FUNDING AND FINANCE

This section includes important information about fees and access to student finance loans. Please note that we are currently unable to support prospective students with visas unless you currently hold a valid visa to study and work in the UK: we do not currently have a Student Route Visa (previously ‘Tier 4’) UKVI licence. EU and International students currently residing in the UK with alternative visas allowing for study and work within the UK are eligible to apply. We hope to obtain a UK licence soon and we will update this information accordingly if our application is successful. We offer small bursaries to support enrolled students and have a hardship fund. Please familiarise yourself with our Refunds and Compensation Policy in this section before applying.

TUITION FEES
STUDENT FINANCE LOANS
STUDY BUDGET FOR 2023/24
BURSARIES AND HARDSHIP FUNDING
REFUNDS AND COMPENSATION POLICY

TUITION FEES 

HOME FEES – 2023/24

For Home students registering for 2023/24 the tuition fees are £9,000 per year for both the First and Second Year.

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.

INTERNATIONAL TUITION FEES – 2023/24

EU/EEA students who have been living in the UK for 3 years or more and have pre-settled or settled status: Tuition fees will be £9,000 and students are eligible for the home student fee rate and able to apply for the full amount from the Student Loan Company.

EU/EEA students who have been living in the UK for less than 3 years and have a pre-settled status: Tuition fees will be £15,000 – these students will not be eligible for SLC funding.

International students who have lived in the UK for more than 3 years, have a visa (allowing you to live and study in the UK) or the duration of the course: Tuition fees will be £9,000 – these students will not be eligible for SLC funding.

International students who have lived in the UK for less than 3 years, have a visa (allowing you to live and study in the UK) for the duration of the course: Tuition fees will be £15,000.

We do not currently hold a Sponsor Licence from UKVI to support International Students in obtaining a visa to live and study in the UK. We are in process of applying for a Sponsor Licence and will update this information if our application is successful. If you require further information please email admissions@the-lsa.org.

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.

In the event that you are not eligible for an Undergraduate loan, the LSA is also registered for eligible students to apply for Post Graduate Loans. For any questions regarding this process 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.

For any further enquiries please email admissions@the-lsa.org.

STUDY BUDGET FOR 2023/24

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 in the range of £600 – £1,800 will be available to selected students.

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.

REFUNDS AND COMPENSATION POLICY

This regulation does not apply should a student exercise their statutory right to cancel their enrolment within 14 days, in which case no fees or charges will apply and any monies paid will be refunded.

1) There is no general entitlement to a refund of tuition fees once a student has registered on their course, except in the case of overpayment or receipt of sponsorship after payment of the fees by the student. Refunds for other reasons will only be made in specific circumstances as set out below.

2) Where a fee (or prepayment) refund is agreed it will be made payable to the individual or organisation that originally paid the fees (or prepayment, as applicable) within 14 days of the refund being approved by the LSA. For example:

3) a) where a student’s fees are paid by the SLC, as part of a tuition fee loan or grant, any refund will be made to the SLC;

b) where a student’s fees are paid by the student, any refund will be made to their verified bank account; and

c) if a student’s fees are paid by their employer or another third party, any refund will be made to the verified bank account of the employer or third party that originally paid the fees.

Early withdrawals within the first three weeks of the start of the course

4) Where a student withdraws from their course during the first three weeks of the first year of study the LSA will waive any tuition or associated fee liability (including any prepaid tuition fees excluding the deposits) relating to attendance on that course. Further information in relation to such withdrawals is provided as follows:

5) a) This applies to students starting a new course only (first year of the MArch in Designing Architecture programme), and so students starting the second year of a course are not covered by this Policy.

b) This applies to all categories of student: Home, EU and Overseas (where permitted without Tier 4 visas).

c) The three-week period starts from the formal registration start date of the course.

d) This policy only covers students who register in their course and then withdraw from the course. It does not affect the existing requirement for students to pay their tuition fees at the times specified (or provide evidence of sponsorship) on or by registration, and it does not in any way sanction an extended deadline for the payment of fees.

Withdrawal after three weeks of course

6) It is currently LSA policy for a student who withdraws three weeks or more after registration on their course to be liable for the full terms’ fee, except, in specified circumstances as set out below:

7) a) Where a student with an undergraduate SLC tuition fee loan withdraws from their course, the LSA will only receive the relevant proportion of the SLC fee loan triggered by the student’s attendance on the specified census date(s). For example the LSA will only receive the Spring term fees payment if the student is continuing to attend during that term. The fee liability of an undergraduate SLC-sponsored student who withdraws from their course will therefore be restricted to the amount of fee payable by the SLC, and the student will not be liable to pay the balance of the course fee not met by the SLC.

b) Where a student is prevented from continuing on a course due to medical or other exceptional reasons outside their reasonable control. Any such refund request must be supported by such evidence as may be reasonably requested by the school, and the LSA will have discretion to decide each case based on the individual circumstances.

c) Where a curriculum-related student complaint against the LSA has been upheld, then you may submit a refund request to the Operations Director for consideration.

d) In the tragic event of the death of a current student there is an entitlement to a full refund of any tuition fees paid by the student for the academic year in question. The normal requirement to produce evidence will be waived where it would be inappropriate in the school’s reasonable opinion.

e) Where a student withdraws from a course at a recognised exit point, then their fee liability will be restricted to the relevant proportion of the overall course fee. Where this results in an overpayment on the part of the student then a refund of that overpayment will be payable to the student.

8) Where a student’s fees are being paid partly through an SLC loan and partly through up-front payment then only the element of the fees paid through an SLC loan will be covered by paragraph 4a above.

9) Anyone not covered by these exceptions will continue to be liable for that term’s fee if they withdraw from their course.

Circumstances where compensation may be payable

10) In the unlikely event that the LSA was not able to preserve continuation of study, the payment of compensation for tuition costs will be considered. Each application will be considered on a case by case basis and the factors which will be considered include:

  • The course of study and circumstances for non-continuation
  • Any mitigation that the LSA has put in place
  • Tuition fees of any study which has to be repeated
  • Any additional tuition fees as a result of transferring
  • Any additional travel costs incurred as a result of changing location
  • Relocation costs
  • Any distress and inconvenience that has been caused by the LSA

11) Applications for compensation should be made to the Operations Director. They should contain as much information as possible and the basis for any estimates of costs should be clearly set out. Claims will be considered within 28 days and the outcome will be communicated to each applicant in writing.

12) Where a student is dissatisfied with the LSA’s assessment of their claim for compensation they should challenge the basis for the assessment by contacting the Operations Director. If dissatisfied with the outcome the student should invoke the LSA complaints procedure, which is set out in the Institutional Handbook.