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Money matters

Find out about our fees, plus loans and other financial support that might be available to you.

When planning your finances, you will also need to consider other expenses such as living costs, accommodation fees and study materials. Our fees and funding section offers further information. Details of additional costs specific to your course can be found on the relevant course page.

Fees

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2016/17 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,000 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

View the full list of course fees

If you are not sure whether you should pay UK/EU or international fees, you should check your fees status.

Paying your fees

UK or EU students who have secured a student loan or are being funded by the NHS do not need to make the payment themselves, as we receive it automatically when you enrol. See the student loans tab for more details.

If you are paying your tuition fees yourself, you can do this by using our secure online payment facility or through our international bank transfer service. You may be eligible for a tuition fees discount if you pay your fees in advance.

More about paying your tuition fees

Fees sponsorship

If you have a sponsor who will be paying all or part of your tuition fees, use the fees sponsorship form to notify the Student Fees office.

Once you have completed this form, please send it by email to sponfee@soton.ac.uk or by post to Student Fees, Student Services Centre, George Thomas Building No.37, University of Southampton SO17 1BJ.

Download the fees sponsorship form

Questions about tuition fees

If you have a question about tuition fees or need more information, contact:

Student Fees
Tel: +44 (0) 23 8059 9599
Fax: +44 (0) 23 8059 9595
Email: ssc@southampton.ac.uk

What else should I know?

  • Your tuition fees will usually cover compulsory course costs, such as field trips and laboratory clothing**
  • At 12 to 1, our student-staff ratio is already exceptional. We're investing heavily to improve this further - making sure you get maximum contact time with top quality academic staff
  •  Real-world skills and excellent career prospects are at the core of every Southampton degree. We're enhancing our careers activities with a particular focus on work placements.

** A contribution may be necessary towards certain elements - additional costs can be found on the course page.

Student loans

What will it cost?

  • You will not have to pay your fees upfront. If you live in England*, you can get a loan to cover your tuition fees. You will only start repaying this once you are earning over £21,000 per year.
  • The standard annual fee for UK/EU students commencing full time undergraduate degrees (including Foundation Year courses) in 2016-17 will remain at £9,000.

Learn more about student loans

* If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you will receive financial support for university from the Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly Government or the Northern Ireland Executive (as appropriate). If you live in the EU and meet certain eligibility criteria, you can get a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees.

Bursaries

For 2016 and beyond, the University will continue its generous package of direct student support, with a wider choice of support options available to students.

You will be able to choose between a bursary, partial fee waiver or a combination of both. This choice will be available in each year of study for which you are eligible for support.

Are you eligible?

In 2016/17, if you are:

  • paying £9,000 tuition fees,
  • applying for a means-tested student loan from Student Finance (England, Wales or Northern Ireland) and
  • under the assessed household income threshold of £25,000,

you could be eligible for a means tested award of up to £3,000 from the University. If you are not applying for a means-tested student loan from Student Finance (England, Wales, or Northern Ireland), or if your course is paid for by the NHS, you will NOT be eligible for this award.

The options

  • Option A: all of the award is to be granted as a fee waiver (a reduction to your tuition fees)
  • Option B: 50% is granted as a fee waiver, 50% paid as a cash bursary
  • Option C: all of the award is to be paid as a cash bursary* (cash payments direct to your bank account)

You will be asked to make your choice during the enrolment process. If you don't make a choice, the default will be option C.

Note that the choice you make during your enrolment is FINAL, and cannot be changed during 2016/17.

How much will you get?

  • If you are eligible to receive an award and your household income is below £16,000, you will receive a total award of £3,000.
  • If you are eligible to receive an award and your household income is between £16,001 and £25,000, you will receive a total award of £1,500.

Other bursaries

Students who fully complete our widening participation scheme Access to Southampton (A2S) may be eligible for a £1000 bursary in their first year of study. This bursary is separate from those available as part of the fee waiver package.

Questions?

