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Tuition fees for postgraduate courses are required to cover the cost of your studies at St George's as well as registration fees, examination and assessment costs.

We recommend that you plan how you are going to fund your studies as soon as possible. 

Postgraduate Master's Loans 

Students undertaking a designated Master's course can apply for a Postgraduate Master's Loan as a contribution towards tuition fees and living costs. Students who commenced a course in 2017/18 can apply for up to £10,280 and those who commenced a course on or after 1 August 2019 can apply for up to £10,960. The loan is paid directly to students in instalments during the course.

Whether you qualify depends on:

  • your course
  • your age
  • your nationality or residency status.

For full details about the eligibility criteria please visit the GOV.UK website.

You can also discuss your eligibility with the Student Finance England Postgraduate Loan team on 0300 100 0031. 

Postgraduate Doctoral Loans

Students underataking a designated postgraduate doctoral course can apply for a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan as a contribution towards tuition fees and living costs. Students who commenced a course on or after 1 August 2018 can apply for up to £25,000. The loan is paid directly to students in instalments during the course.

Whether you qualify depends on:

  • your course

  • your age

  • your nationality or residency status.

For full details about the eligibility criteria please visit the GOV.UK website.

You can also discuss your eligibility with the Student Finance England Postgraduate Loan team on 0300 100 0031. 

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

St George's subscribes to this popular funding resource that is aimed at postgraduate students.

This guide (compiled by two PhD students) offers comprehensive inside guidance and advice and also provides invaluable interactive tools to streamline and demystify the application process, as well as a database of over 600 alternative funding bodies. The guide offers an integrated approach, taking a student through each stage of the funding workflow: from identifying, to finding, to approaching, to crafting winning applications.

To request a PDF copy of this guide, please email student finance quoting your seven digit St George's student number.

Other sources of funding

We encourage students to contact charities and other external funding organisations to obtain further funding. The following websites should be helpful for this:

Please also see our dedicated webpage for organisations specific to postgraduate study. 

St George's Access to Learning Fund

The Access to Learning Fund (ALF) provides discretionary financial assistance to home students to help them access and remain in Higher Education. Applications can be accepted from fully registered and enrolled home (UK) students. Those students who need financial help to meet extra costs that cannot be met from other sources of support, and those who may be considering leaving Higher Education because of financial problems are particularly encouraged to apply. The ALF can also help to alleviate unexpected financial hardship. Financial assistance from the ALF is usually non-repayable, however interest-free emergency short term loans may also be available.

Please note that the ALF cannot help with paying for tuition fees and students must have applied for all other financial support available before making an application to the ALF. 

St George's EU and International Hardship Fund

St George's has funding available for full-time undergraduate and postgraduate EU and international students who are experiencing financial hardship due to unexpected circumstances which are beyond their control. Applications can be accepted from fully registered and enrolled students. Financial assistance from the Fund is usually non-repayable, however interest-free emergency short term loans may also be available. If necessary, students can apply to the Fund on more than one occasion during their time at St George's, but not usually more than once per academic year.

Please note that the EU and International Hardship Fund cannot help with paying for tuition fees. Applicants also need to be able to demonstrate that they had secured sufficient funding to study and live in the UK prior to commencing the course, and that the financial hardship experienced is due to unexpected events.

Budgeting advice

It is really importance to plan your finances and budget carefully before and during the course in order to maximise the funds available to you and to ensure that you do not run out of funds mid-term. Here are some tips to help get you started.

  • Go through a budget plan at studentcalculator.org.

  • Look for part-time work. Whilst part-time work should never be given priority over your studies, it can provide a welcome break from studying as well as supplementing your income. If working and studying during term-time is not an option, you may wish to consider working during your holiday periods.

  • Share the cooking - whether you live in Halls or in a shared house, it is cheaper to cook together in a group, and bringing in a packed lunch will save you money. Supermarkets are often the cheapest place to go for your weekly shop, but Tooting does have a large fruit and vegetable market which is also worth a visit.

  • If you are living in private rented accommodation, come to the Student Centre and request a Council Tax Exemption letter (full time students only).

  • Shop around for the best mobile phone deals.

  • Apply for an 18+ Student Oyster Card (full time students only).

  • Apply for a 16-25 Railcard. Full time students aged 26 and over can also apply for this.

  • Visit Money Saving Expert which has some useful tops on how to make your student funding stretch that bit further.

 

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