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The government withdrew funding to universities for students who study for a qualification that is "at the same or on a lower level to" a qualification (ELQ) that they have already been awarded.

How could this affect me?

If you are a home (UK) or EU student and already have a degree, you may be liable to pay a higher tuition fee amount than the standard rate if you choose to study another degree course. This could be at the rate set for international students.

You may also be ineligible for funding from the government for your fees or living costs. 

Please see examples below:

Already have

Want to do

Possible charge

Degree

Degree/HND/HNC

Higher rate fee

HND

HND/HNC

Higher rate fee

Master's

Degree/HND/HNC

Higher rate fee

HND/HNC

Degree/master's

Standard rate fee

HNC

HND/degree/master's

Standard rate fee

Are there any exemptions?

Some students are automatically exempt from the ELQ policy, if studying:

  • undergraduate medicine, dentistry, social work, nursing or teacher training,
  • BA Architecture,
  • Foundation degree,
  • or if you are a student in receipt of DSA,
  • or if you are classed as 'overseas' (non-EU) for tuition fee purposes.

This list is not exhaustive. We strongly recommend that you check with the University before you commit to your course.   

For more information on the ELQ policy, please visit the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

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