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How to fund your distance learning course

There are a number of ways you can choose to pay for your tuition fees as a distance learner. In fact, there has never been a better or easier way to pay for online learning.

Student Loans


Student Loan from Student Finance England

Student Finance EnglandIf you are eligible, you will be able to study an undergraduate online distance learning course with Anglia Ruskin University without paying anything up front. Instead, the UK government pays your fees and you start repaying the loan after you've finished the course. Your repayments come out of your salary, a bit like tax, and only when you start earning over £21,000 a year. If your income falls below £21,000 for any reason your repayments stop for that period.

You can apply for a government loan to cover your course fees if:

To take advantage of this opportunity, you should:

  1. Apply for your course at Anglia Ruskin University
  2. Apply for your student loan through Student Finance England

For more information, please visit the Student Finance England website or check out this handy advice from Money Saving Expert.

Our courses are filling up fast, so we recommend that you apply as soon as possible! If you have any questions, please contact us or phone 01245 686 707.

*if you live in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU then you will need to speak to your local education authority to check availability of loans


Government backed student loans of up to £10,000 are now available for our Online Masters Degrees°.

How it works:

All loan applications are subject to eligibility and acceptance. You can find more answers to FAQs on postgraduate student loans here.

SLC LogoDistance Learning courses currently eligible include:

Student loan will cover the cost of tuition up to £10,000.

MSc Healthcare Management
Student loan will cover full tuition fees.

MA Data Centre Leadership and Management
Student loan will cover the cost of tuition up to £10,000.

MSc Project Management
Student loan will cover full tuition fees.

MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL
Student loan will cover full tuition fees.

MSc Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Student loan will cover full tuition fees.

Please note, for courses longer than 2 years in length you will receive your loan in years 1 and 2 only. You will receive a maximum of £5,000 in each year. Applications for Postgraduate Loans will open summer 2018.

°subject to applicant's eligibility and acceptance. List subject to change. For courses run by our partners, please contact them directly for more information.

If you'd like to discuss your options around postgraduate student loans in more detail please get in touch.

Instalment Plans

We offer interest-free instalment plans on all courses, undergraduate and postgraduate, delivered by Anglia Ruskin University^. You can choose to pay for your course at the start of each year, in three instalments per year or six instalments per year.

To discuss paying by instalments please contact us or phone (+44) 01245 686 707.

^Courses delivered by our partners may carry interest charges for paying by instalments, please contact them directly to discuss payment plans in more detail.

Employer funding

Degrees at WorkMany of our distance learning students are sponsored on their courses by their employer. Your company may well have a scheme to help pay for all or part of your studies.

Speak to your line manager, or if you want to discuss the process and our work-based learning opportunities in more detail please contact us or phone (+44) 01245 686 707.

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