SOAS University of London

Student Advice and Wellbeing

Undergraduate Student Support & Fees

UK Undergraduate Degree Students

How much are the tuition fees?
That seems expensive! I'm not sure I can pay!
  • You don't have to pay for fees yourself. If you are a UK National living in England, or an EU student, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the government to cover the full cost of fees.
When do I have to repay the money?
  • You only have to repay this loan once you have left university and are earning over £21,000 per annum.
  • If your wage ever drops below £21,000 then you stop having to pay until your wage reaches this amount again. The payments come out of your pay automatically, exactly like income tax or national insurance.
What about paying for general living, rent, food?
  • Students who start in 2018/19 can get up to £10,702 per year if you live away from your parental home, or £6,904 if you live with your parents. Some of your loan will depend on your family's annual income.
When do I repay this money?
  • You only have to repay this loan once you have left university and are earning over £21,000 per annum.
  • If your wage ever drops below £21,000 then you stop having to pay until your wage reaches this amount again.
  • Students from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have slightly different student support systems – see links at the bottom of this Gov.UK page for details.
What if I can't repay it?
  • The payments come out of your pay automatically, exactly like income tax or national insurance. So you never actually handle the cash, meaning there will be no debt collectors chasing you!
Do people with lower income get more support?
  • They can do. Non-repayable grants are available based on hosuehold income on a sliding scale.
  • Please note: these do not exist for any new students anymore, only students who started their course pre-September 2016. The students who would have been eligible receive the same money, but they have to pay it back.
  • Use the Student Finance Calculator to estimate your entitlement.
Can I get any extra funds to help pay for my year?
  • SOAS also offers financial support for undergraduates ordinarily resident in England who are starting a degree in 2018/19.
  • Please see Undergraduate Funding for further details.
  • 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

I'm an EU student, what can I apply for?
  • Some EU national students can apply for both the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan. You must show that either:

    • (1) You have lived in the UK for the 5 years preceding the September 1st before your programme 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 September 1st (of the year your programme starts), 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 programme.
  • Please see Government Student Support on UKCISA for more information about applying as an EEA worker.

I am an EU student but haven't lived in the UK for more than 5 years, what can I get?
  • 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.
  • For futher details on applying for student finance as an EU student, please see Student finance: EU students on Gov.UK.
  • You apply using a paper form and will need the correct programme name as listed under UK/EU Tution Fee Loans » Paper Application.
  • You may also be eligible for help with living costs from sources in your home country.

Applying for Student Finance

For full information and access to the online application form, please see Student finance at Gov.UK.