Version 1.0 - Last Updated: 16 Feb 2021

Creating a part-time undergraduate course

Academic years

The regulations define the academic year as a 12-month period beginning on either 1 September, 1 January, 1 April or 1 July. The date depends on when the course started.

This means that the maximum funding we can award to a student starting in September or October, for example, covers the academic year from 1 September until 31 August the following year. This applies to Tuition Fee Loans, Maintenance Grants and loans for living costs.

If a course runs beyond the end of the academic year, students will not be funded for the period between the end of the academic year and the end of the last term.

Date course started

Academic year

Between 1 August and 31 December

1 September to 31 August

Between 1 January and 31 March

1 January to 31 December

Between 1 April and 30 June

1 April to 31 March

Between 1 July and 31 July

1 July to 30 June


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