There's been a lot of upheaval in university tuition fees in the UK in recent years. Back in 1998, tuition fees were introduced to the UK for the first time, with each degree costing £1,000 per year. These days, it will cost you up to £9,000 per year for tuition, depending on where you're from, and the course and university you choose. Why? In a nutshell, it's always cost a lot more than £1,000 per student per year to teach a degree course, but until 2012 the government footed some of the bill.

There's been a lot of upheaval in university tuition fees in the UK in recent years. Back in 1998, tuition fees were introduced to the UK for the first time, with each degree costing £1,000 per year. These days, it will cost you up to £9,000 per year for tuition, depending on where you're from, and the course and university you choose. Why? In a nutshell, it's always cost a lot more than £1,000 per student per year to teach a degree course, but until 2012 the government footed some of the bill.

Tuition Fees Explained

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There’s been a lot of upheaval in university tuition fees in the UK in recent years.  Back in 1998, tuition fees were introduced to the UK for the first time, with each degree costing £1,000 per year.  These days, it will cost you up to £9,000 per year for tuition, depending on where you’re from, and the course and university you choose.

Why? In a nutshell, it’s always cost a lot more than £1,000 per student per year to teach a degree course, but until 2012 the government footed some of the bill.  Now some students are paying for the whole thing themselves, and it’s up to each uni to decide how much they charge, up to a maximum of £9,000 per year. 

No need to start saving though – no one’s being asked to pay their tuition fees upfront.  Instead, you can take out a student loan to cover your tuition fees and living costs, which you’ll pay back once you’re earning enough money to afford the repayments (over £21,000 per year).

One of the biggest changes is that fees aren’t the same for all students living in the UK any more, and this is where it gets a bit complicated. 

If you usually live in England

Your tuition fees will cost up to £9,000 a year no matter where in the UK you choose to study, because the English education authority has chosen not to subsidise university education any more. 

You’ll be getting your student loan from Student Finance England

If you usually live in Scotland

If you live in Scotland and study in Scotland, you are unlikely to have to pay any tuition fees at all as the Scottish parliament has opted to cover the cost for you.  If you’re from Scotland but choose to study in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you will be liable for fees of up to £9,000, depending on the university.

Head to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for more information. 

If you usually live in Wales

If you live in Wales and study anywhere in the UK, you’ll have to pay a maximum of £3,375 per year in tuition fees, as the Welsh Assembly has chosen to subsidise the cost of tuition for Welsh students.

Have a look at Student Finance Wales for all the information you need in English and Welsh.

If you usually live in Northern Ireland

And finally, if you live in Northern Ireland and study in Northern Ireland, the maximum tuition fees will be £3,465 per year.  If you study in England, Wales or Scotland yes,