Fees and funding

We understand you have different financial needs and concerns. That’s why we are on hand to offer personal guidance about tuition fees and the funding options available, including our generous £2 million package of scholarships and bursaries.

Help and support

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you’re applying to university. It’s only natural to wonder how you will pay your tuition fees, living expenses and all of the costs associated with going to university.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) advisors are based at our Student Support hubs at our Docklands and Stratford campuses. They offer tips on budgeting to help you stretch your student loan and they can advise you on how to sort out your financial situation and manage any debts. They also run regular workshops on subjects such as student funding, trust funds and charities.

Need advice on money matters, scholarships or tuition fees?

Choosing to study for a university degree is an investment in your future. For guidance on the funding available and advice on how to keep control of your finances, contact our Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART).

Contact SMART

Tuition fees (Home /EU) 

All UK universities charge tuition fees, though most students are eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan so they are able to ‘study now and pay later’. It means you won’t have to pay any fees up front and you don’t have to start paying the fees back until you’re earning a reasonable income - currently set at over £21,000.
• No up-front fees
• Students don’t pay - graduates pay
• You only pay back your loan once you start work and earn more than £21,000 per year
• Graduates on average earn £12,000 per year more than non-graduates over their working lives.

Fees information for UK/EU and international students is included on each individual course page. 

Fee assessment

Fee assessment

Before we can progress with your enrolment at UEL, we’ll need to assess the level of tuition fees that you should pay. We do this by determining what is referred to as your ‘fee status’. This will classify you as a Home, Islands (British Isles), European Union (EU) or overseas fee payer. We may need further information and documents from you in order to make the right assessment.

The rate of tuition fee you are charged will depend on:
• Your nationality
• Your immigration status in the UK
• Where you have been living 
• What you have been doing for the three years prior to the start of your course.

Admissions staff at the University of East London are the only people who are permitted to determine your fee status for the purpose of tuition fees. This fee status assessment is made in line with UK regulations and guidance issued by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA). If you’d like to find out more about these regulations, please visit www.ukcisa.org.uk

For more information, email feeassess@uel.ac.uk or phone our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333.

How we assess you

If we require further information from you to determine your fee status, we’ll send you a fee assessment form for you to complete and return to us with supporting evidence of:


1. The right of permanent residence in the UK/EU. Examples of documents you’ll need to provide include a copy of the relevant pages of your passport (pages confirming name and nationality) and any other supporting documentation that shows your right to remain in the UK.

2. Residence in the UK for the three years immediately prior to the start of the course and not for the purpose of full-time education. Examples of documents you’ll need to provide include three years of utility bills and payslips (for a single month from each of the three years immediate preceding the start of your course).

The Fee Assessment Form specifies the required documentation required depending on your individual situation.

We carry out assessments of the level of tuition fees on an individual basis and take into account the circumstances of each applicant using the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) guidance. Assessments cannot be carried out until you have made an application for admission and we have offered you a place.

Please note that all information and documents provided will be treated in confidence and in line with the UEL Data Protection Policy

Government loans and grants

As a UK/EU student studying either full-time or part-time, you can apply for a government Tuition Fee Loan from Student Finance England to cover the cost of your tuition fees.

This money is paid directly to the University of East London on your behalf. It means that you personally don’t have to pay anything upfront towards tuition fees before you begin your university education.

If you’re a part-time student, you must be studying at an intensity of at least 25 per cent of what you’d be studying on an equivalent full-time course to be eligible for a tuition fee loan.

For more information about the tuition fee loan please go to www.gov.uk/student-finance

You only have to start repaying your Tuition Fee Loan after you have graduated or left your course and when you’re earning more than £21,000 a year. Repayments will be nine per cent of the amount earned above £21,000 and will usually begin in the April after you graduate or leave your course. 

Your payments will be collected automatically from your salary. You won't have to do anything yourself.

