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Funding your studies

When you have decided to study at Ulster you will need to identify how much it will cost and what payment options may be available to you.

With the many different courses available, it is important to ensure that you have chosen a course that is going to get you the qualifications you need to progress into your chosen career. If you complete first year and change to a different degree course, starting in first year again, you may not be eligible for a Tuition fee loan from the corresponding funding body. Similarly, if you already hold a degree, you may not be eligible for Tuition Fee or Maintenance support. This means you will have to pay for your tuition fees and daily living costs yourself. This is known as self-funded.

Visit Ulster University website where you can see the details of fees for both part-time and full-time courses, payment plans, discounts that you may be eligible to receive and more.

We have listed some funding options which may help you to cover costs whilst studying at Ulster. Select your graduate level for further information.

Undergraduate

Please note: Any students completing their second degree, or those who have used their full entitlement of funding, will have to make their own arrangements to cover Tuition Fee payments and daily living expenses.

CORE FUNDING:

  • Allied Health Students – Apply to Student Finance NI for Maintenance loan and NHS Bursary.
  • Other Students –Apply to Student Finance for Tuition Fee and Maintenance loan/grant. If studying part-time you will only be eligible to apply for Tuition Fee support as it is expected that are available to work part-time to cover your daily living expenses.
  • Social Work Students – In addition to ‘Other Students’ funding, students can avail of the social work incentive scheme bursary.
  • ROI/EU Students – Contact Student Finance EU for information regarding Tuition Fee loans only. To apply for Maintenance Grants, you will also need to apply to your Country of Residence’s Education body.
  • ROI students may be eligible for Student Grant Funding through SUSI.
  • International students or those not eligible for Fee funding support, please contact the Fees office to discuss and arrange payment plans.

OTHER SOURCES OF FUNDING:

  • Students should consider setting up a student bank account with access to an interest free overdraft to help manage their money. Student accounts are also available to mature students and graduates. Please click here for help finding the account that is right for you.
  • Future finance offer loans to help fund your fees and expenses whilst studying. These loans can be used to top-up the NHS/AHP bursary or student loan you are already receiving.
  • You may be eligible to apply for a Bursary. Details can be found in full on our website.
  • Personal Loans can be sourced through local Banks and Credit Unions. Please contact your local bank directly.
  • Part-time work. Visit the Careers Advice Centre for support with CV writing and employability skills. Also, search Job Centre Online and NI Job Finder for current vacancies.
  • Consider studying part-time:
    • Speak to your employer about Employer Sponsorship to help fully fund or part-fund your fees.
    • Work & part-time study. Self-fund your course by earning while you learn. Work part-time whilst studying to help cover your cost of living.
    • Visit the Careers Advice Centre for support with CV writing and employability skills.
    • Search Job Centre Online and NI Job Finder for current vacancies.

Postgraduate

Please note: Any students completing a second postgraduate degree, or those who have used their full entitlement of funding, will have to make their own arrangements to cover Tuition Fee payments. All postgraduate students must make their own arrangement to cover daily living expenses.

Core Funding:

  • UK Students –Apply to Student Finance for Tuition Fee funding. You will only be eligible to apply for Tuition Fee support as it is expected that you have made arrangements to cover your daily living expenses whilst studying.
  • ROI/EU Students – Contact Student Finance EU for information regarding Tuition Fee loans only.
  • ROI students may be eligible for Student Grant Funding through SUSI.
  • International students please contact the Fees office to discuss and arrange payment plans.

Other Sources of funding:

  • Students should consider setting up a student bank account with access to an interest free overdraft to help manage their money. Student accounts are also available to mature students and graduates. Please click here for help finding the account that is right for you.
  • Future finance offer loans to help fund your fees and expenses whilst studying.
  • There are a number of Scholarships available through Ulster University. Details can be found in full on our website.
  • Personal loans can be sourced through local Banks and Credit Unions. Please contact your local bank directly.
  • Part-time work. Visit the Careers Advice Centre for support with CV writing and employability skills. Also, search Job Centre Online and NI Job Finder for current vacancies.
  • Consider studying part-time:
    • Speak to your employer about Employer Sponsorship to help fully fund or part-fund your fees.
    • Work & part-time study. Self-fund your course by earning while you learn. Work part-time whilst studying to help cover your cost of living.
    • Visit the Careers Advice Centre for support with CV writing and employability skills.
    • Search Job Centre Online and NI Job Finder for current vacancies.

Useful links

  • SFNI travel grants - for students studying abroad, or completing essential clinical placements in the UK or ROI, who are not eligible for means-tested Department of Health bursaries.