St George’s, University of London will charge new UK and EU students £9,000 a year in fees for undergraduate degrees and £6,000 a year for foundation degrees from September 2012, subject to approval of the proposed Access Agreement by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

To continue to support fair access to higher education, St George’s will significantly expand its spending on financial support, outreach and retention activities.

 



The new fee level and student support package will ensure that St George’s is able to replace reductions in government funding while continuing to deliver a consistently high standard of education to students from all backgrounds.

These decisions were made in consultation with student representatives and approved by the St George’s, University of London Council last Friday (8 April).

Additional support for students from low-income homes will include as a minimum:

•    A means-tested £1,000 per year fee waiver, plus £1,000 per year towards the cost of halls of residence and £1,000 per year cash towards living expenses in the first year of study
•    A means-tested bursary of between £100 and £500 each year for students in their second year of study, and again in each year until they graduate
•    Additional fee bursaries for foundation degree students

This scheme supplements existing scholarship and other award schemes.

St George’s will also ring-fence a development fund for student-led investment into the student experience, which may include enhancements to student services, sports facilities, students’ union support or additional skills training. Consultations with students will help determine where students will most value this investment. This fund is in addition to university-led investments into the student experience including development of teaching facilities and innovative learning resources.

Principal Professor Peter Kopelman said:

"The decision to charge £9,000 for degree-level courses has not been taken lightly. We want to continue to provide our students with an outstanding education in medicine, biomedical and healthcare sciences. Our programmes are expensive to deliver and we must maintain financial sustainability in this uncertain higher education environment.

“St George’s has always been actively committed to widening participation, and has a strong track record in opening up the professions to individuals from all backgrounds. We remain firmly committed to this and aim to ensure that financial strains do not prevent students from studying with us from application to graduation.”