The first step in drawing up a budget for student life is working out how much higher education will cost. You’ll need to consider tuition fees, accommodation and living costs.
Indicative fees for students starting higher education in 2021-2022
This table gives you an indication of the fees you are likely to pay at publicly funded universities, depending on your country of residency and where you are going to study.
|Country of residence||Studying in Northern Ireland||Studying in England||Studying in Scotland||Studying in Wales||Studying in Republic of Ireland (ROI)|
|Northern Ireland||£4,530 (£4,395 in 2020-2021)||up to £9,250||up to £9,250||up to £9,000||€3,000*|
|England or Wales||Unlimited will not exceed £9,250||up to £9,250||up to £9,250||up to £9,000||€3,000*|
|Scotland||up to £9,250||up to £9,250||No fee||up to £9,000||€3,000*|
*Tuition fees are not charged in the ROI. All students pay a contribution charge. For the academic year 2020-2021 this is €3,000. Students will receive sterling value of £2,645.10. The contribution charge will remain at €3,000 for academic year 2021-2022.
Tuition fees for part-time students
There are no regulations stating how much universities can charge in tuition fees for part-time courses. Students should check with their university or college for details on the fees for part-time courses.
Tuition fee support at private institutions
If you are a Northern Ireland student attending a higher education course at a private institution, you should be aware that for certain private institutions, you will not receive the full tuition fee loan support to cover your tuition fees.
You will be responsible for funding the difference in the additional cost of your tuition fees. You will need to find out what tuition fees are charged by the private institution and what tuition fee loan support is available. Contact the Student Finance NI team in the Education Authority office in your area before you start the course.
Republic of Ireland students coming to study in Northern Ireland
If you live in the Republic of Ireland and hope to start a degree course in Northern Ireland in 2021-2022 the maximum fee will be £4,530 (£4,395 in 2020-2021).
Students from ROI (and other non-UK EU countries) can apply to the Student Finance Services European Team for a loan of up to £4,530 (£4,395 in 2020-2021) to cover the tuition fee.
Key dates for course and student finance applications
For key deadlines when applying to UCAS visit: