Fees and funding

Fees and student funding for your Arden University course

At Arden we believe that costs shouldn’t be a barrier to personal development, which is why we’ve made sure our tuition fees are lower than those of traditional universities. If you’re looking for a smart, value for money option then look no further - at Arden you can stay in control of your finances and focus on your learning all at the same time.

There are a number of student funding options available depending on your level of study, your home country, and your preferred method of payment. Below you can explore financial help for students at Arden, including student finance requirements and applications, grants and scholarships, payment plans, and more.

Read below to explore financial help for students at Arden, including student finance requirements and applications, possible grants and scholarships, and payment plans.

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Undergraduate blended learning (UK)

  • Many UK students choose to pay for their studies with a student loan from the Student Loans Company (SLC). This loan is typically administered in two parts for each academic year: a tuition fee loan paid directly to your university to cover your fees, and a maintenance loan paid directly to you to cover your living expenses. More information on how much you can borrow can be found here.
  • Once you’ve finished your course, your loan repayment will begin only once your income rises above the repayment threshold, which is currently £27,295 a year before tax (this equates to £2,274 a month, or £524 a week). So for example, if your salary is £2,310 a month before tax, you'll pay back £3 per month under the current repayment conditions.
    Loan repayment terms are reviewed annually, so we recommend visiting the UK Government website for the most up to date information.
  • You may qualify for a tuition fee and maintenance loan if you’re from an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.
    You may also be able to get assistance for your living costs if the following applies to you:
    • You’ve lived in the UK for more than 3 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course.
    • You have settled status. 
  • You can find out more information about help for EU students here.
  • To secure your place on your course, you’ll be required to pay a holding fee, which is the cost of one module of study and varies from course to course.
  • The current holding fee for undergraduate blended learning courses in the UK ranges between £1,200 and £1,400. This fee is 100% refundable up to 30 days after the start of the course.
  • If you decide to enrol on a course at Arden, you’ll be required to either agree to a payment plan for your course fees, or pay the full yearly fee (6 modules) up front. At the start of each academic year, you’ll be asked to confirm how you intend to fund your studies and be given the choice between these two options once again.
  • If you have the available funds to go this route, you can either pay for your Arden course one year at a time or all in one go. The fees payable for the course will need to be settled prior to your enrolment.
  • We accept credit and debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, UK Maestro), bank transfers, or Paypal (if you’re paying in GBP). Unfortunately, we’re currently unable to accept Amex cards for payment.
  • The holding fee paid will be deducted from the total amount payable for the first year of study.
  • You can also choose to enter a payment plan for each year of study, which can be established with your student recruitment advisor prior to your enrolment.
  • The holding fee will be deducted from the fees payable, and you’ll pay your remaining fees for that year based on the designated payment plan.
  • After each year of study, you’ll need to confirm whether you wish to continue with your payment plan or pay in full for the upcoming academic year.
    Our payment plans are reviewed periodically. If you wish to pay for your studies via instalments, all the information you need will be explained to you clearly in advance.

Undergraduate blended learning (Berlin)

  • To secure your place on your course, you’ll be required to pay a holding fee, which is the cost of one module of study and varies from course to course.
    The current holding fee for undergraduate blended learning courses in Berlin is Є1,000. This fee is 100% refundable up to 30 days after the start of the course.
    If you decide to enrol on a course at Arden, you’ll be required to either agree to a payment plan for your course fees, or pay the full yearly fee (6 modules) up front. At the start of each academic year, you’ll be asked to confirm how you intend to fund your studies and be given the choice between these two options once again.
  • If you have the available funds to go this route, you can either pay for your Arden course one year at a time or all in one go. The fees payable for the course will need to be settled prior to your enrolment.
    We accept credit and debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, UK Maestro), bank transfers, or Paypal (if you’re paying in GBP). Unfortunately, we’re currently unable to accept Amex cards for payment.
    The holding fee paid will be deducted from the total amount payable for the first year of study.
  • You can also choose to enter a payment plan for each year of study, which can be established with your student recruitment advisor prior to your enrolment.
    The holding fee will be deducted from the fees payable, and you’ll pay your remaining fees for that year based on the designated payment plan.
    After each year of study, you’ll need to confirm whether you wish to continue with your payment plan or pay in full for the upcoming academic year.
    Our payment plans are reviewed periodically. If you wish to pay for your studies via instalments, all the information you need will be explained to you clearly in advance.
  • As part of Arden University’s corporate social responsibility aims, students from certain regions joining our Berlin study centre are now eligible to apply for a 33% fee reduction.
  • From 2021 onwards, we have two scholarships open to our undergraduate students: 
    • The Americas Scholarship for students joining us from South America, the Caribbean, Central America, or North America.
    • The CIS and MENA scholarship for students coming from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
  • If you're from one of these regions and are interested in applying, you can find out more here. Please note that you're required to complete and submit an application form to apply for one of our scholarships.
  • * Scholarships are subject to terms and conditions.
  • Alternatively, students joining our Berlin study centre from outside one of these regions can receive early bird discounts on their fees.

