UCC | Fees and Finance

Tuition FeesStudent FinanceBursariesTravel ScholarshipDiscountsDisabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)

Please see individual courses for fee listings.

Continuing students can get their latest course fee information from Academic Services.

All University Centre Colchester (UCC) students should confirm their eligibility for new or continuing student fees by referring to the University Centre Colchester (UCC) Fee Policy below. The Fee Policy also contains information with regards to payment schedules.

UCC Fee Policy 2018/19
If your employer is paying your fees you will need to bring a completed Employer Authorisation Form with you when you enrol:

Employer Instalment Plan
Employer Instalment Plan Terms & Conditions

For further information please contact Registry (01206) 712555.

Finance Overview

If you are attending, or are hoping to attend, a Higher Education course and you require advice on any of the following; the Student Services Finance Adviser may be able to help you.

  • Applications to the Student Loan Company for Loans and Grants
  • Advice on student funding including University Centre Colchester scholarships
  • Hardship Funds
  • Self-financing or work supported study.

We encourage you to apply for a full-time loan as soon as possible, even if your place is not yet confirmed.

To learn more about loans and how to apply for a loan please see Student Finance England.

Student Loans

These downloadable guides include information on:

  • Money you may be entitled to
  • How and when your money will be paid
  • Repayment examples an example of repayments rates for when earn above the threshold after graduating.

Full Time Study Loans (New Students)
Full Time Study Loans (Continuing Students)
Part Time Study Loans

Postgraduate Loans

Student Finance England’s new Postgraduate Loan application service is now open! If you plan to take a postgraduate master’s course from 1 August 2016, you may be able to get a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to help with course fees and living costs.

The loan isn’t means tested, so is not dependent on your income or your family’s income. The quickest and easiest way for students to apply is online at: https://www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

For further information on Postgraduate Loans, students can visit SFE’s student finance zone on The Student Room which has been updated with a dedicated Postgraduate Loan section and includes answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.


ELCAS Credits

We also accept the ELC credits from the Ministry of Defense  The ELC scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years.

ELC funding is only available for pursuit of higher level learning i.e. for courses that result in a nationally recognised qualification at Level three or above on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (England and Wales).


Please speak to our team who are able to process the claim for using your credits at University Centre Colchester.

Extra money towards university and you don’t have to pay it back!

University Centre Colchester Support Bursary

New students commencing a degree programme in 2018/19 are eligible for a £1,000 cash support bursary per year (pro rata payment for part time students). The cash support bursary, which is linked to continuing attendance and success on programme, will be awarded for each year of study for a maximum of three years (totalling £3,000).

In 2018/19 the cash bursary will be paid in three equal instalments during November 2018, February 2019 and May 2019.

More information, including eligibility criteria, can be found here.

University Centre Colchester Further Education Progression (FEP) Bursary

Students progressing from Level 3 programmes at Colchester Institute in 2017/18 onto a degree programme with University Centre Colchester will be eligible for an enhanced progression bursary of £1,500 in their first year of study (pro rata payment for part time students). The progression bursary, which is linked to continuing attendance and success on programme, will be awarded for the first year of study only.

In 2018/19 the bursary will be paid in three equal instalments in November 2018, February 2019 and May 2019.

More information, including eligibility criteria, can be found here.

University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship

The University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship (UCCTS) has been created by University Centre Colchester to help eligible students from low income households with the costs of attending higher education study. The UCCTS is in addition to any other loans and grants that students might receive. Applicants will be required to meet qualifying criteria and apply through their student loan application.

Travel Scheme Benefits

Full-time Students
For full time students the scholarship normally comprises a £500 travel payment in the first year of study.

Part-time Students
For part time students the scholarship comprises a pro-rata travel payment in the first year of study.

To find out further information about the University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship, including eligibility criteria please see the link below.

University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship 2017 (pdf)

How to Apply

To apply for the University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship complete the application form and send to the University Centre Colchester (UCC) Admissions Department. The final date for applications for the University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship is the 1st December 2017. No applications will be considered after this date for students commencing their studies in 2017.

Travel Scholarship Application Form 2017/18 (pdf)

If you have any queries about the University Centre Colchester Travel Scholarship please ring 01206 712777 or email uccadmissions@colchester.ac.uk. For more information on applying for student finance please go to www.studentfinance.direct.gov.uk

Postgraduate Discount

For 2017/18 University Centre Colchester is offering discounts for new students on its postgraduate courses.

The discount will apply to all those holding a full Bachelor’s Degree (gained at either University Centre Colchester or any other UK degree awarding provider).

Eligible courses for the Postgraduate Discount in 2017/18 are:

  • PGCE
  • MA Education

The discount will be applied at the point of registration. For 2017-18 this will represent the following reduction on the annual tuition fee for the first year of full-time study, or first two years of part-time study, only:

  • First Class undergraduate degree           33 per cent
  • 2:1 undergraduate degree                         25 per cent
  • 2:2 undergraduate degree                        10 per cent

The discount is not awarded in combination with other University Centre Colchester discounts. If a student is eligible for more than one University Centre Colchester discount, the discount with the greater value will be applied.

NB: A copy of degree certificate will be required to obtain the postgraduate discount and University Centre Colchester reserves the right to remove the discount in the event of any fraudulent claim being discovered.

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)

As a higher education student living in England, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have a disability, including a:

  • long-term health condition
  • mental health condition
  • specific learning difficulty, eg dyslexia

You can get help with the costs of:

  • specialist equipment, eg a computer if you need one because of your disability
  • non-medical helpers
  • extra travel because of your disability
  • other disability-related costs of studying

More information is available from the DSA website. The non-medical help services available from Colchester Institute, and their rates, are shown here

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