Funding your undergraduate course

When it comes to funding, it's important to start preparing early. We have all the information you need to understand UK undergraduate student finance and funding, including:

  • Applying for student finance
  • Payment plans and methods if you're self-funding your course
  • Documents needed if you're a sponsored student
  • Scholarship opportunities available to you

Tuition fees are published on our course pages so make sure you check the course you're interested in for the latest information. As well as your course fees, you will also need to consider the cost of living. While this will depend on your lifestyle and spending habits, you could find your money goes further here in Coventry than in many other parts of the UK.

Apply for student finance

As a UK undergraduate student, you may be entitled to two types of financial support – tuition fee and maintenance loans.

A tuition fee loan usually covers your course fees in full per year and is paid directly to the university. However, you can also apply for a maintenance loan to help you with your living costs while at university. This is paid directly into your bank account, usually in three instalments throughout the year, at the start of each semester.

Student loans are not like standard loans that you would receive from a bank. You only start repaying them once you are employed and are earning over a certain amount of money per year. The earliest you’ll start repaying is the April after you leave your course.

  • If you take out a tuition fee loan your tuition fees will be paid directly to us, so you don't need to worry about paying your course fees while you are studying.

    Loan information for new full-time students

    If you're a part-time student, you may be able to get a loan if your course has a ‘course intensity’ of 25% or more. ‘Course intensity’ measures how much of your course you complete each year compared to an equivalent full-time course.

    You can work this out by comparing your module credits with the number of module credits a full-time student will study. You’ll be asked how many credits you’ll study when you apply for the loan. Check with us if you’re not sure.

    Loan information for part-time students

  • UK students studying full-time can take out a maintenance loan from the UK government to help with costs such as food, accommodation and travel. How much maintenance loan you get depends on where you'll study and your household income.

    To apply, you have to give details of your household income and your course start date.

    The loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term. You have to pay the loan back once you're working and earning over a certain amount a year.

    Use the government's student finance calculator to estimate how much Maintenance Loan you’ll get - it will also tell you if you’re eligible for extra grants or allowances. Depending on your household income you might not get the full amount, so you may have to find other ways to fund the rest of your living costs. This could include part-time work, local authority assistance, bursaries, scholarships, or family contributions.

    Student finance calculator

    You may also be able to get extra money on top of this, for example if you’re on a low income, are disabled or have children.

Check if you’re eligible for student finance, how much you can get and how to apply.


Self-funding your course

If you don't want to borrow your tuition fees from the government then you can self-finance your course – either by paying in full or arranging to pay your fees in instalments. As long as you are studying over 30 credits, you will be defaulted into the appropriate three instalment payment plan as detailed in our Tuition Fee Terms and Conditions.

Payments and instalments can be made through our secure online payment portal. All major credit and debit cards (excluding AMEX and US cards) are accepted. You will need your student number and date of birth to complete data validation checks. You can check the fees for individual courses on our course finder.

Please note that any student failing to adhere to the applicable instalment scheme will be at risk of having restrictions applied to their university account.

If you have any problems with your payment, please contact our Finance team.


Sponsored students

If your fees are to be paid in part or fully by a sponsor (such as your employer), you will be required to provide a sponsor letter prior to enrolment every academic year. The evidence must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be on company letterhead
  • Quote student’s name and student ID
  • Amount payable (must be in GBP)
  • Purchase order number (if applicable)
  • Email address for invoicing
  • Signed/stamped
  • Current date
  • State the academic year and course/modules
  • State that it is payable to Coventry University
  • State invoice address if different to the sponsor’s address
  • Contact details

Sponsored Letters are only to be completed by registered organisations and companies, and should not be used if your fees are to be paid by family members, friends etc., unless you are officially listed as an employee of theirs.

The completed sponsor letter needs to be emailed to


Contact us

We're here to help with any finance and funding questions you might have. Take a look at the relevant team's contact details below.

  • Self-funding student queries

    Contact us for help and information relating to self-funding student tuition fees and payment questions.

    024 7765 2266

  • Scholarship approvals

    Contact us for help and information relating to new scholarship approvals and appeals, and applications for emergency and hardship funding.

    024 7765 2040

  • Tuition fee refunds

    Contact us for help and information relating to requests for tuition fee refunds.

    024 7765 0468

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