Postgraduate blended learning (Berlin)

  • To secure your place on your course, you’ll be required to pay a holding fee, which is the cost of one module of study and varies from course to course.
    The current holding fee for postgraduate blended learning courses in Berlin is Є1,000. This fee is 100% refundable up to 30 days after the start of the course.
    If you decide to enrol on a course at Arden, you’ll be required to either agree to a payment plan for your course fees, or pay the full yearly fee (6 modules and a dissertation) up front. At the start of each academic year, you’ll be asked to confirm how you intend to fund your studies and be given the choice between these two options once again.
  • If you have the available funds to go this route, you can either pay for your Arden course one year at a time or all in one go. The fees payable for the course will need to be settled prior to your enrolment.
    We accept credit and debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, UK Maestro), bank transfers, or Paypal (if you’re paying in GBP). Unfortunately, we’re currently unable to accept Amex cards for payment.
    The holding fee paid will be deducted from the total amount payable for the first year of study.
  • You can also choose to enter a payment plan for each year of study, which can be established with your student recruitment advisor prior to your enrolment.
    The holding fee will be deducted from the fees payable, and you’ll pay your remaining fees for that year based on the designated payment plan.
    After each year of study, you’ll need to confirm whether you wish to continue with your payment plan or pay in full for the upcoming academic year.
    Our payment plans are reviewed periodically. If you wish to pay for your studies via instalments, all the information you need will be explained to you clearly in advance.
  • As part of Arden University’s corporate social responsibility aims, students from certain regions joining our Berlin study centre are now eligible to apply for a fee reduction on all our courses.
    From 2021 onwards, we have two scholarships open to our postgraduate students:
    • The Americas Scholarship, which entitles students joining us from South America, the Caribbean, Central America, or North America to a 50% reduction in fees.
    • The CIS and MENA scholarship, which entitles students coming from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to a 40% reduction in fees.
  • If you’re from one of these regions and are interested in applying, you can find out more here. Please note that you're required to complete and submit an application form to apply for one of our scholarships. 
  • * Scholarships are subject to terms and conditions.
  • Alternatively, students joining our Berlin study centre from outside one of these regions can receive early bird discounts on their fees.

Undergraduate online learning (UK and Europe)

