Acquaint yourself with the ins and outs of student financing for undergraduate students, including the availability of student loans to assist with payment of tuition fees and living expenses, as well as additional support.

What is the annual cost of enrollment?


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The amount of money you will have to spend each year for tuition is going to be determined not only by where you come from but also by where and what you intend to study.

Following is a general estimate of the maximum amount of money that will be taken from your account by Ucas. However, it is usually better to check with the university or college that you are currently attending (especially if a course involves a sandwich or work placement year).

If you are a citizen of England, you could receive a yearly award of up to $9,250 to put toward your education in England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland.
If you are from Scotland, your education will cost you nothing if it takes place within Scotland (for further information, see below), but it could cost you up to $9,250 annually if it takes place in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland.
If you are from Wales, you might receive up to £9,000 per year to go toward your education in Wales, and up to £9,250 to put toward your education in England, Scotland, or Northern Ireland.
If you are a resident of Northern Ireland, you may be eligible for a grant of up to £4,530 a year if you are attending school in Northern Ireland, or up to £9,250 if you are attending school in England, Wales, or Scotland.

Don’t be concerned about coming up with the money right away; there are loans available to cover school costs.

How much money will you need each month to cover your expenses at the university?

As a student, you need to consider not only the costs of your tuition but also the costs of your living expenses. The major expenses will consist of things like finding a place to live, paying for food and utilities, getting about, buying books for your class, and going out.

On the other hand, there are certainly a lot of costs that aren’t even on your radar right now but that you’ll have no choice but to pay for when you get to college.

Will you need to purchase specialised software or equipment in order to complete the assignment for this class?

Are you still living with your parents? If so, do they pay your phone bill? If that is the case, will they continue to do so or will you need to make adjustments to your budget to account for this?

Do you have any interests or hobbies that you like to keep up with, such as going to the gym on a regular basis?

There are a lot of methods to cut costs on these, including coming up with alternatives that are less expensive.

However, it is in your best interest to give some careful consideration to the potential charges that may arise, whether these costs take the form of one-time expenditures or ongoing commitments. You will be able to account for them in your budget and won’t be surprised by any unexpected expenses.

Even while the most majority of students need to maintain their financial stability during their time at university by working both during and outside of the academic year, there is student finance and additional aid available to assist with these costs of living.

What student loans are available?


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In a nutshell, there are two primary categories of student loans: those that are designated for paying tuition fees and those that are designated for covering living expenses.

Having said that, this will be a little different for you if you’re from England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland – check out our specialised guides if you want to learn about the financial system in the place where you reside.

In order to submit an application for student financial aid, you are required to fulfil the following minimum requirements:

You are enrolled at a reputable educational institution that is supported by public funds (or a private institution studying a course approved for public funding).
You are enrolled in a full-time programme that is officially recognised, such as a first degree.
This is your first class at the college or university level. Take into consideration that although you might be qualified for some funding for a second course, such funding will be restricted.
You are a citizen of the United Kingdom or have what is known as “settled status,” you reside in your home country the majority of the time, and you have spent the previous three years in either the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man prior to the start of your programme.

After graduation, you will be required to start making payments on both types of student loans, but this won’t happen until you’ve reached a particular income threshold.

Don’t let the idea of getting a loan deter you from getting one; seventy-one percent of the students we asked claimed that they had gotten one or the other. When compared to other types of loans, the interest rate on a student loan is rather modest, and it won’t have any impact on your credit rating or your prospects of acquiring other types of loans, such as a mortgage.

Loans for school expenses


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A tuition fee loan, as you might have guessed from the name, pays your tuition costs in advance so that you can concentrate on your studies. You do not have to worry about making payments on your student loan until after you have completed your programme of study.

In most cases, you will be eligible for a loan to cover your educational expenses for the whole term of your programme, as well as one additional year (in case you drop out and return to your course, for example).

Although the tuition you pay covers things like lectures and seminars related to your course, it typically does not cover items like books, specialised equipment, or even excursions related to the course.

You will be required to make a separate payment for each of these.

Because the money from your tuition fee loan is transferred straight to the university or college that you attend, you probably won’t even notice it.

Maintenance loan

As we said earlier, the purpose of the maintenance loan is to provide assistance with the costs of daily living. Depending on where you are from, you might receive this in addition to a grant or bursary, both of which are financial assistance programmes that do not require repayment.

It is highly doubtful that your maintenance loan will be sufficient to cover all of your day-to-day expenses.

The amount of’means-tested’ financial aid to which you are entitled will be determined not only by the institution at which you intend to pursue higher education but also by the total annual income of your family (i.e., how much money your parents bring home).

Those who come from families with lower incomes are entitled for more (and vice versa), so as to ensure that those who are in need of additional assistance will receive it. This system operates on a sliding scale.

Students who are staying at home or who are living away from home but outside of London are not eligible for the same financial aid packages as students who are studying away from home in London.


