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Distance Learning Funding

Everything you need to know about loans, discounts and scholarships for Distance Learning students at Northumbria University. Navigate between the tabs to find out more about our fees for different academic years.

2018 Funding Information for Distance Learning Applicants

This information is for UK, EU and International students applying to study at Northumbria University in the academic year 2018/19, including students who enrol in January 2019.

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Distance Learning study offers flexible learning which fits around your life. Enhance your career while you study. We offer affordable fees and payment plans. To find out about our Distance Learning tuition fees, click here.

Financial support opportunities have associated eligibility conditions, therefore it is essential applicants consider all requirements and observe application processes and deadlines.

Undergraduate Funding for Distance Learners

If you are a UK or EU part-time undergraduate student, studying via distance learning, you may be able to apply for a Government loan from Student Finance England.

For part-time students to qualify for a student loan you must be studying a course intensity of at least 25% of the full-time equivalent per year, taking no more than four times the time it would take to complete the course if studied full-time (up to a maximum of 16 years).

More information and an application form for Student Finance England can be found on the Student Finance England website. UK & EU students can apply now and should return your application to Student Finance England as soon as possible to ensure your finance is in place for the start of the course. After your application has been processed by Student Finance England, they will send you a Student Finance Entitlement letter with your customer reference number (CRN), which you should quote whenever you contact them. Student Finance England will pay your tuition fees direct to your university.

Masters Funding for Distance Learners 

Alumni Discounts

If you are a graduate of Northumbria University at either Degree, Masters, or Postgraduate Research level you may be eligible to receive a discount on your tuition fees (pro rata if your course is more than one year) of most Masters and Postgraduate Research programmes. This discount applies to full and part-time students, and is available to students studying at our Newcastle and London campuses, or via distance learning.*

Eligible award levels used are those recognised and published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

*Terms & conditions apply, please check your eligibility before you apply.

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Masters Loan for Distance Learners

If you plan to take a Master’s course from 1 August 2017, you may be able to get a Master's Loan to help with course fees and living costs. 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.

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Team Northumbria Athlete Scholarships

Northumbria University is committed to raising the bar and helping you realise your ambitions as a performance athlete. Along with excellent scholarship packages which can offer funding towards accommodation and fees, we can also provide a range of support packages to aid Performance Athletes.

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Employer Sponsorship

Many distance-learning students are sponsored by their employers. If the programme is relevant to your current job, your employer may be able to offer some assistance toward your study. Such assistance could range from a contribution towards the cost of books or materials, day release or provision of study time, to full funding.

Other Sources of Postgraduate Funding

There are a number of other sources of funding available. There are Government backed schemes such as the Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL). Many private providers offer loans to students that help to contribute towards tuition fees and living costs whilst studying. We would always encourage students to research the full range of options for funding, and ensure that they are completely clear about what they are signing up for before they commit. Sources of funding that might be worth investigating include:

In relation to loans, the University does not endorse or recommend any particular companies or products, and it is important to check all details and terms and conditions before applying for or taking out a loan, ensuring that you are aware of repayment schedules, and interest rates and other charges that might be applied.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL), are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work. You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000. Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying.

Providers, such as Future Finance, offer loans to cover tuition fees and costs of living, with variable interest rates depending on your credit history. (N.B. Northumbria does not endorse or have any connection with Future Finance and we are not able to advise on specific financial products of this or other companies.) Loans are available for both UK and International students (including EU). Loans generally have arrangement fees and may require a guarantor. Repayments may start before you have graduated from your course and, where this is the case, you must ensure that you are able to meet the loan repayments in addition to meeting all of your other course and living costs.

If you have any further queries about postgraduate funding and you would like to speak to an adviser, please come to a drop-in session at Student Central, Library Building, City Campus West

Tel: 0191 227 4127

E: sv.welfareandinternational@northumbria.ac.uk

Further Information

  • For information about Distance Learning fees please click here
  • For information about other Masters discounts and scholarships for UK & EU students please click here.
  • To find out if you are eligible for a Masters Loan please click here.
  • For information on International discounts please click here.
  • If you are a current Northumbria student, and would like to review fees and funding schemes from previous years please visit MyNorthumbria.
  • If you have any further queries about funding, and you would like to speak to an adviser, drop-in to Student Central, Library Building, City Campus West. You can also contact us via email, or call 0191 227 4127

 

Last updated: 01/02/2018

2017 Funding Information for Distance Learning Applicants

This information is for postgraduate students applying to study at Northumbria University in the academic year 2017/18, including students who enrol in January 2018.

