University tuition fees and financial support
If you are wondering how much it will cost you to go to university and how to apply for student finance, this section has all the relevant information.
What are university tuition fees?
UK universities will usually charge you for course tuition. Fees can vary between universities and between courses. If you are an international student, a different scale of fees is chargeable.
All universities clearly show course fees on their websites. The Fees & Finance tab on our university profiles give details of 2018–19 tuition fees. Make sure to check the universities and courses you are interested in before you make your UCAS choices.
What are student living costs?
As a student you will also have maintenance or living costs, especially if you move away from home. This can include rent, bills, travel, textbooks and other living expenses.
What financial support is there?
There are two different types of loan that are usually available if you eligible and plan to study in the UK. They are the:
- Tuition fee loan – this is paid to your university directly
- Maintenance loan – this is paid to you directly to support your living costs.
Be aware that loans should be entered into with caution. You will need to pay both loans back eventually. They are a commitment, can be expensive, and often take several years to repay.
There are also grants, bursaries, scholarships and other financial support available for those who meet the criteria. These do not usually need to be paid back. Read the pages below to find out more.
To find the information relevant to you, click on the links below for where you live before starting university:
- I come from England
- I come from Northern Ireland
- I come from Scotland
- I come from Wales
- I come from the (non-UK) EU, EEA, Switzerland or am a child of a Turkish worker in the UK
- I am an international student
Contact your education authority if you come from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
If you started your university course before September 2012, you remain under the scheme prevailing when your course began for the duration of your degree.
Note: If you have studied a course of higher education before, this may affect the level of support you are entitled to.
- Student Finance England
- Student Finance Wales
- Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)
- Student Finance NI
- Student Loans Company
Next page: If you come from England