UK/EU undergraduate

If you’re applying to ARU for the first time and you’re from the UK or EU, this information is for you.

If you have any questions about fees and funding, our Money Advice Service offers specialist advice about all aspects of student finance. We also run finance talks at our undergraduate Open Days.

Student loans

If you're from the UK or EU and you're applying to university for the first time, you don't have to pay for your course upfront. You can get a Government loan to help cover the costs.

The two main loans are:

  • a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the cost of your course
  • a Maintenance Loan to help pay for living costs (full-time students only).

There's more information about the loans below.

You can apply for both these loans online. Visit Student Finance England* to get started.

Students starting a course in September 2020 are encouraged to apply for funding as soon as possible. It doesn't matter if you haven't decided which university you're going to yet. 

You won't start repaying your Maintenance and Tuition Fee loans until you're earning more than £26,575 a year.

+ Tuition Fee Loan
+ Maintenance Loan
+ ARU undergraduate fees

If you're an EU student starting a course in 2020/21 you will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants for the duration of your course, even if the UK exits the EU during that period. You may also be eligible for our EU Undergraduate Bursary.




*If you live in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, you can apply through Student Finance NI, Student Awards Agency for Scotland or Student Finance Wales.

Scholarships and support funds

We’re committed to supporting students who are keen to succeed in their studies.

We offer a number of scholarships and bursaries to undergraduate students from the UK and EU. Take a look at what's on offer.

Merit Scholarship

ARU Bursary

EU Bursary

Sport Scholarship

Learning Support Fund

GO! International Fund

Hardship Fund

Grants and allowances

If you get funding from Student Finance England* you may be able to apply for some additional grants and allowances. Some of these are income assessed.

Adult Dependent Grant
Childcare Grant
Parents’ Learning Allowance
Disabled Students’ Allowance
Learning Support Fund for NHS students
Training Grant
Social Work Bursary



*Or Student Finance NI, Student Awards Agency for Scotland or Student Finance Wales if you live in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales.