If you are accepted onto a higher education short course, fees for your course are payable in advance of the module, and payment can be made on our tuition fee payment platform.

If you will be funded by your employer please submit a letter, written on the headed paper of your employer, confirming the amount of funding, their invoice address and a Purchase Order Number if applicable to

You may be able to access a tuition fee Higher Education (HE) Short Course Loan as DMU is part of a Government  trial of higher education short courses

How much can I borrow?

You can borrow up to £2,310 per 30 credit course. You don’t have to borrow the entire cost of the course, you can pay for some of it yourself.

Can I get more than one loan if I want to study more than one course?

Yes. You can receive up to a maximum of 4 HE Short Course Loans and you can get more than one at the same time.

You can either apply for all 4 HE Short Courses on the same application, or apply separately as long as you don’t exceed the maximum number of HE Short Course Loans.

What are the eligibility criteria?

You can apply for a HE Short Course Loan if all of the following are true:

  • You’re a UK national or Irish Citizen or have settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme or indefinite leave to enter or remain so there are no restrictions on how long you can stay
  • You normally live in England
  • You’ve been living in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 continuous years before the first day of your course, apart from temporary absences such as going on holiday

You may also be eligible if you have a different nationality, residency status or have lived elsewhere, find out more on the SLC nationality and residency guidance page.

How to apply

The quickest and easiest way to apply is using your online account on Student Finance England and follow these steps:

  1. Set up a student finance account or log in if you already have one.
  2. Download the digital application form, do not print and scan it.
  3. Complete and upload the completed form to your online account.

If you cannot apply online, download the HE Short Course Loans application form, print and send by post.

When to apply

Applications for HE Short Course Loans are now open.

You should only apply if your university or college has provided you with an offer letter.

It’s important to apply before your course starts and use the course information provided on the guidance letter when you do.

Help with applying for your funding

If you need help completing your application for a HE Short Course Loan then our team are here to help you. You can contact them by email or call them on 0116 257 7595 (option 3).

After you apply

After you apply, you should allow up to 6 to 8 weeks for your application to be processed.

The Small Print

Before you apply for a HE Short Course Loan, it’s important to know a few facts:

  • You will need to repay any HE Short Course Loan you borrow.
  • You’ll be charged interest on any HE Short Course Loans you borrow. Interest will be charged from the day the loan is paid to your university or college.
  • We will not pay your university or college until 2 weeks after your course starts and you have been in attendance.
  • You only start repaying your loan once you earn over a certain amount. The size of your monthly repayments will depend on how much you earn, not what you owe. For more information on Repayment Plan 2, read our Repaying your student loan guide.

For more information on our terms and conditions, read the SLC Student loans: a guide to terms and conditions. The terms and conditions can change.

Read the student finance privacy notice to find out how the information you provide will be used.