*This route is typically available to postgraduate students.
1. What is a Career Development Loan?
Information on Career Development Loans can be found on the GOV.uk Professional and Career Development Loans website.
2. When should I apply?
As a decision from the bank – and the completion of the bank’s paperwork should the loan be approved – can take several months, we would recommend that you start your application as early as possible. Ideally you need to have your Career Development Loan application fully approved when you enrol onto your programme.
When you enrol with the University you are personally entering into a contract with the University; any agreement between a bank and yourself to cover tuition fees is between you and them and is not an agreement with the University. Once enrolled, you are personally liable for payment of your tuition fees, whether the loan is approved or not.
3. My application form asks for The University of Plymouth Learning Provider number; what is this?
4. I am starting a new programme. How much am I required to pay for tuition fees?
The tuition fees specific to a course or programme are shown in the 'Fees, costs and funding' section of each undergraduate course and taught postgraduate programme web page. Please choose your course using the search box. Tuition fees for postgraduate research students.
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5. If I study on a part-time basis how do I calculate my fees?
If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate taught student you will be charged only for the modules you undertake each academic year as agreed with your faculty. Each module attracts a specific number of credits and the fees are calculated for each 10 credits you undertake. Please bear in mind that the underlying per 10 credit fee tariff normally increases each academic year during your period of study.
To find out the amount charged per 10 credits please visit the course or programme web page (see the answer to question 4 above).
6. Does the University offer an alumni discount?
Yes, full details and eligibility criteria can be found viewing our funding for staff and alumni page.
7. I am eligible for an alumni discount; do I need to do anything to ensure it is deducted from my tuition fee?
Our Student Record Team will automatically apply the discretionary alumni discount to any account eligible for the fee reduction for you. If you are unsure whether your discount has been applied, please email email@example.com or call +44 1752 588130 and we will be happy to confirm.
8. What banks offer Career Development Loans?
You can find out which banks offer the loan and order an application pack by calling the National Careers Service on +44 (0)800 100 900.
9. I need to get a form completed, signed and stamped by the University in order to complete my application, where can I get this done?
You can bring your form to one of our Student Enquiry Helpdesk Sessions and the team will assist you. Our sessions are held on the ground floor of the Roland Levinsky Building on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 09:30 and 15:00 during term time.
Alternatively, you can post your form to
University of Plymouth
Tuition Fees Team
Please include a covering note to advise the best address for us to return the form to.
10. My Career Development Loan has been approved by the bank; do I need to let the University know?
Yes, the University will not receive any notification from your chosen bank to advise us that you have a Career Development Loan. You should receive a payment schedule from your bank which will indicate the amount approved for tuition fees and the instalment dates and amounts that they will pay to the University. A copy of this needs to be emailed to the tuition fees team at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can note against your invoice when to expect payments. If your Career Development Loan does not cover the full amount of your tuition fee you need to refer to the self-fee payer FAQ guide to find out how and when to make payment of the remaining amount.
11. My Career Development Loan only covers 80 per cent of my tuition fee; when do I need to pay the rest?
Please refer to the self-fee payer FAQ guide.
12. I am getting a Career Development Loan, but I have received correspondence from the University about unpaid tuition fees – what should I do?
The University may not be aware that you have a Career Development Loan approved. You should have received a payment schedule from your bank which will indicate the amount approved for tuition fees and the instalment dates and amounts that they will pay to the University. A copy of this payment schedule needs to be emailed to the tuition fees team at email@example.com so that we can note against your invoice when to expect payments. If your Career Development Loan does not cover the full amount of your tuition fee you need to refer to the self-fee payer FAQ guide to find out how and when to make payment of the remaining amount.
You first need to find out from your chosen bank what the problem/delay is. You can then email the tuition fees team at firstname.lastname@example.org and explain the situation where we will try our best to help and advise you. Due to data protection, banks will not discuss individual cases with us and we have no influence on the decision taken by the bank, but we will do our best to help.
14. I have been turned down for a Career Development Loan and don’t know how to pay my tuition fee; who can help me?
In the unfortunate event that you are not able to secure a Career Development Loan, the options available to you vary depending on how far through the academic year you are and how much of the tuition fee you are able to cover personally. In order for us to give advice based on your personal circumstances please email the tuition fees team at email@example.com explaining your current situation and we will advise you further.
The University will apply its policy on tuition fees payable by students who withdraw or interrupt their studies. Please note: if you wish to interrupt or withdraw from your programme, you must do more than simply stop attending. You must advise your Faculty Office by submitting a withdrawal or interrupt study form. For the policy and form please view our debt advice page.