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CU London is committed to high quality, cost-effective learning opportunities. We are also committed to keeping our pricing structure simple, transparent and easy to understand.

You will be able to find all of our course fees on the relevant course pages.


Students who study a Foundation Year, HNC, HND or Degree will be eligible to apply for a student loan to cover the cost of their tuition fees. This loan will be available to students looking to study on either our full-time or part-time study modes.

Bursaries and Scholarships

CU London is now able to offer several bursaries and scholarships in order to open up higher education to more people. The support is part of a commitment to help Barking and Dagenham residents overcome social or economic barriers to higher education, ensuring that people with ambition don’t miss out on attending an award-winning university.

Funding intiatives include: 

CU London Open Bursary Fund
Public applications and nominations opened for funding to subsidise course fees for those not attending a school or college but with the entry qualifications to do so.
Time frame and deadline: nominations by 22 June, open bursary announcements by 13 July. 

CU London Club 
Targeting students in Year 12 and 13 with potential to go to university but who might not be considering doing so, with several thousand pounds set aside to help participating schools or colleges to offer additional tutoring in for example maths and English.
Time frame and deadline: nominations by 31 October with support delivered in second term. 

Careers Information, Advice and Guidance software 
Software license to support careers advice and guidance in schools. Supervised sessions in provider's own computer labs with additional logins provided via CU London funding. 
Time frame and deadline: software requests by 30 June, licenses delivered by 20 July.

CU London Teaching Awards
Participating schools or colleges will be able to nominate a teacher or teaching team to be rewarded for best practice in closing the achievement gap, with £20,000 set aside for donations towards resources to show our appreciation of teachers’ work, and to reward and reinforce their initiatives.
Time frame and deadline: nominations by 8 June, awards by 13 July. 

CU London Student Awards
Following a similar path as the Teaching Awards but for students, while £9,000 will be put aside for supervised IT sessions for pupils to access software programmes that open up the opportunities across all universities to be brought in at schools in the area.
Time frame and deadline: nominations by 8 June, awards by 13 July. 

For more information about the funding on offer, please contact Erik Stein, Head of Participation, Opportunity and Wellbeing at Barking and Dagenham Council on

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Frequently Asked Questions

My funding has not been confirmed?

If you've applied for student finance but not yet received your confirmation, you can still enrol on your course. However, we will expect you to arrange payment by another method while you wait for confirmation to arrive. We will refund any payments that you have made after your student finance has paid its contributions.

I am a UK full-time student – what are my options?

As a full-time student resident in the UK, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees. You can also apply for a loan to cover your living costs. Certain full-time students also qualify for living cost grants; these are awarded on the basis of household income. Full-time students can apply for tuition fee loans online

I am an EU full-time student, can I get student funding?

If you're a full-time student who is an EU national and normally resident in the EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees. You cannot apply for maintenance loans and grants.

Where can I find out more about student loans?

For full information on the types of loans that are available, how much you can get and how you'll be expected to repay more information can be found on:

How and when do I repay the loan?

Full-time and part-time students who start their course after 1 September 2012 begin paying back their student loan once earnings exceed the repayment threshold, which is currently set at £25,000 year. If your income falls below £25,000 a year, your repayments stop. If you're a part-time student earning more than £25,000 a year you start repaying your loan in the April four years after starting your course. This applies even if you're still studying. Students can pay back all or some of their loan at any time without incurring an early repayment charge. 

I am studying part-time – can I get student funding?

Please talk to us first before you apply for your loan. We will need to discuss which modules you'll be studying and what the full-time weighting of these modules will be. At CU London each module is classed as 25% weighting of a full-time programme, so you can easily calculate your full tuition fee loan once you have finalised which modules you are going to enrol on. This is applicable to all of our courses. 

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