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UCAS Conservatoires undergraduate tuition fees and student loans

Fees can vary – even for similar conservatoire courses. You will see how much they are when you search for courses, but you can get an idea here.
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Fee levels for the 2018 entry cycle are yet to be confirmed in all UK countries. This page will be updated once this information is available.

How much are tuition fees?

These are the maximum tuition fees, depending on where you’re from and where you’re studying.

Tuition fees by region for courses starting in 2018 

Student's home region Studying in England Studying in Scotland Studying in Wales Studying in Northern Ireland
England Up to £9,250 Up to £9,250 Up to £9,000* Up to £9,250
Scotland Up to £9,250 No fee Up to £9,000* Up to £9,250
Wales Up to £9,250 Up to £9,250* Up to £4,046** Up to £9,250*
Northern Ireland Up to £9,250 Up to £9,250 Up to £9,000* Up to £4,160
EU Up to £9,250 No fee Up to £4,046* Up to £4,160
Other international Variable Variable Variable Variable

*2018 fee levels are yet to be confirmed. The table displays fees for 2017.

** Welsh Government will implement changes to student finance for the 2018 entry cycle. There will be no tuition fee grant for new students from 2018. Tuition fees will be covered by a loan. 

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The Government has introduced the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – this gives information about universities and colleges, to help applicants decide where to study. This applies to all new applicants for courses starting from September 2017, and existing students that started their studies after 1 September 2012.

Universities and colleges in England that achieve TEF awards have been able able to increase their fees in line with inflation up to a maximum of £9,250.

In October 2017, the Government confirmed tuition fees would remain capped at £9,250 for the 2018 entry cycle. 

What financial help you can get

Student loans can include a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan to help with your living costs.
  • Tuition fee loans to cover the full cost of your course are paid directly to the course provider, and you won’t have to pay it back until after your course, when you’re earning above a certain level.
  • Maintenance loans can be applied for at the same time, lending you money at the start of each term (or monthly in Scotland). How much you get depends on your household income, where you study, where you live and how long for.
  • In 2016, maintenance grants were replaced with loans for new full-time students in England. The student finance package includes a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan. Students can still apply for grants if they’re eligible for certain benefits, disabled, or need help with childcare costs. Read our blog on what these changes are and what they mean. You can also find out more on the student finance pages on GOV.UK.
  • Welsh Government will implement changes to student finance for the 2018 entry cycle. Full details about student support in Wales for 2018/19 can be found on the Welsh Government Student Finance web pages. More information will be available on the Student Finance Wales website in due course.

How to apply for a student loan

It can take up to six weeks to process student finance applications. So make sure you apply early – you can amend/cancel your application if your plans change.

How to get additional funding

You might be eligible for a range of additional funding options such as scholarships, bursaries or financial support.

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