Whether you're moving away from home for the first time, or returning to full-time education, student finances can seem a little daunting. Here are some simple steps to help you stay on top of the pennies. 

Paying Your Deposit

All International students and Home postgraduate students will be required to pay a deposit to secure a place on their chosen course. The exceptions are:

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate students who take out a student loan
  • Government-sponsored students

Your deposit will then be deducted from your first-year tuition fees. Details of how and when to pay your deposit will be outlined in your offer letter. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions team.

Funding Your Studies

How you can fund your studies:

  • Student loan
  • Receiving bursaries and scholarships from Aston
  • Parental contributions
  • Working part-time

Loans

There are two types of student loan to help you cover the costs of university. You pay these loans back after you finish your course, when you’re earning over £25,000 per year.

Tuition fee loan: available to undergraduate students from the UK, tuition fee loans are paid directly to your university or college by the Government.You can expect to be paid any amount up to the maximum, which equals the cost of fees per year.

Maintenance loan: available to full-time undergraduate students from the UK, maintenance loans help pay for living costs such as food, travel, rent, course materials and accommodation. The amount you are awarded is dependent on household income. The maximum loan you can receive is £8,200 per year.

For more information regarding applying for Student Finance England as a Home student, please visit: Home Students | Aston University 

Support

It's important to us that your time at University is as enjoyable, productive and worry-free as possible, so there are plenty of places at Aston for advice on money matters.

Our friendly and experienced Student Advisor's in the Aston University Student Advice Team offer information on a number of different funds, trusts and bursaries you can apply to for financial support. In the Students' Union's Student Advice Centre offers extensive independent information, advice and representation services. Both of  these team's expertise covers a wide range of areas, including tuition fees and financial worries.

Our hardship fund is called  the Aston Student Support Fund

It’s reassuring to know that if finances get tricky during your studies, Aston University offers hardship funds that can help you get back on track. Find out more here

Scholarships for 2023/24 entry

We offer a range of scholarships to ensure that anyone who is qualified to come to Aston University can do so, regardless of their financial circumstances. We are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential through schemes that help lower tuition and living costs.

Students do not need to apply to be considered for a scholarship because Aston University will use UCAS data, household income information provided by the Student Loans Company and information held on University records for placement years, to determine awards. Scholarship entitlement will normally be determined by the 30th November 2023. Students who are eligible for one or more of the Aston Scholarships will receive communications concerning their award/s through My Aston Portal (MAP).


Are you an international student? We also offer a range of scholarships designed exclusively to support you.

Scholarships for UK students are listed below: 

Aston Achievement / Vice Chancellor's Achievement Scholarship

Successful applicants will be awarded £500. You will receive either the Aston Achievement OR the Vice Chancellor's Achievement Scholarship.

Available to UK students who achieve BBB or above in A-Levels (or particular grades from a list of other qualifications).

No application necessary. The University will automatically assess your eligibility using information on your A Level (or other) results provided by UCAS or at enrolment.  The number of Aston Achievement Scholarships is not limited. 

If you have been selected to receive this scholarship, we will contact you shortly after your place at Aston has been confirmed.

Aston Forward Scholarships

Successful applicants will be awarded £1,500 in the first, second and final year of their degree, with an additional £500 in the first year to go towards initial University costs, totalling £5,000.

Available to UK students with a household income of less than £25,000, these scholarships will not be awarded on financial need or academic achievements alone. The scholarships will be awarded to students with amazing ambitions; students wanting to create a better world through community activity or business ideas, or to those who have overcome significant barriers to study at Aston. 

Application necessary. You will be invited to apply once you have completed the pre-enrolment process on My Aston Portal. Applications dates for 2024 are 19th August to 4th October. Any applications received after this date will not be considered. A limited number of Aston Forward Scholarships are available.

Aston University must receive your household income assessment, carried out by the Student Loans Company (SLC). We strongly advise you to start this process now. You do not need to take a loan to prove your household income, information as how to do this can be found here

View full details on the Aston Forward Scholarships page.

Aston Support Scholarship

Successful applicants will be awarded £1,250 every year of their degree, totalling £5,000.

Available to UK students classed as care leavers, children from a military family or refugees.

No application necessary. The University will automatically assess your eligibility using information on your A Level (or other) results provided by UCAS or at enrolment. The number of Aston Support Scholarships is not limited. 

If you have been selected to receive this scholarship, we will contact you.

Aston Mature Adult Learners Scholarship

Successful applicants will be awarded £500 every year of their degree (excluding placement year), totalling £1,500.

