Students Staff

How we use your tuition fees

Your tuition fees are invested to provide you with a transformational education. They help us to create the stimulating and cutting-edge environment that supports the world-class research and education we offer at Essex.

Your fees contribute to the teaching costs of seminars and lectures, and all aspects of your student experience, from our wide range of sporting activities to our employability services and our leading Students' Union.

In recent years student fees have helped us make some significant improvements, including:

  • Silberrad Student Centre, Albert Sloman Library extension and North Teaching Centre at our Colchester Campus
  • The Forum building at our Southend Campus
  • increasing the money we provide to our Students' Union
  • introducing new courses, like journalism

We want to continue to invest in our campuses and our students and we have some exciting plans, including:

  • a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) building at our Colchester Campus
  • enhanced sports facilities including new tennis courts, a new sports hall and new sport study space at our Colchester Campus
  • new student facilities at our East 15 Loughton Campus
  • new Meadows-style student accommodation at Colchester Campus
  • expanding our outreach programme
  • more support to help our students achieve their potential
  • continuing to introduce new courses
  • continuing to increase the money we provide to our Students’ Union
pie chart showing the breakdown of tuition fee spending

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    The breakdown of how your fees are spent is listed below.

    • Teaching staff: 46%
    • IT services and libraries: 11%
    • Teaching buildings: 10%
    • Student welfare, employability and academic services: 8%
    • Outreach and communications: 7%
    • Departmental administrative support: 6%
    • Scholarships and bursaries: 4%
    • Other expenses: 4%
    • Campus services: 2%
    • Students' Union: 2%

The value we offer

Essex is top 15 in England for student satisfaction (NSS 2017. Overall student satisfaction, mainstream universities), showing that our students are happy with the value they get at Essex both in terms of their education and experience.

We're in the top 20 universities for research excellence and top 5 for social sciences (REF 2014). We have ambitious plans to keep climbing up league table rankings so that your Essex degree is even more valuable in the graduate job market.

To support your future career, we have embedded research and workplace skills in your Essex education. We also offer language tuition and year abroad options at no extra cost, and a Big Essex Employability Award, which takes account of your work experience, volunteering and student society participation.

How our fees are set

Fees for UK and EU students

Fees for Home and EU students are set by the UK Government. Following the Government's plan to introduce the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), Home and EU fees will increase in future years. The University will review their fees in light of any of these increases.

The fee status of EU students may be subject to review should the terms of the UK's withdrawal from the European Union change the legal status of EU students, but we will do all we can locally to mitigate this.

Fees for international students

Universities still get some government funding for UK and EU students but none for international students from outside the EU. International student fees are therefore higher to reflect the full cost of your education. We also provide extra regulatory and support services for international students (for example, help with immigration and English language support), and these costs are reflected in the fees we charge.

Our financial aims

Essex is a statutory charity so we don't have shareholders asking us to make a profit. We do aim to generate a small cash surplus each year that we can directly reinvest in the University, to continue to improve your experience through new buildings, IT equipment, and better services.