Undergraduate Student Tuition Fees for New UK/EU Students 2017/18
In January 2017, the Government approved legislation to allow universities to lift the maximum tuition fee. The FAQs below give further information on the change as it will be applied at the University of Leeds.
Please note this information is correct as at 12th June 2017, but may be subject to amendment.
Why is the University changing its undergraduate fees?
Tuition fees for undergraduate UK/EU students are regulated by the UK Government.
In 2016 the Government introduced the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF); institutions that achieve TEF awards are able to increase their fees in line with inflation. This means that, for 2017 they can charge fees of up to £9,250.
UK/EU undergraduate tuition fees have remained at £9,000 for the last five years. The Government White Paper, Success as a Knowledge Economy, stated that £9,000 fees are now worth £8,546 in real terms. This represents a 5 per cent reduction in value in real terms and has reduced the higher education sectors spending power to invest in the provision for students.
This inflationary uplift will therefore allow the University to continue to maintain our excellent student experience and investment in a high-quality learning experience for our students.
By how much will undergraduate fees increase for 2017/18?
For the majority of UK/EU undergraduate students starting in September 2017 the fee for the 2017/18 academic year is £9,250. The fee is likely to increase in future years of the course in line with inflation, as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the governments forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
Fees charged for part-time courses starting in 2017 will be a proportion of the full time course fee pro-rated based on the workload of the part time course.
Have new undergraduate students entering 2017 been informed of the fee change?
Yes. Those undergraduate students that applied for 2017 entry have been informed that the fee for 2017 will be £9,250 and that the fee may increase each year.
Who will the undergraduate fee change affect in 2017/18?
The fee change will apply to all new UK/EU undergraduate students (full time and part time) starting in 2017.
- Students who commence School of Healthcare programmes in 2017/18 or later will no longer be zero-rated. Therefore, these students will pay a standard tuition fee in line with other undergraduate programmes. Note that students who commence in 2017/18 who deferred from the previous admissions cycle will not be zero-rated and will be required to pay fees in line with the new fee arrangements.
- Intercalating students who are taking their main degree at another university or college and coming to Leeds to take an intercalated programme will start on the new fee arrangements for their year of entry to Leeds.
Note that if a student spends a full academic year on study abroad or work placement, they will continue to pay a reduced fee, currently 15 per cent of the usual programme fee for the academic year (UK/EU students only).
Which new undergraduate students will the fee change not affect in 2017/18?
- Deferring Students UK/EU applicants who applied in 2016, who decided to defer till 2017, will be charged at the 2016 rate, except for applicants for programmes in the School of Healthcare, who will be charged at the 2017 rate, in line with the new fee arrangements. This reflects Government policy changes with respect to the funding of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional programmes of study. UK/EU applicants who hold a deferred offer for 2017/18 but then withdraw their application and re-apply will lose their right to keep the 2016/17 fee arrangements.
- Bradford Collaborative Programme - Students on the medicine pathway from Bradford University who enter the University of Leeds in 2017/18 will start on the former (£9,000) fee arrangements. This is in line with the widening participation agreement with Bradford.
How will the undergraduate fee change affect continuing students who started at the University prior to 2017?
Existing UK and EU students who started their undergraduate programme prior to 2017/18 will continue on their existing fee arrangement. This is usually £9,000, although there are some students on pre-£9,000 fee arrangements.
Students currently studying zero-rated NHS funded courses within the School of Healthcare will continue to receive NHS funding until the completion of their studies. This includes students who transfer into year 2, who will carry their NHS funding with them.
Students on Foundation Year courses (Lifelong Learning Centre) which automatically progress onto a degree course will not be affected by the fee change. Note this does not apply to International Foundation Year (IFY).
For Integrated Masters degrees, transition from Bachelors to Masters level does not constitute a new course, therefore these students will remain on their existing fee arrangements.
Undergraduate students who are temporary leavers, who suspend their studies, will remain on their existing fee arrangements when they return.
Intercalating students who are studying their main degree and their intercalated programme at Leeds will continue on their existing fee arrangements for their intercalated programme.
Those taking their intercalated programme elsewhere will return to their existing fee arrangements.
Students who repeat a year or who change course will remain on their existing fee arrangements.
Students who successfully complete their course and then re-apply for a subsequent undergraduate degree will be charged the fee arrangements for their year of entry onto the new programme.
Students who have already started their course at Leeds, then withdraw to re-enter on a different University of Leeds course starting from 2017 onwards, will be charged the fee arrangements for their year of re-entry.
How will the fee change affect transferring students?
Students who transfer in to the first year of a course at the University of Leeds, or are admitted directly to a subsequent year of a course, from another university or college will start on the fee arrangements for their year of entry to Leeds (e.g. £9,250 in 2017).
How will the fee change affect international undergraduate students?
This fee increase does not affect overseas fee-paying students. Information on fees for new International students is available on individual course pages www.courses.leeds.ac.uk
How will the fee change affect student loans from the Government?
The new £9,250 tuition fee level from 2017/18 for UK/EU undergraduates will continue to be covered by a loan from the Student Loan Company (SLC). This is in line with the SLC published repayment terms and conditions.
Will tuition fees rise further in 2018?
The fee for 2018/19 should be confirmed in September 2017 but this is subject to notification of the maximum permitted fee by the UK Government.
How will Brexit affect fee changes for EU students after 2018?
It is not currently known how long the process for Britain to exit the European Union will take or the impact this may have on UK policy on higher education tuition fees, loans and bursaries long term.
However, The UK Government has given clarity that students from other EU countries entering undergraduate courses starting in autumn 2017 or in autumn 2018 will pay the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of their courses, and can apply for student loans to cover fees.
For further news and statements from the University about Brexit developments, please refer to https://www.leeds.ac.uk/forstaff/homepage/390/brexit
If I have further questions, where can I find out more?
If there are further questions on undergraduate fee changes, please contact:
Fees Team firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding Team email@example.com
Students can find information on undergraduate fees for 2017 at
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/128004/fees_and_funding/15/fees. This link will also direct students to information on sources of available funding.