Available to UK students aged twenty-one or over at the start of your first year of study.

No application necessary. The University will automatically assess your eligibility using information on your A Level (or other) results provided by UCAS or at enrolment. The number of Aston Mature Adult Learners Scholarships is not limited. 

If you have been selected to receive this scholarship, we will contact you shortly after your place at Aston has been confirmed.

Aston Aspiration Scholarship

Successful applicants will be awarded £500 in year two of their study.

Available to UK students a household income of up to and including £42,875.

No application necessary. The University will automatically assess your eligibility using information provided at enrolment. The number of Aston Aspiration scholarships is not limited. 

If you have been selected to receive this scholarship, we will contact you shortly after your place at Aston has been confirmed.

Aston Extra Scholarship

Successful applicants will be awarded £50 in each year of their study (excluding placement year).

Available to UK students who have completed formal enrolment and all associated checks.

No application necessary. The University will automatically assess your eligibility using information provided at enrolment. The number of Aston Extra Scholarships is not limited. 

If you have been selected to receive this scholarship, we will contact you shortly after the start of the academic year.

Aston Placement Scholarship

Successful applicants will be awarded £1,250 to support living expenses during their placement year.

In order to receive the Placement scholarship, you must have an Approved placement record on MAP at the time of payment, which will be the end of November 2023. Details on how to get your placement approved, and the Placement guidance pages can be found here Placement Year: Essential Information | Aston University

Available to UK students with a household income of £42,875 or below, those taking an unpaid placement year, or those undertaking a placement abroad.

No application necessary. If you are selected to receive the scholarship, the university will let you know at the start of your placement year or once your placement details have been finalised - you will need to have registered your placement activity for Term 1 by 1st November 2023.

For students where the assessment is based on household income, the university will normally make an assessment in year one.

The Ernest Edward Scholarships for Asylum Seekers

Aston University is delighted to offer up to four sanctuary scholarships for students who are seeking refuge in the UK. These scholarships will benefit asylum seekers or those who have been granted a form of limited permission to stay in the UK, following an unsuccessful asylum application, and who are therefore prevented from accessing student finance.

Find out more and apply.

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria 2023/24

Scholarship eligibility criteria for students starting their studies in 2023/24

Past scholarships
Scholarships for 2015 starters

Our scholarships are based on your household income and/or academic performance. Most are not limited by number, so if you're eligible, you'll get a scholarship.

Scholarships at a glance

 First yearSecond yearPlacement yearFinal yearTotal
Aston Aspire Scholarship - Household income of up to £25,000, UK domiciled and living in Aston University accommodation in first year£1000 accommodation discount£500*£1,000 placement scholarship£500*£3000
Aston Progression Scholarship - Household income under £35,000 and not eligible for the Aston Aspire Scholarship£500£500Scholarships holders may receive our placement scholarship£500 
Excellence Scholarship - If you achieve AAB or above at A-Level (or or particular grades from a list of other qualifications) you are entitled to this scholarship£1,000£500£1,000£500£3000
Placement Scholarship - Unpaid placement or placement overseasN/AN/AUp to £1000 depending on eligibilityN/A£1000

*From the Aston Progression Scholarship

Can't find what you looking for? You can find out more about your eligibility for a scholarship or ask any questions you may have about funding by getting in touch with the Hub.

Terms & conditions

The information on these pages is provided for illustration purposes only and the scholarships outlined within it are subject to change. 

The Student Finance England website has further details on the definitions of household income and other issues such as domicile status (ie: to find whether you are classed asa UK or English student).

2015/16 Scholarship policy

Scholarships for 2016 starters

Our scholarships are based on your household income and/or academic performance. Most are not limited by number, so if you're eligible, you'll get a scholarship.

Scholarships at a glance

 First yearPlacement yearTotal
Aston Aspire Scholarship - Household income of up to £25,000, UK domiciled and living in Aston University accommodation in first year.£1000 accommodation discount£1,000 placement scholarship£2000
Excellence Scholarship - If you achieve AAB or above at A-Level (or particular grades from a list of other qualifications) you are entitled to this scholarship.£1,000£1,000£2000
Placement scholarship - Unpaid placement or placement overseasN/AUp to £1000 depending on eligibility£1000

Can't find what you looking for? You can find out more about your eligibility for a scholarship or ask any questions you may have about funding by getting in touch with the Hub.

Terms & conditions

The information on these pages is provided for illustration purposes only and the scholarships outlined within it are subject to change.