  • Many UK students choose to pay for their studies with a student loan from the Student Loans Company (SLC). This loan is typically administered in two parts for each academic year: a tuition fee loan paid directly to your university to cover your fees, and a maintenance loan paid directly to you to cover your living expenses. More information on how much you can borrow can be found here
    Once you’ve finished your course, your loan repayment will begin only once your income rises above the repayment threshold, which is currently £27,295 a year before tax (this equates to £2,274 a month, or £524 a week). So for example, if your salary is £2,310 a month before tax, you'll pay back £3 per month under the current repayment conditions.
    Loan repayment terms are reviewed annually, so we recommend visiting the UK Government website for the most up to date information. 
  • You may qualify for a tuition free and maintenance loan if you’re from an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.
    You may also be able to get assistance for your living costs if the following applies to you:
    • You’ve lived in the UK for more than 3 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course.
    • You have settled status.
  • You can find out more information about help for EU students here
  • To secure your place on your course, you’ll be required to pay a holding fee, which is the cost of one module of study and varies from course to course.
    The current holding fee for undergraduate online learning courses in the UK and EU is £1,500. This fee is 100% refundable up to 30 days after the start of the course.
    If you decide to enrol on a course at Arden, you’ll be required to either agree to a payment plan for your course fees, or pay the full yearly fee (6 modules) up front. At the start of each academic year, you’ll be asked to confirm how you intend to fund your studies and be given the choice between these two options once again.
  • If you have the available funds to go this route, you can either pay for your Arden course one year at a time or all in one go. The fees payable for the course will need to be settled prior to your enrolment.
    We accept credit and debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, UK Maestro), bank transfers, or Paypal (if you’re paying in GBP). Unfortunately, we’re currently unable to accept Amex cards for payment.
    The holding fee paid will be deducted from the total amount payable for the first year of study.
  • You can also choose to enter a payment plan for each year of study, which can be established with your student recruitment advisor prior to your enrolment.
    The holding fee will be deducted from the fees payable, and you’ll pay your remaining fees for that year based on the designated payment plan.
    After each year of study, you’ll need to confirm whether you wish to continue with your payment plan or pay in full for the upcoming academic year.Our payment plans are reviewed periodically. If you wish to pay for your studies via instalments, all the information you need will be explained to you clearly in advance.

Postgraduate online learning (UK and Europe)

  • If you currently reside in England and are enrolling on a postgraduate course with Arden, you may be eligible to receive the following:
    • £11,570 if your course starts on or after 1 August 2021
    • £11,222 if your course started between 1 August 2020 and 31 July 2021
  • The loan will be paid directly to you, and if your course lasts over a year, the amount will be divided equally across each year. You can use the loan to pay for your tuition fees and living costs.
    Eligible courses include:
    • Full-time online master’s courses lasting 1-2 academic years
    • Part-time online master’s courses lasting 2-4 academic years, but not more than twice the length of the equivalent full-time course.
  • You can find more information here
    If you’re a student from Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland, you may be eligible for a loan to cover your living costs.
    Alternatively, if you’re from an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland, you may be able to secure tuition fee and cost of living support from the student finance body in your home country.
  • To secure your place on your course, you’ll be required to pay a holding fee, which is the cost of one module of study and varies from course to course.
    The current holding fee for postgraduate online learning courses in the UK and Europe varies from course to course. For students in receipt of a student loan, the fee is £1,140 for psychology courses, £1,250 for MBAs, and £975 for all other postgraduate programmes. For those not in receipt of a student loan, the fee is £1,900 for psychology courses, £1,250 for MBAs, £650 for a postgraduate certificate, and £975 for all other postgraduate programmes. This fee is 100% refundable up to 30 days after the start of the course.
    If you decide to enrol on a course at Arden, you’ll be required to either agree to a payment plan for your course fees, or pay the full yearly fee (6 modules and a dissertation) up front. At the start of each academic year, you’ll be asked to confirm how you intend to fund your studies and be given the choice between these two options once again.
  • If you have the available funds to go this route, you can either pay for your Arden course one year at a time or all in one go. The fees payable for the course will need to be settled prior to your enrolment.
    We accept credit and debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, UK Maestro), bank transfers, or Paypal (if you’re paying in GBP). Unfortunately, we’re currently unable to accept Amex cards for payment.
    The holding fee paid will be deducted from the total amount payable for the first year of study.
  • You can also choose to enter a payment plan for each year of study, which can be established with your student recruitment advisor prior to your enrolment.
    The holding fee will be deducted from the fees payable, and you’ll pay your remaining fees for that year based on the designated payment plan.
    After each year of study, you’ll need to confirm whether you wish to continue with your payment plan or pay in full for the upcoming academic year.
    Our payment plans are reviewed periodically. If you wish to pay for your studies via instalments, all the information you need will be explained to you clearly in advance.

