It’s more important than ever that you make the right choice about what and where to study; to maximise the value, experience and opportunities you get from your university years.
At Falmouth we're committed to making sure you get a return on your investment. From our innovative courses, superlative facilities and enviable industry connections, to the special atmosphere, impactful reputation and unique approach we pride ourselves on, a Falmouth education is something you'll value throughout your professional life.
Unsure of just what the fees mean? Let us help…
Q: What does it actually cost?
A: In 2013 Falmouth University charged all home/EU full-time undergraduates £9,000 a year in tuition fees. These fees are likely to increase for 2014, in line with inflation.
Q: How are the fees paid?
A: A student loans company will pay your fees for you, which are then only repayable once you graduate, so during your time at Falmouth you’ll pay nothing upfront.
Q: How much do I have to pay back and when?
A: You’ll only start paying back the loan that covered your tuition fees once you have graduated and are earning at least £21,000 a year. Your salary determines the amount you pay back –
the more you earn, the more you’ll pay back each month. A graduate earning £25,000 will pay back just £30 per month.
Q: Is there support available to help with living costs while I’m a student?
A: Yes, a Cost of Living loan is available to all students and the amount you are able to borrow is based on your household income. You also may be eligible for maintenance grants, bursaries and scholarships. falmouth.ac.uk/bursaries
Q: What others costs do I need to consider?
A: Typical accommodation costs at Falmouth are approximately £120 a week. Depending on your course you’ll also need to allow for materials, equipment and study visits and trips. Transport costs are low, with campus buses just £1 (at time of writing) and much of Falmouth and Penryn accessible on foot and by bicycle.
What you’ll pay at Falmouth
- £9,000 tuition fees each year of your degree
- Around £120 a week typical accommodation costs, compared to approximately £150 a week in London
- Materials, course trips and equipment: this varies depending on the nature of your course, but you need to be aware that things like printing (photographs, graphics), books and study trips are not included in the tuition fees. Finance advice is available for all students through the FXU Advice Service and some students may be eligible to apply for maintenance grants, loans, bursaries or scholarships to support their studies
- Low transport costs. Most of Falmouth and Penryn is within walking or cycling distance and campus buses currently cost just 60p
What you'll get from Falmouth
- The very best facilities: We’re constantly investing to ensure that you have hi-tech, industry-standard facilities at your fingertips. Our Performance, Media, Photography and Design Centres are regarded as among the best in Europe.
- A connected staff: Our staff are not only experts in their fields but many of them are practising professionals, which means access to great industry contacts, opportunities for live projects and a host of visiting professionals to further enrich your studies.
- A proven pathway: Within the creative industries Falmouth is a respected and trusted brand. Our graduate employment figures are 15% above the national average and we have a proven record of producing graduate entrepreneurs.
- Creative Cornwall: The county is a hotbed of creativity, with Falmouth University an integral component of this forward-thinking community. With vibrant creative industries on your doorstep, the opportunities for collaboration and work experience are numerous.
- Inspirational Cornwall: The Falmouth University experience is one of a kind; the only place in the UK where you can benefit from both a cutting-edge digital infrastructure driven by the £132 million investment in Cornwall’s superfast broadband and a breathtaking coastline sure to inspire.
Investment into Next Generation Broadband in Cornwall, set to make the region one of the quickest and best connected in Europe
New jobs created in the South West since 2002
UK’s creative exports from the South West
People employed in the creative sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly alone
New businesses set up in the South West since 2002
Renewable energy schemes in the South West, making it the front-running region in one of the UK’s fastest growing business sectors
Where Cornwall sits on the list of most visited counties in the UK
Can I still afford to go to university?
Tuition fees don't have to be paid upfront and you only start to repay your tuition fee loan when you are earning over £21,000. Loans and grants are also available to help cover living costs.
Most full-time students should have about the same amount of financial support available as current students, but the amount borrowed will be larger.
On average, a university graduate earns £100,000 more during their lifetime - net of tax - than someone who leaves school at 18.
Financial help from the government
There will be three main forms of support from the government to help with fees and living costs:
- Tuition fee loans The government will lend any eligible student the money to pay the higher education institution for tuition costs. These are open to both UK and EU students.
- Maintenance loans These will be available to all eligible UK full-time students, irrespective of income.
- Maintenance grants Students from families with incomes of up to £25,000 will be entitled to a maintenance grant of up to £3,250. Those from families with incomes between £25,000 and £42,000 will be entitled to a partial grant.
Financial help from University College Falmouth
We will be offering a range of awards for students joining us in 2013. Some support will be in the form of a UCF Bursary, with additional support being funded through the National Scholarship Programme. For more details visit our undergraduate funding page
National Scholarship Awards (NSP) UCF will be focusing its NSP funding on Cornish residents by offering awards of £6,000 each - £3,000 in year 1 and £1,500 in years 2 and 3. Part of the award will be a cash bursary, the remaining money will be given as either an accommodation waiver, a fee waiver, on-campus credit, or a combination.
Other awards We already offer a number of bursaries and scholarships and we plan to announce more. We have various privately-funded awards, which we hope will remain unaffected by the proposed changes to student finance. These awards include our Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Scholarship (for Fine Art students), the Ferdynand Zweig Award (for international travel) and the Design for Sport Award (for Fashion and Performance Sportswear Design students).
Our funding calculator will give you an idea of the funding available to full-time undergraduate students.
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