The government has decided to maintain maximum tuition fees at their current level for 2020/21. This means that the maximum level of tuition fee for a full-time undergraduate course will remain at £9,250. This is around £300 less than it would have been had the maximum fee been updated with inflation.
Fees policy for students
Find out more about tuition fees and your financial obligations as a student by reading the University's Fees Policy.
At Reading, you will not have to pay your fees up front. The information below shows how much you will need to pay, based on your starting date at the University of Reading.
Tuition fees for undergraduates at University of Reading are:
- £9,250 a year, for the full course duration, for UK and EU students, if you started your undergraduate course in September 2017, 2018 or September 2019*.
- £9,000 a year, for the full course duration, for UK and EU students, if you started your undergraduate course after 1 September 2012 and before August 2017*.
*The University of Reading will keep this fee capped for the full duration of your course.
Your fees will be fully covered by a loan from the Student Loan Company, in line with its published repayment terms and conditions.
UK and EU students joining the standalone International Foundation Programme (IFP) are not eligible for a loan. Where the foundation year is integrated into a 4-year programme, such as Law with integrated foundation, EU students are eligible for a loan.
Bursaries, scholarships and financial support programmes are also available for eligible students.
Changes to the law
Any decision on raising the tuition fees cap for new UK and EU** students would require the formal approval of both Houses of Parliament before it becomes law. At this time, we do not expect an increase in fees to occur but please check here for updates.
From 2020, the UK government may link tuition fees to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
**Information for EU students
EU students starting in the academic year 2019/20 and 2020/21 will pay the same fees and have the same eligibility for loans and grants as UK home students for the duration of their course.
Students from the EU can find more information about potential changes to their status following the UK's departure from the EU here.
This information was last updated: 31.05.2019.
UK students can get government loans to help towards their living costs, known as ‘maintenance loans’. If you choose to take out both a fees loan and a maintenance loan, these will be rolled together and repaid only after graduation through the tax system, as a proportion of your income over £25,000.
You may be eligible for other grants and bursaries, depending on your circumstances. For example, there is additional support for:
- students with disabilities
- students with children
- students with other dependants (for example, an adult you care for)
- students doing a course in speech and language therapy.
Placement year/study abroad fees
Year Abroad Fees
Some programmes include an optional or required year abroad studying at a host University, working abroad or undertaking a combination of the two. For students starting in 2020/21 and going on their year abroad in 2022/23, a discounted fee of 15% of the normal tuition fee (either at Home/EU or at International level) is payable to the University of Reading for this year abroad and no fee is paid to the host University abroad.
This applies only to situations where the full year is spent abroad. Where only a part of the year is spent abroad the full tuition fee is payable to the University of Reading as normal and no fee is paid to the host University abroad.
Placement/Sandwich Year Fees
Some programmes include an optional or required placement year. A discounted fee of 15% of the normal tuition fee (either at Home/EU or at International level) is payable to the University of Reading for this year (i.e. 2022/23 if starting course in 2020/21). The discounted fee only applies to situations where the full year is spent on placement. Where only a part of the year is spent on placement the full tuition fee is payable to the University of Reading as normal.
To access government loans and other support, apply through the Student Finance England website as soon as possible. Don’t wait until your university place is confirmed – do it alongside your UCAS application.
Other scholarships and bursaries
The University of Reading offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you fund your time at university.
The Reading Bursary
For 2020/21, this bursary will be worth up to £1,100 and will be given in the form of a cash bursary or a partial fee reduction. It is available for enrolled, eligible full-time undergraduate students from England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland or the EU* whose household income falls below £27,000.
(*EU students must be assessed as eligible for funding from Student Finance England in order to qualify.)