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Student finance help and advice

10 articles to help with student finance, including information about tuition fees, living costs, student budgets and student debt in different countries

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June 15 2016
Student finance


With the rise of tuition fees and changes to the repaying of student loans, it is more important than ever to get reliable information about student grants, living costs and budgeting.

Financial support for students varies across different countries, as do student living costs. However you intend to manage your money or fund your studies, we have a wealth of advice and student finance guides.

A guide to UK tuition fees and student visas: Preparing for university as an international student

When you apply for a visa to study in the UK, you will also be asked to show evidence that you can afford to live and study in the country. This means covering the cost of tuition and other expenses either with a grant or a personal source of funding. An admissions expert explains all the essential details.

Scholarship pays students’ rent if they do good deeds

You could win a term’s worth of rent paid in full by helping an international student settle in. The scholarship, run by Uniplaces, is open to both domestic and international students, and encourages them to do good deeds such as showing a student around, taking them out for dinner or helping with administrative tasks.

English university graduates face most student debt in English-speaking countries

If you thought universities in America would burden you with the most debt, you’d be wrong. According to a report by the Sutton Trust, students in the UK carry the most debt upon graduating – more than £44,000, compared with £29,000 for graduates of a private, for-profit US university. See how Canada, Australia and New Zealand also compare.

Highest and lowest graduate earners by degree subject in the UK

Your future earnings potential (and debt repayment) depends in part on the subject you study. There’s a huge disparity between the median salaries of medical graduates compared with graduates of creative arts, 10 years after graduation. A study of UK graduates also revealed a significant pay gap between male and female graduates. Find out how your degree course compares.

Best universities in Europe 2016: Where can you get value for money?

The best universities in Europe have been revealed by our World University Rankings for 2015-16, but the tuition fees vary greatly in different countries. Exclusive analysis of tuition fees and top universities shows the cheapest places to study in Europe while getting all the benefits of a world-leading education. See the top 20 universities and country tuition fees here.

India, Russia and Eastern Europe are cheapest places to study at a ranked university

The Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings feature universities in more than 40 countries. The quality of education at these universities is high across the board, but the price differs significantly. It might be time to consider some unconventional choices to get value for money.

The soaring cost of student living

Students are getting priced out of university towns around the world because of unaffordable student living costs. Some students are taking matters into their own hands to cope with the financial burden, often commuting long distances or working out alternatives to their original university plans.

Students' financial concerns

Two thousands students across the UK were asked how the cost of university was impacting on their lifestyle. It turns out that all areas of their lives are affected, particularly their social lives. As costs rise, it seems student attitudes in the UK are becoming more extreme. Find out how UK students adapt to increasing costs of university.

Student blog: Tips for managing money when you have budgeting blues

Even when you get to university, financial advice and support is still relevant. Perhaps it’s the first time you’ve lived away from home, or the first time you’ve had to budget from one month to the next. Our student blogger shares her handy tips to help you adjust and organise your finances without stress.

So, who should pay for my education?

The balance between public (or state) funding for university education and private (personal) contributions is a subject of much debate among politicians and policymakers around the world. But what do students, on the edge of becoming taxpayers themselves, have to say about it? The results may surprise you.

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