Financial Support

Find out more about the funding available for your university education.

For Higher Education (HE) courses, student loans are available to most students undertaking a full-time degree, foundation degree, HND/HNC, PGCE or Certificate in Education programme.

  • Full-time students

    Most students will be able to take out a Tuition Fee Loan for the full cost of their course. The Tuition Fee Loan is a non-income assessed loan which covers College tuition fees and is paid direct to the College by the Student Loans Company.

    The Government offers Maintenance loans (for living expenses) to eligible students. These loans are repayable after you leave your course and you start earning at least £25,000.  Maintenance loans are used for day-to-day living costs, such as accommodation costs/rent, food and travel.  They are usually paid by the Student Loans Company in three instalments, directly into your bank account.

    Visit www.gov.uk/student-finance for details of how to apply for student loans.
    For information about the 2018/19 Student Finance package, click here.
    For more information about Student Loans and Grants, visit the Student Loans Company.

  • Part-time students

    Most part-time students will be able to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to pay for their course fees, subject to the programme being at least 25% equivalent of a full-time programme. The maximum annual Tuition Fee Loan that is available to part-time students is £6,935.

    Visit www.gov.uk/student-finance for details of how to apply for student loans.

  • Disabled Students’ Allowance

    Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) is available to help with extra costs you may have in relation to your course as a direct result of a disability, long term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. The level of any DSA award will depend on an individual needs assessment – Click here to visit the Student Loans Company website for more details.

  • Higher Education Access and Participation Plan

    The access and participation plans set out how higher education providers will improve equality of opportunity for underrepresented groups to access, succeed in and progress from higher education.

    They include:

    • the provider’s ambition for change
    • what it plans to do to achieve that change
    • the targets it has set
    • the investment it will make to deliver the plan.


Are you studying on an Access to Higher Education course at Wirral Met College?

If you successfully complete your Access to Higher Education programme at Wirral Met College and subsequently progress on to and successfully complete a HNC/D, Foundation Degree or Degree course, your Advanced Learner Loan fees on the Access programme will currently be waived. You will still have to pay for the HNC/D, Foundation Degree or Degree course fees.



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