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Scholarships and fees

Tuition fee

The General Course tuition fee for students applying directly to LSE for the 2020/21 academic year is £21,336. The tuition fee is the same for all General Course students, regardless of nationality or residence.

Estimated Living Costs

As a guide, General Course students should budget for the following over the 38 weeks you are likely to be in London, but bear in mind that this is only a guide and excludes one-off costs such as flights:

Estimated Living Costs
 Accommodation From £8,000 for 38 weeks
 Food £2,000
 Travel  £825
 Books £400
 Personal £1,600
 Total £12,825

Financial support

Below is a range of financial support available to General Course students:

John C Phelan General Course scholarships

LSE is pleased to offer a number of scholarships for students accepted on to the General Course in 2020/21. These scholarships were created by a generous donation from the John and Amy Phelan Family Foundation and are worth up to £21,336.

The John C Phelan General Course Scholarships are available to any applicant, of any nationality, who secures a place on the General Course programme and accepts their offer. The scholarships will be awarded primarily on the basis of financial need.

How to apply

Applicants will be sent information on how to apply when they receive an offer to join the General Course. The deadline for scholarship applications is 1 June 2020. 

The BUTEX Scholarship for North American Students

BUTEX offers a number of scholarships for undergraduate students currently registered at an institution in the USA or Canada. If you are a prospective General Course student and you wish to apply you must already have been offered a place at LSE.

The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid once you have arrived and registered at the School. Payment will be made to a UK bank account.

More information, including how to apply, can be found at the BUTEX website. The deadline for applications is the 15 June 2020.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Programme

The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers scholarships for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad.

Award recipients receive up to $5,000 toward their study abroad program costs, including program fees; tuition; room and board; airfare; books, and local transportation.

More information, including how to apply, can be found here. The deadline for Cycle 2 is 3 March 2020. 

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship

As an applicant to the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA), you are considered for a number of scholarships worth up to $10,000, along with the FEA General Scholarships.

Each applicant must submit a completed application form (including two essays); their unofficial transcript; a financial aid form, and request a letter of recommendation. The deadline for applications is 17 January 2020. Scholarship recipients will be announced in March 2020.


Federal loans

The School is a registered institution for most types of US and Canadian student loans. Students taking the General Course as part of their degree course at a university in the USA/Canada may qualify for federal loans from their home university, as the General Course counts as a 'year abroad'. For further information, students should speak to the study abroad / international programs office at their home institution.