What does it cost?

Finance is a big consideration for mature students. If you have not previously studied in higher education, you may be pleasantly surprised by the help that is available.

Any student loans you take out are not paid back until your course has finished and you are earning over £25,725 a year. There is also additional support for those with children or other dependents at home.

Around 8 out of 10 students do not have to pay back everything they borrow.

In effect, it is what Martin Lewis from moneysavingexpert.com describes as a no win no fee system.


In addition, an Advanced Learner Loan helps pay fees for any Level 3 learning you will need to do before starting a higher education course. This borrowing is wiped if you later go on to complete a higher education qualification.

Find out more: Mature Students: University and Funding