Skip to main content

Fee reduction scheme

This fee reduction scheme will support one student who is ordinarily resident in the UK but is considered an International student for fee paying purposes, with a partial fee scholarship. The scheme will provide funding to reduce the fee rate from the International rate to the Home rate. Applicants will need to ensure they have sufficient funds to cover the Home rate of fee, as well as any course and living costs for the duration of study. Different fee rates for Home and International students are listed on each course page of our website.

In previous years, the funding has supported students who are resident in the UK and who have secured regular employment, have savings or other scholarships to cover the Home rate of fee.


This fee reduction scheme is only available to those who meet the following eligibility criteria:

Relevant courses


  • You must have one of the following statuses and be able to demonstrate this through an ARC or BRP card:
    • Asylum seeker
    • Discretionary Leave to Remain (DLR)
    • Limited Leave to Remain (LLR)

Other eligibility requirements

  • You must also:
    • currently reside in the UK and have lived in the UK for a minimum of 18 months before your course start date.
    • must not be reliant on an International Student Visa.
    • be able to provide evidence that you are able to cover the Home rate of tuition fees, living and course costs for the current academic year (e.g. income from permanent employment, savings or third party sponsor). You must provide proof of this with your application.  
    • be classified as 'international' for fee purposes.
  • Further details on eligibility criteria can be found on the online application form.

How to apply

Once you have received an offer from Birkbeck, you will need to complete the online application form and .

Recipients will be chosen based on their demonstrated ability to cover their study costs at the home rate of fee, preparedness for study, and financial need.


Applications are closed for 2023/24 and will reopen in 2024.

Contact us

If you need help with your application, or advice on documentation, .