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The amount each student can expect to pay for undergraduate university tuition fees is dependent upon the individual institution, the course, the location of the university and even the whereabouts of the student’s usual residence.

How Much will I Pay?

This term refers to undergraduates who possess permanent residency in the UK and are considered UK citizens. If you reside in England you may be expected to pay up to £9000 to attend a course at an English university, as this is the maximum amount English universities can charge domestic students. From 2013, English, Scottish and Welsh students attending the University of Belfast will pay £9000 and those enrolled at the University of Ulster, £6000.

The fee for Scottish universities is usually £1820, but students from other locations within the UK can expect to pay up to £9000. This is great news for Scottish home students who will also have their tuition fees paid by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland. The same financial body may also pay the fees of other EU applicants if they meet certain criteria.

Similarly to English institutions, Welsh universities can charge up to £9000 for an individual to attend a course.

How Do I Pay?

English students attending a university anywhere in the UK are required to apply to Student Finance England who will pay the fees on your behalf. Repayment of the student loan is only required when postgraduates earn in excess of £21000 per annum.

Students from Wales, Scotland and Ireland should apply to Student Finance Wales, the Student Awards Agency Scotland, or Student Finance Ireland, respectively. Scottish and Irish residents are also eligible to receive certain grants to cover part or all of their fees.

Repay student loan

Overseas Students

If you are a non-UK resident and live outside the EU, you can expect to pay between £9000 and £26,000 per annum depending on your chosen subject area. The latter amount applies to clinical subjects and the former, to Humanities and Social Sciences. If you wish to enrol on a either a sciences or engineering course, your fees can vary between £1000 and £13,000. Non-EU students may, however, be eligible to receive assistance from their own Governments.

Things begin to get even more complicated for asylum seekers who have received discretionary leave to remain; if their course began after 2011 they will no longer be entitled to pay tuition fees at home student rates in England, but may do so in Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Exceptions to the Rules

Some international students may not be obliged to pay university fees at international rates and the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is a valuable resource for those who are uncertain about the amounts they will be required to pay. It is important to establish the amount of support, if any, you will receive, before you move to the UK as it is incredibly difficult to do so once you have departed your home country.

All students should make enquiries as soon as possible with regards to the tuition fees, loans and the potential to qualify for bursaries, scholarships and grants.




About Denise Morgan

About Denise Morgan

Denise has five years' experience writing for various web-based companies. During this time she has also contributed to magazine articles and brochures. In addition to writing, Denise is a gigging singer/songwriter and is proud to have featured on the first series of BBC One's The Voice UK, having been selected by the great Sir Tom Jones. Denise is mother to the most talented and ridiculously intelligent two year old that has ever been and ever will be (until she creates another one that is). This kind of hyperbole is restricted only to her progeny and is not a reflection of her usual writing styles... Denise and her son live in Manchester along with their five cats - yes that's right, five.

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