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Undergraduate fees for Home/EU students

Tuition fees for courses starting in 2020-21

Our 2020-21 tuition fee for new UK, EU and Channel Islands students will be £9,250. Fees for current students continuing their courses may vary.

Annual fee changes

For students commencing their studies at the University of Essex in the 2020-21 academic year, fees will increase for each academic year of study. For full-time undergraduate students with a Home fee status (which includes EU students) any fee increases during your programme of study will be limited to the annual increase in the RPI-X index. Increases in fees for full-time undergraduate students with a Home fee status remain subject to UK Government approval.

Our fees enable us to provide a high quality educational experience, to invest in teaching, services and facilities, and to increase our investment in widening participation, access and student opportunity. We publish information on how we use your fees.

Funding your studies

Student loans

If you're a UK or EU student, then you won't have to pay your tuition fees up front as the UK government provides you with a tuition fee loan (subject to eligibility criteria). You don't currently have to start repaying the loan until you have finished your course and are earning over £25,000 a year.

If you are applying for Student Finance and you have any previous years of higher education study, or you are repeating a year of study, your funding may be affected by repeat funding rules. Previous years of study includes periods of self-funded study, or any study undertaken abroad. If you think that this may apply to you please see the attached guidance on repeat study (.pdf) and compelling personal reasons (.pdf) (CPR)


Following the UK's decision to withdraw from the European Union, the Government has confirmed that EU students starting in 2020 will be eligible for a loan for the duration of their course.

Study abroad and placement years

If you opt for a study abroad year as part of your course, you will pay 15% of the standard tuition fee for that year. If you opt for an industrial or clinical placement year as part of your course, you will pay 20% of the standard tuition fee for that year.

Tuition fee policies and how to pay

Undergraduate funding

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We have a range of undergraduate scholarships and bursaries to support you regardless of your financial circumstances. We also provide information on other funding sources.

Find a scholarship

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Search our Scholarship Finder to see the funding opportunities available to you. We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries to make sure everyone with the potential can succeed.

Managing your money

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Plan your student budget. We have advice on living costs, maximising your income, managing debts and planning for life after graduation. Meet with an adviser in your Student Services Hub for more help.

Find a course

Find a course

Search our courses and find the right course for you. At Essex you can show your academic potential in a research-intensive environment, and develop the knowledge and skills required for a successful career.