If you earn less than £21,000 a year or stop working at any point, you won’t have to make any repayments during that period. If any of your loan is left unpaid after 30 years, it is written off.

For more information please go to www.gov.uk/repaying-your-student-loan

Living cost support for eligible students is available in two ways:

Maintenance Grant: As a UK full-time student with a household income below £42,620, you may be entitled to a Maintenance Grant. This is paid on a sliding scale up to a maximum of £3,387, towards living costs such as food, accommodation and travel.

You’ll receive the maximum grant if your household income is £25,000 or less, or a partial grant for household incomes between £25,001 and £42,620. The grant doesn't have to be paid back and is paid directly to you three times per year, at the same time as any loan payments.

Please note that if you qualify for the Maintenance Grant, the size of the Maintenance Loan to which you are entitled will go down.

For information about how to apply for Tuition Fee Loans, Maintenance Grants and Maintenance Loans, visit: www.gov.uk/student-finance/overview

Maintenance Loan: This is available only to UK full-time students. The amount you can borrow is dependent on your household income and where you live and study. If you live/study in London, you receive a higher amount.

You can get a maximum Maintenance Loan (also known as a living costs loan) of £8,009 to help with living expenses. This is paid directly to you in three instalments over the year. You repay this in the same way as your Tuition Fee Loan, i.e. when you finish your course and are earning more than £21,000 per year.

The size of the loan you receive is partially means-tested and will also vary if you qualify for the maximum grant. Sixty-five per cent of the loan is non-means tested, which means everyone is entitled to this sum regardless of household income. Thirty-five per cent is means-tested. Your household income will be assessed by Student Finance England.

For information about how to apply for Tuition Fee Loans, Maintenance Grants and Maintenance Loans visit www.gov.uk/student-finance/overview

Special Support Grant: This is available only to full-time UK students. You may receive a Special Support Grant instead of a Maintenance Grant if you receive or qualify for Income Support, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit.

The amount you get is the same as the Maintenance Grant (ie. up to £3,387), but it won’t reduce the Maintenance Loan. You may get the Special Support Grant if, for example, you’re a lone parent or have certain disabilities.

For information about how to apply for Tuition Fee Loans, Maintenance Grants and Maintenance Loans visit: www.gov.uk/student-finance/overview

As a higher education, full or part-time student living in England, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have a disability. This includes long-term health conditions, a mental health condition or a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia.

You must meet the definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010. The support you receive depends on your individual needs and not on income.

You can get help with the costs of specialist equipment (up to £5,212 for the whole course), non-medical helpers (up to £20,725 a year for full-time students and £15,543 for part-time), extra travel costs because of your disability and a range of other disability-related costs of studying. Postgraduates can get a single allowance of up to £10,362 a year.

For more information and details of how to apply, visit https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas#overview 

Care leavers who are under 25 and are following a full-time programme of undergraduate study are eligible for a grant of £2,000 from their local authority. In addition, local authorities may make a contribution to postgraduate study. Care leaver students should contact their local authority for further details.

You can find the contact details for your local authority by visiting  https://www.gov.uk/find-your-local-council
If you’re a full-time UK student with an adult who is financially dependent on you, you may be eligible for an Adult Dependant's Grant of up to £2,668. The grant is means-tested on household income and is non-repayable.

This is available for UK full-time students only. If you need childcare during your studies, you may be eligible for a Child Care Grant. The grant is means-tested and could provide up to 85 per cent of your childcare costs.

The maximum grant available is £150.23 per week for one child or £257.55 per week for two or more children and is non-repayable. You may also be eligible to receive a Parents' Learning Allowance to help with additional costs you may incur during your study because you have children. This may be up to £1,523 per year. Again, the actual amount will depend on household income.

For more information and details of how to apply, visit https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/support-while-you-study

Undergraduates and postgraduates can get help with the costs of their teacher training. You can get student finance for the following full or part-time teacher training courses if you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate: Initial Teacher Training (ITT), Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT).

