City & Guilds of London Art School is an independent organisation and operates entirely without public funding. As a result the tuition fees we charge can be higher than those levied by other art and design school funded from central government. That being said, we are committed to providing access to our courses on the basis of talent and not just affordability, and to helping students identify the sources of funding available to them.
If you are a UK student on one of our BA (Hons) degree courses, and you don’t already hold an undergraduate degree, you are eligible to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company. These loans cover both tuition fees and maintenance. Please note that this will not cover all your fees (but approximately 50%). Further information on all aspects of student funding is available at: www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance and www.studentfinanceengland.co.uk
If you are a student from another EU country you will also be entitled to a loan towards your tuition fees. However, you will not normally be eligible for student maintenance loans or maintenance grants, although there are exceptions to this rule. For further information please consult www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance-eu .
The School does not have Halls of Residence, however, a list of contacts is available from the School Office which will help you in your search for accommodation.
Professional and Career Development Loans
A Professional and Career Development Loan can help pay for learning that enhances job skills or career prospects. This is a bank loan which is paid back when a course has been completed, however, you don’t pay interest for the period when you’re in learning. A number of our full-time courses are registered with the Learning Skill Council for such loans. Please note that the loan usually covers a maximum of two years. To find out if you are eligible and how to go about applying please visit www.direct.gov.uk/PCDL or contact National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Federal Student Aid for Students from the US
US students on our BA(Hons) degree programmes are eligible for Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education. Federal student aid is financial help covering school expenses, including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. Most federal aid is need-based. The three most common types of aid are grants, loans, and work-study. For further information visit www.fafsa.ed.gov or contact the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Bursaries and scholarships
Each year, the School provides financial support through bursaries and scholarships. These are funded from funds specifically raised for this purpose from a wide range of charitable sources and our own investment income. Bursaries and scholarships are awarded on the basis of demonstrable need and ability, subject to restrictions that have been imposed by the donors of funds. In 2012/13, we were able to support 60 students with a total of £170k. As a general rule, the maximum amount awarded could be of 50% of the tuition fee for any particular year. Please note that bursary funding is not currently available for students on the Foundation Diploma course.
In addition to our own bursary support, we are also able to advise students on their own search for financial support from external sources (such a trust and foundations and livery companies) which provide grants and scholarships to individual students.
Should you wish to be considered for bursary support please speak to the General Office or e-mail email@example.com to request an application form. The annual deadline for bursary funding applications from students finishing their 1st and 2nd years is 30 May for the academic year starting the following October (this also applies for students in the MA course). The deadline for applications from 1st year students in the BA and Diploma courses is 29 November.