Fees, funding, budgeting, and money management

Finance is one of the key issues when deciding to take a higher education course. You may be feeling anxious about your finances and wondering how you will manage to pay your tuition fees, living expenses and all the costs associated with going to university.

We're here to help you with any questions or problems you may have, both before and during your time as a student here. Fees, funding, budgeting, money management - we can help you get to grips with it all.

You can apply for student finance now!

You don’t need to wait until you’re told that you’ve got on your course to apply for student finance. Find out why you should apply now if you’re planning to study a full-time, undergraduate course at Birmingham City University this September.

Financial support

Depending on your course and mode of study, you may be eligible to receive financial support for your tuition fees and living costs while you study with us.

Funding for full-time students

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Funding for part-time students

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Already a BCU student?

If you're already a student here and want to check your fees, then head to our continuing students page.


We want all our students to achieve their full potential. With our High Achiever and Accelerate Scholarships, you could receive extra funding and support to kick start your BCU journey.

NHS and Ministry of Defence funded courses

NHS funded courses

Nursing, midwifery and most allied health profession students can access student loans, and there is an additional government grant for some healthcare students.

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MOD ELC Scheme

The Ministry of Defence ELC scheme entitles service personnel and service leavers to receive financial help with the cost of their learning.

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BCU Boost

BCU Boost is a unique financial support package designed to simplify your student life at BCU, from the moment you apply, through to graduation day. It includes travel incentives, helpful tips for managing your finances, access to professional financial support, and discounts on food and drink across our campuses.

How much does it cost to be a student?

Being a student can be a big change - you'll have to manage your own finances and this can be tough at first. We have some top tips to help you manage your money.

How to talk to your parents about Student Finance

Your parents or carers might be concerned about the costs of university and student life. We’ve got some conversation starters and actions you can take to let them how student finance works and to show them you’re responsible enough to budget your money.

More finance help and information

How we can support you

If you do struggle with money at university, we'll be there to help. Whether you’re a commuter student, have childcare responsibilities or are just concerned about making ends meet, we're here to support you with your finances.

What financial support is available?

How we spend our money

See a breakdown of how we invest our income to benefit students and our city.

Cost breakdown

Frequently asked questions

If you still have some more questions about Student Finance, our FAQs can help answer them.