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Postgraduate tuition fee and maintenance loans

If you’re looking to train on a non-salaried postgraduate teacher training course but are not eligible to receive a bursary or scholarship to fund your teacher training, there are other forms of financial support. Tuition fee and maintenance loans are available to help you successfully complete your training year and start your new career.


Tuition fees and any other financial support you might receive will depend on your status as a home, EU/EEA or overseas student. Make sure you’re aware of the level of support you’re eligible for before you apply for teacher training.  To apply for student finance you must:

  1. Be a UK national or have settled status (that is, no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK).
  2. Normally live in England.
  3. Have been living in the UK for at least three years before the first day of your course.

You may still be able to apply if you're:

  • an EU national or a relative of one
  • a refugee or a relative of one
  • an EEA/Swiss migrant worker or a relative of one
  • under Humanitarian Protection, or a relative of someone under Humanitarian Protection
  • the child of a Swiss national
  • the child of a Turkish worker.

The above information is for new students.  You also need to check if your course and uni/college are elibible.  Fore more information on student finance and eligibility, go to or call 0300 100 0607.

Tuition fee loans

Tuition fees will vary depending on the course you are on and your chosen training provider. For more details on the fees charged, you should contact the HEI or SCITT provider of the course or programme you are interested in.  For 2017/18 our tuition fees will be £9,000 for non-salaried trainees.  This is in line with other local and national accrediting bodies.

Home and EU/EEA students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees. This is available through Student Finance England. You won’t have to pay the cost of tuition charges up front and you will only repay the loan once you’re in full-time employment and earning above £21,000.

Maintenance loan

You may also be eligible for a student maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs – amounts are dependent on household income and if you’re living with your parents.

If you’re an EU/EEA national, you may be eligible for help with living costs, and you could apply for a maintenance loan as a UK national if you’ve been living in the UK for more than 5 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course.