Fees and Finance

Education funding is always one of the most active debates in the national student movement. It includes fees for tuition, hidden course costs and student financial support. We work to influence government structures and policies on education funding.
Have a look at our 2020 Budget review to see what we wanted and what we got from the Government. 
Governments and national bodies make funding decisions on:
•    How much money is given to colleges and universities and for what purpose
•    Which courses can charge fees and to what level
•    Who is eligible for student fee and maintenance grants and loans
•    Arrangements for financing student loans and terms and conditions of repayment
•    Any conditions on the distribution of national student maintenance funding
Colleges and universities make funding decisions on:
•    Fee levels, where they are charged
•    Hidden course costs
•    College and university bursaries and hardship funding
Below are some key links to the work we’ve done in each area;
Further Education
Undergraduate Higher Education
Postgraduate Taught and Research
Mature and Part-Time 
International Students

Student Finance Support and Advice

Please be advised if you are having financial issues, NUS cannot offer individual support or advice to students. However, if you need support there are a few steps you can take:
Let your SU know: Contact your local SU for support and guidance.
Local MP can intervene: Email or write to your local MP to explain your issue and ask for their help, you can find your local MP here.
Competition and Markets Authority: The CMA has been known to take up cases on behalf of students around student finance. Find out more about their role within higher education and how to contact them here.
UCAS Student Finance Advice: Find more information and support from UCAS