Funding, Finance and Bursaries

As a student at University Centre South Devon (UCSD) you may qualify for a range of financial support options to help support you with your studies. You can apply for a student loan to help pay tuition fees and a Maintenance Loan to help with living expenses.

UCSD also offers a cash bursary of up to £1000 to help you with the costs associated with studying a degree. If you need further assistance, please email: [email protected]

Information on this page is for students undertaking either a full or part-time higher education programme, with the exception of students undertaking a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship. Information on Higher and Degree Apprenticeships can be found here.

Tuition Fees

You’ll never be expected to pay for your tuition immediately. Instead, your tuition is covered by a fee loan, which is paid directly to University Centre South Devon on your behalf by Student Finance England.

Our tuition fees for full-time and part-time students starting in September 2019 are:
• BA and BSc (Hons) – £8400 (per year)
• Foundation Degree (FdA and FdSc) – £8400 (per year)
• Higher National Certificate (HNC)- £8400 (per year)

The tuition fees for part-time courses commencing in September 2019 are calculated at a pro-rate basis of our full-time fee, £1400 per 20 credits.

Please note there are different fees for international students; email [email protected] for more information.

Financial Support

As a full-time or part-time undergraduate student you’re able to apply for a Government Maintenance Loan to help with the costs. This loan is to help you with your living costs such as food, accommodation and travel. The amount you can borrow depends on where you live and study and your household income.

Information on eligibility and how to apply is available via the Student Finance England website here.


You will not repay your student finance loan until you are earning more than £25,725 per year. If you are earning less than this you will not need to pay anything. Repayments begin in the April after you graduate, but only if you meet the financial criteria. Further information is available here.

Bursary Packages

We are committed to supporting you with a number of bursary packages, which you will receive if you meet particular criteria. Bursaries do not need to be repaid and are awarded in addition to any funding received from Student Finance England.

  • South Devon College Bursary

The South Devon College bursary entitles you to a £1000 bursary package which includes a £200 bursary that all full-time and part-time, first year university students are awarded. To be eligible for this package, you must have studied at South Devon College within the last 3 academic years. This can be any course, whether it’s Access to Higher Education, A Levels or a diploma qualification.

  • Devon Development Bursary

The Devon Development Bursary entitles you to a £1000 bursary package which includes a £200 bursary that all full-time and part-time, first year university students are awarded. To be eligible for this package, you must currently be progressing to University Centre South Devon from a sixth form within Devon.

How do I apply for a bursary package?

To receive one of these packages, you will need to:
• Apply to study your degree at University Centre South Devon via UCAS
• Accept University Centre South Devon as your firm offer to start in September
• Submit a bursary application by the start of the academic year

Travel Support

As a UCSD student you will be eligible to apply for the exclusive discounted bus pass offer with Stagecoach which offers 24/7 unlimited travel. Depending on your location, you will be eligible for a Dayrider or Explorer, giving you the independence and freedom to study, work, socialise and explore! 

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Need further advice?

For further information on financial support available to UCSD students, contact the Higher Education Team on 08000 213181 or email [email protected].