Undergraduate fees

Find out about tuition fees for our undergraduate courses.

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Note that tuition fees will vary depending on your fee status. See Fee status below.

Tuition fees (2018 entry)

Tuition fees are not yet set for undergraduate courses starting in September 2018. 2018 tuition fees may be different from 2017 tuition fees. 

The UK Government has confirmed that if you’re an EU student applying for entry in September 2018, you'll pay the same fee rate as UK students for the duration of your course, even if the UK leaves the EU before the end of your course. You'll also continue to have access to student loans and grants. Find out more on the UK Government website


Tuition fees (2017 entry) 

Tuition fees for undergraduate courses starting in September 2017 are listed below. 

Tuition fees for home students (2017 entry)

Home student fees: £9,250 per annum (2017/18 fee).

These fees are set by the University, but are subject to UK Government confirmation and to satisfying the Teaching Excellence Framework (see our terms and conditions for undergraduate students 2017/18).

We expect that fees will increase in subsequent academic years as the Government reviews the fee levels.

Tuition fees for returning home students (2017/18)

As permitted by Office for Fair Access (OFFA) approval of our ACCESS Agreement and in accordance with the Scholarships, Fees and Living Costs information published in the prospectus each year when students applied to study with us, tuition fees for returning home undergraduate students will rise to:

  • £9,250 for the 2017/18 academic year (in line with the maximum permitted by the UK Government.)

The rise equates to inflation as calculated by the UK Government.

Tuition-fee support for home students (2017 entry)

To assist new full-time home students studying for their first degree, a range of financial support has been announced by the UK Government:

  • you do not have to pay for your course yourself upfront
  • you can get a loan to cover the cost of your tuition, which you only start to pay back when you are earning over £21,000 a year
  • repayments will be made each month and will be a fixed percentage of income over £21,000, over a period of up to 30 years.

At the same time, Sussex has also launched an innovative First-Generation Scholars scheme.

Tuition fees for UK full-time students pay for your education costs (including both tuition and exams). However, in addition to tuition fees, you will need sufficient funds to cover living expenses, including costs associated with your course such as books and materials.

Find out more about scholarships, living costs and budgeting.


Tuition fees for EU students (2017 entry)

EU student fees: £9,250 per annum (2017/18 fee).

These fees are set by the University, but are subject to UK Government confirmation and to satisfying the Teaching Excellence Framework (see our terms and conditions for undergraduate students 2017/18).

We expect that fees will increase in subsequent academic years as the Government reviews the fee levels.

Tuition fees for returning EU students (2017/18)

As permitted by OFFA approval of our ACCESS Agreement and in accordance with the Scholarships, Fees and Living Costs information published in the prospectus each year when students applied to study with us, tuition fees for returning EU undergraduate students will rise to:

  • £9,250 for the 2017/18 academic year (in line with the maximum permitted by the UK Government.)

The rise equates to inflation as calculated by the UK Government.

Tuition-fee support for EU students (2017 entry)

To assist new full-time EU students studying for their first degree, a range of financial support has been announced by the UK Government:

  • you do not have to pay for your course yourself upfront
  • you can get a loan to cover the cost of your tuition, which you only start to pay back when you are earning over £21,000 a year
  • repayments will be made each month and will be a fixed percentage of income over £21,000, over a period of up to 30 years.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students commencing their studies in September 2017 will be charged at the home fee rate for the duration of their course, even if the UK exits the European Union during that period (find out more at funding support for EU students).

Tuition fees for EU full-time students pay for your education costs (including both tuition and exams). However, in addition to tuition fees, you will need sufficient funds to cover living expenses, including costs associated with your course like books and materials.

Find out more about scholarships, living costs and budgeting.


Tuition fees for Islands students (2017 entry)

Islands student fees: £9,250 per annum (2017/18 fee).

BMBS in Medicine for Islands students: fees in 2016/17 were £19,000 per annum. The fee for 2017/18 has not yet been confirmed and will be available shortly.

These fees are set by the University, but are subject to UK Government confirmation and to satisfying the Teaching Excellence Framework (see our terms and conditions for undergraduate students 2017/18).

We expect that fees will increase in subsequent academic years as the Government reviews the fee levels.

Tuition fees for returning Islands students (2017/18)

As permitted by OFFA approval of our ACCESS Agreement and in accordance with the Scholarships, Fees and Living Costs information published in the prospectus each year when students applied to study with us, tuition fees for returning Islands undergraduate students will rise to:

  • £9,250 for the 2017/18 academic year (in line with the maximum permitted by the UK Government.)

The rise equates to inflation as calculated by the UK Government.

Tuition-fee support for Islands students (2017 entry)

Tuition fee loans are means-tested for Channel Islands and Isle of Man students, and may be subject to an upper limit of £9,250.

To find out more about the support you may be eligible for from your island government, visit their website.


