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Fees and funding

Scholarships, bursaries, loans and tuition fees

Each year, LSE awards generous financial support to its undergraduate students. In addition to LSE's own funds, students may be able to access scholarships and financial support from governments and agencies around the world.

The scholarship has allowed me to feel financially stable, and broaden my horizons both academically and socially; I am able to purchase new books, buy into societies at LSE and go out and meet new people!



Tuition fees

Every undergraduate student is charged a fee each year of their programme.

The tuition fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It does not cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.

Tuition fees are fixed each Spring for the following academic year only, and are published in the Table of Fees.

All queries regarding your tuition fees and payment of tuition fees are dealt with by the LSE Fees Office.

Fee status classification

On receipt of your UCAS form the School carries out an assessment of your fee status determining the amount you are likely to pay at Registration. This decision is based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education: Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 2007.

Further information on fee status classification

Living costs

We estimate that you should allow approximately £1,300 to £1,400 per month for all living expenses, including accommodation, travel, food, laundry, study costs, and other personal expenses. This will vary depending on your lifestyle and requirements, so it's important you do your own research.

Please note that if you will be applying for a visa, you will have to provide evidence of sufficient funds, and these amounts may vary.

More details on living costs and making a budget.

UK Government Student Finance

Loans for tuition fees and maintenance support are available for eligible students from the UK government.

Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for additional financial support, such as the Disabled Students' Allowance, Childcare Grant, Parents' Learning Allocance and Adult Dependents Grant.

For further information, and to apply, students should visit the website of the relevant funding authority for the nation they normally reside in: 

Student Finance England

Student Finance Northern Ireland

Student Awards Agency for Scotland

Student Finance Wales 

LSE financial support - students with Home fee status


LSE Bursary

The LSE Bursary is available for Home fee status LSE students and awarded according to household income. The LSE Discretionary Bursary is awarded based on exceptional financial circumstances. More information about LSE Bursaries.


LSE scholarships

Each year LSE awards a number of scholarships, funded by private donations. The number, value, eligibility criteria and type of scholarships vary from year to year. More information about LSE scholarships


LSE Accommodation Bursary 

The LSE Accommodation Bursary is designed to encourage students from lower-income households to apply for accommodation in halls. Available for UK nationals, the value of the award will vary depending on the number of recipients and financial need. 


Care Experienced and Estranged Student Bursary  

LSE recognises that care experienced and estranged students may face challenges in accessing and studying in higher education. The Care Experienced and Estranged Student Bursary is available to provide additional financial support to eligible students. 

LSE financial support - students with Overseas fee status

The School provides generous financial support, in the form of bursaries and scholarships to Overseas fee status students. 

Each year LSE awards a number of scholarships, funded by private donations. The number, value, eligibility criteria and type of scholarships vary from year to year. More information about LSE financial support for Overseas students.

LSE Access to Education Scholarships

LSE is offering LSE Access to Education Scholarships offers support for tuition fee and living costs for:

  • asylum seekers
  • refugees
  • those with humanitarian protection
  • those resident in the UK and granted Discretionary/Limited Leave to Remain in the UK

LSE The General Course 

LSE's year long study abroad programme allows student from overseas universities to spend a full academic year at LSE. Known as The General Course it offers more than 300 available courses covering the full range of social science subjects.

More information about the fees and the funding available for this one year undergraduate programme can be found here.