To begin, take a look at this short video from Student Finance England explaining the support available.
Please note the below information applies to universities in England only.
How much does university cost?
Universities charge up to £9,250 per year. This covers the cost of the teaching and facilities for your course and all the other services the University provides. This is the maximum amount Universities can charge but there are some that charge less.
The cost of living can vary a lot depending on how you budget your money and where you live. For example, in London, student accommodation costs on average £150 a week. However, in some cities you can find accommodation for around £100 a week or even less. There are also other costs to take into account e.g. Utility bills (heating, electricity, water) if not included in rent, Food, Phone bill etc.
Take a look at the Which? Student Budget Calculator to get an idea of the average living costs at your University.
What financial support can I get?
Tuition Fees: All eligible students will receive the £9,250 tuition fee. This amount will be sent straight from SFE (Student Finance England) to the University and will never enter your bank account.
Living costs: All eligible students can also receive a maintenance loan but the amount depends on your household income. You can calculate how much maintenance loan you are eligible for here.
Other types of funding:
Some students may be eligible to apply for grants which are money that students do not have to pay back. Individual institutions may also have their own bursaries or scholarships that students can apply for. Some grant examples:
Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)
Estranged Students (if you are under 25 and have no contact with your parents and support yourself.
Care Leavers: You may be eligible for additional funds through your local authority or through the university or college you’re applying to. We also recommend you visit the Propel website which is specifically for care leavers applying for higher education:
Healthcare students: If you’re planning to study a healthcare subject, such as Medicine, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Social work, or many other subjects, it’s definitely worth having a look at the NHS website to see whether you could receive additional funds.
For more information download our 'Simple Guide to Student Finance' below.
Please note that this information is correct for UK students entering into their first undergraduate course in 2018/19. We recommend looking at the websites we highlight for up to date information.