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An overview of the different fees and loans involved in undergraduate student finance across the UK.
You’ll be able to see exactly how much they are when you search for courses, but you can get an approximate idea from the table below. Then we’ll explain how to get a student loan to cover your tuition fees and living costs, and what additional funding might be available.
|Student's home region||Studying in England||Studying in Scotland||Studying in Wales||Studying in Northern Ireland|
|England||Up to £9,000||Up to £9,000||Up to £9,000||Up to £9,000|
|Scotland||Up to £9,000||No fee||Up to £9,000||Up to £9,000|
|Wales||Up to £9,000||Up to £9,000||Up to £3,900||Up to £9,000|
|Northern Ireland||Up to £9,000||Up to £9,000||Up to £9,000||Up to £3,925|
|EU||Up to £9,000||No fee||Up to £3,900||Up to £3,925|
You can get a loan if you’re studying at a rate of at least 25% of an equivalent full-time course and if you’re a Home or EU student.
For guidance on whether you are eligible to pay overseas or home/EU fees, please refer to the UKCISA website.Following the EU referendum, a statement has been issued about EU nationals and student finance in England – for EU nationals currently in receipt of student loans from the Student Loans Company (SLC), and to EU nationals who intend to begin studying from this September.
The government is replacing the 24+ advanced learner loans so they will be available for more further education and training courses – from Level 3 (e.g. A levels) to Level 6 – and will be available to everyone aged 19 and over.
It can take up to six weeks to process student finance applications. Make sure you apply early – even if you have a conditional offer – as you can amend or cancel your application if your plans change.
Apply for funding now through Student Finance England for courses starting in 2016.
Applications take at least six weeks to be processed, but Student Finance England will do an initial assessment so you have some money as close to the start of your course as possible.
For an independent view of what it costs, go to Money Saving Expert.
Apply for funding now through Student Finance Northern Ireland for courses starting in 2016.
Apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) – although you can apply to the SAAS to cover your full tuition in Scotland, you may also get other support for living costs, or for tuition fees elsewhere in the UK.
Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) guarantee that all students who submitted an accurate application form and supporting evidence on or before 30 June 2016, will have their funding in place for the start of their course. SAAS encourages students to apply as early as possible to allow themselves time to gather the necessary supporting evidence. You can still apply after 30 June, up until 31 March 2017, and your funding will be backdated.