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Finance and support for trainee teachers

If you’re thinking about undergraduate or postgraduate initial teacher training, you may be eligible for funding.
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How it works

Teacher training is a big investment, but there’s often funding available to help you. There are various funding sources to support you through your training programme. It’s not guaranteed, but there are different options you can check out. What you’re eligible for depends on things like:

  • the ITET route you’re on
  • where you live
  • the subject of your degree or the subject you want to teach, or both
  • the classification of your degree
  • where you have chosen to study
  • your personal circumstances

Funding for teacher training

In England, you may be eligible for funding through tuition fee loans, bursaries, or scholarships to support you during your training:

  • Scholarships – for certain in-demand subjects, you can apply for a tax-free scholarship to support your training. To be eligible, you will typically need a 2:1 degree or above in the subject you want to teach (or a closely related subject). Visit Get Into Teaching to find out more.
  • Bursaries – tax-free bursaries are available for training to teach a range of subjects. The level of funding and eligibility will vary depending on the subject you choose to teach, and your degree classification. For more information, visit Get Into Teaching.
  • Salaried training – School Direct (salaried) is an employment-based training programme for high quality graduates, typically with at least three years’ experience of transferable work history. You’ll earn a salary while you train, and won’t need to pay any tuition fees. Find out more about the different school-based programmes.
  • Tuition fee and maintenance loans – postgraduate and undergraduate trainees are entitled to the same student finance. If you’re looking to train on a non-salaried programme, and you’re not eligible to receive a bursary or scholarship, you can still apply for a student loan to cover your training programme fees and living costs. Check the undergraduate student finance pages for details.

If you’re undertaking teacher training in Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland, check what funding you might be eligible for by going to the website covering the area you normally live in:

How much are tuition fees?

The amount providers charge varies – for UK and EU students, it can be up to £9,250 per year for a full-time training programme starting in 2017. You can see how much your chosen provider charges when you use our search tool to find training programmes – fees and funding details can be found in the ‘About this training provider’ section. Alternatively, you can find this information on the training provider’s website.

You will also need to think about living costs and other expenses, like travelling to school placements. Go to our managing money area for advice on banking, budgeting, debts, and part-time employment which your training provider may be able to help with.

Disabled students and care leavers

Universities and colleges have different ways of supporting you in higher education. Check if you are entitled to additional support and funding.

Preparing for your studies

Here’s a checklist for you to make sure you’re ready for the start of your training programme.

Are there any other offer conditions you need to meet?

Apart from waiting for exam results, check whether you need to do anything else to secure your place.

Your university or college might have given you further requirements, like health or financial requirements, DBS checks, or proof of your qualifications.

Do you have somewhere to live?

If you’re going somewhere new, make sure you’ve got somewhere to live, and think ahead to insurance, bills, supplies, and a TV licence.

Have you thought about transport?

If you’re moving away, you’ll need to plan your moving day and how you’re getting there, as well as what transport routes you might need to get to your campus.

Have you looked into the social options?

It’s a good idea to research the area and the societies and events offered by the students’ union. Read blogs from other students as well – they might have useful tips for you.

Is there anything you need to buy or do before your training programme starts?

Do you need to get any training programme materials, or do any preparatory reading or research over the summer?