Fees and Funding
Funding for postgraduate teacher training
Funding for teacher training is available for eligible graduates who are starting their training in the 2017/18 academic year on postgraduate routes including the non-salaried School Direct programme.
Funding amounts will vary depending on your degree classification or highest relevant academic qualification.
To encourage the best graduates to enter the profession, financial incentives are offered to trainees intending to train to teach. You do not need to apply for a bursary – if you are enrolled on a non-salaried postgraduate course and meet the eligibility criteria, you will begin receiving payments at the beginning of your course. Primary education trainees may be eligible for a bursary up to £3000 (dependant upon degree classification).
Eligibility for a training bursary
Eligibility for a training bursary is established by the teacher training provider who will confirm the amount a trainee is entitled to. All bursaries are subject to conditions and you are not guaranteed funding, but you may be eligible for financial support.
Tuition fee loan
If you are on a postgraduate teacher training course which is not salaried, you will have to pay tuition fees. Home and EU students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees charged. This is available through Student Finance England
No trainee will need to pay the cost of tuition charges up front. They will only pay once they are in full-time employment and earning above £21,000.
You can calculate an estimate of your loan repayments on the GOV.UK website
Your tuition fees and any other bursary or financial support depend on your status as a home, European Union (EU) or overseas student. All bursaries are subject to conditions and you are not guaranteed funding, but you may be eligible for financial support.
Student loan for maintenance
Home students in England may also be eligible for a student maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs. This is available through Student Finance England. More information on the student loan for maintenance can be found on the GOV.UK website
Home students in England may also be eligible for a non-repayable maintenance grant. This grant will be means tested and you can apply through Student Finance England. More details about these grants and the funding arrangements for trainees from the EU can be found on the GOV.UK website