The two main costs you will need to cover at university are your tuition fees and living/study costs. It is important to explore your funding options before you start your course to ensure you have funds to cover these.
Working out your budget and calculating your costs for your years of study is always a good idea. This may be a weekly or monthly assessment of your outgoing costs compared to the money you will have available to meet the costs. If there is a shortfall, you need to 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. It’s important you check the rules and 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 provide the following:
Eligible 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.
Eligible part-time students can apply for an SFE Tuition Fee Loan but SFE do not provide any grants or loans for living costs, children or dependent adults.
Eligible full-time and part-time students may also be entitled to an SFE grant called the Disabled Students' Allowance to help with additional study needs.
Quick eligibility check
It’s vital that you contact student advice before you start your course to check your eligibility to receive the SFE Tuition Fee Loan, Maintenance Loan or Grants if any of the following apply to you:
- 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 any Student Finance England funding for another undergraduate degree course, except for the additional grants for dependents and disability if you study full-time, you will have to pay the tuition fees for the entire course yourself.
If you have previously attended a full-time higher education course in the UK or any other country but did not complete it or obtained a qualification lower than a UK Honours degree, your entitlement to Student Finance England funding 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.