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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.

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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, for courses beginning in 2017: 

    • If you're English: up to £9,250 per year when studying in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland; up to £9,000 if you're studying in Wales. 
    • 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 if you're studying in Wales; up to £9,250 in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
    • If you're Northern Irish: up to £4,030 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?

    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 (TEF) will be eligible to do so. See if the university you're considering received a gold, silver or bronze rating - read the full TEF ratings here.
     
    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 help: what's available, where?

    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.

    England

    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 your household income falls below a certain amount. If you'll be living away from home while studying, a maximum of £8,430 per year is available - this increases to £11,002 if you'll studying in London. What you can get depends on your individual circumstances; so it's important your parents provide the necessary, correct information, documents and evidence to support your finance application.

    The application deadline to get your finance in time for the start of term (if you're beginning your course in 2017) is 26 May 2017 - but you can still apply for finance up to nine months after the beginning of term.

    Scotland

    If you're Scottish and go to a Scottish university, you won't pay anything in tuition fees (but you still need to apply officially for this). 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 (repayable) 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, (non-repayable) 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.

    The application deadline to get your finance in time for the start of term is 30 June 2017.

    Wales

    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 £4,046 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.

    The application deadline to get your finance in time for the start of term is 12 May 2017.

    Northern Ireland

    If you're from Northern Ireland and staying there to study, you'll pay a maximum of £4,030 per year in tuition fees, or up to £9,250 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.

    A Maintenance Loan is available to help cover living expenses – up to £4,840 if you're living away from home, increasing to £6,780 if you're living in London. You can get more if your course lasts 30+ weeks.

    There are also non-repayable grants which you can apply for based on personal circumstances, although there are restrictions depending on which you apply for. There is a Maintenance Grant if your household income is below £41,065, 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.

    The application deadline to get your finance in time for the start of term is 7 April 2017.

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