Undergraduate and Master's tuition fees

Undergraduate Tuition Fees

Tuition fees is an area than often causes people a great deal of concern, particularly around how they will be able to afford to study a degree and pay for tuition fees on their chosen programme. It is important to remember that the majority of UK or EU students beginning a degree course with us will not have to pay tuition fees up front. The full cost of our tuition fees can be covered by a tuition fee loan, which you will not repay until after you leave your course and are earning over £25,000.

Eligibility for tuition fee loans can depend on a number of factors such as where you have been living during the past 3-5 years and applicants should seek advice from Student Finance England if they are unsure as to whether or not they will be eligible for a tuition fee loan.

Tuition fees are £9,250 per year at both campuses for Home students. The fees for International students are £14,950 per year. For further information on our tuition fees, email fees@ucfb.com or call our Student Recruitment & Admissions Office on 03330605114.

Visit our undergraduate degrees page.


For more information on Master's course fees, click here.

Student finance

Applying for student finance and course codes

Students can apply for student finance through the normal process with the Student Loans Company. Start your application here.

When you fill in your form for the Student Loans Company, make sure you quote the relevant institution title and the course title for the degree programme of your choice. For new students joining in September 2023, please type in the institution ‘University of East London’ NOT UCFB. Then you have to type in the full course title. It will then show a list of all the courses offered at both Wembley and Manchester campus. Make sure you then choose the correct course and campus. That should allow you to process the application.

Whether you are a new or returning student, please do not list UCFB as the institution in your student finance application.

You can download student finance forms and guidance here.

Postgraduate students can check their eligibility here.

  • We are encouraging students to apply as soon as possible to ensure their finances are in place for the new academic year
  • You will need your Student Finance confirmation notification letter to fully enrol or your enrolment could be delayed.
  • The later students apply for their finance, the more likely it is that they may not get all the funding they are entitled to when their first term starts
  • The quickest and easiest way for students to apply is through their online account at the various Student Finance regions SFE (England), SFW (wales), SFNI (Northern Ireland) and SAAS (Scotland) online application pages.
  • Different rules apply to students from Gibraltar, Isle of Man and The Channel Islands. Contact your respective education departments in those areas.
  • If students are not yet sure of the course they will be doing, they should still apply for finance using the details of the course they are most likely to attend, and if this changes, they can come back and update their finance application
  • Students need their National Insurance number and in-date UK passport details, as well as their bank account details

Useful links & information (University of East London):

If you have any questions regarding applying for student finance, please contact our Student Finance team on 03332417426 (Wembley) or 03332417371 (Etihad), or email fees@ucfb.com.

Lendwise Student Loans

Lendwise is a specialist loan provider dedicated to education finance for UK residents who are looking to fund their Master's studies and executive education at leading UK educational institutions.

Students who are approved for a Lendwise loan will have access to a grace period that allows for repayment to start after graduation. The interest rate offered will depend on the overall applicant profile and the application process is entirely online.

Lendwise loans are open to students on any GIS Master's degree, executive education course or professional qualification. These can be used to cover tuition fees and/or living costs.

Please contact Lendwise directly to apply. 

Undergraduate student loans

Many UK undergraduate students are entitled to a combination of grants and loans to cover living costs. Again the funding available may vary from region to region.

To cover the costs of studying you can apply for:

  • A Tuition Fee Loan to cover the cost of your fees in full
  • A Maintenance Loan for covering costs like rent (full time students only)
  • A Maintenance Grant (full time students only if your course started before 1st August 2016)
  • Extra financial help if you have children depending on you or a disability
  • Full-time students have to pay back any loans plus interest once you complete your course and start earning more than £25,000 a year. You don’t have to repay any grant or bursaries.
  • As a general guide, the maximum maintenance loans are:
    • Living and studying in London away from parental home £13,022.00.
    • Living and studying in London at parental home £8,400.00.
    • Living and studying outside London £9,978.00.
  • The minimum maintenance loan available is: £3516.00

These calculations are based on a parental income of £25,000.00 per annum or less. Once the parental household income goes above £25,000.00 the maintenance loan entitlement reduces.

For further information on how much maintenance loan you might be eligible for, please click here.

All UK and EU undergraduate students are entitled to an amount of funding from the Student Loans Company to pay their fees.

There are a number of funding schemes available, dependant on personal circumstances. These will be discussed on an individual, one to one basis with the students and their families at a UCFB Applicant Day. UCFB offers tailored financial advice and guidance to each applicant to ensure that they receive the very best and most targeted advice and support.

Student Finance Quick Start Guide

Student Finance Calculator

Late Student Finance Applications and Clearing

Download the Student Finance Guide for new full-time students

Download the Student Finance Guide for new full-time EU students studying in England

Master's student loans

A Master's Loan of up to £12,167.00 can help with course fees and living costs while you study a master’s course.

To start your application, please click here or click here to set up a new account.

Funding for Master's loans is different if you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Moving somewhere to study doesn’t count as normally living there, so please check with you local awarding authority (SAASStudent Finance Wales or Student Finance NI) to see if you would be eligible.

