Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about finding and applying for funding options in the UK. If you haven't already, download our funding guide first, as this will answer many of your questions.
Who is eligible for funding?
Eligibilty depends on the type of funding you are looking for, your age, your education level and where you live. Sometimes funding is aimed at those without certain qualifications (e.g. GCSE or O-Levels)
How much funding can I get for a course?
That depends on the type of funding you apply for! Some funding will cover all the course expenses and your travel expenses, other types of funding might just cover your course materials and travel expenses. You should look at the range of funding options available to see what you can get for the type of course you'd like to do.
Are there limits to the types of courses I can take?
Funding can be limited to particular course areas or course types. Sometimes this will be because there is a purposeful push into that area (e.g. digital skills and coding) and other times it might be because funding has been re-allocated.
Do I have to live in the UK to get funding on a course?
If you would like to receive funding from the UK government in order to take a course you usually have to have been a UK resident for at least 3 years and be currently based in the UK. There is, of course, funding available from other countries that you can apply to, but that is not covered in our UK funding guide.
Can I get funding for a second degree?
Yes you can get funding for a second degree in the UK. If you've already gotten your first degree you can sometimes be accepted for funding for a second degree in the following subjects:
- agriculture and related subjects
- architecture (if it’s a MArch RIBA Part 2 course)
- biological sciences
- computer science
- mathematical sciences
- medicine and allied subjects
- physical sciences
You still need to be a UK resident (or with 'settled status') and there may be a requirement on how many hours per week you spend studying (i.e. that is it a full-time or part-time course).
How do I apply for government funding?
Application for funding varies. Sometimes you will need to apply directly to the Government for funding (for example, Student Finance for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees) and other times you will be able to apply in conjunction with the course provider. We advise that you find a funding option that sounds like it would fit for you and then speak to the course provider.