Undergraduate financial support

With no upfront fees for most full-time and part-time undergraduate students and fantastic financial support packages, there's never been a better time to study at Birkbeck.

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Our Student Advice Service is here to help you - if you have any questions about financial support, or if you would like some advice on payment options, please contact us

Government student loans - fees 

Government student loans - maintenance

  • On top of a fees loan, both full-time and part-time undergraduate students can access government maintenance loans to help with living costs while studying. 
  • From 2018-2019, government maintenance loans will be available to new part-time students for the first time: 
    • you must be a Home student 
    • you must be studying a Bachelor’s degree (BA, BSc, LLB or BA/BSc/LLB with Foundation Year) 
    • the amount of maintenance loan you can get will depend on how many credits you are studying per year - you must be studying a minimum of 30 credits 
    • further details are to be confirmed shortly by the government. 

Birkbeck financial support for undergraduates 

  • Birkbeck cash bursary scheme: the Birkbeck cash bursary scheme can help you with the costs of study, such as purchasing books, printing and travelling to lectures. In the academic year 2017-18, over 2000 students received financial assistance from the scheme. 
  • Birkbeck Access to Learning support: these financial awards are for students who need additional help with their course and/or living costs (eg essential books, photocopying). These awards are tailored to student need, so those with the greatest need get the most support. 
  • Birkbeck bursaries: thanks to the generosity of Birkbeck donors, we offer a range of bursaries designed to offer financial support for our students. Most of them are available to current students only; however, some of them are also available to prospective students.
  • Birkbeck Hardship Fund: with this fund, we support students who need additional financial support due to an unforeseen change of circumstance in their personal situation while they are studying, such as redundancy, illness or domestic problems. (Please note: you can only apply to this fund once you have started studying - you cannot apply to it before you start at Birkbeck.)
  • Birkbeck help with childcare costs: if you need help covering the costs of childcare, you may be eligible for support from the Government and/or from Birkbeck, depending on your mode of study and personal circumstances. 
  • Sir Bernard Schreier Foundation Year Scholarships: a generous donation has funded six new bursaries for Foundation Year students at Birkbeck, each worth £3000, starting in 2017. Care leavers and carers are particularly encouraged to apply, as well as people who identify as disabled.

10% discount for union members

Information for continuing students

If you are already studying at Birkbeck, then your financial support entitlement is dependent on the year you start your course (your 'cohort year'). The financial support package open to you when you started will continue until the end of your course (subject to annual assessment of eligibility, and any change to your cohort).