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
- Other sources of 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
We also offer financial support to undergraduates depending on which year you started:
- For entrants prior to 2012
UK undergraduates on the pre-2012 fee system (so if you started in September 2011 or earlier) AND with a full maintenance grant are eligible for a SOAS Study Support Bursary.
- For entrants from 2012
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.
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. Some high street banks offer loans for education. The other option is a career development loan. Before taking out a loan make sure you understand what the repayments will be and that you’ll be able to afford them.
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.
Enhanced Learning Credits (MoD)
Our degrees, certificates and diplomas are registered for Enhanced Learning Credits for members of the armed forces.
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 their website for more information.
Other financial assistance
You can get more information and financial advice at:
- Association of Charitable Foundations
- Hotcourses Scholarship Search
- International Education Financial Aid (IEFA)
- Prospects - the UK's official graduate website
- Turn 2 Us
- Family Action
- Richard Reeves Foundation