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Date published: March 29, 2017

Tuition fee increase

Following the announcement from the government last year that all English universities may increase their Home/EU undergraduate tuition fees in line with inflation, the University of Salford will increase Home/EU full-time tuition fees for all current and new students from £9,000 to £9,250 for the 2017-18 academic year. This is the first increase in tuition fees since 2012.

At the University of Salford, we are proud of our strong reputation for widening participation to students from all backgrounds, and consider any increase in tuition fees extremely carefully. Therefore, all the financial support we offer through our bursaries and scholarships will increase proportionally with fees.

The tuition fee covers much more than just the cost of teaching – over the last 3 years we have invested £150 million in facilities for our students to ensure that they have an excellent experience throughout their time with us. Over the coming years we will continue to invest in the physical and digital infrastructure of the University.

Future increases will be determined by the government and are subject to annual review.

Why are fees increasing?

We wanted to let you know that following government recommendations, along with many others in the sector, we will be increasing our UK/EU full time tuition fees for the 2017-18 academic year. This means our fees for current and prospective students will be set at £9,250 per year. This is our first increase since 2012 and will enable us to continue to enhance your student experience.

Future increases in fees will be determined by the Government and are subject to annual review.

Who does the fee increase apply to?

From September 2017, a 2.8% increase will apply to our regulated undergraduate fees for:

*all new UK/EU full time fee-paying students starting in 2017/18
*all continuing UK/EU fee-paying students who started in 2014/15 or later

How will I know the total impact of the increase on my tuition?

Current students will receive an email regarding the tuition fee increase and what this means for you.  It will include the percentage increase which applies to you.

Will my tuition fee loan cover the increase?

Yes. Student Finance England has agreed that all students eligible for tuition fee loans who face increased tuition fees will be able to borrow up to the new fee level.

The increased fees will be added to your tuition fee loan, so there is no need to make any additional payments upfront. You only start to repay your loan after you have graduated and earn over £21,000.

Students who live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland will receive financial support from the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government or the Northern Ireland Executive as appropriate.

Are other universities increasing their fees?

The Majority of other English Universities’ are also increasing their fees this year.

How will the income from tuition fees be invested in my education?

We are continually upgrading teaching facilities and enhancing the student experience. Funding from tuition fees will continue to be invested in the learning and teaching facilities, support services, academic and technical staff and campus safety.

Our investment in student facilities in recent years has included £150 million in social learning spaces, research facilities, and student accommodation. Our Peel Park Accommodation opened in 2015 and has all en-suite bedrooms, Wi-Fi, cinema and games rooms as well as a laundrette and gym. The new Adelphi building opened to students in September 2016 and houses a 350 seater theatre as well as cutting edge recording studios. 

2017 has seen further investment in the library, and we’ll be starting the refurbishment of the Newton Building later in the year.

Additional teaching posts have been created and Student Progression Assistants are now in place in each of our schools. To see more about how fees are spent click here.

My chosen degree programme includes a year in industry. How much will I pay during the year I am away from the University?

We do not charge fees for the year that you spend on an industry placement.

What are the University’s plans for future developments?

The University is committed to ensuring we offer the best possible facilities for all students and there is an ongoing investment programme in the physical and digital infrastructure of our campuses. We are currently re-working our Campus Masterplan and will be publishing our progress on these plans towards the end of 2017.

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