Teacher training is a big investment, but there’s often funding available to help you.
There are various funding sources to support you through your training programme. It’s not guaranteed, but there are different options you can check out depending on the route you’ve chosen, the subject you want to teach, and your personal circumstances.
The funding available depends on whether you choose the Fee-Paying or Salaried route for our School Direct courses.
School Direct (Fee-paying)
Scholarships and bursaries
Tax-free funding, in the form of scholarships and bursaries, for the fee-paying route is available in a range of subjects of up to £29,000. The level of funding and eligibility may vary depending on the subject you choose to teach, and your degree classification.
These are available via the fee-paying route, for all subjects, regardless of your qualifications and the subject you want to teach. It doesn’t matter if you already have a student loan – you can still apply for both these loans to support your teacher training, and you won’t see your monthly payments increase. Plus, you only start making repayments when you earn over the threshold.
You can apply via Student Finance England (SFE) once you’ve accepted your place.
Tuition fee loans:
Aren’t means tested, so regardless of your household income you should be able to claim the full amount for your course fees (of £9,250).
Are paid directly to your training provider from Student Finance England.
You may have to give details of your household income and can apply for a maintenance loan of up to £9,203 if you are living away from home, outside London.
All eligible trainees will qualify for at least the minimum loan amount for their living costs, regardless of household income, which is (if living outside London) £4,289 or £3,410 if you're living at home.
Check your eligibility via the government website here.
Extra financial support
This is available if you’re on a fee-paying route and if you are a parent, have an adult dependant or a disability. This support does not have to be paid back.