Fees and funding
Making the decision to study at university can be a big financial commitment, which is why it's important for you to learn about the fees you will need to pay as well as how to manage your money before you start your studies.
If you study with us, fees for students from the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man studying a full-time undergraduate degree are currently £9,250 per year for the first year of study.
As the UK has now left the European Union, students from the EU pay the international fee rate. These differ by course, so please see the relevant course page on our website for more details.
The government has confirmed that this change won't apply to Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement.
The fees for UK part-time students will vary depending on the number of credits taken per year, and the fees for the foundation year of a full degree may differ. Please see the relevant course page for details.
Student finance opens for applications in early spring each year, but the dates and deadlines differ depending on which country you live in, please use the links above to Student Finance England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland to check the application deadline dates relevant to you. We would encourage you to apply for your student finance as soon as possible to ensure your finances are in place for the new academic year.
The repayment threshold for tuition fee loans is currently set at £27,295. This means that you will only start paying your loan back once you graduate and start earning over this amount. For more information on repaying your loan, visit the gov.uk website.
If you're a student from outside the UK, you can find a handy guide to applying for student finance on the Student Room. We also have more details on our fees and funding for international students page. If you have any queries about your eligibility for student finance, you should check this with the relevant funding body as appropriate. We do not make decisions about eligibility for loans; the decision lies with the funding body directly.
The other major cost at university is living costs; this includes accommodation, utilities, travel, food, stationery and any course materials. If there are costs associated with your particular course of study this will be outlined on our course finder pages.
To support with meeting these costs, you’re entitled to apply for a maintenance loan. This is a means-tested loan and will take a number of factors into consideration, including:
- Household income – this means the total gross income of the students’ parent(s), caregivers or spouse living in the household where the student lives;
- Living arrangements – students living away from home are entitled to a higher maintenance loan than those staying in the family home
There are other factors taken into account, but these are the major ones. There is a handy calculator on the Student Finance website which you can use to check eligibility for student loans.
You apply for your maintenance loan at the same time as your tuition fee loan and it is paid directly into your bank account in three instalments. The first instalment will be paid once your attendance at University has been confirmed – we use the date you collect your ID card as the confirmation of attendance and it can take three to five working days after this before the monies are released.
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Additional Government Support
In order to help with the cost of studying at university, there is also other additional government support available to you depending on your circumstances.
If you’re a fulltime student with a dependent child(ren) or spouse, then you may be eligible to apply for one of the following government grants; Parents’ Learning Allowance, Childcare Grant, Adult Dependants' Grant. These extra support payments are paid in addition to your other student finance and do not have to be paid back.
If you’re a student with a learning difficulty, health problem or disability, the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is available to help cover any study-related costs you may have. This type of support and how much you’re able to get depends on your individual needs and can be made as a payment on its own or in addition to any other student finance you receive. If you need support with your application for DSA, our Disability and Inclusion Service is on hand to help.
Funding support for healthcare students
Students starting and continuing their course from 1 September 2020 onwards can apply for NHS Learning Support Fund, which provides supplementary funding, if they’re on one of the following pre-registration undergraduate or postgraduate courses.
- Diagnostic Radiography
- Occupational Therapy
- Prosthetics and Orthotics
- Nursing (adult, child, mental health, learning disability, joint nursing/social work)
Further details regarding the bursary can be found here.
Financial support at Salford
We're dedicated to helping our students get the most out of their time studying with us, which is why we have three financial support schemes in place: the Inspire Support Scheme, Care Leavers' Bursary and the Unite Foundation Scholarship Scheme. See below for further information and whether you're eligible.
Inspire Support Scheme
When you complete registration here on campus you'll automatically be given access to an Inspire account. The scheme is open to all new undergraduate students joining a foundation year or year one of an undergraduate degree based at the University, and gives you £150 of credit to spend in a dedicated online store. You'll be able to buy learning resources such as text books, electronics or stationery, to give you the best possible start to your studies here at Salford. This scheme will run annually, meaning you’ll receive £150 of credits each year of your undergraduate degree if based here on campus.
For students from low-income backgrounds and living in areas where participation in higher education is low, there will also be the opportunity to receive an additional £350 of credits, bringing the total to £500 each year. This additional amount is only available to undergraduate students paying home tuition fees; it will be based on your personal circumstances and will be assessed at the point of registering as a student here in September. You will be reassessed at registration each year to determine the level of award for that academic year.
Care Leavers' Bursary
Care leavers from the UK who are studying an undergraduate degree will be eligible for an annual bursary of £1,100. This will be paid in two instalments of £550, the first in November and the second in April. To find out more, including full eligibility, please contact our Course Enquiries team on 0161 295 4545, or email email@example.com.
Estranged Students' Summer Bursary
We offer a summer bursary of £550 from Student Finance for undergraduate students from the UK that have independent status due to estrangement as we realise that you will have extra costs over summer like additional rent.
To be eligible for the award, you must be able to show that you have gained independent status with Student Finance for estrangement. This will be verified by our Student Experience and Support Team. To find out more, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 295 0023 (option 1, option 3).
Student Carer Bursary
Student carers from the UK who are studying an undergraduate degree and able to prove that they have caring responsibilities for a family member or friend with a disability/long term illness will be eligible to apply for an annual bursary of £550. For more information, including full eligibility, please contact our team by calling 0161 295 0023 (option 1, option 3) or email email@example.com.
Donor funded scholarships and bursaries
It is through the generosity of our alumni, friends and industry partners that we are able to provide a number of donor-funded scholarships and bursaries for University of Salford students who would otherwise find it challenging to fund their studies.
There are a range of scholarships and bursaries available, at a University-wide level, as well as specific to schools and subject areas, supporting talented students who may need additional financial aid to support their time at Salford.
The University of Salford is committed to widening access to higher education. Find out more about our current and future access and participation agreements.
Managing your money
Some basic budgeting skills will be important for all students. You’ll find a wealth of information on askUS to support with this, as well as information on how to manage your money. We’ve also created a guide to living costs at Salford, too - so you won't be stuck for resources on this topic.
You can also hear from Salford students themselves, as our student bloggers have put together their advice on saving before starting uni and tips on money-saving whilst shopping, which are well worth checking out.
The Student Room is an excellent resource for applicants, covering information on a wide range of topics. You'll also find that Money Saving Expert has dedicated information for students including money saving tips, budget planners and student bank accounts, as well as discounts and deals.