If you’re applying to ARU for the first time and you’re from the UK or EU, this information is for you.
If you're from the UK or EU and you're applying to university for the first time, you don't have to pay for your course upfront. You can get a Government loan to help cover the costs.
The two main loans are:
There's more information about the loans below.
You can apply for both these loans online. Visit Student Finance England* to get started.
Both full-time and part-time students can apply for Tuition Fee Loan. Visit Student Finance England* to get started.
The money is paid directly to your university every semester. You won’t have to repay anything until the April after you graduate, and even then you’ll only pay 9% of any earnings over £25,000 a year (for students who took out loans from September 2012 onward).
If you're a part-time student, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan if you’re studying more than a quarter (25% intensity) of a full-time course each year.
Your tuition fee will depend on the intensity of your course. So if you’re studying half a full-time course each year (50% intensity), you’ll pay half of the full-time course fee each year for six years, rather than the usual three.
If you'd rather not take out a Tuition Fee Loan, you can pay your tuition fees directly to your university.
You could receive support to help pay for living costs while you're studying. Living costs include things like accommodation, food and travel.
Most full-time UK students can apply for a Maintenance Loan from the Government. Some EU students may also be eligible. Visit Student Finance England* to get started.
The exact amount you’ll receive depends on your personal circumstances, including where you live during term-time and your household income. Over half of the Maintenance Loan is not affected by your total household income, but the remaining amount does depend on it.
The total Maintenance Loan you borrow is added to your Tuition Fee Loan, which is only repaid at 9% of your earnings over £25,000 (for students who took out loans from September 2012 onward).
If you're looking into ways to support yourself through university, our Employment Bureau can help you find part-time work that fits around your studies. It's a great way to gain experience and skills.
We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries.
If you're an EU student starting a course in 2020/21 you will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants for the duration of your course, even if the UK exits the EU during that period. You may also be eligible for our EU Undergraduate Bursary.
We offer a number of scholarships and bursaries to undergraduate students from the UK and EU. Take a look at what's on offer.
Our Merit Scholarship is open to undergraduate students from the UK or EU who are taking exams in summer 2020 and expecting to achieve BBB grades or above.
There's no need to apply. You’ll automatically receive our Merit Scholarship if you meet the eligibility criteria. Find out more.
Our Sport Scholarship is for talented athletes who are competing at regional, national or international level. It's available to UK, EU and international students.
Each award is tailored to suit individual needs and combines high-quality performance support services with fantastic facilities that will add value to your existing training programme. Find out more and apply now.
We’re committed to supporting students who are keen to succeed in their studies.
Our ARU Bursary is for UK and EU students who have an annual household income of £42,875 or less. It's worth up to £300 per year.
This fund is designed to help eligible students from less well-off households. You can apply for a non-repayable grant from one of the following bursaries, which help with specific aspects of study or student life:
Our GO! fund can help with the costs of overseas experiences linked to your study, including:
We currently have a fund in place to help students already studying at ARU who, through no fault of their own, are experiencing hardship. Eligibility criteria apply, and more details are available from our Money Advice Service.
If you get funding from Student Finance England* you may be able to apply for some additional grants and allowances. Some of these are income assessed.
This is a grant if you have a partner or other adult depending on you financially (not including grown-up children) and is worth up to £2,757 a year depending on your household income.
Any amount you’re entitled to is paid to you in addition to your main student finance package. It’s paid directly into your bank account in three instalments, at the same time as any Maintenance Loan or other grants you get.
You can’t get this grant if the dependent adult is also a student receiving student finance funding.
You can apply for help with childcare costs, up to £159.59 per week for one child or up to £273.60 per week for two or more children.
You’ll need to complete the main application for student finance from Student Finance England, and then an additional Childcare Grant application form (CCG1) that you can download from your student finance account.
This allowance is to help with course-related costs like books, study materials and travel if you have dependent children. You can get up to £1,573 per year depending on your income and that of those you live with.
Any amount you’re entitled to is paid in addition to your main student finance package. It’s paid directly into your bank account in three instalments, at the same time as any Maintenance Loan or Grant you get.
If you have a disability we encourage you to get in touch during your application process so we can discuss what support we can offer you.
These grants help to pay the essential extra costs you may have as a direct result of your disability including a mental-health condition, or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.
What you’re entitled to depends on your needs assessment, this is an informal meeting to discuss what equipment and support will help you. It can go towards essential extra costs like human support, travel, assistive technology and training, and it doesn’t have to be paid back.
If you’re going to study full-time and are applying for a loan you can process your DSA with your application to Student Finance England. If you’re not applying for a loan or you’re studying part-time you can still complete a DSA1 form with Student Finance England.
The NHS Learning Support Fund is available to students starting a course in midwifery, nursing or operating department practice from 1 August 2017 onwards.
For more details, watch the video guide or visit the NHS Business Services Authority website. You can set up a Learning Support Fund (LSF) account on the website, and use this to apply for funding.
The Council of Deans of Health has a useful factsheet about funding for healthcare students.
The Funding Clinic is also a useful resource and will give you information tailored to your circumstances.
From September 2020, nursing, midwifery, operating department practitioner (ODP) and paramedic science students will receive funding of £5,000 a year to help with living costs. Some students may be eligible for more, and this money does not have to be repaid.
You will still be able to access other financial support, such as the Tuition Fee Loan. This new grant will be available to existing students as well as those starting a course in 2020.
If you're studying BA (Hons) Social Work you can apply for the Student Finance England Maintenance Loan (more details under the 'Student loans' tab).
During your second and third years of study you might meet the criteria to access the income-assessed NHS Social Work Bursary, introduced by the Department of Health as an incentive to train in social work. As a university, we're offered a limited number of bursaries, so we cannot guarantee that you will get one. Bursaries are allocated according to your interview score and passing the preparation for practice module, which reflects current Department of Health guidance.
The Social Work Bursary is available if you:
Your bursary will be paid in three instalments, at the start of each semester.
You can check your eligibility and apply for an undergraduate bursary on the NHS Business Services Authority website.
If you have any questions about social work bursaries, you can find answers 24 hours a day, seven days a week using Ask Us.