Funding for Higher Education

Full-time fees

The College will charge a fee of £9,000 per year for undergraduate students and £6,000 for postgraduate students who start their first higher education course at the College in September 2016. Students who started their courses in previous years will continue to pay the same fee as when they started. 

Part-time fees

If you start your course in September 2016, the College will charge £600 for undergraduate and £670 for postgraduate per 20 credits of study. Usually student study 80 credits each year, so the most common chard is £2,400. If you study 80 credits each year, it will take you three years to complete a foundation degree in comparison to two years for a full-time student. Students who started their courses in previous years will continue to pay the same fee as when they started.

Tuition fee loans for degrees

Many people pay the costs of their tuition fees through a tuition fee loan, which means that you don’t have to pay anything until you have completed your studies and are earning more than £21,000 a year. At this point you will start paying back the loan on a monthly basis. 

You can make an application for a tuition fee loan up to six months before you are due to begin your course to ensure you have the appropriate funding in place. For further information about student finance and the tuition fee loan, please visit finance

Maintenance loans and grants

You may also be eligible for help with living costs through maintenance loans and grants. Information is available at

There is also additional support for students with disabilities and the College’s Learning Support Tutor can help you with the application process. 

Student loans for Masters

There are now post graduate loans available to support the costs associated with studying for a Masters. The loans are not means-tested and are paid directly to the individual. More information can be found Here.

Higher education bursaries

Moulton College offer means-tested bursaries to students on full-time and part-time (pro-rata) programmes. This is in line with our agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA). Whilst you may qualify for more than one bursary students are only entitled to one bursary – a maximum of £1,000. Applications for all bursaries for new students should be made at the time of enrolment; you will be sent forms form our Student Services team. These bursaries are as follows: 

New entrants 2015

Students starting their higher education courses in September 2015 may be eligible for up to a £1,000 cash bursary if their household income is £42,600 or less. This bursary is only available to support students during their first year of study. Students may be eligible if they meet the following criteria: 

  •       They have an advanced apprenticeship or NVQ Level 3
  •       They enter directly from Level 3 studies at the College

Bursaries will be paid in two instalments during the year. The value of the bursaries depends on household income:

  •      If household income  is less than £25,000 p.a. - £1,000 will be awarded
  •      If household income is less than £42,600 p.a. - £500 will be awarded

High grades bursary

Students starting their higher education courses in September 2015 who achieve high grades as defined by HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council of England) are entitled to a £1,000 bursary. These grades are currently defined as BTEC, minimum of DDM or A Levels, minimum of ABB.  

£500 fee waiver for part-time students

This is available to students paying their own fees, e.g. not sponsored by an employer and who have a household income of £30,000 or below. 

Students who qualify in more than one category are only entitled to one bursary. The bursary will be off-set against any fees outstanding on the student’s account.

Moulton College Access to Learning Fund

This replaces the national Access to Learning Fund and follows the same criteria except that the maximum for any one student in any one year is normally £1,000. This is available to students who demonstrate that a financial crisis would lead to withdrawal from their course. Can also be used for bridging loans where SLC maintenance grants/loans are delayed. Also used to pay for 50% of the costs of a Disabled Students’ Allowance assessment via HE learning Support Tutor. To be eligible to apply for this bursary, applicants must have a residual income of under £25,000.

Students who commenced study in 2013/14 and 2014/15

The National Scholarship Scheme is no longer in existence and some students did benefit from fee or accommodation charge waivers. There will be no new scholarships available but applications will be accepted from students who have been awarded a scholarship on 2013/14 and/or 2014/15. And who are experiencing financial difficultly which may put them at risk of falling out their course

Application process for Higher Education bursaries for existing students

Applications for bursaries should be made after enrolment and if the bursary is means-tested, that is based on household income levels, then a covering letter will be required explaining your circumstances. Forms will be sent out with your joining instructions.