University finance

Funding sources

Mature students (21 or over)

If you are 21 or over when you start your undergraduate course, you are classed as a mature student. You will pay the same fee as other students and can receive all the same support. If you are 25 or over, any support which is means-tested will be based on your own income (and that of your partner, if you have one) rather than your parents' income. 

Care leavers

If you have been living in Local Authority care you may qualify for the University of Leicester Care Leavers’ Bursary. This pays £2,000 for each year of undergraduate study. 

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Disabled students

If you have a disability, you may be entitled to claim Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) while studying. Disabilities covered include long-term illnesses, mental-health conditions and specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

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Students with children

As a full-time student with dependent children, you may be able to get extra financial help from the Government. A Childcare Grant is available to help with childcare costs, and the Parents' Learning Allowance with your learning costs. You may also be able to claim Universal Credit (or Child Tax Credit if you are already claiming that).

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Students with adult dependants

If there is an adult who depends on you financially, you may be entitled to extra help through the Government's Adult Dependants’ Grant.

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Canadian students

If you are a Canadian student you may wish to take out a Canadian loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees. The Government of Canada provides financial assistance in the form of loans and grants to Canadians attending full-time and part-time post-secondary education in most provinces and territories across Canada.

If you have been awarded a student loan or grant, you must provide Student Fees and Income Management ( with a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility that indicates how much money you will get. We will convert the amount from CAD to GBP based on an estimated current exchange rate. If the amount is enough to fully pay your tuition fees you will be able to register without payment. You will be required to pay 50% as soon as you receive your first instalment and will be advised when the remaining fees are due in line with the dates and number of instalments in the University's payment schedule.

If the loan/grant does not cover the full academic year’s fee, you will be liable to pay your element of the fee liability. You will be advised of the estimated difference between the fees and your loan/grant and the amount due before you can register. You will be advised of the due dates of the remaining fees in line with the dates and number of instalments in the University's payment schedule.

Please be advised that any amounts provided are based on a current estimated exchange rate and the amount your loan/grant converts to in GBP may be different when funds are received due to fluctuating exchange rates.

If you have not received your Certificate of Eligibility then you will need to pay the first instalment of your tuition fees in order to be able to register. If your loan/grant is approved after you have registered, please contact Student Fees and Income Management ( with a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility indicating the funds you will receive so any changes to your due dates can be made.

Confirmation of enrolment

You will receive an enrolment form and instructions in the post from your Canadian Student Services Branch. This must be signed by us to confirm your enrolment before you can return the form back to the correct Student Services Branch. We can only sign this once you have registered with the University.

Enrolment forms for Law students can be completed by the Leicester Law School and for all other students by Library and Student Enquiries.

Canadian tax credits

Students who file a Canadian tax return may claim reduced tax on their education expenses.

Campus based students

Campus based students will require a TL11A (Tuition, Education and Textbook Amounts Certificate - University outside of Canada) form. These will be automatically created and emailed to all full-time Canadian campus based students in February and March by Student Fees and Income Management.

Distance learning students

Distance learning students will require a TL11D (Tuition Fees Certificate – Educational Institutions outside Canada for a Deemed Resident of Canada) form. This should be requested through the DL Fees Team (

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