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Distance learning degrees: financial help

Apply for funding for distance learning degrees

You must apply for funding in the academic year your distance learning course or module starts

A reimbursement of your entitlement will be processed once the HE1 application form is submitted and all documents required have been received and approved.  

Eligibility for distance learning funding​

To be eligible for distance learning study, you must be enrolled with a recognised and approved distance learning institute in England, Scotland or Wales and meet the Student Finance criteria.

​Courses that are funded​​

We fund courses that are:

  • ​​undergraduate degrees at recognised distance learning institutes
  • professional postgraduate courses, eg LPC

How to apply for funding​​

You must submit an application form between 1 September and 31 August of the year you are studying via the HE1 online application form.

Apply for student finance award

On Section 2 (E) select:

  • distance learning as institute name on this section of the form
  • course length as 1 year on this section of the form
  • module name as the course title on this section of the form

How much you'll receive​

​Gross income​Percentage of course fees reimbursed
No more than £50,000​80%
​More than £50,001 but no more than £55,000​60%
​More than £55,001 but no more than £60,000​40%
​More than £60,001 but no more than £65,000​20%
​More than £65,000

The maximum award in respect of one academic year is £4,000. ​

​​How the award will be paid​​

You'll be told by the amount you'll be awarded by Student Finance.

Payment will then be forwarded directly to you from the Treasury and Exchequer Department.

Failing a course​

We don't fund repeat periods of study. 

If you fail or don't complete a course that we've funded, you can't be funded for your next course and you may have to reimburse the whole or part of any previous award made to you.

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