Paying your way through University

Paying your way through University

Student Grants LoansIf you are planning to go to University or College as a full-time undergraduate you would normally need to pay for your tuition fees and living costs for the degree duration. However, hope is at hand with loans and grants to help with the costs.

If you have been a resident in the UK for at least three years then you may be eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan which would be paid directly to your University/College. You should also be able to receive a maintenance loan to go towards living expenses.

If your family has a low income you should be able to get a Maintenance Grant from Student Finance England.

If you are from elsewhere in the UK follow these links:

Student Finance Wales
Student Awards Scotland
Student Finance Northern Ireland

Students looking for funding should bear in mind that they do not need to wait until their University place is confirmed before applying for grants. If you are a new student you can make your application based on your first choice. The information can be changed once A-levels are released if needed.

If you have special circumstances such as having children, a learning difficulty or a mental health condition there is extra help available.

Maintenance Loan for living costs

Living at Home Up to £4,418
Living away from home, outside London Up to £5,555
Living away from home, in London Up to £7,751
A year abroad as part of studies Up to £6,600

Use the Finance calculator to work out your Maintenance Grant:

Maintenance Grant for living costs

Full-time student: Household income Grant for courses from September 2014
£25,000 or less £3,387
£30,000 £2,441
£35,000 £1,494
£40,000 £547
£42,620 No Grant

Tuition Fees

Full-time student Tuition Fee Loan
Full time Up to £9,000
Full time at a private University or College Up to £6,000
Part-time student Tuition Fee Loan
Part time Up to £6,750
Part time at a private University or College Up to £4,500

Further Resources:

>> Finance Calculator

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