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Information for students starting in 2014

In December 2010, the UK Government voted to raise tuition fees for English universities to a maximum of £9,000 per year amid budget cuts to institutions’ teaching budgets. These changes only apply to UK and EU students wishing to study at a university in England who are new entrants to the university system from 2012 onwards.

  • What tuition fees will the University of Essex charge in 2014?

    We are charging £9,000 a year for all our undergraduate courses in 2014. Having the same tuition fee for all our courses means all our students experience the same level of outstanding teaching in a modern learning environment, while gaining the skills and experience to obtain a graduate job. We have also abolished the fee for any student undertaking a year of study away (such as study abroad or industrial placement) as part of a four-year course. To ensure as many students as possible can access this opportunity, we have introduced four-year study abroad options to the majority of our courses as we believe this experience enhances your learning and widens your career prospects upon graduation.

    The public funding that we receive from the Government for teaching has been cut significantly and although this will be phased, we anticipate it will eventually amount to a cut of more than £17 million a year, so we would not be able to continue to deliver our high quality student experience without alternative funding. The Government is also reducing funding to help us to invest in new buildings and facilities, so our tuition fee will enable us to continue and expand our investment in outstanding teaching and learning opportunities for our students and to provide the best possible facilities.

    When you receive your offer of a place at University of Essex you will be advised of the fee status we have classified you as (home, EU or overseas). We provide more information about your fee status if you have queries.

  • What financial support will the Government be offering me?

    You will not have to pay your tuition fees up front as the Government will provide UK and EU students with a tuition fee loan which you only start to repay after graduation, once you are earning over £21,000.

    Grants (for those from lower income families) and loans for maintenance support will also be available for UK students. If your family income is up to £25,000, you will be entitled to a more generous student maintenance grant which is non-repayable. If your family income is up to £42,000, you will be entitled to a partial grant. Maintenance loans will be available for all eligible full-time UK students. More information on the student loan rates and maintenance grants is available on the Government’s website.

  • What financial support will you be offering me?

    We have developed a comprehensive package of scholarships and bursaries to ensure we remain accessible to all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their financial circumstances.

    More information on these awards can be found on our Scholarships and Bursaries for undergraduates web page.

  • I am thinking of studying part-time. What are the funding arrangements for me?

    From 2012, part-time UK and EU students are entitled to a tuition fee loan on the same basis as full-time students. This support will be available if you complete a minimum of 25 per cent of the full time course load per year, unlike previous tuition fee support package which required you to be studying for over half of your time. Part-time students will not be eligible for maintenance support.

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We offer scholarships and bursaries to support talented undergraduates, which have been developed to ensure we remain accessible to all our students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their financial circumstances.

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We provide comprehensive information to our international students. With over 130 different countries represented, Essex is one of the UK’s most internationally diverse campus universities and known worldwide for its academic excellence.

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Use our Scholarship Finder to find the right funding for you. Scholarships and bursaries are available to support talented students, ensuring we remain accessible to all with the potential to succeed, regardless of your financial circumstances.