For further information, visit the Department for Education website at http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/funding
National Health Service (NHS) courses are funded entirely differently to all other higher education courses. NHS students don’t have to pay fees because the NHS covers the cost of them.

All eligible NHS students receive a non-repayable, non-means-tested grant of £1,000 a year. Students can also apply for a means-tested non-repayable bursary. The amount you receive depends on household income, the length of your course and where you are living while studying, e.g. living with your parents or living away from home.

You can also apply to Student Finance England for a reduced-rate student loan. There are two rates of loan available. It’s slightly higher loan if you live away from home and lower if you live with your parents while you study.

For more information and details of how to apply, visit the NHS student grants website http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students and www.gov.uk/student-finance/overview

Note: European Union students are eligible to have their course fees paid but are not usually eligible for the bursaries or grants available.

If you’re a social work student you can apply for all of the funding listed above in the same way as other students. However, you may also be entitled to a social work bursary from the NHS in Year 2 and Year 3 of the BA (Hons) Social Work course. 

You can find more information about the social work bursary and details of how to apply at www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/swb.
  • Generous support package

    UEL offers £2 million in bursaries and scholarships
  • Free Samsung tablet

    Free Samsung tablet for undergraduates - yours to keep provided you stay enrolled past week three of teaching
  • Financial help

    Cash support scholarships, giving you the choice of how to spend funds.

UEL financial support 2015/16

We’re committed to offering students as much support as possible. We offer a package of undergraduate incentives, scholarships and bursaries worth more than £2 million a year. 

In 2014, we became the first university in the UK to give free Samsung Galaxy Note tablets to our first-year undergraduate intake, benefiting around 4,000 students. This represents an annual investment in technology of more than £2 million. The free tablets are part of our commitment to improve the student experience and enhance interactive learning in the classroom.

Who’s eligible?

• Free to home/EU and international* undergraduate students starting in Year 0 or Year 1 at the University of East London for the first time
• Full and part-time students, though not distance-learning students.

Details of tablet offer: 
• Free Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet pre-loaded with core e-textbooks
• You’ll receive your tablet during enrolment in September
• You can make notes and read, search, highlight and link your digital textbooks
• You can download apps to assist your learning, including access to Moodle - the University’s virtual learning environment.
• You can keep the tablet and do not need to return it provided that you remain enrolled past the third week of teaching.

*See fee assessment
New for September 2015, we’re excited to announce a new financial aid scheme. It’s designed in particular to help students from low-income households with the cost of university expenses. 

What are we offering you?
• Cash award of £250 per year if your household income is below £25,000
• Cash award of £200 per year if your household income is between £25,001 and £30,000
• Part-time students will receive the same amount as full-time students but it will be paid in instalments over the course of your studies
• The funding is non-repayable and you’re free to choose how you spend the money.

Who’s eligible?
• Undergraduates starting for the first time in September 2015
• You must be fee-assessed as a home student*
• Students studying full time (paying fees of £9,000) or part-time (paying fees of £2,250) 
• Students below the low income household threshold level of £30,000.
*See fee assessment

How do I apply?
• Details of how these will be awarded will be available soon. 
We’re excited to announce a financial aid scheme to support students who have been in care. 

What are we offering you?
• Cash award of £1,000 for students who have previously lived in care or a foyer
• The funding is non-repayable and you’re free to choose how you spend the money.

Who’s eligible?
• New and continuing home* undergraduate students who have previously lived in care or a foyer 
• You must be fee-assessed as a home student
• Students studying full-time and paying fees of £9,000 per year
*See fee assessment

How do I apply?
• Details of how to apply will be coming soon

Note: Students will need to provide evidence to show they have lived in care or have lived in a foyer during the year before commencing study at UEL.
This scheme is now closed. The UEL Scholarship Scheme is made up of the three scholarships. They target academic excellence and financial need and reflect a commitment to the University’s values. We have 70 scholarships worth more than £800,000 for new students. You have the flexibility to choose whether to receive this as a cash payment or towards your tuition fees.

