Student fees and finance for where you live
Here's the easy way to get your head around student finance. We've listed out tuition fee costs and student loans and grants – for wherever you are in the UK.
- Tuition fees: how much you'll pay, by country
- Student loans and grants: England
- Student loans and grants: Scotland
- Student loans and grants: Wales
Student loans and grants: Northern Ireland
Tuition fees: how much you'll pay, by country
Figures shown below are the maximum amounts you could be charged in university tuition fees, based on where you live, where you're planning to study and based on figures for students starting university in 2016.*
- If you're English: up to £9,000 per year when studying in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland (this will be raised to £9,250 in 2017 for some universities deemed to offer a "high" quality of teaching, as of plans announced in July 2016)
- If you're Scottish: free if you're studying in Scotland; up to £9,000 per year in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
- If you're Welsh: up to £9,000 per year though you can apply for a loan and a grant to cover this regardless of where you study
- If you're Northern Irish: up to £3,805 per year for studying in Northern Ireland or up to £9,000 in England, Scotland or Wales.
Student loans and grants: how much is available?
Figures shown below are the maximum amounts available. The actual amount you receive will depend on where you're studying, your course fees and household income.
A tuition fee loan worth up to a maximum of £9,000 per year is available to cover fees each year and is directly paid to your university. This will rise to £9,250 in 2017, in line with planned changes to raise tuition fees for some universities.
The second element of your student finance package is the maintenance loan, to help with living costs. If you're living away from home, a maximum of £8,200 per year (or up to £10,702 for those studying in London) is available if you're from a household with an income of less than £25,000 a year; loans available will differ depending on your particular circumstances. In 2017, this will rise to £8,430 outside of London and £11,002 in London according to proposed changes. You'll start repaying your loans once you're earning £21,000 or more per year.
If you are receiving certain benefits, have a disability or need help with childcare costs, you may still be able to apply for a grant in the form of Disabled Students' Allowances or the Childcare Grant.
For the academic year 2016/17, the deadline to apply for student finance to receive yours in time for the beginning of your course (September 2016) is 27 May 2016 if you're a new student.
Read our full guide to student finance in England
If you're Scottish and go to a Scottish university, you won't pay anything in tuition fees. If you're studying in either England, Wales or Northern Ireland, a tuition fee loan of up to £9,000 per year is available to cover these.
To help cover your living costs, a maintenance loan is available of up to £5,750 per year depending on your household income. If you're under 25, you can apply for an additional bursary (worth up to £1,750 if your household income is under £17,000).
Similarly, if you are receiving certain benefits, have a disability or are a lone parent or carer, you can apply for a grant in the form of Disabled Students' Allowances or Living Costs Grants.
For the academic year 2016/17, it is recommended that you apply before 30 June 2016 to be sure that you'll receive yours in time for the beginning of your course (September 2016) if you're a new student.
Read our full guide to student finance in Scotland
Welsh universities can charge up to £9,000 a year in tuition fees. If you're a Welsh student, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover up to £3,810 of this plus a Fee Grant of £5,190 to cover the rest.
For living costs, you can either apply for a means-tested or non means-tested maintenance loan based on your annual household income. There are also other grants available such as the Welsh Government Learning Grant and Special Support Grant, though there are some terms as to which of these you can apply for and how much you can receive.
For the academic year 2016/17, the deadline to apply for student finance to receive yours in time for the beginning of your course (September 2016) is 13 May 2016.
Read our full guide to student finance in Wales
If you're from Northern Ireland and staying there to study, you'll pay a maximum of £3,805 per year in tuition fees, or up to £9,000 per year if you're studying in England, Scotland or Wales. In any case, you can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the full amount payable.
Maintenance loans are also available to help cover living expenses – up to £4,840 is up for grabs if you're living away from home (£6,780 if you're living in London).
A maintenance grant can also be applied for if you're from a household with an income below £41,065. The amount you're eligible for depends on your household income, with a full grant of £3,475 available for households earning £19,203 or less. Finally, a Special Support Grant is available if you're receiving certain benefits or have a disability.
To ensure you definitely receive your student finance before the start of your course (September 2016), you need to get your application in by 15 April 2016.
Read our full guide to student finance in Northern Ireland