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Student Advice and Wellbeing

Undergraduate Student Support & Fees

UK undergraduate Degree Students

Tuition fees:

SOAS will charge £9000 for new entrants in the 2012/13 academic year. The fee for pre-2012 entrants will be £3,465. For more details, see the Registry fees section of our website

Loan for fees:

UK and EU students can apply for a non-means-tested tuition fee loan from the government to cover the full cost of the fees.  You repay this loan once you have left university and are earning over £21,000 per year. To apply please see the direct.gov website

Maintenance grant or Special Support grant:

Non-repayable grants are available based on household income on a sliding scale. Students who start in 2012/13 can get up to £3,250 for academic year 2012/13. Students who started before 2012/13 can get up to £2,984 for academic year 2012/13. To calculate your entitlement, visit the direct.gov Student Finance Calculator 

Maintenance loan:

Students who start in 2012/13 can get up to £7,675 per year if you live away from your parental home, or £4,375 if you live with your parents. 35% of the loan depends on your family income.

Students who started in 2011/12, 2010/11 or 2009/10 can get up to £6,928 per year if you live away from your parental home, or £3,838 if you live with your parents. You get slightly less if you are in your final year. 25% of the loan depends on income.

You repay this loan only after leaving university and earning over £21,000 per annum. For more information see the direct.gov website

Students from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have slightly different student support systems – see the direct.gov website for details.

Extra financial support from SOAS:

SOAS will invest £365,000 in new financial support for undergraduates ordinarily resident in England who are starting a degree in 2012/13. For more details see the Registry's Undergraduate Funding page

Supplementary grants

Additional grants are available for students with adult or child dependants and for disabled students. Travel grants are available for compulsory year abroad students.

EU students

Some EU national students can apply for the full package of funding as above.  You must show that either (1) you have lived in the UK for the 3 years preceding the 1 September before your course starts; or (2) that you have lived in the European Economic Area during the three years, and that you are living in the UK on 1 September, and that you are working, including part-time work.  If you are eligible for funding on this basis, you must continue to work throughout your course.  

Other EU national students, and their family members, can apply in the UK for a tuition fee loan for the tuition fees on the same basis as UK students. You may be eligible for help with living costs from sources in your home country.


Full information and online application forms can be found on