What are we offering you?
• Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship: Cash award or tuition fee waiver of up to £27,000 over three years
• Dean's Scholarship: Cash award or contribution to tuition fees of up to £13,500 over three years
• Merit Scholarship: Cash award or contribution to tuition fees of up to £7,500 over three years.

Who’s eligible?
• Undergraduate students starting at UEL for the first time in September 2015
• You must be fee-assessed as a home/EU* student paying fees of £9,000 per year
• Full-time students studying on campus only
• You must have accepted UEL as your firm choice by 7 May 2015
*See fee assessment

How do I apply?
• We’re no longer accepting new applications for this scheme
• We notified successful students of the provisional outcome by 30 April 2015. Students will receive confirmation of their scholarship in August 2015 after an unconditional offer is confirmed by our Admissions team

Note: This is not open to students studying with a collaborative partner, via Distance Learning or on an NHS-funded course or who are studying for a PGCE or a Professional Diploma in Architecture Part 2. In addition, Social Work students are only eligible to receive a scholarship in their first year of study. Please read our UEL Scholarship Scheme Terms and Conditions September 2015 before you apply.
New for September 2015, the UEL Civic Engagement Bursary aims to support students who can demonstrate engaged volunteering prior to starting at the University and who intend to continue volunteering during their time as a student.

As London’s leading university for civic engagement, we’re committed to helping our staff and student make a positive impact - not only on the community of east London but also on communities all over the world. There are 50 awards available, worth £50,000 in total.

What are we offering?
• Cash award of £1,000 in first year of study.

Who’s eligible?
• Criteria will be confirmed shortly.

How do I apply?
• Details of how to apply will be coming soon.
What we’re offering you

Become a TeamUEL athlete in your first year of study, and you’ll get £1,000 worth of support and financial assistance.

You’ll be joining one of the most successful sporting programmes in the UK - with 26 sports clubs, over 100 elite athletes and winning teams in BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) Premier level leagues and national tournaments.

Whether you play sport, love sport, watch sport, or want to work in sport, TeamUEL needs you. Sport at UEL is a way of life, and we want ambitious students to get involved.

You’ll get a free TeamUEL kit, Silver SportsDock membership, Sports Club membership, club training and Sports Award ticket. Plus you can choose an extra £550 worth of support from:

• Cash bursary - worth £250

• Meal vouchers - worth £250

• Free SportsDock upgrade to Gold membership - worth £100

• Five personal training sessions - worth £100

• Coaching qualification - worth £200

• SportsDock court usage - worth £100

• Sports social night vouchers - £100

Who is eligible for TeamUEL?
All we ask is for you to be interested in sport at any level, and be committed to starting a new degree course with the University of East London in September 2015. 

How do I apply?
Become a member of our sporting family by applying for TeamUEL. You don’t need to have applied to UEL through UCAS yet, but we handle applications on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply soon!

Apply now   www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2077801/Team-UEL

With our outstanding SportsDock facilities, it’s no surprise that UEL is attracting some of the country’s most talented young athletes.

Our high-performance sport programme is one of the most attractive in the UK. It gives elite athletes the chance to balance study with their sporting ambitions by offering world-class facilities, comprehensive support and financial scholarships and bursaries. 

Our sports scholars include Olympians, Paralympians and senior internationals who represent UEL at national and international university competitions.

What are we offering?
• Non-repayable bursaries for home/EU* students worth up to £5,000 a year.
• Up to £6,000 towards tuition fees per year for international* students
• Up to £1,000 worth of support services such as free access to SportsDock, free physiotherapy and sports massage
• Up to £1,000 for students with a coaching qualification towards the cost of additional sports qualifications.
*See fee assessment

Who’s eligible?

