How we spend tuition fee income

How we spend tuition fee income

Aston Uni tuition fees public benefit


01. The University is a charity and is required to act for the public benefit.

Student experience


02. The University is focused on delivering a high quality student experience and to enable positive employment outcomes for our students after graduation.

Student support


03. Your tuition fees are part of the total university income and are spent on delivering teaching and e.g. the academic and student support available to all students.

Facilities and maintenance


04. The University aims to make a small surplus each year which is then reinvested back into the fabric of the University to maintain and enhance the existing facilities and services.

How we spend
your fees
2019/20 (£126m)

For 2019/20 Aston received £126m in tuition fees and this income was utilised as shown in the chart

  • Direct teaching (including in-person, blended and virtual delivery)
  • Campus costs, which includes cost of owning and operating the buildings (e.g. utilities, maintenance, building costs)
  • Scholarships including widening participation, international and postgraduate taught and research
  • Student support services e.g. employability, pastoral and welfare support
  • IT & Library services including books and e-journals
  • Indirect teaching (research & research led curricula, and future investments such as new buildings)
  • University operations (support functions such as marketing, student recruitment and finance)

Tution fees breakdown