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Student Finance and ECs

Investing in your education is a wise decision and it's important to understand the student finance support available. From tuition fees to maintenance loans and bursaries to cash scholarships — we're here to help you plan.

The BA Final Year Bursary will be available to all of our new eligible home (UK) undergraduate students starting study in the academic year 2022/23.

The bursary is money given to students from the university which does not need to be paid back. The bursary is £300 and is paid in your final year.

The £300 Cash Scholarship is available to eligible* students who progress directly from one of our UAL Extended Diplomas or a UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design onto a three or four-year undergraduate degree at Arts University Plymouth.

For students experiencing unforeseen, financial hardship, the University has a Hardship Fund in place. The key purpose of the fund is to support cases of severe financial hardship, for example if you lose your job, or if you are in a situation where your financial circumstances may affect your ability to continue your studies. For more information on the Hardship Fund and to find out how to apply, click below.

The Student Loans Company offer financial support to help undergraduate students with the cost of university.

If you are using a Student Loan for tuition fees and maintenance costs you should have received confirmation of your entitlement and a payment schedule. You can check your details by logging in to your online student finance account.

Your funding will be released once registration and attendance has been confirmed. Your tuition fee loan will be paid to us, and your maintenance loan will be paid directly to you to manage throughout the year.

Find out more here:

Getting your first Student Finance payment - gov.uk

If you are suspending your studies, or leave your course early, there may be an impact on your Student Finance entitlement. You may be liable for fees and need to repay any maintenance over payments.

Student Finance: if you suspend or leave your course - gov.uk

We have an extenuating circumstances procedure in place to ensure that students experiencing serious illness and other forms of exceptional and unforeseen interference with their academic performance are treated fairly during the assessment process. It is your responsibility to make known any exceptional circumstances which have affected your academic performance.

If you feel that your academic performance has been adversely affected, then you are able to apply for Extenuating Circumstances (EC). Detailed below is a definition of what we classify as EC:

Extenuating circumstances are circumstances which:

  • are exceptional;

  • are outside the student’s control;

  • can be corroborated by independent evidence;

  • occurred during or shortly before the assessment in question; and

  • may have led to an unrepresentative performance in relation to the student’s previously demonstrated ability


To find out more about extenuating circumstances and to access the form to apply, quick the button below.