If you have any questions about fee waivers, bursaries or other student support, please contact our Student Services Centre before you enrol.

Email: ssc@southampton.ac.uk 
Tel: 02380 599 599

The University offers a range of bursaries designed to help UK undergraduate students in the most financial need. On average, a third of Southampton students receive a bursary.

You may be eligible if you fulfil the following criteria.

  1. You are a new, full-time UK undergraduate student.
  2. You are not already receiving an NHS bursary.
  3. Your household income is £25,000 or less per year (bursary = £1,250 for every year of full-time registration to which the £3,290 tuition fee applies).
  4. Your household income is between £25,001 and £40,000 (bursary = £625 for every year of full-time registration to which the £3,290 tuition fee applies).

You should apply for these bursaries when you apply for your statutory funding. Bursaries are paid in January. More information on bursaries.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight bursary

The University offers up to 120 bursaries each year to first-year students from minority groups who, at the time of application, were living in or studying at a further education college or school sixth form in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight.

In order to qualify for one of these bursaries, you must meet certain criteria. You can apply if you are:

  1. a new, full-time UK undergraduate student
  2. living and/or studying at a sixth-form or further education college in Hampshire or on the Isle of Wight (or with a postcode in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight area)
  3. a UK resident (excluding the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man)
  4. living in a household with a total income of less than £40,000
  5. not already receiving an NHS bursary

Find out more about student bursaries

Scholarships

2016 entry

UK and EU Academic Excellence Scholarships

The Southampton Law School is delighted to announce it will be offering Academic Excellence Scholarships for undergraduate UK and EU students entering degree programmes in September 2016 entry. We are committed to attracting and rewarding the highest achieving and most ambitious students who enrol on our degree programmes.

UK and EU students

The Academic Excellence Scholarships will be awarded to UK or EU applicants who exceed their standard GCE A level (or EU equivalent) offer and make the University of Southampton their firm/preferred choice of institution before 30 June 2016.

For every grade exceeded in non-excluded subjects, a £1,000 will be awarded for every year of the degree programme – up to a maximum of £3,000 per year.

Illustrative examples are below:

Standard A level offer

AAA = zero

A*AA = £1,000 per year

A*A*A = £2,000 per year

A*A*A* = £3,000 per year

For contextualised offer holders, please contact the UG admissions team for details.

International Baccalaureate offer

36 points overall (18 in higher level) = zero

37 points overall (19 in higher level) = £1,000 per year

38 points overall (20 in higher level) = £2,000 per year

39 points overall (min 20 in higher level) = £3,000 per year

Other EU equivalent offers

Other EU qualifications will be looked at on an individual basis. Please contact the UG admissions team for further information.

Please note:

The maximum amount awarded each year is £3,000.

In order for the Scholarship to continue to be paid in subsequent years of the degree programme, students must successfully pass all of the modules at Southampton Law School at the first attempt.

Scholarships will be paid in 2 instalments, approx. 5 December 2016 and 1 February 2017.

Southampton International Merit Scholarships

The University of Southampton is pleased to be able to offer International Merit Scholarships to International students entering degree programmes in 2016 entry. These Scholarships will be in the form of a tuition fee reduction.

International students

This International Merit Scholarship is available to any International applicant who achieves an A* grade in GCE A levels (or equivalent) in any non-excluded subject. A maximum of £3,000 will be awarded in year 1 only.

Illustrative examples:

Standard A level offer

A* in any non-excluded subject = £1,000 tuition fee reduction in year 1 only

A*A* in any non-excluded subjects = £2,000 tuition fee reduction in year 1 only

A*A*A* in any non-excluded subjects = £3,000 tuition fee reduction in year 1 only

International Baccalaureate offer

One 7 in higher level = £1,000 tuition fee reduction in year 1 only

Two 7’s in higher level = £2,000 tuition fee reduction in year 1 only

Three 7’s in higher level = £3,000 tuition fee reduction in year 1 only

Equivalent qualifications

Certain International equivalent qualifications will also be considered but unfortunately applicants doing International Foundation Years or the first year of a degree programme overseas will not be eligible for this International Merit Scholarship. For clarification on the eligibility of other International qualifications, please contact the UG admissions team.

