Funding your studies
You can get help with funding depending on your circumstances.
- UK and EU undergraduate students
- UK and EU postgraduate students
- Overseas students
- Financial advice and hardship funds
- Military and Veterans Funding
Tuition Fee Loans from Student Finance
UK/EU undergraduate students are eligible for a loan from the Student Loans Company to cover the cost of their tuition fees. Please see Undergraduate Student Finance at SOAS for information.
Maintenance grants and Maintenance loans
Maintenance grants and Maintenance loans are also available from Student Finance. Please check Undergraduate Student Support & Fees for further information.
SOAS Undergraduate Financial Support
UK undergraduates normally resident in England and who started their degree in September 2012 or later could be eligible for support: Undergraduate Financial Support at SOAS.
Erasmus student mobility grant
If you’re a UK or EU student on a 3-year degree, you might be able to take a year in Europe as part of the Erasmus scheme. Go to the Outgoing SOAS Students page for full details and how to apply.
We have a variety of postgraduate scholarships. The deadlines for applications are normally end of January for the following academic year (eg January 2016 for September 2016 entry). You will also find links to external scholarships and awards on our scholarship web page.
For EU nationals, we recommend contacting the Education Ministry in your home country for information about government funding for study.
Another way to fund your studies is through educational loans which may be offered by some high street banks. Before taking out a loan make sure you understand what the repayments will be and that you’ll be able to afford them.
Student Finance Postgraduate Loans
Student Finance Postgraduate Loans of up to £10,000 towards the cost of your studies will be available for Master's degrees starting in September 2016. These loans will be available for students who are ordinarily resident in England (UK Nationals) or the EU (EU Nationals). Applications are expected to open in mid-June 2016. Scottish residents should apply to SAAS.
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.
- US Federal Loans
Eligible US students can apply for Stafford Federal Loans, Federal Plus and private loans to cover their tuition fees and maintenance costs. US Federal Loans.
- Indian Credila Loans
Eligible Indian students can apply for Credila Indian Student Loans through GEMS. You could use this loan to cover tuition fees 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. Get more information at Canadian Loans.
- Funding provided by Scandinavian (Sweden, Norway and Denmark) governments
If you have paperwork where you have to confirm you've paid your fees, please scan and email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting your SOAS ID. This includes CSN study assurance forms and Lånekassen form C. We'll fill out, scan and email the forms back to your SOAS email account.
Please email the Student Loans and Bursaries Officer at email@example.com if you have any questions about the loans and financial support featured in this section.
Scholarships and Government Funding
We have a variety of scholarships. The deadlines for applications are normally end of January for the following academic year.
We also recommend contacting the Education Ministry in your home country for information about government funding for study.
We offer practical financial advice on budgeting and want you to make the most of your limited income. See more in our Managing Your Money section.
If you’ve having financial difficulty during your studies, you could be eligible for extra support through the SOAS hardship funds.
Additional sources of external funding are also available.
Enhanced Learning Credits (MoD)
Our degrees, certificates and diplomas are registered for Enhanced Learning Credits for members of the UK armed forces.
Our ELC - Learning Provider ID is 2941.
The ELC scheme gives financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years.
See ELCAS for more information.
Veterans Affairs and the Post 911 GI Bill
US Veterans attending SOAS are able to utilise their funds from the Department of Veterans Affairs for on campus degrees only.
Our Veterans Affairs - Facility Code is 11-80001-74.
Please complete the SOAS loan form (available at Applying for a US Loan) and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we have your details to hand and we can begin the process with the VA office. You can enter ‘Veterans Affairs’ as the source of funding and indicate the amount of dollars you expect to receive.
We strongly recommend that you take out Federal loans. These can be reduced or repaid using your Veterans money when it arrives. It can sometimes take many months for the Veterans money to be processed as often the degree you are studying needs to be approved by them first.
If you have any questions then the VA Office at Buffalo can assist, so please call 716 857 3196/7. The Buffalo VA Office is the only one that administers VA Benefits to foreign schools and so will be aware of the additional regulations for foreign schools.