Tuition Fee Loans - Northern Ireland

Tuition Fee Loans - Northern Ireland

Tuition Fee Loans are available for students from Northern Ireland

Awarding Body
Student Finance Northern Ireland
Dependent on individual circumstances
Quantity of Awards
One application per student per academic year


You will not have to pay fees before you start university or whilst you are studying.  Instead, if you wish, you can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover these costs.

The amount of tuition fees for your course can be found on the individual course pages.

The Student Loans Company (SLC) will pay fees directly to the university on your behalf. You will repay the loan once you have left university.

Loan Repayment

Repayment of your loans will not begin until the April after you complete or otherwise leave your course.

Repayments will only be sought once your income is more than £18,330 a year. If your income drops below this amount repayments stop and will restart when it reaches this level again. Payments will be made through the Inland Revenue and will begin automatically once your income reaches the appropriate level. The amount you have to repay each year will be 9% of your annual income over £18,330, ie the first £18,330 of income will be disregarded and you will repay 9% of your income above that level. 

Repayments which you would make at different income levels:

Income each year before tax Monthly Repayment
Up to £18,330 Nil
£19,000 £5
£21,000 £20
£25,000  £50
£30,000  £88
£35,000  £125

Further details about repaying your loan & interest rates:


Eligible Countries of Residence

  • Northern Ireland

Eligible Courses

Course Level

  • Undergraduate

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Subject Area

  • All Subjects

Other Requirements

Applicants must have met the conditions set out by Student Finance Northern Ireland

Students who are liable for the payment of tuition fees should refer to How to Pay.

How to Apply

You should apply online through Student Finance NI:

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