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Self-funding students

You may have to cover the cost of your tuition fees privately, as well as making full provisions for your living costs.

Possible sources of funding open to you as a self-funding student are as follows:


If you have savings you could use those to help fund your postgraduate study.

Trusts and charities

A limited number of educational trusts and charities offer some assistance to home self-funding students. You should apply for funding the year before your course is due to start. A good place to start is the Educational Grants Programme who have an online search facility. If you meet the eligibility criteria of any of their trusts, you will be able to complete an application form.


A limited number of courses offer studentships through one of the six Research Councils or the Arts and Humanities Research Board.

British Council Awards

The British Council offers a number of awards for international students studying in the UK. Details can be obtained from the nearest regional office in your country of residence.

Find out more by visiting the British Council website.

Professional and Career Development Loans

We are a Professional and Career Development Loans registered learning provider, registration number 9527.

A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Future Finance loans

Future Finance offer prospective students the opportunity to apply for a loan. Future Finance loans are:

  • Offered to all Kingston University students with a UK home address (assuming they meet appropriate credit checks and are 18 or over), irrelevant of the level of study.
  • Available from £2,500 to £40,000. This money can be used for living costs as well as tuition fees.
  • Repayable up to 10 years and three months after graduation.
  • Flexible as you can apply for up to four payment breaks of three months each during the loan period.
  • For more information and the best rates please visit the Future Finance website.

Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by visiting the Future Finance website.

Please be aware that Kingston University does not offer financial advice or any recommendation or endorsement of any Future Finance product. You should always check the suitability of the product that is of interest to you. If you are in any doubt we suggest that you seek independent financial advice before applying for any loan or financial support.

Student Support Funds

Full- and part-time UK and EU postgraduate students can apply for additional help from Kingston University's Student Support Funds. Awards are means-tested and you will need to provide evidence of how you will support yourself. As a general rule, you will be expected to have secured the majority of your funding before you can apply for additional funds.

Contact us

Student Life Centre: Student Funds
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7315

Contact us

Student Life Centre: Student Funds
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7315

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