If you're a student from another EU country, you can apply for financial help with the cost of tuition in England. Additional help may also be available if you’re a migrant worker from an EEA (European Economic Area) country or Switzerland.
Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for:
- Help with tuition fees
- Help with tuition fees and ‘additional help’ – for example, living costs
To qualify for a Tuition Fee Loan the following needs to apply:
- You’re an EU national, or the family member of an EU national
- Your course qualifies
To find out how much money you can get and how to apply, see the links below.
EU student finance For 2013/14
How to apply for finance – EU Students
Funding Postgraduate Study:
There’s lots of competition for postgraduate funding, so apply as early as possible. Funding applications for both taught courses and research places usually have to be in by the spring before starting your studies in the autumn.
If your postgraduate place doesn’t come with funding
If your place doesn’t have funding attached, then you’ll need to think about how to pay for your studies.
The main costs you’ll face are tuition fees and accommodation and living expenses. Tuition fees vary from course to course. Usually, they will run to several thousand pounds.
It’s common for postgraduates to help fund their studies by:
- Using savings
- Combining study with work
- Applying for financial help from some of the sources listed below
Where to look for financial help
You can search for postgraduate awards of all kinds on the Hot Courses and Prospects websites.
- Search for postgraduate funding on Hot Courses
- Search the Prospects website for postgraduate funding
Awards vary greatly. You will need to check:
- The amount of the award
- Whether you receive a one-off payment or a series of payments throughout your studies
- Whether it covers fees
- Whether it covers part-time or full-time study
- Whether it covers masters degrees or doctorates
Charities and trusts
Many charities and trusts provide postgraduate students with grants. Often, financial help is reserved for students from poorer backgrounds, or for those who’ve achieved academic excellence.
You can find out more about charities and trusts at your local library. Useful publications include:
- The Educational Grants Directory
- The Charities Digest
- The Grants Register
- The Directory of Grant Making Trusts
You can search for funding from educational trusts on the Educational Grants Advisory Service (EGAS) website.
- Search for an educational grant with EGAS