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Scholarships and fees

Tuition fee

The General Course tuition fee is £20,520 for the 2019/20 academic year. 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 2019/20. These scholarships, worth up to the full General Course tuition fee, were created by a generous donation from the John and Amy Phelan Family Foundation.

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, but academic merit will also be taken into account.

How to apply

Offer holders will be sent information on how to apply once they receive an offer. The deadline for scholarship applications is 1 June 2019. 

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

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.

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship

The FEA (Fund for Education Abroad) was established in 2008. In 2009, a board was established to provide advice on the needs of students in education abroad and how best offer them more opportunities.

More information including how to apply can be found at the FEA website.

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 year counts as a 'year abroad'.  For further information, students should speak to their study abroad office at their home university.