Undergraduate online learning (international)

  • To secure your place on one of our online undergraduate courses you will be required to pay a holding fee, which is £250 for students in the UK and the price of one course module for students in the EU. This holding fee is 100% refundable up until 30 days after the start of the course. For information about the holding fee for international students, please make an enquiry for more details.
    If you decide to enrol on the course at Arden University, at the start of level of 6 modules you will be required to pay either in full or via a payment plan. As you begin each subsequent 6-module level, you will be asked to confirm how you intend to fund your studies and will be given the option again to enter into an agreed payment plan or pay for your course fees in full.
  • If you have the available funds to go this route, you can either pay for your Arden course one year at a time or all in one go. The fees payable for the course will need to be settled prior to your enrolment.
    We accept credit and debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, UK Maestro), bank transfers, or Paypal (if you’re paying in GBP). Unfortunately, we’re currently unable to accept Amex cards for payment.
    The holding fee paid will be deducted from the total amount payable for the first year of study.
  • You can also choose to enter a payment plan for each year of study, which can be established with your student recruitment advisor prior to your enrolment.
    The holding fee will be deducted from the fees payable, and you’ll pay your remaining fees for that year based on the designated payment plan.
    After each year of study, you’ll need to confirm whether you wish to continue with your payment plan or pay in full for the upcoming academic year.
    Our payment plans are reviewed periodically. If you wish to pay for your studies via instalments, all the information you need will be explained to you clearly in advance.
  • As part of Arden University’s corporate social responsibility aims, students joining us from selected regions are eligible for a reduction in fees. Students from countries listed here are entitled to a 25% fee reduction for all undergraduate programmes, including our foundation degrees. 
    If you’re from one of these regions and are interested in applying, you can find out more in the link above. Please note that you're required to complete and submit an application form to apply for one of our scholarships.
    * Scholarships are subject to terms and conditions

Postgraduate online learning (international)

  • To secure your place on one of our online postgraduate courses you will be required to pay a holding fee, which is £250 for students in the UK and the price of one course module for students in the EU. This holding fee is 100% refundable up until 30 days after the start of the course. For information about the holding fee for international students, please make an enquiry for more details.
    If you decide to enrol on the course at Arden University, you will be required to pay for your first 6 modules (120 credits in total) either in full or via a payment plan. Once your first 120 credits are complete or nearing completion, you will then pay for your remaining sixty credits (the final research project) either in full or via a payment plan.
  • If you have the available funds to go this route, you can either pay for your Arden course one year at a time or all in one go. The fees payable for the course will need to be settled prior to your enrolment.
    We accept credit and debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, UK Maestro), bank transfers, or Paypal (if you’re paying in GBP). Unfortunately, we’re currently unable to accept Amex cards for payment.
    The holding fee paid will be deducted from the total amount payable for the first year of study.
  • You can also choose to enter a payment plan for each year of study, which can be established with your student recruitment advisor prior to your enrolment.
    The holding fee will be deducted from the fees payable, and you’ll pay your remaining fees for that year based on the designated payment plan.
    After each year of study, you’ll need to confirm whether you wish to continue with your payment plan or pay in full for the upcoming academic year.
    Our payment plans are reviewed periodically. If you wish to pay for your studies via instalments, all the information you need will be explained to you clearly in advance.
  • As part of Arden University’s corporate social responsibility aims, students joining us from selected regions are eligible for a reduction in fees. Students from countries listed here are entitled to a 40% fee reduction for all our postgraduate programmes, including our MBA. 
    If you’re from one of these regions and are interested in applying, you can find out more in the link above. Please note that you're required to complete and submit an application form to apply for one of our scholarships.
    * Scholarships are subject to terms and conditions.

The Apprenticeship Levy

  • The apprenticeship Levy came into force in April 2017. The apprenticeship Levy is a tax that has been designed to encourage employers to maximise the benefits of apprenticeship training. The Levy applies to all businesses operating in the UK with an annual wage bill over £3m per annum. These organisations have to make an investment of 0.5% of their annual wage bill, paid monthly through Pay As You Earn (PAYE) to HMRC

    This monthly calculation must also include any remuneration or profit coming from employment, such as wages, bonuses, commissions, and pension contributions that the employer pays National Insurance contributions on. Organisations then receive a Levy allowance of £15,000 per year, from the Government, to offset against the Levy they must pay. However, any firm with a footprint that includes operations in the devolved nations must subtract this as a percentage of their total apprenticeship pot.

