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University Centre Reaseheath

Finance & Fees

Going to college or university can be an expensive time for you and your family but there is support available to help you experience one of the most rewarding and enjoyable times of your life!

As a Higher Education student you will have two main costs to meet; your tuition fees and living costs. Financial support is available to help with these costs in the form of student loans, bursaries and scholarships. The amount you will be eligible for depends on your income and that of your household. You can apply for your student loans from the February prior to the start of your course. You will need your UCAS registration number in order to do so. You will also need to re-apply each year. You do not have to wait until you have a confirmed place on a course before applying – simply quote the course that you think you are most likely to attend.


Tuition Fees


All eligible full and part-time students may apply for a tuition fee loan to cover their tuition fees.

This loan is not means-tested; it can be taken out to cover the full cost of your fees from Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, SAAS (Scotland) or Student Finance Northern Ireland, and they will pay the fees directly to us on your behalf.

You can also apply for a means-tested maintenance loan to help towards your living costs whilst you study with us. You can receive up to £9,706 for maintenance each year.

You only start paying your loan back once you have finished studying and are earning over £27, 292 (before tax and other deductions) per year. Further information is available at: slc.co.uk

New students from Republic of Ireland are currently eligible to pay UK Home fees. 

If you are a new student from the EU (excluding Republic of Ireland) and studying in England, you will pay the same tuition fees as International Students and require a Student Visa, unless you have Settled or Pre-Settled Status in the UK For more information: Guidance for EU students – GOV.UK

International students and students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are subject to different funding arrangements to mainland UK students. For information on support available to you for tuition fees and living costs you should check your Government’s education website.

To find out more information regarding Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loans, please visit the link relevant to your country of residence:

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Additional Financial Support

University Centre Reaseheath is committed to providing additional financial support to those who need it.

Our bursary schemes detailed below are designed to ensure that students can all access, thrive and succeed in Higher Education at UCR.

Additional financial support is available to eligible students. Eligibility criteria are explained below. Any additional financial support requires students to maintain an average attendance of over 90%. Eligible students must maintain a 90% average during the below periods to receive February and June payments:

February Instalment1st November31st January
June Instalment1st February30th May

For more information on additional financial support please contact the UCR team on 01270 613284 or email don.clarke@reaseheath.ac.uk.

Every University Centre Reaseheath HE student (excluding internal BSc Top-up students) on a directly funded programme that reports a household income of £25,000 or under, has a £100 package of support, taking the form of:

  • £20 print credit
  • £80 on course materials e.g. text books

Completing The Deal at Reaseheath is The Reaseheath Bursary. Every Higher Education student that reports a household income of £25,000 or under is eligible for the Reaseheath Bursary.

The bursary is paid in two instalments of £450 in February and June via BACS transfer. Students must maintain an average attendance of over 90% to receive the award.

If students want to apply for Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA) to ensure they have the support they need on their course, they may need a post-16 diagnostic assessment. Diagnostic assessments cost £300 and can be completed at University Centre Reaseheath (UCR), however students may be eligible for the DAB to help pay for the assessment.

The process of accessing the DAB is outlined below:

  • Meet with inclusive Learning Team (ILT) to take an initial screening
  • ILT will look at your scores and advise if you are eligible for a DAB. You must be enrolled on a course at UCR to be eligible for the bursary
  • If you are eligible, you will pay £100 to secure an appointment for a Diagnostic assessment
  • UCR will pay the remaining £200 for the Diagnostic assessment through the DAB
  • Your Diagnostic Report will be sent to you and will need to be sent with your application for DSA to the Student Loans Company

For students who wish to be proactive and start their application for DSA early to make sure support is in place when they enrol (the process can take around 14 weeks) they will need to pay the full £300 when booking the assessment and keep proof of the assessment. Once you have enrolled at UCR you will then be eligible to claim back £200 through the DAB.

Aspire is available to any student who completes a Level 3 programme at Reaseheath College and then directly moves to a full-time or part-time Higher Education programme at UCR (directly funded full-time home students only).

These students will receive a £1,000 bursary in their first academic year.

The bursary is paid in two instalments of £500 in February and June via BACS transfer. Students must maintain an average attendance of over 90% to receive the award.

The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) provides discretionary financial assistance for students to help them access and remain in higher education, particularly those students who need financial help to meet extra costs that cannot be met from other sources of support. The fund can help to alleviate unexpected financial hardship. Students who may be considering leaving higher education because of financial problems are particularly encouraged to apply.

This bursary is designed to support students who might struggle to meet the costs of study tours that contribute to academic credit.

Eligible students would record a household income of under £25,000. The fund will not cover the entire cost, only a percentage value.