The  Student Finance England website has further details on the definitions of household income and other issues such as domicile status (ie: to find out whether you are classed as a UK or English student).

2016/17 Scholarships policy

Scholarship for 2017 starters

Our scholarships are based on your household income and/or academic performance. Most are not limited by number, so if you're eligible, you'll get a scholarship.

Extensive loans for fees (up to £9,250 per year) and living costs (up to £8,430 per year) are also available from the UK government for UK students.

Scholarships at a glance

 First yearPlacement yearTotal
Aston Excellence Scholarship - Students holding AAB+£500£1250£1750
Aston Placement Scholarship - Students taking an unpaid/overseas placement yearN/A£1250£1250
Aston Aspire Care Leavers Scholarship - Care leavers£500£1250£1750
Aston Aspire Placement Scholarship - Household income up to and including £18,000N/A£1250£1250

Can't find what you looking for? You can find out more about your eligibility for a scholarship or ask any questions you may have about funding by getting in touch with the Hub.

Terms & conditions

The information on these pages is provided for illustration purposes only and the scholarships outlined within it are subject to change. 

The Student Finance England website has further details on the definitions of household income and other issues such as domicile status(ie: to find out whether you are classed as a UK or English student)

Scholarship policy

Scholarships for 2018 starters

Our scholarships are based on your household income and/or academic performance. Most are not limited by number, so if you're eligible, you'll get a scholarship.

Extensive loans for fees and living costs are also available from the UK government for UK students.

Scholarships at a glance

 First yearSecond yearPlacement yearFinal yearTotal
Aston Excellence Scholarship - 
Students holding AAB+
£500N/AN/AN/A£500
Aston Placement Scholarship - Students taking an unpaid/overseas placement yearN/AN/A£1,250N/A£1,250
Aston Aspire Placement Scholarship - Household income up to and including £18,000N/AN/A£1,250N/A£1,250
Aston Care Leavers Scholarship - Care leavers£1,250£1,250£1,250£1,250£5,000

*Your placement year scholarships can be applied once only. If you are eligible for more than one scholarship scheme, you will only get the placement scholarship once.

Can't find what you looking for? You can find out more about your eligibility for a scholarship or ask any questions you may have about funding by getting in touch with the Hub.

Terms & conditions

The information on these pages is provided for illustration purposes only and the scholarships outlined within it are subject to change. 

The Student Finance England website has further details on the definitions of household income and other issues such as domicile status(ie: to find out whether you are classed as a UK or English student)

Scholarship policy

Scholarships for 2019 starters

Our scholarships are based on your household income and/or academic performance. Most are not limited by number, so if you're eligible, you'll get a scholarship.

Extensive loans for fees and living costs are also available from the UK government for UK students.

Scholarships at a glance

 First yearSecond yearPlacement yearFinal yearTotal
Aston Achievement Scholarship - Students holding BBB+£1000N/AN/AN/A£2,250
Aston Placement Scholarship - Students taking an unpaid/overseas placement yearN/AN/A£1,250N/A£1,250
Aston Aspire Placement Scholarship - Household income up to and including £25,000N/AN/A£1,250N/A£1,250
Aston Care Leavers Scholarship - Care leavers£1,250£1,250£1,250£1,250£6,000

*Students can only receive either the Aston Vice-Chancellors Achievement Scholarship or Aston Achievement Scholarship.

**Students are only eligible for one scholarship during their placement year.

Terms & conditions

The information on these pages is provided for illustration purposes only and the scholarships outlined within it are subject to change. 

The Student Finance England website has further details on the definitions of household income and other issues such as domicile status(ie: to find out whether you are classed as a UK or English student)

Scholarship policy

Scholarships for 2020 starters

Our scholarships are based on your household income and/or academic performance. Most are not limited by number, so if you're eligible, you'll get a scholarship.

Extensive loans for fees and living costs are also available from the UK government for UK students. 

Scholarships at a glance

 First yearSecond yearPlacement yearFinal yearTotal
Aston Achievement Scholarship - Students holding BBB+£500N/AN/AN/A£500
Aston Aspiration Scholarship - Household income up to and including £42,875N/A£500N/AN/A£500
Aston Placement Scholarship - Students taking an unpaid/overseas placement yearN/AN/A£1,250N/A£1,250
Aston Aspire Placement Scholarship - Household income up to and including £42,875N/AN/A£1,250N/A£1,250
Aston Support Scholarship - Care leavers, refugees and military families£1,250N/A£1,250N/A£2,500
Aston Mature Scholarship - mature learners aged 21 or over£500£500N/A£500£1,500

*Students can only receive either the Aston Vice-Chancellors Achievement Scholarship or Aston Achievement Scholarship.

