Paying for Your Course
If you are not intending to self-fund your course, it is important that you apply for student finance as soon as possible, as it usually takes up to six weeks to process, or sometimes longer during busy periods.
You are able to apply via the government website bit.ly/govstudentfinance.
Student Finance England resources are available online to explain every step of the application. You can view these online at bit.ly/sferesources.
If you have successfully applied for a tuition fee loan, your loan will cover the cost of your course upfront so you do not have to pay these fees directly yourself. Instead, these will be paid directly to us by Student Finance England.
If you have successfully applied for a maintenance loan, this will be paid into your bank account in instalments, usually tying up with your term dates.
Self-funding Your Course
If you are self-funding your course, or if you have not successfully obtained funding by the time you enrol, you have options available. Firstly, the first module fee can be paid up front, which will be refunded to you once your finance has been paid to CUC by Student Finance England. Secondly, you can defer until the next available module and begin your studies then. But don’t worry; you can catch up at the end of the academic year. You are able to pay your tuition fees online via:
Alternatively, you can pay in person at CUC, please note, no cash payments can be taken.
Foundation Year Funding
If you are completing a Foundation Year with us, your student finance will work slightly differently.
Foundation courses are 4-year undergraduate courses that consist of 1 Foundation Year and 3 Degree years. Foundation years are not 1-year courses that stand on their own but are an integral part of a 4 year Degree programme.
In order to receive funding for these types of course, you must always make the Student Loans Company aware that you are completing a 4 year Degree course with a Foundation Year attached. This is the same whether you choose to continue within the Coventry University group or progress elsewhere.
Problems can arise if students decide to progress outside of the CU Group as other institutions may not offer four-year courses with a foundation year. This means that this will not be reflected in their student finance course list. In this situation, you may still be able to get funding, but will be required to contact your new institution to request that a four-year option including a foundation year is added to the course list.
Otherwise, you may be liable for your foundation fees. Unfortunately, CUC does not have any control over these requests and are unable to support/guarantee this option. If you do change institutions and funding is not available for the foundation year, there are no timeframes for SFE to pull back the foundation year funding and this can happen at any time throughout the four year degree programme.
We offer 6 full-time intakes each academic year. This means students are able to select any one of these 6 intakes as their start date. The date you choose will impact on your student finance application and progression.
Student Loans Company (Student Finance England, Wales, NI and SAAS) work on a 12-month academic year cycle, dependent on a student’s start date. This means that students are assessed for a 12-month academic year from the point at which they enter and can only have 1 start date in that period. This means that students have to return to the next year of their studies at the same time that they originally started the course.
For example, January starters have a 12-month academic year from January 2017 to January 2018 so cannot progress until the end of the 12 months. They are not able to progress in September 2017, even if they have finished year 1 of their course, as this would cause them to have 2 start dates in a 12 month period.
We are legally bound by Student Loans Company regulations and have to follow these to ensure funding for our students. For students to receive full funding for their course, they must follow the rules stated above or self-fund the entire course.
2017-2018 Tuition Fees
Counselling, Early Years, Engineering & Science programmes
£7,102 full-time £1,775.50 per module
All other programmes
£6,009 full-time £1,502.25 per module
Please note, the fees stated are per annum and subject to annual increase.