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Scholarships and financial support 2015

Information for 2015

The School recognises that the cost of living in London may be higher than in your home town or country. LSE provides generous financial support, the the form of bursaries and scholarships to UK, EU an overseas students, while Government Government support, in the form of loans and grants, is available to UK and some EU students. 

Detailed information about the support available from the UK government and from LSE is available here. A summary of the most recent information is below.

Government support

for students from England

Maintenance loans

A loan (worth up to £7,751 in 2014) to help with living costs during term times and holidays is available for all undergraduates from England.  The Government publishes new information as it becomes available.

Different financial support packages are available fro students from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Students from these countries should refer to one of the following websites. 

Student Finance Wales

Student Awards Agency Scotland

Student Finance Northern Ireland

Maintenance grants

A non-repayable maintenance grant (which was worth £3,387 in 2014) is available for students from families with incomes of up to £25,000. A partial grant will be available for students from families with incomes between £25,000 and up to £42,611. 

The above information on government support applies to students who live in England. Further information can be found on the Gov.UK website.

Special Support Grant

The special support grant replaces the maintenance grant for some students who during the course of the academic year, meet the conditions for being a 'prescribed person' under the income support or housing benefit regulations. Students who are likely to qualify include:

  • Single parents
  • Other student parents if they have a partner who is also a student
  • Students with certain disabilities

Other students may be eligible for the Special Support Grant. You don't necessarily have to receive or even have applied for Income Support or Housing Benefit. Please see the Gov.UK website for more information.

for EU students

Students from the EU are not usually eligible for UK Government financial support. However, EU nationals (or children of EU nationals) who have lived in the UK or islands for three years before the start of their programme (ie, since 1 September 2012 for a programme starting on 1 September 2015) may now qualify for a student loan and grants. Please see the Gov.UK website for more information.  

for overseas students

Overseas students, ie, those from outside the EU are not eligible to apply for UK Government funds. However, there is a range of funding available for overseas students from external agencies, bodies or your home government, details of which are available from your home government, details of which are available from your home government or nearest British Council office British Council, or UKCISA.

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LSE financial support

UK students

LSE offers generous funding for UK and EU students which supplements the Government grants and loans. Our bursary package is one of the most generous in the UK higher education sector. 

LSE Bursary

Students from the UK who are eligible for a full or partial grant are also eligible for an LSE bursary. In 2014 this was worth up to £4,000 per year - or £12,000 over a four year programme.  The maximum bursary will be £4,000 per year for students with the lowest family income. 

LSE scholarships

Each year LSE offers a number of scholarships funded by private or corporate donation to Uk students. The number, value, eligibility criteria and type of awards vary from year to year. Awards are made on the basis of financial need in the first instance, and then academic merit. For more details about these scholarships, and information on how to apply please see lse.ac.uk.financialsupport

Bottriell Scholarships

Six Bottriell Scholarships, each worth £9,000per year, are available for any undergraduate programme at LSE. For details on how to apply, please see lse.ac.uk.financialsupport 

EU students

LSE Bursary

Students from the EU (outside the UK) and with a household income of less than £42,611 a year are eligible for an LSE Bursary, with a maximum value of £4,000 per year for students with the lowest family income. Please check lse.ac.uk.financialsupport for the latest information for 2015. 

LSE scholarships

LSE offers a number of undergraduate scholarships of varying amounts each year to UK students. The number, value, eligibility criteria and type of awards vary from year to year. Awards are made on the basis of financial need in the first instance, and then academic merit. For information on how to apply please see lse.ac.uk.financialsupport 

Overseas students

LSE Undergraduate Support Scheme

The LSE undergraduate support scheme (USS) is designed to help overseas students who do not have the necessary funds to meet all their costs of study. In 2013, the School disbursed nearly £750,000 in entrance awards available to self-financing students of all nationalities. The amount of assistance varies according to individual financial needs but awards are usually between £6,000 and £15,000. This financial aid is available only for study at LSE. Awards are renewable for each year of your programme. The application deadline is likely to be April 2015.

LSE scholarships

The School offers a limited number of undergraduate scholarships of varying amounts each year for overseas students. For information on how to apply please see lse.ac.uk.financialsupport

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