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Money Matters

Find out about our fees, 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.


View our full list of course tuition fees

Paying your tuition fees

There are three ways you can pay your tuition fees:

  • If you are self-funding you can pay your tuition fees online
  • If you are eligible for a student loan you do not need to make the payment yourself
  • If a sponsor is paying all or part of your tuition fees you need to complete our fees sponsorship form.

Find out more about how to pay your tuition fees.

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


What else should I know?

Your tuition fees will usually cover compulsory course costs, such as field trips and laboratory clothing. A contribution may be necessary towards certain elements, these additional costs can be found on the course page.

Student loans

You can apply for a student loan to help pay for tuition fees if you live in the UK or a European Union country. You may also be eligible for a loan for living costs.

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.

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.


The University offers a generous package of direct financial support to eligible students.

You may be eligible for a bursary in each year of your study to support your living costs.

Find out more about University bursaries and eligibility criteria


Music Performance and Composition Scholarships 2020

Each year we offer up to ten Music Performance and Composition Scholarships to outstanding musicians with the potential to make a significant contribution to the department's musical life.

Each scholarship is worth £1000 in the first year of study, awarded via bank transfer at the end of semester 1.

Applicants are automatically considered for a scholarship through the interview-audition process.
The interview is with a member of our Music staff and may include a short performance (instrumentalists/singers) or a discussion of your portfolio of compositions (composers). Interviews will normally take place during Applicant Visit Days, though special arrangements may be made for applicants living at a distance or who are unable to visit for other reasons.


  • Music Performance and Composition Scholarship are open to UK/EU applicants only.
  • The scholarship may be used as you wish but it is contingent on you placing the University of Southampton as your firm choice and meeting the terms of the offer we have made.

Full terms and conditions are provided with the invitation to interview.

Further instrumental and vocal scholarships

Several Southampton churches offer choral and organ scholarships (, Cantores Michaelis), and most of the city's churches are ready to employ organists and singers on an occasional basis, especially for weddings and funerals, which are usually well remunerated. The Music Department also maintains close relationships with Salisbury Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral and Romsey Abbey. Organists and choral singers thinking of studying in Southampton should contact David Owen Norris to discuss the possibilities open to them.

Funding for international students

As an international (non-EU) student, you may be eligible for funding from the University, our partners, or organisations within your home country.

Explore funding opportunities for international students.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities International Undergraduate Merit Scholarships: 2020

For all new Faculty of Arts & Humanities undergraduate international students [non-EU/UK] enrolling in Sept 2020 onto year one of our undergraduate programmes scholarships of £1,000, £2,000 or £3,000.

Faculty Eligibility

  • £1,000 per A or A* at GCE Advanced-Level
  • 6 or 7 at Higher level in the International Baccalaureate or equivalent qualification accepted by the university (Max 3 A level grades/£3,000)

If you are successful in gaining a place with us, this UG Scholarship will mean an automatic reduction in your tuition fees. When we send your offer letter to you, we will also write to you to let you know you are eligible for one of these Scholarships. Providing you accept our offer of a place and meet all the conditions of your offer, we will confirm your Scholarship before the start of the academic year in September 2020.


Depending on your personal circumstances (eg your household income), you may be eligible for a 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.

The Student 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 Student Support Fund

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