Funding your Studies

Learn how you can fund your studies with us.


When you have decided to study at Ulster you will need to identify how much it will cost and what funding 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 may have to pay for your tuition fees and daily living costs yourself. This is known as self-funded.

Visit the Ulster University website where you can see the details of fees for both part-time and full-time courses, payment plans and 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.

Please note, if you are in receipt of Social Security Benefits, you will need to update your details with them before commencing your study.

For information on repaying your student loan, please see University and Beyond.

Applying for Student Finance 2020/21 funding

Whether you are returning to study or starting Ulster in September, it is important to apply for your Student Finance as early as possible. When completing your application, please select to share your information with the University as this will enable UU to identify those students who qualify for the University Bursary.

New Students

When applying for your student funding, provide details for your first choice university and course. If you change your mind, this can be updated using a Change of Circumstances form. If you choose not to come to University or defer for a year, your funding will simply not be paid out.

All students

When completing your application, you will be asked where you will be living during the year. This is broken up into 3 terms (Sept-Dec, Jan-Mar and Apr-May/June). For students who will be studying remotely/from home during semester 1, but wish to live in student accommodation in semester 2, indicate term 1 as living at home, and terms 2&3 as living in student housing.

For those who are required to attend classes on campus during both semesters, and wish to live in student accommodation, indicate all three terms as living in student housing. Students who wish to travel from home to campus, indicate living at home for all three semesters.

If your living situation changes during the academic year, you can contact your local SFNI office to amend your details and have your funding reassessed.

Drop in Household Income

The current pandemic has resulted in some households losing some of their income. Your Student Finance application will be based on the household income for the financial year end 5th April 2019.

If you have experienced a household income reduction of 5% or more, since the tax year 2018/19, you can request a current year income reassessment. Your parents/guardians will need to provide confirmation of their new household income.

In this section

Undergraduate Funding

Find out more about undergraduate funding.

Postgraduate Funding

Find out more about postgraduate funding.