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Fees and Financial Support

Find out everything you need to know to plan your student finances including tuition fees and living costs

Fees and Financial Support

The thought of university-related finances can be daunting, but we want to make it as simple and hassle-free as possible for our students.

From tuition fees to living costs, we'll help you get a picture of what to expect in term of finances when you start studying with us.

FAQs

Find out what kind of financial support is on offer, how to pay tuition fees, what your fees go towards, and more.

The UK Government has introduced higher tuition fees to replace government funding for higher education.

We are committed to providing high quality, studio-based teaching and learning with strong rates of professional progression by our students. In order to continue to provide all our students with the highest quality experience, support students in financial hardship, and continue to develop wider access to the University, we will need to charge £9,250 (2019/20), which in effect replaces the loss in state funding.

Yes. having a degree does improve your chance of getting a job and research shows that over the long term graduates earn more than non-graduates. Research also shows that graduates are considerably more likely to be in a job than people with lower qualifications. There is far more to higher education than financial benefit. It can transform people’s lives for the better as their intellectual horizons are broadened. A higher education qualification means that you have more choice, a chance to find a job you really love now and in the future, and you can gain skills you need to progress in your career.

Your fees go towards your university experience. Most importantly, we spend the money on teaching, as well as other areas such as administration, maintenance, catering and residencies. We also try and keep a surplus to invest in things like curriculum development, facilities and equipment. To find out more, take a look at our infographic on how we spend your fees. You can find a detailed breakdown of what money we spend and where it goes in our annual accounts.

We are one of only fifteen higher education institutions in the UK devoted solely to the study of art, design and media. We have been providing specialist education for over a century and enjoy a strong reputation, both nationally and internationally.

AUB is a compact institution with over 3,000 students based on one campus. We are a creative community where both staff and students share a commitment to the disciplines of art, design, media and performance.

Studying with us presents many opportunities to engage with the creative spirit that characterises life at the University. Students and staff work in partnership on an innovative programme of professional practice and research, with different disciplines, encouraged to work together.

The industry experience and engagement of our academics, and the advice and guidance of our impartial careers service, mean that our students are provided with a wide range of subject-specific and generic advice on employability.

We will charge £9,250 a year for all undergraduate degree courses starting in 2020. We are committed to providing high quality, studio-based teaching and learning with strong rates of professional progression by our students.

Yes. As a specialist university, dedicated solely to the study of art, design, media and performance, we offer a unique environment which reflects the way in which individuals and communities work together in the creative industries and where we offer students the professional skills, knowledge and confidence to realise their ambitions and to succeed in their chosen career. Study is divided across taught hours, studio and/ or work environment time, and independent study. Excellent professional and technical support is available and students are encouraged to experiment and work collaboratively.

There are likely to be some additional costs. For example, you'll need to pay for photocopying and printing, materials that you may wish to purchase for your creative activity, and educational visits which are designed to enhance the student experience and support much of the project work undertaken during the academic year. (The cost of the trip may vary from year to year and is relative to the chosen destination.) For some courses a resource kit is essential. Further information on possible additional costs is available from your course.

If you are a UK or EU undergraduate student you will not have to pay your tuition fees upfront. The Government will provide students with a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of the fee and you will only start to repay after you have left your course and once you are earning over £26,575 a year, £2,214 a month, or £511 a week (maybe reviewed annually).

There are no upfront costs for your undergraduate course. You can get a loan to cover the costs of your tuition, which you only start to pay back when you are earning over £26,575 a year. However, some course kits are essential, the costs of which vary. These can be sourced through the University, must be paid for during induction week and information is available from your course.

Any previous study is taken into consideration when making an assessment for student financial support. If you already hold an honours degree you do not usually qualify for any further support. There are some exceptions to this. Those students who choose to study certain qualifications as a second undergraduate degree, for example, a Foundation Degree, may qualify for some financial support. You will need to talk to us about this.

*Students who are studying for an award which is equivalent to (or lower than) a qualification they already hold will not be entitled to any government support and will be required to pay the full fee.

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) are available to help if you are at university and will incur extra costs because of a disability (including a long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia). DSAs can provide you with equipment such as a computer, and personal support, but does not provide any cash. DSAs can be received in addition to the standard student finance package and are available if you are studying on a full-time or part-time course. They are not dependent on income and do not have to be repaid.

Eligible part-time students in England who start their course in 2020/21 can apply for a tuition fee loan. The tuition fee loan replaces the previous means-tested fee grant and study grant. It will not be means-tested. Part-time students will not generally be entitled to a loan or grant to cover living costs. Extra financial help is available to part-time students who have a disability via the Disabled Students Allowance.

We strongly encourage you to visit our campus and come to one of our Open Days, which are published on the website. Please contact our Admissions office for further advice on specific course information on admissions@aub.ac.uk.

For more information about the financial support available and the benefits of going to university visit gov.uk/studentfinance or contact our team of Student Advisors.

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