Undergraduate Finance

We understand that there’s a lot to take on board when it comes to student finance. Leeds Arts University will do everything we can to help you understand how you can finance your studies through loans and grants.

We have provided some useful information below, however if you have any further queries please contact us at studentfinance@leeds-art.ac.uk.

Tuition and living costs

You should ensure you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition fees and living costs through your time at University.

Do you live in the UK?

You will not need to pay for your tuition fees in advance, providing you are eligible for a tuition loan from the Student Loans Company. This loan can usually cover the full amount of your tuition fees, which are paid directly to the University each year.

You can apply for a tuition fee loan regardless of the level of your household income. You will need to repay the loan, but not until after you graduate and are earning over a certain amount each year. You should apply for student finance as early as possible – you do not need to wait for a confirmed place.

Eligible UK full-time students can also get help from the SLC to cover living costs, in the form of a maintenance loan (which you will also have to pay back). The SLC will assess your household income and tell you how much financial help you can expect to receive towards your living costs.

If you have studied an undergraduate degree before please visit the student finance website: www.gov.uk/student-finance/who-qualifies

Students must register at the University to get their first student finance payment. The Student Finance England film below explains what steps you need to take to get your money in time for the start of your course. The Student Finance Zone also has some tips on how students can make sure they get their money in time for the start of their course.

Do you live in the EU?

Students from the EU (non-UK) may be entitled to loans for tuition fees from the Student Loan Company, but not for living expenses. You should call the Student Finance Services European Team on (+44) 141 243 3570, or visit www.gov.uk/student-finance/who-qualifies.

** EU (non-UK) students will only be eligible to apply for maintenance loans after five years residency in the UK

The SLC have announced that EU students commencing study in September 2020, and returning, can access student finance for the duration of their studies.

Do you live outside the EU?

If you live outside the EU and want to study at Leeds Arts University, your application will be very welcome. You can find out all about your tuition costs and how they should be funded on our International Tuition Fees & Scholarships page.

Further financial support for undergraduate students

The Student Loans Company can provide additional support for students with children, disabilities, mental health conditions or learning difficulties - you can find information on this at: www.gov.uk/student-finance/extra-help.

The University provides the following additional support:

  • Bursaries—The University has bursaries that will help support students during their studies. For more information visit Undergraduate Financial Support
  • HE Hardship Fund—this fund is designed to help students who begin to struggle financially after encountering higher-than-expected costs, who have an unforeseen emergency, or who face serious financial problems during their course. It is provided through the University and the payments are made directly to students. There are conditions for receiving this support, so you should contact our Student Finance Team.

Disabled Students’ Allowances

You can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) to cover some of the extra costs you may have because of a specific learning difficulty, mental health difference, long term illness or any other disability.

They can fund extra support a student might need while at University, provided they live in England and have a disability that affects their ability to study.

Full information about DSA and eligibility to apply is available on the government website, here: www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/eligibility

Early Payment Discount

Students who pay their fees in full before the 31st August will receive a discount of 2%.

All payment schemes are subject to review, update and terms and conditions. For further details please contact Student Finance on 0113 2028006 or at studentfinance@leeds-art.ac.uk.

Helpful links

General information www.gov.uk/student-finance

Live in England? www.sfengland.slc.co.uk

Live in Scotland? www.saas.gov.uk

Live in Wales? www.studentfinancewales.co.uk

Live in NI? www.studentfinanceni.co.uk

Live elsewhere in the EU? www.gov.uk/student-finance/who-qualifies

Live outside the EU? www.leeds-art.ac.uk/international

Student Finance England Facebook www.facebook.com/SFEngland