Funding for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) students

The details below provide information on the financial support that is available for ITE courses at the University of Birmingham in the 2019/20 academic year.


Tuition fee loans

All UK and EU students (except those on SKE courses) are eligible to take out a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company (SLC) to cover their tuition fees, which are expected to be £9,250 for the academic year 2019/20. This will need to be repaid after graduation, but only once you are in work and earning over £25,000 per year.

UK students should apply to their appropriate regional funding agency for the tuition fee loan at the same time as applying for other statutory support (i.e. the maintenance loan and grants).

EU students wishing to apply for the tuition fee loan can download a copy of the application form from the website. For more information please contact the Student Finance EU team on 0141 243 3570.

Maintenance loans and grants

UK students (except those on SKE courses) are eligible to apply for a maintenance loan, if required, of up to £8,700 (if living away from home and outside of London) to cover general living costs.  Students from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland may also be eligible for a maintenance grant. 

Applications are assessed by your appropriate regional funding agency and supplementary grants (e.g. Parents Learning Allowance, Childcare Grant, Disabled Students’ Allowances, etc.) may also be available to you.

EU students are not eligible to apply for any type of maintenance support. 

Training bursaries

UK and EU ITE students may be eligible for a training bursary (or a scholarship) of up to £28,000 from the Department for Education or its related scholarship organisations.  Eligible students studying secondary Mathematics may also receive two additional early-career payments of up to £7,500 each in their third and fifth year of teaching.  Students on a SKE course may be eligible for a bursary of £200 per week (subject to final confirmation).

Full details about theses bursaries will be sent to you immediately prior to the start of your course.  Please note that as part of the eligibility conditions for a bursary you need to show that you have applied to your regional funding agency for a student loan in either 2018/19 or 2019/20.  You do not need to take out such a loan, but you do need to show that you are eligible to do so, if you so wish.   

Once your eligibility for a training bursary is confirmed (usually at the end of September), the University will pay the Department for Education (DfE) bursary or SKE bursary to you on a monthly basis during your course. It will not be subject to income tax.

The Department for Education  provides comprehensive details of these schemes.

Hockerill Educational Foundation grants

The Hockerill Educational Foundation invites applications for grants (usually worth £500-£1,000 per year) to teacher training students who have particular financial difficulties.

Students training to teach Religious Education are their highest priority, but they can also help students in other areas, particularly primary education students. If you think you may be eligible, you should apply now for a grant for the academic year 2019/20. Applications received by 31 March 2019 have priority, but they will consider later applications if funds are still available. 

To request an application form and guidance email:

Association of Church College Trusts

Trainees in secondary Religious Education are eligible to apply to one of the Church College Trusts for a grant towards course expenses or living expenses. Candidates can check for further details of the trusts and foundations to which they can apply.

International students

International students are not eligible for Tuition Fee Loans, Maintenance Loans or training bursaries. In exceptional circumstances, they may be eligible for a Hockerill Educational Foundation grant.

Further information

For the most up-to-date information, please refer to  Get into Teaching or contact the Department for Education directly on 0800 389 2500.