How will coronavirus impact my application to study at SAE?

SAE UK is recruiting for all future intakes, including September 2021. We have a strong Covid-SAFE plan in place, so apply now to kickstart your creative future with SAE!

For full details of our approach to teaching and learning during the Covid-19 pandemic, see important information for applicants here

As well as your talent and dedication, a career in creative media requires financial investment in your education.

Funding your accelerated 2-year SAE degree

As SAE degrees are only 2-years, you save a considerable amount on both tuition fees and living expenses when compared to a traditional 3-year degree. So, you can study and graduate with a much lower level of student debt.

Funding is available for domestic UK students wishing to study at SAE Institute via the government funded Student Tuition Fee Loan. Applicants may also qualify for a maintenance loan to help with the day-to-day living costs.

EU/EEA Nationals
Funding arrangements for EU/EEA Nationals are changing in 2021. For more details see: 

Non-UK/EU/EEA Applicants (International)
Funding is not available for international students. For full details of international fees see:

2021/2022 Tuition Fees


Home fees

(including EU/EEA for September 2021 intake)





SAE London

£9,000 per year

The annual tuition fee is fully funded via Student Finance England for eligible home fee students.

£13,000 per year

SAE Liverpool

£9,000 per year

The annual tuition fee is fully funded via Student Finance England for eligible home fee students.

£13,000 per year

SAE Glasgow

£7,500 per year

Partial funding is available for eligable home fee applicants who are resident in Scotland via the Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

£11,500 per year

SAE Oxford

£9,000 per year

The annual tuition fee is fully funded via Student Finance England for eligible home fee students.

£13,000 per year


UK students studying on higher education courses may be eligible for various forms of funding, including student loans and grants.

When applying for student finance you’ll need to enter our institution code: S05, along with the appropriate campus code and course code.

Campus London Liverpool Glasgow Oxford
Campus Code A E D S
Institution Code S05
BA/BSc (Hons) Audio Production W616
BA/BSc (Hons) Music Business 4L26
BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Film Production W612
BA/BSc (Hons) Visual Effects Animation 615W
BA/BSc (Hons) Game Art Animation IW63
BSc (Hons) Games Programming G620
BA/BSc (Hons) Web Development W281

There may be some differences depending on the region you come from and the information below provides a guide towards what you could be entitled to as well as where to go to find more detailed information.


Students following Higher Education programmes (BA/BSc) can apply for a student loan to cover the full cost of the yearly tuition fee of £9,000

The Student Loans Company (SLC) Tuition Fee Loan is paid on a student’s behalf to SAE Institute.

You may also qualify for a maintenance loan to help you with your day-to-day living costs.

For more information, advice, eligibility and online application, please visit:



Partial funding from SAAS (Student Awards Agency for Scotland) is available as a tuition fee grant of £1,205 per year to qualifying students studying and resident in Scotland.

Scottish students studying in England will get the same repayable tuition fee loan as the rest of the UK, covering the entire yearly tuition fee.

Students may also qualify for a maintenance loan and additional grants dependent on personal circumstances to help with day-to-day living costs. The maximum loan available is £5,750 per year for under 25s and £6,750 for over 25s, which is based on household income. Students may also be eligible for a bursary of up to £2,000, again dependent on household income.

For more information, advice, eligibility and online application, please visit:


Live in Northern Ireland, Wales or the Isle of Man?

Student support is available via your local Government. See:

Northern Ireland:


Isle of Man:


Other funding routes

Future Finance Student Loans

Future Finance is the UK's largest private student lender

About Future Finance Loans

  • Loans are offered from £2,000 - £40,000 to cover both tuition and living costs
  • Loans are offered to UK, EU and even international students with a UK domiciled address
  • Loans are available to students studying at an undergraduate or postgraduate level

How to apply?

Students can submit an application online up to six months prior to course start. You can get started by submitting an application via the Future Finance website to see if you're eligible.

SAE will be required to verify your attendance on the course before any funding is released; this will be completed after you have attended registration at SAE. Any loan funds requested for tuition will be released directly to SAE to be applied towards your tuition and loans for living costs will be paid directly to you.

Please note that Future Finance is not endorsed or recommended by SAE Institute. Applicants need to make their own decision about how they choose to finance their studies.


Some of our degrees involve additional costs, which are not covered by our tuition fees.

To ensure you budget accurately during your academic studies, please read the below list of extra costs, which you may incur.

NB. This is not an exhaustive list. Please refer to your programme guide for information on core textbooks and course material.

  • Equipment, textbooks and viewing material
  • Stationery and supplies
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Protective footwear and clothing
  • Professional body membership fees
  • Optional travel, accommodation and insurance expenses for field trips and industry placements
  • Optional graduation ceremony costs such as robe hire and guest tickets

Many courses at SAE offer industry placements and field trips, including some overseas travel. While participation in these activities are highly recommended, they are not mandatory.

If you choose to participate, you will be liable to cover accommodation and travel expenses and may need to consider issues like healthcare and public liability costs.


For further information about tuition fees at SAE or anything else, please get in touch:

Via webchat: Email or Phone 03330 112 315