Conditions for all UK, EU and International applicants:

  1. These Scholarships only apply to applicants who are entering Year 1 of their chosen degree programme.
  2. If an applicant also has English conditions attached to their offer, these also need to be met before an applicant can be eligible for an Academic Excellence or International Merit Scholarship.
  3. These Scholarships are only available to applicants starting in 2016 entry. If you are awarded a Scholarship and are not able to start in 2016 entry, this Scholarship will not carry over until 2017 entry.

There is no application form for either the Academic Excellence or International Merit Scholarships and all applicants will be automatically considered. The applicants that achieve high enough grades to be awarded one of these Scholarships will be contacted by the UG admissions team after the GCE A level and EU results are published in the summer of 2016. We will aim to contact all of the successful applicants by the beginning of September 2016.

Please contact the UG Admissions Team on ugafbl@soton.ac.uk or (023) 8059 5341 for further guidance on these Scholarships.

Grants

Grants and loans

Depending on your personal circumstances (eg your household income), you may be eligible for a non-repayable Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant.

Additional help is also available if you have:

  • a disability or a specific learning difficulty
  • dependent children or adults.

Discover if you are eligible for a grant on the Government Student Finance website.

Find out more

If you live outside England, you will find relevant information on your local student finance website.

Hardship Support Fund

This Fund provides discretionary financial support for those able to demonstrate genuine financial hardship. It can be used to help with living costs including childcare, disability, travel, accommodation, household expenses, books and course equipment. Full-time ‘home' undergraduate students and part-time students studying at least 50 per cent of a full-time course can apply. The fund cannot help students meet the cost of tuition fees.

Learn more about the Hardship Support Fund

Maintenance grants

The government has introduced a UK Maintenance Grant for new, full-time UK students. The maximum amount available is £2,906, but the actual amount will depend on your income/household income:

  1. a parental income of £25,000 or less per year = a grant of £2,906 per year
  2. a parental income between £25,000 and £50,020 per year = a partial grant
  3. a parental income of £50,020 or more = no grant
  4. if you are awarded the full £2,906 maintenance grant and are on a programme of study charging the full £3,290, you will also be eligible for a University bursary

A maintenance grant does not need to be paid back.

Allowances and grants

If you have dependants, are a single parent and/or have a disability, you may also be entitled to a grant to help meet certain living costs.

  1. If you are a parent, you can apply for a Parents’ Learning Allowance and Childcare Grant, together with the Child Tax Credit.
  2. If you have a disability, you will be eligible for an allowance to pay for non-medical help, specialist equipment, general costs relating to your disability and extra travel costs.

The Disabled Students’ Award is the only award that is not means-tested.

Access to Learning Fund

This Fund provides discretionary financial support for those able to demonstrate genuine financial hardship. It can be used to help with living costs including childcare, disability, travel, accommodation, household expenses, books and course equipment. Full-time ‘home’ undergraduate students and part-time students studying at least 50 per cent of a full-time course can apply.

If you fall within one of the following groups you will be a priority for help from the Access to Learning Fund:

  1. students with children, especially lone parents
  2. mature students, especially those with existing financial commitments
  3. disabled students, especially where the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is unable to meet particular costs and the institution has no legal responsibility to do so
  4. care leavers
  5. students from the Foyer Federation or who are homeless
  6. final-year students

The Access to Learning Fund cannot help students meet the cost of tuition fees, or help those who have mismanaged their finances and simply run out of money. It cannot compensate for the lack of parental contribution, especially where a student has only been able to take the non-means-tested element of the Student Loan.

if you are awarded the full £2,906 maintenance grant and are on a programme of study charging the full £3,290, you will also be eligible for a University bursary

More information on grants

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