The information in this Undergraduate funding section of the website is for full time Home and EU students. If you are an international student please see our pages on Money for International students.
If you are a prospective student, is very important that you plan your funding in advance, so that you are sure before you start that you will have sufficient funds to cover the cost of your tuition fees and living costs in every year of your course. However, if you have already started your course, it is still really important that you read this information, to check that you are getting all of the money you are entitled to, and aren't missing out on anything.
Undergraduate students usually fund their studies from a range of sources. We have written a guide to Undergraduate Funding. We have separate guidance for medical and dental students. These guides explain government Student Finance, which is a package of loans and grants to pay for your tuition fees and to help with your living costs. They also explain funding from Queen Mary University of London, as well as the eligibility rules for EU (non UK) students. There is additional information about government Student Finance loans on the Money Saving Expert website.
If you have particular circumstances, for example you are a parent, or you have a disability, you may be entitled to claim welfare benefits while you study. We have specific information to support students who are not in contact with their family, or who have a care background.
Once you have checked what funding you are entitled to, and how to apply, the next step is to plan your budget by working out how much you will be spending, so you can compare this to your expected income. You also need to think about making your money go as far as possible. We have a budgeting web page to help you with this, including spreadsheets which you can use to create your own personal budget, and useful ideas about how to get the best value when buying essentials like food, books, and also paying for utility bills, internet access and your mobile phone.
Once you have read through all of the information that is relevant to your own circumstances, if you have any questions, or if you are having difficulties applying for funding, or you would like help planning a budget, please contact a Welfare Adviser.
Watch our short animation to find out what Student Finance is, and when and how to apply.