• Funding varies but is available for home/EU and international undergraduate and postgraduate students
• Both full and part-time students are eligible
• Funding varies depending on your sport
• You’ll be required to compete regularly at an appropriate level
• You’ll be required to adhere to an Athlete Service Level Agreement

How do I apply?
• Read more about applying for our Sports Scholarships

We're helping EU students who want to study in London with a £1,000 cash award towards start-up costs. Whether it's paying for flights between home and London or a deposit to live in halls, the cash award means you have the choice of how you spend the money.

What are we offering?
• £1,000 cash payment to help with costs of starting university

Who’s eligible?
• You must be fee-assessed as an EU* student
• Students starting an undergraduate degree for the first time at UEL in September 2015 
• Students studying full-time and paying fees of £9,000 per year
*See fee assessment

How do I apply?
• Details of how to apply will be coming soon
Going Global is a highly popular programme which gives UK students at UEL the chance to participate in short study-related visits overseas. It's a great way to add an international dimension to your studies. 

Trips can be arranged on an individual basis or as a group - typically four to six students. The University offers bursaries to part-fund overseas assignments, with applications following a competitive bidding process.

What are we offering?
• Cash award of up to £300 for visits to European countries
• Cash award of up to £400 for visits to North African and Middle Eastern countries
• Cash award of up to £600 for visits to Africa and North America
• Cash award of up to £650 for visits to South America
• Cash award of up to £700 for visits to the rest of the world (e.g. South and East Asia and Australasia)

Who’s eligible?
• You must be a fully enrolled UK home student studying on a bachelor’s or master’s degree course on campus at UEL
• You must have completed at least one term of study at UEL
• Both full-time and part-time students are eligible
• You must have good attendance in line with UEL’s attendance policy
• You must not be in debt to UEL
• You must not be subject to an academic review for breach of regulations
• You must not be under suspension from studies

How do I apply?
• You’ll need to download and complete an individual or group application form and submit it by the stipulated deadline
• Applications which are not completed fully or are received after the deadline will not be considered
Our award-winning school Architecture, Engineering, and Computing is looking for bright, innovative students to join us.

In 2015, some of our academics were nominated for a Turner Prize in Architecture, our Computing students won the top three prizes at the International ICT Week and one of our Electrical and Electronic Engineering students was a finalist in the London Mayor Low Carbon Award 2015. Now we want to hear what you’ve done and how UEL can help you achieve your potential.

If you’re on track to receive 300 UCAS points (BBB) or more, we want to help kick-start your university journey. If you want to be considered for an award, all you need to do is make sure you have applied for an undergraduate course in the school of ACE, starting in September 2015. It’s not too late to apply for one of our courses.

Once you’ve been accepted on to a course, simply complete our online scholarship application form, and we’ll tell you whether we can give you an award. This opportunity is available on a first come basis, so if you’re interested apply as soon as possible. For more information contact study@uel.ac.uk


What are we offering?
  • £2,500 cash in your first year of study.
Who is eligible?
  • UK/EU students, paying fees of £9,000 per year
  • Students studying full-time, on campus
  • Students starting an undergraduate Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Interior Design, or Product Design course in September 2015
  • Students on track to achieve 300+ UCAS points (BBB) or equivalent.

How do I apply?

Complete our online scholarship application form as soon as possible.

Please read our ACE Entrance Scholarship Terms and Conditions - September 2015‌ before you apply. 

External financial aid

Get help from outside organisations

There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to students. You can follow the links below to view additional support, which you may be able to apply for. Alternatively, why not try visiting  www.scholarship-search.org.uk

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way with the funding schemes and their application.

