As you may already know, the picture when it comes to student finance has changed tremendously in the UK over the past couple of years. These changes have made it more difficult for many to decide on where to study and which course to do, or indeed, whether to go to university in the first place. This is especially pertinent given the economic situation we find ourselves in right now.
However, student finance is only one aspect of deciding to study in the UK, albeit a very important one! There are many benefits attached to having a UK degree, not least of all having a degree in the English language.
Please bear in mind that this website only offers an overview. For more detailed information linked to your personal background, ideas and situation, explore your options further on the many links available here and on the next couple of pages.
Depending on your personal situation and what course you are going to do, the situation doesn't have to be desperate. As an undergraduate, you normally don't pay anything up front. For postgraduate students, the situation doesn't seem to have changed all that much, but there are still a good number of options for organising funding for your course.
Student finance for undergraduates has changed the most of course. Some 'highlights':
- the maximum fee for undergraduate European and UK students studying in England and Wales has changed from just over £3.200 to a maximum of £9.000 a year.
- arrangements for student loans have changed at the same time for undergraduates. You now only start paying back when you earn over £21.000 instead of £15.000.
- remember that, just like before, you don't pay any of your course fees up front and you only start paying back when you earn over the amount above.
- some courses are still sponsored.
- there is now also the possibility to get a student loan if you are a part time student and if you study an officially recognised course at a private institution.
For students from outside the EU, student finance is very similar to that for postgraduate students.
For postgraduate students, the picture is very different. Student finance for undergraduate students is generally not available but there are a range of other options you could access. Just like you are expected to be a more independent person/student/academic when you are studying at postgraduate level, so will you also be expected to be more independent in funding your course.
On the postgraduate page I will introduce different ways you can find money for your studies.
Especially for undegraduate students, the situation is very different in the three regions of the UK which are the subject of this website.
You will be able to find up to date information on the websites below, but on the next pages I will hopefully provide you with a starting point, and with additional useful links, to enable you to make a well informed decision on your options.
- England: studentfinance-yourfuture.direct.gov.uk/
- Scotland: www.saas.gov.uk
- Wales: www.studentfinancewales.co.uk