Tuition fees

For Home students registering for 2021/22 the tuition fees are £9,000 per year for both the First and Second Year.

The LSA believes in fair fees for all students, regardless of where in the world they come from. We anticipate tuition fees for EU and international students registering for 2021/22 will be kept as close to home student tuition fees as possible, while incorporating the additional costs the school bears in welcoming EU and international students to our programme. We are currently establishing these exact costs, and will confirm them early in 2021, so EU and international students can make informed and timely decisions about their studies. Please check back for further updates.

Tuition fees are due and payable at registration for each year, and you have two payment options:

1. Self-Financing Students to pay in full. You are entitled to a five per cent discount if full payment of that year’s fees is made prior to or at registration.

2. By three instalments. The annual fee can be split evenly between the three terms. The LSA must receive the term’s first tuition fee instalment no later than the start date of that term. The terms will ordinarily start in September, January and April.

You are required to ensure that you have secured funds to pay your tuition fees at the point of enrolment. Students who anticipate difficulty in making tuition fee payments as outlined above should contact the school as soon as possible to discuss their financial position and options.

Student Finance Loans

Home Students at the LSA are eligible to apply for student finance for tuition fee loans and for a maintenance loan. You can do so here. Please note you must apply for an Undergraduate loan as the MArch in Designing Architecture is part of the five-year ARB/RIBA recognised course in Architecture.

The LSA is also registered for eligible students to apply for Post Graduate Loans. For any questions regarding this please contact our Admissions Team at admissions@the-lsa.org.

Students whose domicile is Wales and Northern Ireland are required to apply directly to the Wales and Northern Ireland educational authorities. The LSA does not have Scottish approval for Student Finance at the present time but we are reviewing for 2021/22

Our online Admissions Handbook also has further information on how to pay tuition fees, guidance on additional costs and how to arrange a salary sacrifice on your work placement salary to reduce your tax contribution. For any further enquiries that aren’t covered in the handbook please email admissions@the-lsa.org.

STUDENT FINANCE FOR 2021/22

For the 2021/22 our tuition fees for Home Students are £9,000 and for EU Students and International Students they will be £9,000 plus Student Route visa application fees (please note the full amount will be confirmed in January 2021).

Students will also receive a £500 ‘study budget’, which can be used to fund school-related costs, such as printing, making, and study trips.

 

Bursaries and hardship funding

A per-annum bursary of £1,500 will be available to students who are from Adult HE Quintiles 1 and 2 with a household income under £16,000 (to check your eligibility please email bursaries_scholarship_committee@the-lsa.org).

The following processes are also in place:

  • If demand exceeds the number of bursaries available, students will be prioritised on highest need based on actual level of household income.
  • We may also decide to utilise available money from the Hardship Fund (see below) to award additional bursaries, where deemed necessary.
  • Should demand be less than then number of bursaries available, any unallocated bursary funds can be reallocated into the Hardship Fund (see below).

We will provide significant additional funding as part of our Hardship Fund, to which students can apply for support (whether or not they have received a bursary). Hardship Fund allocations will be made on an individual basis, based on demonstrated financial need. These funds can supplement bursary allocations or provide financial support to students who do not meet the bursary criteria. Funds can be used to cover additional costs associated with an architecture course, such as model making and printing, to ensure successful participation in learning.

Arranging a salary sacrifice of your course fees with your practice

You may consider entering into a salary sacrifice with your practice in regard to your placement provider covering part of your tuition fees to the London School of Architecture. If this is correctly structured it will save you and the practice money, but it is important that this is carefully structured to avoid any tax problems.

If you enter into a salary sacrifice your practice will meet part of the tuition fees to the London School of Architecture on your behalf. Your salary will be reduced by the agreed amount that your practice has met on your behalf. On this basis the tuition fees are paid out of gross salary so this creates a tax saving for you, but in addition you and they save National Insurance on the agreed sacrificed amount. This will only work if your contract of employment is revised to reflect that your earnings have been reduced by the amount of the salary sacrifice. In doing this it is imperative to ensure that this leaves you with earnings (after salary sacrifice) above the National Minimum Wage. It is also important that your payroll record reflects the salary sacrifice so the earnings are shown to be the revised sum (salary after salary sacrifice).

Once you enter into this arrangement it cannot be terminated for the 12-month period unless you experience a ‘lifestyle change’. While the tax legislation does not define a ‘lifestyle event’, this is considered by HMRC to include marriage, divorce, or an employee’s spouse or partner becoming redundant or pregnancy. It is sensible before accepting an event is a ‘lifestyle event’ that you get HMRC written acceptance.

If you would like to pursue a salary sacrifice arrangement, you should discuss it directly with your practice as soon as possible, as the practice would need to seek approval from HMRC. We can supply your practice with extensive guidance on salary sacrifice, and sample letters and FAQs for each to amend to their needs. The practice is under no obligation to enter a salary sacrifice arrangement with you.

The above is subject to current UK legislation.