Family Action Grants
The Student Disability Association Fund
Sir John Cass’s Foundation
The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust
The Newby Trust
Walcot Foundation
Wellcome Trust

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Here are some answers to common questions students ask about fees and funding at the University of East London

A: UEL is obliged to fee assess all applicants to determine whether they will be charged Home, Overseas or Islands tuition fees in accordance with the provisions of the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 1997 (including amendments). HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England) regularly audit all universities in the UK to ensure applicants are being correctly and fairly fee assessed.
A: In general, to be assessed as a home fee payer you must meet all of the following three criteria:
• You must either hold a UK/EU passport; be a married/civil partner of a UK/EU citizen who is residing in the UK; have a UK/EU parent who is residing in the UK; have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK; have full refugee status; or have Humanitarian Protection as a result of an asylum application.
• You must have lived in the UK/EU for at least three years immediately preceding the start of your course and not solely for the purpose of full-time education.
• You must be living in the UK on the first day of your course. 
A; An overseas fees payer will normally fit into one or both of the below categories:
• You will not have settled status in the UK; you will not have an EU passport; you will not have a UK/EU spouse/civil partner who is living in the UK or a UK/EU parent who is residing in the UK.
• You will not have been living in the UK/EU for the three years immediately preceding the start of your course.
A: An Islands fee payer will be a citizen of Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Alderney, Sark or Herm. An agreement between universities in the UK and Islands governments means that where Islands students are entitled to financial support from their Island government, institutions levy an agreed rate of fee, paid by their Island government.
A: The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provide the guidance to universities on fee assessment. They are external and independent of the University of East London. 

The University abides by the guidance for eligibility for Home student fee status as explained on this website without exception so that we can treat all students equally with a fully consistent approach. Further information can be found at http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/.

Please note that this guidance is applied at time of assessment without exception, and should there be any subsequent change in the fee regulations as stated by UKCISA, these are implemented by the University immediately for any future assessment. These will not affect any previous assessment conducted by UEL unless explicitly stated by UKCISA.
A: All applicants where we cannot clearly determine the necessary residency information from their application form are asked to complete the questionnaire and submit supporting documents.
You may still be required to complete the Fee Assessment Form even if you have completed a course recently at the University. This is because the University is required to obtain up-to-date information about all of its applicants. Fee regulations are subject to change and different criteria may have been introduced since you last studied with us.
A: If you don’t have a passport or have an expired passport and you are a British citizen born in the UK, you can submit a copy of your expired passport, a full birth certificate AND some form of photo ID such as a driving licence.

If you have submitted your passport to the Home Office, please can you send copies of any UK Border Agency or Home Office correspondence you have received?

We’ll also ask you for further documentation such as evidence of living in the UK/EU for the three years immediately preceding the start of your course. 

A: You’ll be required to bring your passport to your enrolment as the main form of identification required. 

A: Once you submit a copy of your passport, a record of your passport number will be uploaded to your record. The paper copy will be retained for one year after your enrolment as per the Data Protection Policy. Only limited staff are given access to view your passport number against your record.

A: If you’ve got married or had a civil partnership and changed your name but still have your original name on your passport, please submit a copy of your marriage/civil partnership certificate.
 
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A: If you’ve been categorised as an Overseas fee-payer, you may become eligible for Home fees part way through your course if you already meet the three-year residency condition on the first day of the first academic year of your course and you meet one of the following criteria:
 
• you become an EU national or the relevant family member of an EU national
• you become an EEA or Swiss migrant worker or the relevant family member of such a person
• you become a refugee or the relevant family member of such a person with Humanitarian Protection following asylum refusal
• you become the child of a Swiss national
• you become the child of a Turkish worker in the UK
A: At UEL we have a dedicated Student Money, Advice and Rights Team (SMART). They provide advice and information on funding, bursaries and scholarships, managing your money and much more. 
 
If you are not sure of your entitlement, would like help apply for any of the funding or would like advice regarding any other student finance matter, please email smart@uel.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)20 8223 6200.
For further information please contact:

Student Admissions
University of East London
University Way
London, E16 2RD

Email:  feeassess@uel.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 8223 3333

If you’d like some external and independent guidance on tuition fee assessment you should contact the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA). Visit www.ukcisa.org.uk or telephone their student advice line on +44 (0)20 7107 9922 (open Mon-Fri 1pm to 4pm, UK time).

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