Studying outside of England
Universities and colleges in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have different fee structures to England. Check out the latest for 2011.
- Fees of up to £3,290.
- If you normally live in Wales and study at a higher education institution in Wales, you will be entitled to a non-means tested grant.
- Every full-time higher education student, regardless of where you come from in the UK, will be considered for a means-tested Welsh bursary of a minimum of £329 a year. You will only get this if you're getting the maximum Assembly Learning Grant or equivalent and have signed the 'consent to share' section of the student finance application form.
- If you are a full time student studying in Scotland you do not have to pay fees as they are paid by the Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).
- If you are not eligible for fee support and you are staying in Scotland, you will pay a flat fee of £1,285. If you are going to the rest of the UK you will have to pay your own fees including the increased fee levels.
- If you are studying in Scotland and coming from elsewhere in the UK, your annual fee will increase to £1,820, unless you are doing medicine when the fee will be £2,895. This can be paid back after you graduate through a student loan.
- Those from low-income backgrounds may also be eligible for a bursary, under the Young Student's Bursary scheme. This is worth up to a maximum of £2,640.
If you are a full time Scottish student studying in England, Wales or Northern Ireland:
- You can apply to SAAS for a loan to cover the cost of fees at institutions in the rest of the UK;
- Your loan is not assessed on your family's income, unlike loans for UK students;
- You will repay your loan after you finish your course and start earning over £15,000 a year;
- The fees are variable and will be charged up to £3,290.
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