Northumbria University is committed to supporting students through financial aid, the following scholarships and discounts assist students who wish to undertake postgraduate level study via distance learning.

Financial support opportunities have associated eligibility conditions therefore it is essential applicants consider all requirements and observe application processes and deadlines.

One source of financial support may not be adequate to cover all of your expenditure. Consequently, it is a good idea to begin by working out a realistic estimate of what you will need to cover your tuition fees and living costs, then to look for financial support to cover these from a range of sources. These may include: 

  • University funds
  • Professional Career Development Loans (PCDLs)** and/or private borrowing (loans)
  • Grants from charities or trusts
  • Combine paid work with your study (the University’s Careers and Employment Service can help you source paid work)
  • Employer sponsorship
  • For dedicated postgraduate funding awards please visit http://www.postgraduatefunding.com/

*Please note that not all postgraduate programmes are covered by the Postgraduate Loan e.g. Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma.

**(Unless you are from Scotland where a tuition fee loan can be applied for, for full or part time postgraduate students.)

Alumni Discounts

If you are a graduate of Northumbria University at either Degree, Masters, or Postgraduate Research level you will automatically receive a discount on your tuition fees (pro rata if your course is more than one year) of most Masters and Postgraduate Research programmes. This discount applies to full and part-time students, and is available to students studying at our Newcastle and London campuses, or via distance learning.*

Eligible award levels used are those recognised and published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

*Terms & conditions apply, please check your eligibility before you apply.

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Masters Loan for Distance Learners

If you plan to take a postgraduate master’s course from 1 August 2017, you may be able to get a Postgraduate Loan of to help with course fees and living costs. You have to repay your Postgraduate 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.

 

 

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Team Northumbria Athlete Scholarships

Northumbria University is committed to raising the bar and helping you realise your ambitions as a performance athlete. Along with excellent scholarship packages which can offer funding towards accommodation and fees, we can also provide a range of support packages to aid Performance Athletes.

Discover More Button

Employer Sponsorship

Many students are sponsored by their employers. If the programme is relevant to your current job, your employer may be able to offer some assistance toward your study. Such assistance could range from a contribution towards the cost of books or materials, day release or provision of study time, to full funding.

Other Sources of Postgraduate Funding

There are a number of other sources of funding available. There are Government backed schemes such as the Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) and many private providers offer loans to students that help to contribute towards tuition fees and living costs whilst studying. We would always encourage students to research the full range of options for funding and ensure that they are completely clear about what they are signing up for before they commit. Sources of funding that might be worth investigating include:

In relation to loans, the University does not endorse or recommend any particular companies or products and it is important to check all details and terms and conditions before applying for or taking out a loan, ensuring that you are aware of repayment schedules, and interest rates and other charges that might be applied.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work. You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000. Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying.

Providers, such as Future Finance, offer loans to cover tuition fees and costs of living, with variable interest rates depending on your credit history. (N.B. Northumbria does not endorse or have any connection with Future Finance and we are not able to advise on specific financial products of this or other companies). Loans are available for both UK and international students (including EU). Loans generally have arrangement fees and may require a guarantor. Repayments may start before you have graduated from your course and, where this is the case, you must ensure that you are able to meet the loan repayments in addition to meeting all of your other course and living costs.

If you have any further queries about postgraduate funding and you would like to speak to an Adviser, please come to a drop-in session at Student Central, Library Building, City Campus West

Mon-Fri, 10.00am - 4.00pm,

Wed 1.00pm - 4.00pm only

Tel: 0191 227 4127

E: sv.welfareandinternational@northumbria.ac.uk

Further Information

  • For information on postgraduate discounts and scholarships for on-campus students please click here.
  • For information on postgraduate discounts and scholarships for International students please click here.
  • For information on postgraduate funding for EU students please click here.

 

Last Updated: 26/01/2017

 

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