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Funding information for undergraduate courses at Kingston University

You probably have lots of questions about exactly how your finances will work once you are studying at Kingston University. 

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We also have some extra funding information for:

Kingston University also offers bursaries.

Advice and guidance

Don't forget to check out our tips and advice for managing your money and read about how to pay your fees.

Funding for international students

International students are not eligible for loans or grants from the British Government. You must arrange funding for your course before you arrive. This is because you'll only be granted a visa to enter the UK if you can prove that you have enough money to support yourself during your time studying here.

Scholarships and awards

Kingston University offers a number of scholarships for international students, plus bursaries for alumni and their families.

The British Government offers a limited number of awards to international students through the British Council.

  • US students can apply for US government financial aid and private loans.
  • Canadian students can apply for loans through the Canada Student Loan Scheme, or through the Province.

Disabled students

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) provides extra support to students with a disability. You can apply for it at the same time as your main student finance application.

The type of support and how much you get depends on your individual needs, not your household income.

Disabled Students Allowance offers full-time undergraduate students a maximum allowance of £26,291. This can be used to help pay for:

  • specialist equipment
  • a non-medical helper such as a scribe or British Sign Language interpreter
  • travel costs

You do not have to pay this back once you've finished your course.

Students with dependents

You apply for the following at the same time as applying for your tuition fee and maintenance loans:

  • Adult Dependants' Grant: up to £3,354
  • Parents Learning Allowance: up to £1,915
  • Childcare Grant: up to £188.90 a week for 1 child; up to £323.85 a week for 2 or more children

Student finance for courses starting in 2023/24

Check the course pages for information relevant to the course you want to apply for/have applied for.

When will I have to pay the fees?

Eligible students who are studying for their first undergraduate degree will not have to pay these fees up front. A loan is available from the Government to cover the cost of tuition so you don't have to find the money to pay your tuition costs before or while you are studying. You won't have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than £25,000 a year.

You'll usually only get student finance if you're doing your first higher education qualification, though you may still be eligible for limited funding in certain circumstances and for some courses.

What would I be eligible for to cover my living expenses?

There will be a loan for living costs to help with expenses such as accommodation, travel, books and course materials and food. There are three different rates of loan:

  • Up to £13,022 if you live away from home and study at a university in London, such as Kingston.
  • Up to £8,400 if you live with your parents while studying.
  • Up to £9,978 if you live away from home and your course is not based in Greater London.

You can find more information about loans and how to apply at Student Finance England.

Are there any bursaries or fee waivers available?

Read more about our bursaries.

When do I have to pay back my loans?

The earnings threshold at which student loans become repayable is £25,000 per year, £2,083 a month or £480 a week. You become liable to start repaying the loans after the April after you complete your course. If you earn less than £25,000 you will not be liable to make any repayments.

Once you are required to make repayments, you will pay 9% of the earnings above £25,000 - so a graduate earning £30,000 per year will be liable to pay £450 over the year, or £37.50 a month. The rate of interest charged on the loans when they are being repaid will also increase as graduate earnings increase.

A graduate earning less than the repayment threshold of £25,000 will be charged interest equivalent to the rate of inflation.

Graduates with a higher income will be charged a higher rate of interest on a sliding scale, up to a maximum level of inflation plus 3%. Loans are repaid over a maximum period of 40 years.

I already hold an honours degree and want to do another one, can I get another student loan?

You will be liable to pay the same level of tuition fees but you will not qualify for loans for either fees or living costs or for a Kingston Bursary.

I am from Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. Is my funding different?

All eligible students will be able to apply for a tuition fee loan but the package of student finance for living costs does differ if you are from another part of the UK. Please visit the relevant website for more information:

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Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7312

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