    Each month they will then receive a further 10% top up from the Government. Once an employer has paid their monthly Levy bill, they will be able to access these funds to pay for Apprenticeship training, in the form of digital vouchers, through a new Digital Apprenticeship Service account.
    Apprenticeship Levy funds can be used to train and develop new talent to the employer’s business or to upskill existing employees and help reduce the skills gap within the UK economy.
  • The following are two simplistic examples of how the levy calculations will work on a yearly basis. Furthermore, these examples do not highlight that the allowance is to be provided in equal monthly instalments of £1,250 and that the amount is to be paid on the monthly basis.

    Example 1: An employer who will be eligible to pay the levy
    First of all, an employer with an annual income bill of £6,000,000:
    Levy sum will be: £6,000,000 x 0.5% = £30,000
    Subtracting allowance of levy: £30,000 – £15,000 = £15,000
    As a result, the employer will have to pay £15,000 per annum as an apprenticeship levy.

    Example 2: An employer who does not have to pay the Apprenticeship Levy
    An employer with an annual income bill of £2,500,000:
    Levy sum will be: £2,500,000 x 0.5% = £12,500
    Subtracting levy allowance: £12,500 – £15,000 = £0 levy payment per annum
  • A Levy allowance is calculated on a monthly basis and will accumulate throughout the year with any unused allowance being carried over from one month to the next. Employers in England will be able to reclaim their levy contributions either as an employer provider, or through a registered training provider such as Remit Training. Apprenticeships have now all been allocated a funding band. There are 15 funding bands, ranging from £1,500 to £27,000, regardless of age or geographic location which provides a more simplistic fee for employers to negotiate when working with providers. By knowing the value of the qualifications you want delivering, as a rough guide, you can calculate how many of the relevant apprenticeships can be delivered using your Levy allocation. The vouchers will last for 24 months from the time they appear in your digital account. If they are not spent within this time, they will expire.
  • As your annual pay bill is £3m or less, you don’t pay the levy. You will still receive funding from the government by sharing the cost. For those aged 19 and over, the government will pay 95% of the cost, leaving you to pay just 5% towards the cost of apprenticeship training. If you’re a company with less than 50 employees, apprenticeships offered to 16 to 18 year olds will be covered 100% by the government (to a maximum funding band). The government will also support you with an additional £1,000 when you take on an apprentice who is under 19, leaving care, or has additional needs.
  • You’ll receive the same government support as non-levy paying companies if you spend all levy contributions you’ve made. It’s also worth remembering that these funds expire after 24 months unless they’re spent on approved apprenticeship training.

    In summary…
    The levy is charged at a rate of 0.5% and only applies to companies with a payroll bill over £3m.
    The payments you contribute will be accessible via a digital service to fund approved apprenticeship programmes.
    Levy payments must be used within 24 months.
    The government contribute 10% monthly top-ups to levy-paying employers.
    Non-levy-paying employers share the cost of apprenticeship training with the government, who contribute at least 95%.
    If you employ fewer than 50 employees, the government will pay 100% of the apprenticeship training costs up to the funding band maximum for apprentices aged: 16 to 18 & 19 to 24 with an education, health and care plan provided by their local authority or has been in the care of their local authority.

Fees & Funding FAQs

  • Our course fees cover all the study materials you need, student handbooks, 24/7 access to our virtual learning environment and career portal, as well as dedicated support from both your tutor and student support coordinator.
    We host examinations for our online learning students in Coventry, which is included within our course fees. International students who can’t make it to Coventry must find a suitable local exam venue, which may charge a fee. We’re here to help you find and arrange this, and have a list of approved exam centres worldwide, such as colleges, universities, and British Council offices.
  • You can pay for your course online through credit or debit card (Visa, Mastercard, UK Maestro), bank transfer, or PayPal (if you’re paying in GBP). Unfortunately, we’re currently unable to accept Amex cards for payment.
  • This is usually the case. As we need to receive your payment in full, please discuss this with your bank before making the transfer. They can inform you about the transfer fee and ensure we receive the full amount.