Fees and Funding 2017/18
What costs are involved in postgraduate study?
- Tuition fees - fees vary between universities
- Living costs - includes cost of accommodation, food, books, travel etc.
Payment of Fees
If you are responsible for paying all or part of your tuition fees you can pay in full at the start of the academic year. However, we understand that some students may not be able to do this. To help with this the University does allow payment to be broken down into three instalments. The first instalment will be due before enrolment, with further instalments due on the first day of the second and third terms.
Early Payment Discount
Students who pay their fees in full before the 1st August will receive a discount of 2%.
All payment schemes are subject to review, update and terms and conditions. For further details please contact Finance on 0113 2028006.
There are many options available for financing your post graduate studies so it is important that you find out what funding you can get.
Postgraduate loans up to a maximum value of £10,000 are now available. These loans are available for all taught and research Masters programmes in all subjects for both full-time and part-time study. The loans can be used for tuition fees, living costs and other study expenses as you see fit.
For further information:
Many students choose to take out a Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL), a Professional Studies Loan or other graduate loans from high street banks. This can cover the cost of fees and also help towards living costs while you study. The interest on a PCDL is deferred until after studies are completed. To find out more, call the PCDL helpline on 0800 100 900 or visit www.direct.gov.uk/pcdl.
Vice-Chancellor’s’s Postgraduate Scholarship
A scholarship of £2,000 will be awarded to one home/EU student for one year. The scholarship will be awarded by a panel of staff and comprises of a reduction in tuition fees for the year.
Studio Space Scholarship
The University recognises the challenges that graduates face in finding appropriate studio space in the first few years of their career. The studio space scholarship will provide suitable working studio space for one home/EU student for the period of their studies.
Vice-Chancellor’s International Postgraduate Scholarship
There is one scholarship of £3,000 available. The scholarship is awarded by a panel of staff and is in the form of a tuition fee reduction.
International Studio Space Scholarship
All international students will get a dedicated creative studio space.
Home and EU Alumni Discount
All graduates of BA (Hons) programmes at Leeds Arts University will qualify for a discount. These discounts are as follows:
- Full time discount £600
- Part time post graduate discount £300 each year
International Alumni Discount
International (non UK/EU) fee paying students progressing from a Leeds Arts University degree course to the MA in Creative Practice will qualify for a reduction of £1,500 from the advertised postgraduate fee.
Combined Work and Study
Many postgraduate students study part time, which means that you can work while studying to help cover the costs.
You may work for an employer who is prepared to help fund your postgraduate study as part of your staff training and development. Find out more at www.prospects.ac.uk/employer_funded_postgraduate_study.htm
Charities and Trust Funds
You may be able to get support from a charity or an educational trust fund. To find out call the Educational Grants Advisory Service on 020 7254 6251 to ask for a questionnaire. You can also search online at www.family-action.org.uk or at www.turn2us.org.uk/grants_search.aspx
Higher Education Hardship Fund
Once you have started your course and paid your fees, you may be eligible to apply for financial help from the Hardship Fund. This fund cannot be used for tuition fees or for living costs and the priority for this fund is for undergraduate study, however there are limited funds available for postgraduate study. For more information this fund please contact Student Welfare on 0113 202 8111.
Disabled Students’ Allowance
DSAs are grants to help students with disabilities, mental health conditions or learning difficulties meet the cost of specialist equipment and other related course costs. In order to be eligible, your course must be full time and last for a minimum of one year.
Part-time students are still eligible, providing you do not exceed twice the time period taken to complete an equivalent full-time course.
If you have extra costs as a result of attending your course because of a disability. You can get help for this through the following link www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas or look on www.prospects.ac.uk/funding_postgraduate_study_disability_related_funding.htm
Sponsored by an employer or other organisation?
If your fees are being paid by an employer, government or other organisation you should ideally make arrangements with them to provide payment prior to, or at the start of the academic year.
Where this is not possible you should provide a letter or purchase order from the sponsoring organisation which states the amount of the sponsorship and gives the name and address to which the invoice should be sent. Invoices are issued directly to sponsors and payment terms are 30 days from the invoice date. We would advise that you retain a copy of your sponsorship letters or purchase orders for your own records.
Please note: Instalment arrangements are not available to sponsors.