Funding teacher training

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Training to be a teacher can be a big investment and you need to consider course and living costs, as costs vary between programmes and regions of the UK. Find out what financial help is available…


To encourage graduates to teach certain subjects non repayable bursaries of up to £30,000 are available in England. Eligibility depends on the subject and age range you plan to teach and your degree class and is only available if you're not currently employed as a teacher.

Tax-free bursaries are offered for trainee primary teachers with a 2:1 or above and there are higher financial incentives for primary maths specialist trainees if you have a 2:2 or above

If you train through school-led teacher training such as School Direct you could also qualify for a bursary of up to £30,000.

For more detailed information on bursaries and scholarships see Get into Teaching - Bursaries and Funding.


A few professional bodies offer teaching scholarships of £30,000 in physics and £25,000 in chemistry, computing and maths. These competitive scholarships are aimed at those with a first or 2:1 degree, who are passionate about their subject and have the potential to be inspirational teachers.

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Tuition fee loans

There are two types of loan available for home and European Union (EU) students: tuition fee loans and maintenance loans. Both types are available to all trainee teachers who meet the eligibility requirements. Tuition fees are not repaid until you are working and earning over the repayment threshold, for 2014/15 this is £17,335.

You might be entitled to extra help on top of this, such as a means-tested, non-repayable maintenance grant. If you live in Scotland and are planning to do your training there, you don't normally need to pay tuition fees. To check your eligibility, visit:

Other loans will charge interest and will vary between lenders.

If you're a home or EU full- or part-time student, you can apply for a tuition fee loan. Full-time students can borrow up to £9,000 and those studying part time can borrow amounts up to £6,750. Tuition fee loans are repayable and your eligibility may be affected if you've studied before.

Maintenance loans

You may be eligible for a maintenance loan to help with accommodation and living costs while you are a full-time student in England. The amount you receive can range from £4,418 to £8,009 and will depend on factors such as whether you are living at home and whether you in or out of London.

Maintenance grants

To be eligible you must be a full-time UK student and the money is paid into your bank account at the start of term. You need to give details about your household income and your course start date.

You don't have to pay the money back but whatever you get will reduce the maintenance loan you can have.

Salaried training

On the School Direct salaried route, your training costs to gain QTS will be covered by the school, this may also include a PGCE. Your salary will depend on the school you train in and what subject you are teaching. In 2016 salaries of up to £25,000 are offered to trainees in maths and physics.

The early years teacher status (EYTS) graduate employment-based route is a one-year part-time route for graduates working in an early years setting. Salary is set by the employer.

Funding of £14,000 is offered to cover course fees of up to £7,000 and a £7,000 contribution to cover the costs incurred by your employer, for example supply cover or salary enhancement

Disabled students' allowance

The Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) is paid in addition to other student finance. It is to help pay the extra costs you may incur because of your disability and doesn't have to be repaid. It depends on your individual needs and is not assessed according to your household income. Postgraduate students can get a single allowance of up to £10,362 a year.

Funding for international students

Funding for postgraduate study is limited and not guaranteed, often they are bank loans. Students can apply for a professional career development loan three months before the start of the course to receive between £300 and £10,000 for fees and maintenance costs. Students have to have been resident in the UK for three years prior to starting their course and plan to work in the UK/EU after the course. Competition can be fierce, so students need to apply as early as possible.