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.

Eligibility

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.

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.

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.

Important information for non-UK EU nationals: 

There has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals, as we approach leaving the EU. This means EU nationals applying for teacher training in 2017/18 and 2018/19 will still be able to access tax-free bursaries or scholarships, and a tuition fee loan. Under current rules, EU nationals can access this support if they have resided in the European Economic Area or Switzerland throughout the three-year period before the start of the course - find out more. The post-exit position of EU nationals living in the UK has been set out in this announcement, published on 26 June 2017, in the expectation that the EU will offer reciprocal treatment for UK nationals resident in its member states. 

To calculate an estimate of your loan repayments, go to GOV.UK.

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.

You can find out more about maintenance loans on GOV.UK.

Additional support and advice

Some providers may be able to offer additional funding and support, for example by paying your travel expenses to school placements. Be sure to contact them to find out what’s available for someone in your financial situation.

If you’re on a non-salaried course, you could access further funding to support your journey into teaching. You can use the student finance calculator to estimate student loans and extra funding that may be available, for instance Parents’ Learning Allowance, Childcare Grants or Child Tax Credits. 

To find out more about funding, register with Get Into Teaching or speak to one of our advisers on Freephone 0800 389 2500.

Upcoming events

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Application workshop Birmingham

14 September 2017 17:30

Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.

Birmingham

Application Workshop London

16 September 2017 09:30

Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.

London

Application Workshop Leeds

20 September 2017 17:30

Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.

Leeds

Preparing for your teacher training

26 July 2017 18:30

Have you accepted a teacher training place for September 2017? Join us to find out how you can prepare for the best possible start.