Fees and funding for 2020 entry

Tuition fees for 2020 entry for UK/EU degree students

LIPA intends to charge £9,250 a year for UK/EU full-time undergraduates starting our degree courses in 2020, which may be subject to modest inflationary increases in subsequent years of study. This is subject to our Access and Participation plan being approved by the Office for Students.

Tuition fees may be allowed to rise each year in line with inflation for both new and continuing students as the cost of delivering courses increases. Inflation will be calculated with reference to the RPIX, a measure of inflation in the UK.

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students are also usually eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

The Tuition Fee Loan is not means-tested which means that your household income will not affect whether you get it or not. You don't have to start paying your loan back until the April after you leave LIPA and, even then, only if you are working and earning more than a particular earning threshold – currently set at £25,000 a year. Your monthly repayment will be a small percentage of your income so it should seem affordable.

Your Tuition Fee Loan covers all your tuition costs and will be paid directly to LIPA. This means you only have to budget for your living costs.

Financial support for cost of living expenses for UK degree students

Maintenance Loans are available to help with your cost of living, such as rent, food, books, travel and other expenses while you’re studying.

For eligible students joining us in September 2019, the maximum maintenance loan is £8,944 for students living away from home. For eligible students joining us in September 2019 that live at home, the maximum loan is £7,529.

Students are able to apply for some grants if they’re eligible for certain benefits, disabled or need help with childcare costs.

Information for Students from England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland

You should be eligible for a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan provided that you have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the five years immediately before starting the course and that you have ‘settled status’ in the UK (meaning you live permanently in the UK without the Home Office placing any restrictions on how long you stay), and that you have not studied a Higher Education course before (e.g. an HND/HNC or part or all of a degree course). If you already hold an honours degree, or another qualification at the same level, you will not qualify for the tuition fee loan or support to cover your living expenses. If you hold an HND or HNC qualification and you are offered a place on one of our degree programmes, this could, but does not always, impact on your eligibility to receive funding for the full duration of your course and we would recommend that you speak to your relevant Student Finance provider to discuss what you may be entitled to receive. Provided you are eligible for a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan, you may also be eligible for various bursaries and grants, which do not have to be repaid.

When completing your funding application, you must have correctly filled out and submitted your application to Student Finance England for a loan and must also make sure that you and your parent/guardian have given your consent to share the information with us.

Students living in England

The fastest and easiest way to apply is online at https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

You can apply as soon as their application service opens to make sure you have your money sorted for the start of your course.  You can use your preferred choice of course when applying and can change the details online later, if you need to.

If you're applying for student finance that depends on your household income they will need some information from your parents or partner too. And don't forget to print out the declaration form and sign and return it to them.

To find more information about student finance please visit  https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

Students living in Wales

You can apply either online through www.studentfinancewales.co.uk or using a paper application form. You can obtain further information from your Local Authority (LA) or by going to www.studentfinancewales.co.uk

You can apply as soon as their application service opens to make sure you have your money sorted for the start of your course.

Students living in Northern Ireland

You can apply online through www.studentfinanceni.co.uk or using a paper application form, either obtained online or by asking for Form PN1 and accompanying guidance from your Education and Library Board (ELB).

You can apply as soon as their application service opens to make sure you have your money sorted for the start of your course.

Students living in Scotland

A Tuition Fee Loan is available, together with a range of other loans and bursaries if you are studying outside Scotland. These are outlined in detail at www.saas.gov.uk

You can apply as soon as their application service opens to make sure you have your money sorted for the start of your course.

EU students

If you are from an EU country outside the UK you may be eligible to take out a tuition fee loan but are unlikely to be able to take out a maintenance loan. You should check your eligibility by visiting https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-student-finance. Broadly speaking, to qualify for a Tuition Fee Loan you must be an EU national or the family member of an EU national and you must not have studied a Higher Education course before (e.g. an HND/HNC or part /all of a degree course). If you already hold an honours degree, or another qualification at the same level, you will not qualify for the Tuition Fee Loan. Some EU students may also be eligible to apply for additional financial support. To find out more please visit https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-student-finance.

LIPA bursaries for 2020 entry

Our LIPA Bursary provides a cash award in each year that eligible students study with us.

In 2020, we plan to offer a LIPA bursary of £560 to all of our students from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland who can demonstrate to us that they are in receipt of the full maintenance loan allowance. Anyone who can demonstrate this, should receive a bursary of £560 in February of each year of their studies, provided they are still in attendance.

LIPA’s Care Leavers bursary

We also offer an annual £1,000 Care Leaver bursary to UK students who are under 25 and who can demonstrate that they have been in care prior to their 16th birthday for a period of six months or more. This bursary is offered in recognition that care leavers may need assistance towards their accommodation costs for vacation periods. Bursaries are awarded to qualifying full-time UK undergraduates for each year of their course of study with us subject to satisfactory academic progress.

Audition fee waiver and travel grants

We hold around 60 audition/interview events per year on our own premises. We automatically offer audition fee waivers and travel grants to UK applicants invited to audition/interview, who we identify as being from areas where participation in Higher Education is traditionally low. We are able to identify eligible applicants based on postcode data.

Frequently Asked Questions - Audition fee waivers and travel grants 2019 entry

Tuition fees for 2020 entry for international degree students

The international tuition fee for 2020 entry will be £16,700. Your tuition fee is fixed for each year you study with us at £16,700. We request a 25% deposit of the tuition fee, which is payable by the end of May 2020, depending on the date of your offer. The remaining tuition fee is payable online two weeks before the start of the teaching year in September. Depending on your funding arrangements, an instalment agreement may be available. Terms and conditions are provided on the LIPA application form. For 2020 entry, students residing in the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey are classified as 'international students' for fee purposes.

Tuition fees for 2020 for Foundation Certificates

For 2020 entry, the tuition fee for these courses is likely to be £9,250. We do not receive any funding from the government for providing the Foundation Certificate courses, so (regardless of nationality) you have to pay these tuition fees and your living costs and will be unable to get loans or grants from the UK government to cover either of these. We request a 25% deposit of the tuition fee, which is payable by the end of May 2020, depending on the date of your offer. This is paid online. The remaining tuition fee is also payable online two weeks before the start of the teaching year in September. Depending on your funding arrangements, an instalment agreement may be available.

To find out more about Student Finance, visit https://www.gov.uk/student-finance


Postgraduate funding from Student Finance England

A postgraduate masters loan is funding to help with course and living costs while studying a postgraduate masters-level course. The yearly maximum loan amount available for September entry is usually published in May/June of the same year. For 2019 entry, this amount is £10,906 per student.

To be eligible, you must be under the age of 60 at the commencement of the course and you'll need to meet certain residency criteria (Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales resident students are not currently eligible).

Postgraduate loans are not available if you have an equivalent or higher level qualification already.

You can apply online for a loan to Student Finance England from late June 2020 online at www.gov.uk/postgraduateloan.

Additional funding 

Postgrad Solutions offer 15 bursaries across a number of subject areas. Click here to apply - www.postgrad.com/editorial/bursaries/