Funding for undergraduates

As an undergraduate at Plymouth, there are plenty of funding options available to support you during your studies, including:

  • Tuition fee loans
  • Living cost loans
  • Scholarships, bursaries and awards

Tuition fee loans

At the University of Plymouth all Home and EU students are able to apply for a tuition fee loan equivalent to their fee – £9,250. For more information, visit our fees and funding page, or visit the Student Loans Company website.

Living cost loans 2018/19

All students are eligible to apply for a living cost loan (also called maintenance loans) if you’re studying full time. This is to help towards your day-to-day spending such as food, travel and accommodation.

In 2018/19 the maximum annual loan available will be:

  • Students living at home £7,324
  • Students living away from home £8,700
  • Students who are eligible for benefits and living at parental home £8,640
  • Students who are eligible for benefits living away from parental home £9,916
You won’t have to repay your tuition fee or living costs loans until you graduate and earn over £25,000 a year – please note this amount is at the moment subject for parliamentary approval.

The table shows examples of what you can expect your monthly loan repayments to be once you’re earning over £25,000.

Yearly income before tax Monthly income Monthly repayment
Up to £25,000 £2,083 £0
£30,000 £2,500 £37
£35,000 £2,916 £75
£40,000 £3,333 £112

Living cost loans: living at home rates 2018/19

Annual household income Repayable living cost loan
£25,000 or less £7,324
£30,000 £6,707
£35,000 £6,090
£40,000 £5,473
£42,875 £5,118
£45,000 £4,885
£50,000 £4,238
£55,000 £3,621
£58,215 and over £3,224

Living cost loans: living away from home rates 2018/19

Annual household income Repayable living cost loan
£25,000 or less £8,700
£30,000 £8,076
£35,000 £7,452
£40,000 £6,828
£42,875 £6,469
£45,000 £6,204
£50,000 £5,579
£55,000 £4,955
£60,000 £4,331
£62,215 and over £4,054

Scholarships and awards

Roland Levinsky Memorial Fund Awards

Applications for the 2019 cycle of the Roland Levinsky Memorial Fund are open

Awards of up to £1,000, giving you the opportunity to enhance your University experience through extra-curricular activities.

Find out how you can apply

Michael Everard Shipping Scholarship

Applications are now open for this Scholarship

Available to UK students.

Unite scholarships

The Unite Foundation scholarship provides students with year round accommodation, in a Unite students property, for three years of an undergraduate degree

These scholarships are administered by the University of Plymouth with respect to its own students.

Download the application form and guidance notes.

Find out more about these scholarships.

BSc (Hons) Podiatry fee waiver

A £1500 fee waiver will be awarded to applicants for their first year fees. We will consider entrants in 2018, who make the University of Plymouth their first choice. To be considered, candidates must also meet the requirement of 120 UCAS tariff points from three A levels (BBB) or DDM in BTEC examinations. Alternatively, 45 credits with 33 at merit or distinction in a suitable Access to HE subject (please see the course page ‘entry requirements’ for details on which subjects are accepted).

Head of School Financial Management Scholarship

We are offering a scholarship of £1,000 for all UK students who achieve a 120 UCAS tariff points or more and have applied for BSc (Hons) Financial Management for the 2018/19 academic year.

Find out whether you are eligible and how you can apply

Tamar Engineering Project

The Tamar Engineering Project will transform the lives of talented and ambitious students whose background or circumstances might be a barrier to higher education advancement and success. Established through the vision and generosity of alumnus Stephen Ball, the Tamar Engineering Project will inspire and support the next generation of engineers in the UK.We will provide annual financial awards and one-to-one industry mentoring to the most deserving students to facilitate University study; each award representing a life-changing opportunity for the recipient.

More information on the Tamar Engineering Project 

Santander Scholarships

Open to University of Plymouth students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) and staff who wish to undertake a period of research, study or work based learning in any country within the Banco Santander network.

Find out more about the scholarships