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Student fees and finance for where you live

Get your head around student finance with our breakdown below. We've listed out tuition fee costs, plus student loans and financial support wherever you are in the UK.

See our regional guides to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland for a full breakdown of what you have to pay and what financial support is available.

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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 and where you're planning to study: 

  • If you're English: up to £9,250 per year when studying in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland 
  • If you're Scottish: free if you're studying in Scotland; up to £9,250 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 £3,925 per year for studying in Northern Ireland or up to £9,250 in England, Scotland or Wales.
Bear in mind that sandwich or work placement fees will differ and that many courses charge less.

£9,250? I thought the maximum fee was £9,000?

Following their announcement in July 2016, the Government has set out plans to allow universities to raise the tuition fees they charge from £9,000 (the previous cap) to £9,250 per year (for courses beginning in 2017).
Not every university will be able to raise their tuition cap – only those deemed to have a “high” quality of teaching according to the Government’s teaching excellence framework will be eligible to do so. 
A small number of courses at universities will charge the maximum fee (e.g. law, medicine).
If you're partway through your course as of September 2017, your tuition fees may rise as well; however this will depend on the contract you have with your university.

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 £9,250 per year is available to cover fees each year and is directly paid to your university. This is in line with planned changes to raise tuition fees for some universities which offer a high quality of teaching.

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 if you're 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. 


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 £9,250 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 £1,875 if your household income is under £18,999).

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.


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 £4,296 of this plus a Fee Grant of £4,954 to cover the rest.

For living costs, you can apply for a means-tested maintenance loan based on your annual household income. There are also non-repayable 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.

Northern Ireland

If you're from Northern Ireland and staying there to study, you'll pay a maximum of £3,925 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 receive certain benefits already or have a disability.


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