Student money: loans and grants

Financing Undergraduate Courses


With the increase of undergraduate fees in September 2012, the student finance has been revised to reflect this. From September 2012 tuition fees will be increasing, they will now run from £6000 up to a maximum of £9,000 per year. On the bright side, however, by and large a degree is still worth having - for example a Physics degree would be worth on average £187,000 more over the course of your lifetime than just A levels!1

In the Autumn Statement 2015, the government has announced a freeze in the repayment threshold keeping it £21,000 for 5 years. It has been announced that this will be back dated and will affect students who started their studies in 2012/13.

Tuition Fee Loans

The cost of university can be a maximum of £9,000 per year, the tuition fee loan and it covers (unsurprisingly) the cost of your education, NOT your living costs.

Full Time StudentsTuition Fee Loan
Full-Time Up to £9,000
Full-time at a private university or college Up to £6,000

Maintenance Loans

To finance your living costs at university, Maintenance loans are available to you and they vary depending on how and where you live:

Full Time StudentsLoan for courses from August 2016
Living at Home Up to £6,904
Living away from home, outside London Up to £8,200
Living away from home, in London Up to £10,702
You Spend a Year of your Course Studying Abroad Up to £9,391


Grants & Extra Help

From September 2016 university maintenance grants for lower income students will be stopped. Instead, the maintenance loan amount available have been increased to cover living costs.

  • Students on low income
  • Students with Children or Dependents
  • Disabled Students
  • Medical, Social Work and Teacher Training Students
  • And more

The government has a useful student finance calculator which takes into account any extra help you are eligible for.

Financing Postgraduate Degree

If you decide to continue your studies after graduating, it is important to think about the finances. Ask yourself; how are you going to fund your postgraduate? Raising the money for your postgraduate degree can seem confusing. We have gathered some useful information and guides around financing your Master’s degree.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

From September 2016, postgraduate students under 60 can apply for loans up to £10,000. More information is due to be released early 2016.

Career Development Loans

This loan is classified as a bank loan where you can borrow between £300 and £10,000. Loans are offered at a reduced interest rate with the government paying the interest whilst you are studying. The government recommends allowing 3 months for your application to be processed before your course starts.

Useful Resources

These are some student finance resources that we've found and think are worth a look (bestCourse4me is not responsible for any of the content on these sites.)

Finance Calculators

Information and Guides