You have to repay your Master's Loan at the same time as any other student loans you have. You’ll be charged interest from the day you get the first payment.

You can also get extra support if you have a disability.

To check your eligibility, please follow this link.

For more information on Master's loans, please email fees@ucfb.com.

Self funding your degree
  • All fees to be paid directly to The University of East London
  • Submit proof of any sponsorship by an employer or other sponsorship scheme
  • Accept a payment plan option of 3 instalments (Start of each term Sept, Jan, April) or;
    • Accept a payment plan of 5 monthly instalments (Sept through to Jan)
  • Make the first payment when enrolling
  • Pay fees in full if you wish to
  • International students will be given the relevant link to pay by bank transfer

If you have questions about payment, payment deadlines and instalment agreements, please contact: Income and Credit Control Office Finance Department, Telephone: +44(0)20 8223 7333 Email: creditcontrol@uel.ac.uk Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

For University of East London advice pages, please click here

Scholarships and bursaries

Our scholarship schemes are designed to encourage students to embrace their time with us and graduate with more than just their university degree.

These initiatives not only offer students the chance to earn money off their tuition fees, but also gain a number of individual skills that will enhance their CV, employment prospects and enhance their overall experience.

Click here to find out more

Cost of living

It is important to keep in mind that studying in higher education can be expensive, particularly when you are living away from home and paying for your own rent and food. Many students are eligible to receive a maintenance loan from Student Finance England, the student finance calculator can help you to get a better idea of how much money you could expect to receive in your first year of study.

In addition to student finance, UCFB also offers bursaries to undergraduate students who meet our eligibility criteria to help with the cost of accommodation, costs of study or travel. These awards can be extended into your second and third year of study and many students find that this helps considerably with their cost of living.

Additional costs may be incurred during the time of study. Please visit each individual programme page for an example of what these costs might be.

Our Student Services also offer assistance to current students through hardship loans and budgeting support to help you when you need a little extra assistance from us.

Additional information

Tuition fee status

In common with universities throughout the UK, the level of tuition fee for which a UCFB/GIS student is charged is based on their “fee status”.

Students are classified as either having a “Home” or an “International” fee status and the tuition fee you will be charged will depend on:

  • Your Nationality
  • Your immigration Status in the UK
  • Where you have been resident for the three years prior to the start of your chosen programme and what you have been doing during that time

The Admissions Team at UCFB will make an assessment of your status in line with UK regulations and guidance issued by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA). You can find the regulations and guidance here.

If we require further information from you to determine your fee status, we will send you a UEL Fee Assessment Form for you to complete and return to us. We may ask for supporting evidence:

1. The right of permanent residence in the UK/EU.
Examples of documents you will need to provide include a copy of the relevant pages of your passport (pages confirming name and nationality) and any other supporting documentation that shows your right to remain in the UK.
2. Residence in the UK for the three years immediately prior to the start of the course and not for the purpose of full-time education.
Examples of documents you will need to provide include three years of utility bills and payslips (for a single month from each of the three years preceding the start of your course).
Please be aware that applicants who hold Pre-Settled or Settled status will qualify for home fees but you will be required to submit evidence of your status.

Fees for each course are available on our course pages – You can find undergraduate courses here and postgraduate courses here

Please note that if you are assessed as an International student for fee purposes, you will need to evidence a valid visa to study in the UK. If you do not have access to a valid UK visa that allows you to study, you will only be able to study one of our online programmes as UCFB/GIS is currently applying for a UK government licence which would permit us to admit International students onto our full-time programmes taught on our UK campuses.

If you have any questions or queries about your fee status please contact compliance@ucfb.com.

Tuition fee discounts
Postgraduate Loyalty Discounts

These discounts are open to any UCFB, Buckinghamshire New University and University of East London graduate who has received and accepted an offer to study at postgraduate level with UCFB.

UCFB and GIS business partners

We're pleased to offer all UCFB and GIS business partners 15% fee tuition discount on all Undergraduate, Master's programmes.

FirstPoint USA Alumni Scholarship

Tuition fee scholarships are available to FirstPoint USA alumni for 2021 entry. Once a FirstPoint USA scholar has completed their programme in the USA, they are entitled to apply for a GIS scholarship.

UCFB update on student finance for EU students

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students beginning their university degrees in 2019/20 and 2020/21 in the UK will be eligible for student funding support for the duration of their course, even if the UK exits the EU during that period.

UCFB welcomes this news and recognises the important contributions that EU students make to our institution.

For the full UK Government statement, please click here.

For more information on how Brexit will affect fees and student finance, please click here.

For further information, or to discuss any of these issues, please contact international@ucfb.com.

Useful links

Understanding Student Finance, Tuition Fees & Maintenance Loans - Undergraduates

Understanding Student Finance & Postgraduate Loans

For general finance advice at UCFB, contact our Student Finance team on 03332417426 (Wembley) or 03332417371 (Manchester) or email us at fees@ucfb.com.

UCFB undergraduate scholarships and bursaries schemes

Find out more about UCFB's undergraduate scholarship and bursary schemes.

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Master's scholarships

Find out more about our Master's scholarships.

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