**Students are only eligible for one scholarship during their placement year.

Terms & Conditions

The information on these pages is provided for illustration purposes only and the scholarships outlined within it are subject to change.

The Student Finance England website has further details on the definitions of household income and other issues such as domicile status (i.e.: to find out whether you are classed as a UK or English student)

Scholarship policy

Scholarships for 2021 starters

Our scholarships are based on your household income and/or academic performance. Most are not limited by number, so if you're eligible, you'll get a scholarship.

Extensive loans for fees and living costs are also available from the UK government for UK students.

Scholarships at a glance

 First yearSecond yearPlacement yearFinal yearTotal
Aston Achievement Scholarship - Students holding BBB+£500N/AN/AN/A£500
Aston Aspiration Scholarship - Household income up to and including £42,875N/A£500N/AN/A£500
Aston Placement Scholarship - Students taking an unpaid/overseas placement yearN/AN/A£1,250N/A£500
Aston Aspire Placement Scholarship - Household income up to and including £42,875N/AN/A£1,250N/A£500
Aston Support Scholarship - Care leavers, refugees and military families£1,250£1,250£1,250£1,250£5,000
Aston Mature Scholarship - mature learners aged 21 or over£500£500N/A£500£1,500

*Students can only receive either the Aston Vice-Chancellors Achievement.

**Students are only eligible for one scholarship during their placement year.

Terms & Conditions

The information on these pages is provided for illustration purposes only and the scholarships outlines within it are subject to change.

The Student Finance England website has further details on the definitions of household income and other issues such as domicile status (i.e.: to find out whether you are classed as a UK or English student)

Scholarship policy

Scholarships for 2022 starters

Our scholarships are based on your household income and/or academic performance. Most are not limited by number, so if you're eligible, you'll get a scholarship.

Extensive loans for fees and living costs are also available from the UK government for UK students.

Scholarships at a glance

 

First year

Second year

Placement year

Final year

Total

Aston Achievement Scholarship - Students holding BBB+

£500

N/A

N/A

N/A

£500

Aston Aspiration Scholarship - Household income up to and including £42,875

N/A

£500

N/A

N/A

£500

Aston Placement Scholarship - Students taking an unpaid/overseas placement year

N/A

N/A

£1,250

N/A

£500

Aston Aspire Placement Scholarship - Household income up to and including £42,875

N/A

N/A

£1,250

N/A

£500

Aston Support Scholarship - Care leavers, refugees and military families

£1,250

£1,250

£1,250

£1,250

£5,000

Aston Mature Scholarship - mature learners aged 21 or over

£500

£500

N/A

£500

£1,500

*Students can only receive either the Aston Vice-Chancellors Achievement.

**Students are only eligible for one scholarship during their placement year.

Terms & Conditions

The information on these pages is provided for illustration purposes only and the scholarships outlines within it are subject to change.

The Student Finance England website has further details on the definitions of household income and other issues such as domicile status (i.e.: to find out whether you are classed as a UK or English student)

Scholarship policy

Mercedes HPP Scholarships

We are proud to be partnering with Mercedes HPP (MHPP), who are offering our Mechanical, Design and Biomedical Engineering (MBDE) students a generous support scheme to expose and engage under-represented groups into motorsports and the career opportunities this can bring. 

As well as engaging with all our Aston University MDBE students through guest lectures, workshops and QnA sessions, Mercedes HPP are also providing our students social mobility funding grants, studentships and fast-track routes to interview for a placement or graduate scheme with Mercedes HPP.

Find out more about these opportunities and how to apply.

MSc Motorsport Scholarship Programme 

Aston University is excited to introduce the MSc Motorsport Scholarship Programme, designed exclusively for home students. This initiative presents an exciting chance for aspiring minds to pursue a master's degree in MSc Future Vehicle Technologies.

Through this pioneering opportunity, we aim to support and uplift talented individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, promoting diversity and excellence within the dynamic automotive industry. 

MSc Applied Artificial Intelligence Scholarship

Aston University has secured funding from the UK Office For Students to offer scholarships of £10,000 each to students studying the MSc Applied Artificial Intelligence and the MSc Applied Artificial Intelligence (including professional practice)

You must be eligible for a UK Masters Loan. Click here to find out more.

These scholarships are for under-represented groups in the field of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

Find out more.