Undergraduate financial support

With no upfront fees for most 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

Birkbeck financial support for students on low incomes

  • Birkbeck Access to Learning support: these financial awards are for students who need additional help with their course and/or living costs (e.g. essential books, photocopying). These awards are tailored to student needs, so that we can ensure those with 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 cash bursary scheme: You may be eligible for the Birkbeck cash bursary scheme to assist with the costs of study, such as purchasing books, printing and travelling to lectures.
  • 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 Schrier 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).