Student finance

Student Finance and how your child will fund their time at university is one of the key concerns parents have. 

Costs at university can be split down into course costs and living costs.

Course costs

Tuition fees

Most UK students don’t have to pay their fees up front when studying, eligible students can apply for a tuition fee loan which will be directly paid to the university from the Government. Tuition fee loans are not based on household income.

Students are eligible for a tuition fee loan if they:

  • are a UK citizen
  • have lived in the UK for 3 years in a row before the first day of the first academic year of the course
  • be studying in the UK
  • be studying for a first higher education qualification

Other course costs

Other costs related to the course could be textbooks, printing costs and travel for course-related trips. It is important to do the research on any costs that might be associated with the relevant course – our Living costs and budgeting page has further information.

Living costs

Some living costs to consider include accommodation, food and groceries, bills, mobile phone, travel, socialising, health and shopping. Check our Living costs and budgeting page for further information on how to budget for these.

UK students can apply for a Maintenance Loan from Student Loans Company to help with living costs.

The amount received is dependent on:

  • household income, but all eligible UK students are entitled to the minimum Maintenance Loan
  • where you study, students who study in London the loan is likely to be higher
  • where you live while studying, the loan amount will be higher for students who live away from home while studying compared to those who live in the family home.

Find out more about what support is available through student loans to help fund your child’s time while at university.

Funding support from the University of Leeds

We offer a range of support in the form of scholarships and bursaries. 

  • Leeds Bursary is non-repayable support for full- and part-time UK students to help with the costs of being at University. Eligibility for the Leeds Bursary is linked to annual household income. Find out more about the Leeds Bursary.
  • Means-tested undergraduate scholarships are based on household income. Find out more about scholarships based on personal circumstances.
  • There are also a number of subject related scholarships for UK and international undergraduate students, all of these scholarships have academic achievement as a key awarding criteria for the scholarship. Find out more about scholarships based on academic achievement.

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