Part Time funding for courses starting on or after 1st September 2012.

As a part time student you can apply for a tuition fee loan of up to £6750.00 which will be paid directly to the University. How much you get depends on how much the University is charging you. As this is a loan it will be repayable at a later date (see Tuition, Loans and Grants factsheet). Your income or your parents' income does not affect your entitlement to a loan.

You must also have been living within the UK for three years prior to the start of your course to be eligible for funding. There are certain exceptions to these rules and they can be found here.

Part time funding if you started your course before 1st September 2012

You may be eligible to apply for a tuition fee grant up to a maximum value of £1285.00. What you are entitled to will depend on how much tuition the University is charging based on your course intensity in relation to the full time equivalent and your household income. This is a non-repayable grant which will be paid directly to the University.

You must also have been living within the UK for three years prior to the start of your course to be eligible for funding. There are certain exceptions to these rules and they can be found here.

Course fee grant

The course fee grant is designed to help with additional course related expenses such as books and travel. You can receive a non-repayable amount of up to £280 per year and is based on your household income.

Course Intensity

Your course cost will be based on how intensive that course is compared to the equivalent full time course. The formula to work this out is as follows:

Part time units / Full time units x 100 = Course intensity

If you are unsure as to how many credits or modules you will be undertaking, your faculty will be able to advise.

Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)

Although part time students are not entitled to the standard maintenance loans and grants that full time students can receive, you may be eligible for further support if you have a life-long illness, disability, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. In order to qualify, you must be studying at an intensity rate of 25% or more compared to the equivalent full time course.

For disabilities, long-term health conditions and mental health conditions, you will need to provide a letter from your doctor or consultant.

If you have a specific learning disability such as dyslexia or dyspraxia you will need to provide an assessment from a psychologist or suitably qualified specialist teacher. The University offer this at their Wessex Needs Assessment Centre. Further details can be found below.

How to apply for DSA

If you have already applied for Student Finance and you now wish to apply for DSA, you will need to complete the Slim DSA Application Form. You will not have to apply each year of your course.

If you are only applying for DSA, are postgraduate or a part time student you will need to complete the Full DSA Application Form. You will need to re-apply each year

You can order forms in other formats such as Braille, large print or audio by emailing your name, address, CRN along with the required format to

Course Intensity

Other Benefits

You may be entitled to claim Jobseekers Allowance even if you are studying more than 12 hours per week if:

  • Your course is not full time
  • You were in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance (JSA), Incapacity benefit (IB), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Income Support (IS) during the last three months before the start of your course
  • You were in receipt of the above for three out of the last six months and were working the rest of the time.

You must continue to pass all the basic rules for JSA and be actively looking and available for work.

When you apply to JSA you will have set out a ‘pattern of availability’ detailing when you are available to work. If the hours you study are completely different to the hours you have agreed to be available to work in your pattern of availability, you should still be able to claim JSA. However, you will be expected to rearrange the hours of your course to fit around any new job or be prepared to give up the course if a job becomes available. You should also be prepared to take time off your course to attend interviews and be ready to start work immediately should you receive an offer of employment.

For further information, you can contact Jobcentre Plus.

Part time students can claim Housing Benefit for the duration of the course provided you are paying rent on your ‘normal home’ and are not living with a family relative.