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Funding your studies

NationalityLevel of StudyLoansBursaries
UK & EUUndergraduateStudent FinanceSOAS Financial Support
Hardship funds
Postgraduate MastersProfessional and Career Development LoansHardship funds
Overseas All levels of studyUSA                   Canada
India                  Scandinavia
Hardship funds 

UK and EU Undergraduate Students

UK/EU undergraduate students are eligible for a loan from the Student Loans Company to cover the cost of their tuition fees. Please see https://www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance for further information.

In addition Maintenance grants and Maintenance loans are also available from the Student Loans Company (Student Finance). Please check their website and www.soas.ac.uk/studentadviceandwellbeing/students/money/ud-ss-fees/ for further information.

Finally SOAS is offering new financial support to undergraduate students and this varies depending on which year you started your degree as follows:

SOAS Undergraduate Financial Support - Entrants prior to 2012

UK undergraduate students on the pre-2012 fee system (starting their degree between 2006-07 and 2011-12 inclusive) AND with a full maintenance grant are eligible for a SOAS Study Support Bursary.

SOAS Undergraduate Financial Support - 2012 Entrants

UK undergraduates ordinarily resident in England who started their degree in September 2012 will be eligible for support as part of the National Scholarships Program. Undergraduate Financial Support 2012.

SOAS Undergraduate Financial Support - 2013 Entrants

UK undergraduates ordinarily resident in England who started their degree in September 2013 will be eligible for support as part of the National Scholarships Program. Undergraduate Financial Support 2013.

SOAS Undergraduate Financial Support - 2014 Entrants

UK undergraduates ordinarily resident in England who started their degree in September 2014 will be eligible for support as part of the National Scholarships Program. Undergraduate Financial Support 2014.

Refund policy for undergraduates funded by Student Finance

UK and EU Postgraduate Students

Another way to fund your studies is through educational loans. Some high street banks offer loans for education. The other option is a career development loan.  Before taking out a loan ensure that you understand what the repayments will be and that you will be able to afford them.  

Professional and Career Development Loans

A Professional and Career Development Loan is a bank loan for UK students designed to help you pay for your degree. The loan can be used to pay for tuition fees as well as living costs. 

Further information and how to apply is detailed at www.soas.ac.uk/registry/funding/pcdl/

Loans for Overseas Students

Loans
US Federal Loans

Eligible US students can apply for Stafford Federal Loans, Federal Plus and private loans to cover their tuition and maintenance costs. US Federal Loans.

Indian Credila Loans

Eligible Indian students can apply for Credila Indian Student Loans through GEMS. This loan could be used to cover tuition and maintenance costs. Credila Indian Loans

Canadian Federal and Provincial educational loans

Eligible Canadian students should send their paperwork for certification to the Student Loans Officer. Further information can be found at Canadian Loans

Funding provided by Scandinavian (Sweden, Norway and Denmark) governments

Information for students in receipt of loans or funding by Scandinavian governments 

Please contact the Student Loans and Bursaries Officer at funding@soas.ac.uk if you have any queries relating to the educational loans and financial support featured in this section.

Useful Information

Your time at SOAS should be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. SOAS provides practical financial advice on budgeting and help you to make the most of your limited income. Please see the www.soas.ac.uk/studentadviceandwellbeing/students/money/ section of the website.

Current students who experience financial difficulty during their studies may be eligible to receive limited, additional support via the SOAS hardship funds.

Other Sources of Funding

Enhanced Learning Credits (MOD)

SOAS degrees, certificates and diplomas are registered for Enhanced Learning Credits for members of the armed forces. The ELC scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years. See www.enhancedlearningcredits.com for further information.

Useful funding information can also be found at: