UK and EU student tuition fees and maintenance loans - eligibility and amounts

If you're a UK or EU student and your course includes a year studying abroad or on working placement (abroad or in the UK), your funding will change while you're away.

If you're an international student and your course at Leeds includes study or work abroad (i.e. outside the UK), check your tuition fees with the Fees team.

Remember, you still need to register with the University of Leeds as normal, even if you're studying or working abroad.

Entitlement – UK students

You're entitled to receive both your Maintenance Loan and your reduced Tuition Fee Loan during the year you spend studying or on work placement.

Apply for your student loan to your national student finance organisation:

See our information on applying for your student loan for further guidance.

Tuition fees

All UK students on a study year abroad, work placement, or British Council language assistantship (BCLA) will pay a reduced tuition fee. This applies to students on an Erasmus study programme or work placement too. For 2016/17 the reduced tuition fee is £1,350.

If you're only going abroad for one term, your tuition fee will be the same as if you completed the full year at Leeds. You'll still have to apply to your student loan provider for your Tuition Fee Loan and this will be paid directly to the University.

There is no tuition fee to pay to the host university, although there may be some other fees (e.g. student union membership, sports membership, travel passes). Some of these will be optional, some mandatory.

Maintenance loan

The amount of Maintenance Loan you're eligible for depends on your individual situation, including if you are:

  • on studying abroad or on a work placement;
  • part of the Erasmus programme;
  • on an 'special case' work placement - see below;
  • living at home (UK);
  • away from home outside London (UK);
  • in London (but not with parents);
  • abroad.

Study Abroad and BCLA (Erasmus) - Maximum loan amounts 2016-17

Students who started their course in 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 on study abroad placements or a British Council language assistantship as part of the Erasmus programme
 Loan provider
Amount not depending on household income
Maximum amount, depending on household income  Total possible
SFE
£4,539  
£2,445  £6,984
SFW
£5,529
£1,843
£7,372
SFNI
£4,330
£1,440
£5,770
SAAS
£4,750 £1,000 £5,750

Study Abroad and BCLA (Erasmus) - Maximum loan amounts 2015-16

Students who started their course in 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 on study abroad placements or a British Council language assistantship as part of the Erasmus programme
Loan provider Amount not depending on household income
Maximum amount, depending on household income  Total possible
SFE
£4,433
£2,387 £6,820
SFW
£4,807 £1,603 £6,410
SFNI
£4,330 £1,440
£5,770
SAAS £4,750 £1,000

£5,750

  • part of the Maintenance Loan available to you does not depend on household income (i.e. is 'non-means-tested')
  • part of the Maintenance Loan available to you does depend on your household income (i.e. is 'means-tested') and decreases the higher your household income is.

If you are funded by SFE and your household income is less than £42,620 you may also be eligible for a Maintenance Grant. The Maintenance Grant from SFE is up to a maximum of £3,387 and you should get the full grant if your household income is under £25,000. Different levels of grant are available from SAAS, SFW, and SFNI and different levels of qualifying household income will apply. As long as you apply to be means-tested, you'll be automatically assessed for a Maintenance Grant.

If you choose to study or work abroad in a European country, you may be eligible for an Erasmus grant of up to €450 per month. However, please see Erasmus Grants for further details.

Students on a work placement abroad

If you're on an Erasmus work placement, or on an unpaid work placement that falls into the 'special case' definition e) overseas (see below), you will be eligible to be means-tested. Please see the table above for funding figures.

If your work placement does not fall into one of the categories above, you will only be eligible for a reduced loan only. You will not be eligible for any means-tested grants. The reduced loan for SFE students is:

Reduced loan (SFE) 2016/17
Students living: Reduced loan from SFE
Elsewhere * £2,483
Reduced loan (SFE) 2015/16
Students living: Reduced loan from SFE
Elsewhere *

£2,425

The same 'elsewhere' rate applies to students on work placement whether they are abroad or in the UK.

If your assessment is carried out by SFW, SFNI, or SAAS you will need to contact them to confirm the reduced loan available to you.

Students on a work placement in the UK

If you are on an unpaid work placement that falls into one of the 'special case' placement definitions below, you will be eligible for means-tested funding.

SFE Maximum loan amounts 2016-17

Where residing for majority of term Total possible Non-income assessed  Income assessed
Parental Home
£4,675
£3,038 £1,637
London
£8,202 £5,331 £2,871
Elsewhere
£5,878 £3,820
£2,058

 SFE Maximum loan amounts 2015-16

Where residing for majority of term Total possible Non-income assessed  Income assessed
Parental Home
£4,565
£2,967 £1,598
London
£8,009 £5,205 £2,804
Elsewhere
£5,740 £3,731
£2,009

If your assessment is carried out by SFW,  SFNI, or SAAS you will need to contact them to confirm the reduced loan available to you.

'Special case' work placement definitions

If you're on an unpaid placement you may be eligible for means-tested funding if the placement is one of the following:

  • a) unpaid service in a hospital or in a public health service laboratory or with a clinical commissioning group in the UK;
  • b) unpaid service with a local authority in the UK acting in the exercise of its functions relating to the care of children and young persons, health or welfare or with a voluntary organisation providing facilities or carrying out activities of a like nature in the UK; ba) unpaid service with a local authority (within the meaning of section 2B of the NHS Act 2006) acting in the exercise of public health functions (within the meaning of that Act);
  • c) unpaid service in the prison or probation or aftercare service in the UK;
  • d) unpaid research in an institution in the UK or, in the case of a student attending an overseas institution as part of the student's course, in an overseas institution;
  • e) i) a Special Health Authority established pursuant to section 28 of the NHS Act 2006; (ia) the NHS Commissioning Board; (ib) the NIHCE; (ic)the Health and Social Care Information Centre; (ii) a Local Health Board established pursuant to section 11 of the NHS (Wales) Act 2006(b) or a Special Health Authority established pursuant to section 22 of that Act; (iii) a Health Board or a Special Health Board constituted under section 2 of the NHS (Scotland) Act 1978(c); or (iv) a Health and Social Services Board established under Article 16 of the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1972(d); or
  • f) unpaid service with either House of Parliament.

If you are on a work placement which is classed as a 'special case' you will need to indicate the category of placement (a, b, c, d, e, or f) on your student loan application form. The University will also need to confirm your placement details with your loan provider. Once you have applied for your loan, you should email Funding@leeds.ac.uk with your name and student ID number, the name and address of your placement, charity number (if applicable), a note of the category, and your placement dates. We will then write to your loan provider to confirm these details.

Longer courses - SFE, SFW, and SFNI students

If your course is longer than 30 weeks and 3 days, excluding the Christmas, Easter and summer vacations, you may be entitled to extra Maintenance Loan payments for each additional week of attendance. However, you will only be eligible if you have been means-tested and are receiving the income assessed component of the student loan. If you study for 45 weeks or more in any 52-week period you will be treated as if you are studying for the full 52 weeks and your extra weeks' loan will be calculated accordingly.

You don’t need to take any extra action or submit a new application to receive these extra payments - your student loan provider will assess you automatically.

SAAS do not have extra weeks funding for long courses. 

Extra maintenance loan payments per week - 2016-17
Student living in:
SFE
SFW  SFNI
Parental home
£57 Contact loan provider for figure £55
London £113
Contact loan provider for figure
£108
Elsewhere in UK £88
Contact loan provider for figure
£84
Overseas
£122 Contact loan provider for figure
£117
Extra maintenance loan payments per week - 2015-16
Student living in:
SFE
SFW  SFNI
Parental home
£56 Contact loan provider for figure £55
London £110 Contact loan provider for figure
£108
Elsewhere in UK £86 Contact loan provider for figure
£84
Overseas
£119 Contact loan provider for figure
£117

Help with travel, medical, or insurance costs

If you're a means-tested student on a study year abroad or on an Erasmus work placement, you may be eligible for reimbursement of some travel, medical, or insurance costs.

If your work placement abroad is not part of the Erasmus programme, you won't be eligible for help with travel or insurance costs, regardless of whether your work placement is paid or not. 

Travel Grant application 

Who can apply?

The Travel Grant is available to full-time students who are receiving student finance that depends on their household income (means-tested), and who are:

  • studying at an overseas university or college (including students on the Erasmus scheme) for at least 50% of any academic term;
  • on an Erasmus work placement abroad;
  • an Erasmus British Council Language Assistant (BCLA)

The Travel Grant is not available to students on a work placement, unless the student is on the Erasmus scheme and therefore receiving means-tested funding. 

SFW, SFNI, SAAS - you will need to contact your loan provider for the forms for claiming the Travel Grant, and for exact details of the funding available and threshold amounts.

SFE students - you will automatically be sent the forms by SFE if you are eligible. SFE should send you two forms:

  1. The Course Abroad Form - this is used to confirm the details of your time abroad for the purposes of claiming expenses. You complete page 1 of the form with details of your placement. The form must then be sent to Funding at the University of Leeds to be signed and stamped for authorisation. Funding then sends the form to SFE. The form is only available from SFE and is pre-printed with your SFE account information, so forms are individual to each student. NB this form is only used by SFE to verify expense claims. It is not used for calculating the student loan. The loan is determined by the information you provide on your funding application.
  2. The Travel Grant Claim Form - you complete this form and send it to SFE along with receipts for all expenses incurred. It is advisable to keep copies of all receipts and paperwork.

If you do not receive these forms automatically from SFE, please check that you are eligible and that you have applied for means-tested funding. If you are sure that you are eligible, you ill need to contact SFE to request these forms. The University is not able to request these forms on your behalf.

How much can SFE students get?

The loan provider will not reimburse the full amount of your expenses. You have to cover the first £303 of the total claim. If your household income is above £39,796 there will be further deductions from the total amount of your claim - £1 for every £9.27 above the household income threshold.

What can be claimed for?

  • up to 3 return journeys between the UK and the overseas institution during a full academic year abroad. Students at universities with 2 semesters may only be eligible for 2 flights and will need to check with their loan provider;
  • the cost of child/children's fares between the UK and the overseas institutions if it is necessary for a lone parent student to take them abroad;
  • Mandatory Medical Insurance, Visas, and Medical Expenses for the purpose of studying abroad.

All reimbursements are at the discretion of the loan provider. The University can provide general information based on SFE guidelines but cannot confirm if SFE will accept expense claims or not. Student are advised to check any potential claims with their loan provider of they are unsure.

Leeds Financial Support (LFS)

Students who are on study abroad or work placement, and therefore paying the reduced tuition fee of £1,350, will not receive LFS during the year away.