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Undergraduate Student Finance

UK/EU Tuition Fee Loans

Undergraduate students with UK and EU fee status taking a degree or some full-time certificate programmes are eligible for a non-means-tested tuition fee loan from Student Finance or SAAS to cover the cost of their tuition fees. You repay this loan once you have left university and are earning over £21,000 per year.  

From 2015/16 degree programmes are listed in groups, instead of by subject, on the Student Finance system to make funding applications, enrolment confirmations and course transfers easier. 

For degrees:

When entering course details in your online funding application please enter 'degree' and click the search icon.  

You will see 6 options, as listed below, and you should select the relevant one - please refer to the examples to assist with making your selection.

EU students submitting a paper application should enter the relevant Degree Title from the list below.

DegreeDegree Title on the Student Finance System
3-year BA or BSc or LLB3 year Humanities and Social Science Degree
4-year BA or BSc with a language year abroad in Year 3 4 year Humanities and Social Science Degree including year abroad in Year 3
4-year BA or BSc with a language year abroad in Year 24 year Humanities and Social Science Degree including year abroad in Year 2
LLB Senior Status Degree (2 Year)LLB Senior Status (2 Year degree)
Direct entry to SOAS at Year 2 to a 3-year BA or BSc or LLB3 year Humanities and Social Science Degree Direct Entry to Year 2
Direct entry to SOAS at Year 2 to a 4-year BA or BSc4 year Humanities and Social Science Degree Direct Entry to Year 2 with language year abroad
Examples:

Student 1 is taking BA Politics and History and should choose '3 year Humanities and Social Science Degree'.
Student 2 is taking BA Arabic and should choose '4 year Humanities and Social Science Degree including year abroad in Year 3'.
Student 3 is taking BA Chinese (Modern and Classical) and Tibetan and should choose '4 year Humanities and Social Science Degree including year abroad in Year 2' as the language year abroad will be in Year 2.
Student 4 is a direct entry transfer from another university to SOAS Year 2 BSc Economics and should choose '3 year Humanities and Social Science Degree Direct Entry to Year 2'.

Student 5 is a continuing student entering their Language Year Abroad year and should select 'study abroad' from the options under the question 'where will you spend the most time next academic year?'

Most language degrees at SOAS have a language year abroad in Year 3. However some language degrees with Chinese or Korean have a language year abroad in Year 2. To check the structure of your degree, please see information on undergraduate degrees

For a full time certificate

When entering course details in your funding application please enter 'certificate' and click the search icon.  

Please then select the certificate you are going to study at SOAS:

Ancient Near Eastern Studies (Full Time)

Arabic (Full Time)

Hebrew (Full Time)

Persian (Full Time)

Political Studies (Full Time)

South Asian Studies (Full Time)

Study of Religions (Full Time)

Turkish (Full Time)

Next Step: 

See the Student Finance website for information and links to apply to Student Finance and for further information and guidance.

Please note: tuition fee funding is normally for the duration of your programme plus one gift year if for any reason you have to take an additional year of study.  If you have previously studied at undergraduate level, in the UK or elsewhere, for more than one year this may reduce your eligibility for funding.


Refund Policy for undergraduates funded by Student Finance.  

Financial Support for UK Students

Maintenance grants and Maintenance loans are also available from Student Finance for students resident in the UK.  Please see the Student Finance website for further information.

SOAS Undergraduate Financial Support

SOAS offers financial support to undergraduate students – please click on the relevant link for more information:

SOAS Undergraduate Financial Support - Entrants prior to 2012:

UK undergraduate students on the pre-2012 fee system (starting their degree before September 2012) AND with a full maintenance grant are eligible for a SOAS Study Support Bursary.

SOAS Undergraduate Financial Support - 2012 Entrants and after:

UK undergraduates ordinarily resident in England who started their degree in September 2012 or later may be eligible for support as part of the National Scholarships Program and SOAS Study Support.

Enrolment and Student Finance Loan Steps

Step 1 - Tuition Fee Loan application

Apply for your Tuition Fee Loan – you need to apply for a loan for each year that you study.
(Student Finance promise to process applications received from new students by end of May and from continuing students by the end of June in time for the next academic year)

Step 2 - Declaration Form

Sign the Declaration Form and return to Student Finance – this is the final step in agreeing your loan for the academic year.

Step 3 - Confirm Your Details

Complete ‘Confirm my details’ on online enrolment - you will be sent an e-mail about how to do this before Welcome Week.

Step 4 - Loan and Fee 

We will then be able to link up your loan record with your enrolment record:
New Students – you need to have enrolled in person and shown your ID before we can confirm your attendance to Student Finance to release your funding.
Continuing Students - we will be able to confirm attendance once your loan and enrolment records are complete.

Step 5 - Attendance Confirmation

We will make daily returns of completed records to Student Finance from the first day of the autumn term to confirm attendance.  Please be aware that it can take a 3-5 working days for the completed enrolment record and loan records to match up.

Step 6 - Eligibility Assessment and Loan Origination

Student Finance will make the first maintenance payment 3-5 working days after receiving confirmation of attendance.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is Online Enrolment displaying that I am self-funded when I have a tuition fee loan?

    You must complete ‘Confirm my details’ on online enrolment before the Student Finance record can be linked – it can take a few days for the completed online enrolment to match to your loan record.  Please make sure that you have returned your declaration form and allowed time for Student Finance to process it.

  • My Student Finance record is displaying the wrong programme or year – can I change this?

    You can request a Change of Circumstance to correct these details through your online Student Finance account before the start of the academic year.  It can take several weeks for Student Finance to process the change – particularly at the start of the new academic year.  If you have already signed your declaration form or after the start of the academic year you will need to notify fees@soas.ac.uk that you need a change made to your account.

  • My Name or Date of Birth is different on my SOAS record to the one on my Student Finance record – does this matter?

    Yes, if your Student Finance record is different you must request a change as the records will not link up automatically and this may delay your funding.  SOAS verifies your date of birth and name from your passport or ID evidence at enrolment.

  • I am on the Language Year Abroad – can I receive my maintenance early?

    Students on the Language Year Abroad can receive their first maintenance payment in September. You must complete ‘Confirm my details’ on online enrolment before the Student Finance record can be linked and attendance confirmed to release payment.

    For any queries on fees and tuition fee loans please contact fees@soas.ac.uk
    For queries on SOAS financial support please contact funding@soas.ac.uk