You probably have lots of questions about exactly how your finances will work once you are studying at Kingston University.
We also have some extra funding information for:
Kingston University also offers bursaries.
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.
The British Government offers a limited number of awards to international students through the British Council.
You can apply for a Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) before you start your course. Student Finance England (or equivalent) can give you more details. If you're a part-time student and are attending at least 50% of the full-time course, you can apply for a pro-rata DSA.
Read more about the DSA and how to apply.
Student Finance England will arrange a needs assessment to identify the help you need. It will then allocate money for each area in which you need assistance. The help is divided into three separate areas (2020/21 figures):
The Student Loans Company will make DSA payments either into your bank account or directly to the supplier of the equipment/services you need. If you are recommended computer equipment, the University will be able to assist with the £200 contribution you need to pay. Make sure that you keep your receipt so we can reimburse you once you have enrolled on your course.
Postgraduates can get a single allowance of up to £20,580 a year.
You apply for the following at the same time as applying for your tuition fee and maintenance loans:
Check the course pages for information relevant to the course you want to apply for/have applied for.
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 £26,575 a year.
If you already hold an honours degree, or another qualification at the same level, regardless of how you funded it or where in the world you undertook the qualification, you will not qualify for this loan.
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:
You can find more information about loans and how to apply at Student Finance England.
Read more about our bursaries.
The earnings threshold at which student loans become repayable is £26,575 per year, £2,214 a month or £511 a week. You become liable to start repaying the loans after the April after you complete your course. If you earn less than £26,575 you will not be liable to make any repayments.
Once you are required to make repayments, you will pay 9% of the earnings above £26,575 - so a graduate earning £30,000 per year will be liable to pay £291.87 over the year, or £24.30 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 £26,575 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 30 years.
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.
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:
The UK Government has confirmed the arrangements for EU students applying for university places for the 2020/21 academic year.
The Government has recently announced that new students from the European Union and Swiss Nationals starting their course after August 2021 will no longer be eligible for a student loan in England for Undergraduate or Postgraduate studies for 2021/22 academic year. This decision only applies to new EU students starting in 2021/22. If you are an existing/continuing EU student, you will continue to be funded until you graduate or withdraw from your course.