Tuition fees for overseas students (2017 entry)

The information for each degree listed at Undergraduate courses 2017 shows if the standard lower rate or the standard higher rate applies:

  • standard lower rate and foundation year: £15,100 per annum (2017/18 fee)
  • standard higher rate: £18,750 per annum (2017/18 fee)
  • BMBS in Medicine: fees in 2016/17 were £28,000 per annum. The fee for 2017/18 has not yet been confirmed and will be available shortly.

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis (see our terms and conditions for undergraduate students 2017/18).

Tuition fees for returning overseas students (2017 entry)

Overseas student tuition fees are set by Council for each year’s entry and the first year fee and annual inflationary increases (subject to rounding for administrative purposes) are set for the duration of the course at the outset.

All current cohorts of students have approved fee rises of 2.5% per annum.

Tuition fees for returning overseas undergraduate students will rise to:

  • £15,100 (standard lower rate)
  • £18,750 (standard higher rate).

The tuition fees shown above are for the academic year 2017/18.

For students admitted in September 2017, these fees are set to increase each year over the duration of the degree by 2.5% per annum (subject to rounding for administrative purposes and assuming you do not have a break in your studies).

Tuition fees vary depending on the degree course. If you consider changing course, you may wish to check with us what the new fee would be.

Before registering as a student, you must provide evidence of your ability to pay the fees and to support yourself financially.

Tuition fees for overseas full-time students pay for your education costs (including both tuition and exams).

However, in addition to tuition fees, you will need sufficient funds to cover living expenses, including costs associated with your course like books and materials.

Find out more about scholarships, living costs and budgeting.

Find out how to pay your fees.

Tuition-fee support for overseas students (2017 entry)

Students from outside the UK and eligible EU states will not normally be entitled to support for tuition fees or living costs from the UK Government.

Find out more about undergraduate scholarships.

Terms and conditions 2017/18.


Fee status

In June 2016, the UK voted to leave the EU. The fee-status information here relates to the current legislation. It is unclear how this will change in the event the UK leaves the EU.

The tuition fee you are charged will depend on your ‘fee status’ and whether you are classified as ‘home’, ‘EU’, ‘Channel Islands and Isle of Man’ (‘Islands’) or ‘overseas’.

The rules surrounding fee-status classification are complicated. The rules on how you are classified are strictly defined by the UK Government.

In general:

  • home/EU: subject to residence requirements in fee legislation, applicants who are settled and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the three years prior to the start of the course (not wholly or mainly for the purposes of education); EU (including UK) nationals who are ordinarily resident in the European Economic Area, Switzerland or the overseas territories for the three years prior to the start of the course (not wholly or mainly for the purposes of education); refugees or persons granted Humanitarian Protection who are living in the UK will be classified as home/EU student applicants.
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man: students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, who are within the British Isles, but outside the UK.
  • overseas: applicants who do not meet the criteria for home/EU or Islands fees as detailed above, including nationals of non-EU countries (who do not have ‘settled’ status in the UK) and applicants who have not maintained ordinary residence in the EEA, Switzerland or overseas territories for the required three-year period of residency will be classified as overseas applicants.

(There are exceptions to the above, for example if you are a student who is temporarily outside the UK/EU, if you have refugee status granted by the UK Government, or if you are a migrant worker.)

If you are an applicant with UK or other EU nationality, this does not guarantee that you'll be classed as a ‘home/EU’ student – you must also satisfy various residence requirements.

If your fee-status classification is unclear, please contact ug.applicants@sussex.ac.uk and we will send you a questionnaire to complete, so we can determine your status.

Find out more about fee-status classification (UK Council for International Student Affairs website)

Fee-status appeals

If, having been notified of your fee status, you disagree with the outcome, you can request for your fee assessment to be reviewed by emailing:

Undergraduate Admissions 
ug.applicants@sussex.ac.uk

We may ask for additional information or evidence in relation to your claim. You may also wish to submit additional information as part of your request.

Once your case has been reviewed, we will respond in writing (which might include email) to confirm your fee status.

If you remain dissatisfied with the outcome, and believe that your fee status has been incorrectly assessed, you can appeal against this by writing to:

Academic Registrar 
SSRO, Bramber House  
University of Sussex 
Brighton BN1 9RH 
United Kingdom

Your case will then be reviewed and a final assessment of your fee status will be made.

The Academic Registrar will respond in writing (which might include email) to confirm the University's classification of your fee status. This fee status assessment is final.

You need to appeal against your fee assessment before you register and start at the University. Once you are registered as a student, your fee classification will not normally change.


Student finance and funding

If you are due to start your course at Sussex in September or October, you should apply for financial support in the spring of the year you start your studies.

If you normally live in England or the EU, contact Student Finance England for information on student loans and funding.

If you are from Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland, you should apply to the organisation that manages student finance in your country.


Budgeting

Our living costs information can help you budget effectively for your time at Sussex.

This information is particularly useful if you are applying for a visa or American student loans and need to calculate how much you will spend as a student.


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