Fees and funding

Now you’re an offer holder, it's time to think about how you’re going to finance your studies. 

The two main costs to consider are tuition fees and your living costs. There are different kinds of financial support that might be available to you. 

If you’re a UK student, you can apply for government funding in early 2022. You don’t need a confirmed place at university to complete the application and it’s best to apply as early as possible. 

Find out more about undergraduate fees.

Funding from the Government for UK students

Tuition fee loan

You can apply for a tuition fee loan from the government to cover the full cost of your course, or you can pay your tuition fees in full or in instalments. A tuition fee loan is designed so you don’t have to pay your degree up front.

You can get up-to-date information on the Government’s student finance website.

Maintenance loan

If you’re an eligible UK student, you’ll be able to get a maintenance loan to help with living costs, which is paid into your bank account at the start of each term. The amount you’ll receive depends on your annual household income, where your permanent home is and where you choose to live while you’re studying. This loan is repayable, but you won’t have to start paying it back until after you complete your studies.

Check our financial help page for the latest information. 

Applying for UK government funding

If you’re eligible, you can apply online for tuition fees and living cost loans from early 2021. You don’t need a confirmed place at university to complete the application.

If you’re from England, you’ll need to apply for government funding through Student Finance England, which is responsible for assessing the funding available to you.

If you live in Scotland, apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland

If you live in Wales, apply to Student Finance Wales.

If you live in Northern Ireland, apply to Student Finance NI.

Funding for disabled students

If you’re a disabled student, you may be eligible to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances from Student Finance England (or the equivalent organisation) to pay for specialist academic-related support and equipment.

You can get this extra funding on top of your other student finance. It doesn’t have to be paid back and it’s not means tested.

Our Disability Services team can advise you on sources of funding and eligibility.

Funding for international students

Check if any funding is available from your country to study in the UK. This could be from your home government, or from companies or organisations based in your home country. Visit their websites or contact your local British Council office.

See our undergraduate funding website for information on University scholarships you may be eligible for.

Funding from the University

If you have the talent, drive and potential to succeed, we want to make sure you can study with us, whatever your financial circumstances.

Remember, any funding you receive from us doesn’t need to be paid back.

Leeds Bursary

We offer non-repayable financial support to UK students to help with the costs of being at university, which is linked to annual household income. If your household income is above the threshold, you may still be eligible for a scholarship from us based on academic achievement.

I came to Leeds with a Pathways for Potential Scholarship. It meant I could concentrate on studying and buy the books I needed without having to wait for my student finance.

Naomi Maher


We offer a range of prestigious scholarships for UK and international students. Eligibility for our means-tested scholarship is based on personal circumstances including household income.

We also offer them for academic achievement in certain subject areas as well as specialised sports scholarships for elite athletes.

Some scholarships are available for students studying the International Foundation Year, including the IFY Excellence Scholarship.