It is important to explore your funding options before you start your course to ensure you have funds to cover the costs of University.
You will need to bear in mind two costs in particular:
- Your living costs – paying for rent, travel, food, entertainment, course related costs etc.
- Your tuition fee costs – the money going directly to the University for your studies
A good idea is working out your budget and calculating your costs before you arrive, so you are well prepared. You may want to figure out a weekly or monthly assessment of your outgoing costs compared to the money you will have available as income.
If there is a shortfall, look into ways of increasing your income to avoid falling into financial difficulty during your course.
This information and the supporting pages are for students whose home is in England, the EU/EEA or Switzerland and who will be studying at the University of Westminster. It will not normally be relevant for International students and students with a Tier 4 (General) visa.
Student Finance England (SFE) provide funding for undergraduate study. You must meet their eligibility rules to qualify. Apply for your funding early to ensure you are assessed before you start your course.
If your home is in another part of the UK, visit one of these websites:
Student Finance England (SFE) provide the following:
Full-time students starting a course in September 2017 or later can apply for an SFE Tuition Fee loan, a Maintenance Loan for living costs and additional grants for dependent children or dependent adults.
Students starting a part-time course in September 2018 or September 2019 can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan.
Full-time and part-time students may also be entitled to an SFE non-repayable grant called the Disabled Students' Allowance to help with additional study needs.
Quick eligibility check
If any of the following apply to you we recommend you contact Student Advice before you start your course to discuss your eligibility to receive SFE funding:
- I already hold a degree level qualification (see the information below)
- I have been living outside the UK/EEA/Switzerland during some or all of the last three years
- I am not a UK or EU national and I am waiting for the outcome of an application to the Home Office to grant my immigration status
- I am not a UK or EU national but have been granted limited or discretionary leave to remain by the Home Office
- I am not a UK or EU national, but a member of my family is a UK or EU national
- I have previously attended a higher education course (see the information below)
I have previously studied at degree level in the UK or abroad. Will this affect my funding?
If you already hold a qualification that is equivalent to or higher than a UK Honours degree, in most cases you will not be eligible for the Student Finance England Tuition fee Loan and/or Maintenance Loan for a new undergraduate degree course and you will have to pay the tuition fees for the entire course yourself. If you are a full-time undergraduate student you may still be eligible for the additional grants for dependents and disability.
If you have previously attended a full-time higher education course but did not complete it or obtained a qualification lower than a UK Honours degree, the number of years you can receive a Tuition Fee Loan for a new course is reduced and you may have to pay your own tuition fees for some or all of your course.
For further information about how previous study and qualifications affect funding, visit our previous studies page.