UK/EU undergraduate

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If you’re applying to Anglia Ruskin for the first time and you’re from the UK or EU, this information is for you. If you’d like more support, you could attend a finance talk or speak to our Money Advice Service at one of our undergraduate Open Days.

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Books Plus

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We’re committed to supporting new students who are keen to succeed in their studies. We offer most first-year students up to £400 support to help with study-related costs.

What is Books Plus?

Any student can pick up a Books Plus card from our on-campus bookseller John Smith’s. Topping up the card with credit is a great way for you to budget or for your friends and relatives to offer their support. Your Books Plus credit can be used at our Cambridge or Chelmsford campus bookshops or online.

Could I receive Books Plus funding?

Most first-year students are eligible for £400 Books Plus credit from ARU. If you fit the criteria for university funding there’s no application form to complete, you’ll receive your Books Plus card at registration – this can be before Welcome Week in your first year.

All UK and EU students studying a fee-regulated full-time undergraduate course (not sponsored by employers), who start in the 2015-16 academic year will receive £400 Books Plus credit for each year of full-time study. If you study part-time this funding will be paid pro-rata.

What can I use my Books Plus credit for?

You can use Books Plus credit at John Smith’s to buy learning materials like books, stationery, art supplies and digital equipment. You can also trade in your credits for clothing vouchers; driving lesson vouchers; and if you study at our Cambridge campus, vouchers for the Professional Music Technology shop. When you’ve finished with them, you can sell your used books back to John Smith’s and put that money towards whatever you need next.

Contact John Smith’s to find out what can be purchased under the scheme.

You could also choose to put some of your funds towards Sport and Active Anglia Memberships, Students’ Union clubs and societies memberships, ARU branded goods or even an official NUS Extra card. You’ll be given more information when you register on Welcome Week.

What do other students think of the scheme?

Our Books Plus Scheme has proved popular with our current first-years, 89% of students we surveyed told us they love the scheme and 82% felt that the ability to buy more books had a direct positive effect on their module performance.

It made a huge difference to me as a single mum with limited funds, I could readily buy the resources I needed."*

For more information contact or speak to our Money Advice Service at an Open Day.

*Feedback from a 2015 survey of 449 first-year students.

Grants and allowances

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If you get funding from Student Finance England you may be able to apply for some additional grants and allowances, some of these are income assessed.

Quick start guides

Student Finance England has produced quick start guides which tell you more about the different types of student finance available – including how to apply and repay – all in one central place.

Grants and allowances for 2015/16

If you are starting in September 2015 or January 2016 you could be eligible for:

Adult Dependent Grant
Childcare Grant
Parents’ Learning Allowance
Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
Special Support Grant

Tuition fees

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You don’t have to pay for your course upfront. If you’re from the UK or EU and you’re applying to university for the first time you can get a Government loan to pay your tuition fees.

You can apply for a loan that’ll cover the cost of your course online through the Student Finance England website.

The money is paid directly to your university every semester and you won’t have to repay anything until the April after you graduate, and even then you’ll only pay 9% of any earnings over £21,000 a year.

If you’d rather not take out a loan you can always pay your tuition fees directly to your university. 

Part-time students

You’ll be able to apply for a tuition fee loan if you’re  studying more than  a quarter (25% intensity) of a full-time course each year.

Your tuition fee will depend on the intensity of your course. So if you’re studying half a full-time course each year (50% intensity), you’ll pay half of the full-time course fee each year for six years, rather than the usual three.

ARU undergraduate fees 2016/17

Specific fees are available on each course page. If you're planning to start in September 2016 or January 2017 our tuition fees are:

  • £9,000 a year for a course leading to a degree (e.g. BA, BSc, LLB)
  • £7,500 a year for a foundation degree (e.g. FdA, FdSc) or a Higher National Diploma/Certificate (e.g. HND, HNC).
  • £8,500 a year to study for an ARU degree from the London School of Osteopathy
  • £7,500 a year to study for an ARU degree at University Centre Harlow & University Centre Peterborough
  • £8,000 a year to study for an ARU degree at College of West Anglia

Living costs

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You could receive support to help pay for your living costs while you're studying. Most students are eligible for some support but the amount or bursary, grant or loan you receive depends on your personal circumstances.

Accommodation, food and travel are all included in your living costs, you can apply for a loan or grant to help with these  but it’s also worth looking into part-time work and other funding like scholarships.

Access Bursary

If your household income is £25,000 or less you will be eligible for a non-repayable £400 cash bursary from ARU to help support your studies (pro-rata for part time students).

To receive the bursary you will need to 'agree to share’ your household income information when applying for Student Finance.

Providing you are in attendance on your course the funds will be paid in two instalments, £200 on 1st December and £200 on 1st March during each year of study (1st April and 1st October for semester 2 starters). 

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Maintenance Loan and Grants 2015/16

Sports Scholarship

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Rowing in Cambridge

We offer the opportunity to apply for a sports scholarship worth up to £1,000 for three years.

Each award is tailored to suit individual needs and combines high quality performance support services with fantastic facilities that will add value to your existing training programme. Find out more and apply now