the maximum amount chargeable for an accelerated degree, which is currently £11,100 per year for courses starting in academic year 2020/21.
Accelerated degree students from England will also be considered for a Long Course Loan in addition to their standard maintenance loan/grant.