Choices Loan for the upkeep of your vehicle for the 2021-2022 school year Loan for the upkeep of your vehicle during the school year 2022-2023
Having to make your home with your parents Up to £7,987 Up to £8,171
Living in a different city from your parents, away from London Up to £9,488 Up to £9,706
Having your own life in London, away from your parents Up to £12,382 Up to £12,667
You spend one year of a course in the UK studying in another country. Up to £10,866 Up to £11,116
If you are over the age of 60 on the first day of the first academic year of your course, you are not required to pay tuition. Up to £4,014 Up to £4,106


Your family and you are not required to disclose information about your household income, but if you do, the organisation that handles your student finances will be able to properly evaluate your circumstances and may be able to offer you further assistance.

In addition to this maintenance support, it is your responsibility to make up any financial shortage in order to cover the price of your everyday living expenses. For example, more than half of the students we talked to said that they depended on their parents for additional money to help with the expense of living*.

Other sources of revenue included working when classes were in session (34 percent), savings (36 percent), and overdrafts (34 percent) (21 percent ).

It is also a good idea to investigate other potential sources of funding that could be open to you, depending on the specifics of your personal situation.

How do I submit an application for student financial aid?

You are required to submit an application for student finance to the student finance body in your country, such as Student Finance England for students studying in England, the Student Awards Agency Scotland for students studying in Scotland, and so on. You can do this activity online.

If you are applying for assistance that is determined in part by how much money your household makes, your parents or guardians will need to supply information about their income as well, including applicable documents as evidence (eg P60s, payslips, tax returns).

You are required to submit an application for the entirety of your programme, not just in the beginning of it. In this way, if there is a significant change in your circumstances, it will be possible to reflect this change in your entitlement (although it is advisable to keep your finance body in the loop if your circumstances alter during the course of the year).

Read our regional finance guidelines for England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland to find out how much money you are eligible for, when the application deadline is, and more information.

What extra support is available?

Students who come from households with lower incomes are prioritised for financial aid at the majority of universities. However, this aid is not unique to these students.

The most frequent types of examples are bursaries and scholarships, which offer financial assistance to students by covering some or all of their tuition fees or living expenses. On a day when visitors are welcome to ask questions, this would be an excellent one to ask.

Common sources of funding include businesses, charitable organisations, and organisations representing certain interests.

Academic excellence (such as getting excellent grades at A-level), a talent or ability, and extracurricular achievements can all be considered when deciding who should get a bursary or scholarship.

There are other instances in which they are granted for completely irrational and unfathomable motives. For instance, the Graham Trust awards scholarships to students with the surname Graham.

It is something that should absolutely be looked into, as one-fourth of the students who responded to our survey claimed that they had previously applied for and been awarded a scholarship or bursary. However, you should be ready to put in the work in order to obtain these, and you should verify the deadline in order to apply.

You may be eligible for financial assistance in the form of grants or allowances if you have a handicap or dependants who depend on you for care or financial support (for example, children, or parents that you care for).

When you apply for student financial aid, you will be asked about this, but it is also important to explore what your university, charities, and groups provide as additional options.

And what’s the nicest part about all these different ways to raise additional funds? They are not required to be paid back, in contrast to student loans.

How do student loan repayments work?

When your loan for school expenses and your loan for living expenses are combined, the total amount that you will have to return, along with any applicable interest, is determined.

You will begin to accrue interest from the day you get your first loan payment, and this will continue until your loan is returned in full (or until it is wiped out, which can take anywhere from 25 to 35 years depending on where you apply for finance).

Because the interest rate that you pay is tied to the rate of inflation, which fluctuates on an annual basis, the value of the amount that you repay will be about equivalent to the value of what you borrowed.

You won’t be required to start making payments on your student loan until after you have graduated from your programme, and even then, it won’t start until you have reached an income level that is higher than the minimum required under your repayment plan.

Plan 1

Students from England and Wales who began their studies at an undergraduate level anywhere in the United Kingdom before September 1, 2012 are automatically enrolled in Plan 1 and will pay 9 percent tax on earnings that exceed £19,895.

Students from Northern Ireland who began an undergraduate or postgraduate programme anywhere in the United Kingdom on or after September 1, 1998 are also considered to be on Plan 1 and will similarly pay 9 percent tax on earnings that are greater than £19,895.

Plan 2

Students from England and Wales who began their studies at an undergraduate level anywhere in the United Kingdom on or after September 1, 2012 are automatically enrolled in Plan 2 and are subject to a 9 percent surcharge on all earnings made above £27,295.

Plan 4

Students from Scotland who began their studies at an undergraduate or postgraduate level anywhere in the United Kingdom on or after September 1, 1998 are considered to be on Plan 4, and they are required to repay 9 percent of everything earned that is in excess of $25,000.

Your loan repayments will be put on hold until such time as you reach an income level where they are greater than this minimum requirement once again. This could happen if, for example, you are in between jobs or going on a trip. In addition, you will only be required to make payments equal to nine percent of any earnings that are in excess of the local level where you live.

To make things straightforward, this portion of the repayment is handled by your employer and sent directly to the Student Loans Company as part of your regular salary deductions (a bit like a form of tax). If you are self-employed, this will be reimbursed to you through the tax return that you file using the self-assessment method.

Prepare yourself monetarily for university.

Use our student budget calculator to see how much money you’ll need to set aside each month to cover your expenses at college.

We also offer additional guidance on how you can reduce your living expenses, the impact that dropping out of school can have on your student finances, and more. Have a look at our comprehensive section on university and student finances.