Fees and funding: the facts

Facts on financial support for students

If you are from England and are planning to study full time for your first degree at a university in the UK, these are the key facts you need to know about tuition fees:

  • You don’t have to pay for your course yourself upfront. If you’re a full-time student studying for your first degree or other higher education course, you can get a government loan that will completely cover the tuition fees of your chosen university. You won’t have to pay this loan back until you are earning over £21,000 a year, and even then you will only pay back a small proportion (9%) of your income above £21,000.
  • The maximum level of fee is £9,000 a year – but whatever the fee level, the size of your monthly repayments when you start repaying your loan will be the same.  
  • Loans, grants and scholarships are available to help you with your living costs. What you’ll receive will depend on your personal circumstances.
  • In addition to Government support, universities will also be offering financial help to their students. The package of support will vary between universities, but more than a third of students at Russell Group universities received a bursary or scholarship worth on average £1400 in 2011/12.

More information on loans and grants for students from England going to study a full-time undergraduate course is available from:

Independent Taskforce on Student Finance


Money Saving Expert

For information about the financial support available at universities, visit their websites using the links on the right.

Further guidance on student funding

Students from Scotland 

Students from Wales 

Students from Northern Ireland 

Students from other EU countries 

Students from outside the EU 

Part-time students 

Postgraduate funding information is available from the relevant university. Find links to Russell Group university websites here.