Fees and student finance: minimums, maximums and thresholds

The Government sets out the basic and higher fee caps each year, which may include permitted rises to maintain their value in real terms.

The fee you may charge may also be influenced by the outcomes of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). We are working closely with Government to ensure that appropriate fee caps are recorded.

Details of permitted fee levels, maintenance grants and the Minimum Bursary, by year

These tables show:

for English students who were new entrants to higher education in England in the current academic year and previous years (where applicable).

Full details of student finance arrangements are published as Student Support Information Notices on the Student Finance England website.

There is information and guidance about tuition fee regulations on the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s website.

Table 1: Students who are new entrants to higher education in 2017-18 (institutions with TEF Year 1)

Year Course type Maximum fee Basic fee Maximum higher fee income per student Predicted inflation (RPI-X %)
2017-18 Full-time £9,250 £6,165 £3,085 N/A
Part-time £6,935 £4,625 £2,310
Erasmus year/study year abroad £1,385 £920 £465
Sandwich year £1,850 £1,230 £620

Table 2: Students who are new entrants to higher education in 2016-17 or 2017-18 (institutions without TEF Year 1)

Year Course type Maximum fee Basic fee Maximum higher fee income per student Predicted inflation (RPI-X %)
2016-17 Full-time £9,000 £6,000 £3,000 N/A
Part-time £6,750 £4,500 £2,250
Erasmus year/study year abroad £1,350 £900 £450
Sandwich year £1,800 £1,200 £600

Table 3: Students who were new entrants to higher education in 2012-13 to 2015-16

Year Maximum fee Basic fee Maximum higher fee income per student Predicted inflation (RPI-X %) Placement/year abroad Maximum maintenance grant Full support threshold Partial support threshold
2016-17 (full-time) £9,000 £6,000 £3,000 3.19

£1,350 for Erasmus year/study year abroad

£1,800 for sandwich years

£3,387 £25,000 £42,620
2016-17 (part-time) £6,750 £4,500 £2,250 N/A N/A N/A

2015-16 (full-time)

£9,000 £6,000 £3,000 3.34

£1,350 for Erasmus year/study year abroad

£1,800 for sandwich years

£3,387 £25,000 £42,620

2015-16 (part-time)

£6,750 £4,500 £2,250

N/A N/A N/A
2014-15 (full-time) £9,000 £6,000 £3,000 3.1

£1,350 for Erasmus year/study year abroad

£1,800 for sandwich years

£3,387 £25,000 £42,620

2014-15 (part-time)

£6,750 £4,500 £2,250 N/A N/A N/A

2013-14 (full-time)

£9,000

£6,000

£3,000

3.22

£4,500

£3,354

£25,000

£42,611

2013-14 (part-time)

£6,750 £4,500 £2,250 N/A N/A N/A

2012-13 (full-time)

£9,000

£6,000

£3,000

N/A

£4,500

£3,250

£25,000

£42,600

2012-13 (part-time)

£6,750 £4,500 £2,250 N/A N/A N/A

Table 4: Students who were new entrants to higher education in 2006-07 to 2011-12

Year Maximum fee Basic fee Higher fee income per student Predicted inflation (RPI-X %) Placement year/year abroad Maximum maintenance grant Minimum bursary Full support threshold Partial support threshold
2013-14 onwards £3,465 £1,380 £2,085 See Table 3 above £1,725 £3,080 £347

£25,000

(£18,360 for 2006-07 and 2007-08 entrants)

£50,706

(£61,047 for 2008-09 entrants;
£39,571 for 2006-07 and 2007-08 entrants)

2012-13 £3,465 £,1380 £2,085 2.69 £1,725 £2,984 £347

£25,000

(£18,360 for 2006-07 and 2007-08 entrants)

£50,695

(£61,047 for 2008-09 entrants;
£39,571 for 2006-07 and 2007-08 entrants)

2011-12 £3,375 £1,345 £2,030 2.7 rounded down to nearest £5 £1,680 £2,906 £338

£25,000

(£18,360 for 2006-07 and 2007-08 entrants)

£50,020

(£60,032 for 2008-09 entrants;
£39,333 for 2006-07 and 2007-08 entrants)

2010-11 £3,290 £1,310 £1,980 2.04 £1,640 £2,906 £329

£25,000

(£18,360 for 2006-07 and 2007-08 entrants)

£50,020

(£60,032 for 2008-09 entrants;
£39,333 for 2006-07 and 2007-08 entrants)

2009-10 £3,225 £1,285 £1,940 2.6 £1,610 £2,906 £319

£25,000

(£18,360 for 2006-07 and 2007-08 entrants)

£50,020

(£60,032 for 2008-09 entrants;
£39,333 for 2006-07 and 2007-08 entrants)

2008-09 £3,145 £1,255 £1,890 2.5 £1,570 £2,835 £310

£25,000

(£18,360 for 2006-07 and 2007-08 entrants)

£60,005

(£39,305 for 2006-07 and 2007-08 entrants)

2007-08

£3,070

£1,225

£1,845

2.33

£1,535

£2,765

£305

£17,910

£38,330

2006-07

£3,000

£1,200

£1,800

N/A

£1,500

£2,700

£300

£17,500

£37,425

Social work students

Undergraduate social work degrees studied full-time (and, since 2012-13, part-time) are covered by the legislation that introduced tuition fees. Therefore you may charge up to your agreed fee limit for such courses and the students on them should be included in your access agreement.