Financial advice

The cost of studying and living at university is a worry for many parents, care-givers and students, but it’s much easier to deal with when you understand what you need to budget for – and how you can get help. Financial support options include:

Student loans

Student loans are offered by the government to assist with all areas of life at university. Future repayment is usually only required when the student begins to earn above a certain income each year, in a similar way to income tax. To find out more, start by looking at our student finance resources.

Part-time work

Many students earn extra money to support themselves during their studies, either in free time between course commitments or during evenings and weekends. The University of Birmingham offers advice and resources for students seeking work.

Scholarships, grants and bursaries

Some undergraduate students are eligible to receive extra support based on their academic achievements or financial circumstances. These may assist with tuition fees, course costs or living costs.

Extra help

Any student genuinely struggling with essential living costs can be considered for the University of Birmingham’s Student Hardship Fund (SHF).

Start seeking support

Financial advice

The Universities Funding, Graduation & Awards Office is always on hand to offer guidance and ideas, including:

  • What everything costs – Tuition fees and accommodation form the biggest part of a student’s university budget. Our guide to living costs can give you an idea of what to expect.
  • Money management – Advice for students who may be new to the world of credit cards, taxes and debt.
  • Budgeting – Handy hints and tips to prepare for all potential costs and challenges in daily life at university.

If you’d like to speak to someone about student finances, please feel welcome to contact the University of Birmingham Funding, Graduation & Awards Office.

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