Fees and Scholarships
We realise that deciding to come to Belfast Bible College may well have a significant financial impact, whether you are coming as an individual, couple or family; from Northern Ireland, the UK or further afield. To help you in this, we keep our fees as low as possible, helped by the generous giving of the Christian public. As a result, our fees are much lower than many other colleges in the UK, Western Europe or North America.
Paying your fees
Before you come to BBC, it’s important that you think and pray carefully about how you will fund your time of study with us. We will ask for some information on this at each stage of the application process and will also do all that we can to support you each step of the way. To the right are some practical tips which you may want to consider as you plan.
Annual fees for tuition, food and accommodation are payable in a few different ways. You can pay by cash, cheque or online via electronic bank transfer using the following details:
Sort Code: 98-05-90
Account number: 21890032
Using your Name as a reference. If you have any problems, please feel free to get in touch.
Registration fees for all courses must be paid at the beginning of the academic year before you start your course.
The shortfall of your fees can be spread over 10 months (Sep-June) or made at the beginning of each semester (September & January).
If you have any questions regarding student fees please contact our Bursar, Colleen Armstrong
Full time 2015/16
Students from the UK and EU who are studying on a Full time Undergraduate Higher Education programme are eligible to apply for a student loan from Student Finance NI for their period of study. Tuition Loan currently £3805 will help cover the cost of your Course fees, A Maintenance loan may also provide an amount towards living expenses (means tested).
Those students studying with University of Cumbria have Tuition fees of £4170 plus an enrolment fee of £300 – which is payable at the start of the academic year. If you are in receipt of Student finance this will leave you with a balance of £665.
Those students studying with Queens University have Tuition fees of £3805 plus an enrolment fee of £409 – which is payable at the start of the academic year. . If you are in receipt of Student finance this will leave you with a balance of £409.
Students from outside the EU may also be eligible to apply for funding from their home country. North American students can access funding to study at a recognised UK institution. Please check with your local authority for details of exactly what you are entitled to, we have included a list below to help you with your search.
Studying part-time with University of Cumbria on an Undergraduate He Cert, HE Dip or Degree programme will cost £1875 (based on 3 modules a year), This can be payable over the academic year (10 months) at £187.50 per month. Part-time UOC students have an enrolment fee of £150 which must be paid at the beginning of the academic year.
Studying part-time with Queens University on an Undergraduate Degree programme will cost £1842.60 (based on 3 modules a year), This can be divided over the academic year (10 months) at £184.26 per month. Part-time QUB students have an enrolment fee of £264 which must be paid at the beginning of the academic year.
If you are studying on an Undergraduate Part-Time course you may be eligible for funding, this can range from £265 - £1285 depending on your personal financial circumstances. You can find an application form on Student Finance NI.
For those studying on an Undergraduate PT course and eligible for Student funding, you will only pay the remainder of the fees. This again can be divided over 10 months if easier.
Link to student finance NI Part time funding application!!
There is no Postgraduate funding available through Student finance for UK students, However there may be funding available for North America students to study at this level – Include link to funding sheet!
We offer flexible payment plans for those who are self-funding.
Studying Full-time with Queens University on Postgraduate programme per year will cost as follows:
QUB Graduate Diploma - £2875 - (£287.50 over 10 months)
QUB Postgrad Masters - £4450 - (£445 over 10 months)
QUB PhD - £4155 - (£415.50 over 10 months)
Full-time QUB PG students have an enrolment fee of £409 which must be paid at the beginning of the academic year.
Studying part-time with Queens University on Postgraduate programme per year will cost as follows:
Part-time Grad Dip - £1842.60 - (£184.26 over 10 months)
Part-time Masters - £1633.20 - (£163.32 over 10 months)
Part-time PhD - £1998 - (£199.80 over 10 months)
Part-time QUB PG students have an enrolment fee of £264 which must be paid at the beginning of the academic year. PhD students have an enrolment fee of £409 to pay.
For those students who live on Campus their accommodation costs are as follows:
Self-catering: £2325 - (£232.50 over 10 months of £1162.50 at the start of each semester)
Accommodation is available to students over term time only & month of January; No food outside term time.
To learn more about Accommodation click here.
Part time employment
Many students choose to work on a part-time basis alongside their studies to help fund their course at BBC. Suitable jobs may be available locally, or in the nearby cities of Lisburn and Belfast. We usually advise students to work a maximum of 12-16 hours per week during term time, to ensure that their job doesn't adversely affect the amount of time available for study. Please note, students coming to BBC from outside the EU may not be allowed to work while studying within the UK, due to visa restrictions. For up to date information and legislation details, you should contact the UK Borders Agency.
For many BBC students, their time here is a stepping stone to further future involvement in mission or ministry, at home or overseas. For that reason, a student's home church may choose to support them financially while they study. If this is not something you have considered, you may want to chat to your Minister, Pastor or Church Leader about the level of prayerful and financial support which your church could provide.
Friends & Family
Many BBC students also receive support from family and friends to help them financially during their time at college. You may want to put together a prayer letter and update which you could send to individuals allowing them to prayerfully consider supporting you in this way. If you are thinking of future ministry involvement after you graduate, this is a great way of beginning to build up a good support base.
Some trusts and organisations may offer student bursaries towards fees, living expenses, or the cost of your overseas placement. Some of these bursaries may be specifically for Postgraduate students who would not be able to access the usual loans or grants.
Scholarships for Overseas students
Global Scholarship Programme
Each year, BBC provides a limited number of full or part scholarships, for students from Europe, who would not otherwise have access to the theological training they need in their home country. Scholarships are provided by Northern Ireland churches who are willing to partner with us in this way. Those European students who wish to be considered for a scholarship should mark this clearly in the 'finance' section of their application. Once you have been accepted by us, on the basis of your application, you would then be considered for full or part funding. Please note that we cannot guarantee funding for all those who request a scholarship, so you should also look at other funding options alongside this.
Due to changes in United Kingdom Visa & Immigration regulations, we are no longer permitted to offer scholarships to any potential student who does not have an EU passport.