Undergraduate Student Finance
- Undergraduate Tuition Fees
- UK and EU Tuition Fee Loans
- Financial Support for UK Students
- SOAS Undergraduate Financial Support
- International Student Funding
- Enrolment and Student Finance Loans
- Frequently Asked Questions
Undergraduate students with UK and EU residency 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.
On the Student Finance system degree programmes are listed in groups by duration, instead of by subject.
On the Student Finance system degree programmes are listed in generic groups, instead of by subject.
When completing your loan application please enter ‘degree’ in the course detail box and click the search icon. You can then select the relevant length generic degree title. 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.
If you are an EU resident and applying using a paper form do not enter the UCAS code on the course details page. Instead enter the generic degree title in the course name box, for example ‘3 Year Humanities and Social Science Degree’.
|Degree||Degree Title on the Student Finance System|
|3-year BA or BSc or LLB||3 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 2||4 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 LLB||3 year Humanities and Social Science Degree Direct Entry to Year 2|
|Direct entry to SOAS at Year 2 to a 4-year BA or BSc||4 year Humanities and Social Science Degree Direct Entry to Year 2 with language year abroad|
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, Persian 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 certificates:
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)
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.
Maintenance loans are also available from Student Finance for students resident in the UK. Please see the Student Finance website for further information.
UK undergraduates ordinarily resident in England who are starting their degree in September 2016 may be eligible for support - Undergraduate Financial Support at SOAS.
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 registration - you will be sent an e-mail from SOAS about how to do this before Welcome Week. You should enter the amount of your tuition fees covered by Student Finance in the "Student Finance Direct" box.
Step 4 - Record Matching
We will then be able to link up your Student Finance loan record with your SOAS enrolment record - this may take up to 3-5 working days:
New Students – you need to have enrolled in person and shown your ID before we can confirm your enrolment to Student Finance to release your funding.
Continuing Students - we will be able to confirm enrolment once your loan and enrolment records are complete.
If you do not have final confirmation of your tuition fee loan from Student Finance, as you have only just applied for example or have any other difficulties with your loan application, then please still come and see us, bringing all relevant paperwork or screenshots, so that we can assist you.
We will take a copy of your evidence that you have applied to Student Finance and also ask you to complete an enrolment declaration as we wait for Student Finance to complete their processing.
Step 5 - Enrolment Confirmation
Once you have fully enrolled and completed the above steps, we will then be able to include you in the daily returns of completed records to Student Finance which begin from the first day of the autumn term. This confirms your registration and enrolment onto your degree with Student Finance. Please be aware that it can take 3-5 working days for the completed enrolment record and loan records to match up and for Student Finance to make the payment.
Step 6 - Payment by Student Finance
Student Finance will make the first maintenance payment 3-5 working days after receiving confirmation of enrolment.
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 email@example.com 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.