Paying for University

This section provides information on the issue that concerns many parents with children entering higher education, "How much will university cost?".

Attending university now incurs tuition fees as well as living expenses. The good news is there is a lot of support available that makes university accessible to everyone and GCU offers a range of scholarships and bursaries that can help.

Help with course fee payment procedures includes details for students from Scotland; England, Wales and Northern Ireland; Europe; and the wider International Community.

How much do I pay?

Scottish domiciled students

Scottish students may not have to pay tuition fees if eligible for funding. Eligible students must apply each year through the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). To find out if you are eligible contact SAAS or the GCU Funding Team in the first instance.

Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

The Common Good Award

Choose to study your undergraduate degree at Glasgow Caledonian University and you may be eligible to receive £6,000 cashback and a final-year fee waiver for 4th Year*, giving a saving of £15,000 and capping your fees at £27,000.

How it works

The Common Good award entitles you to:

  • £2,000 cash bursary for three years paid over three instalments each year
  • Plus, a fee waiver of £9,000 covering the total cost of your final year tuition fees*

*  (if student starts in 1st Year)

Who can apply

This is a non-repayable bursary and scholarship. It is open to any undergraduate applicant from England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

The following advice and guidance can help you identify your permanent residence and related fee status:

Students with suitable A levels are encouraged to enter Year 2 of their programme.

How to apply

Apply for your chosen GCU course via UCAS. The data you submit to the Student Loans Company (SLC) will be used to access eligibility based on household income, therefore no separate application is required.

Please read terms and conditions before applying.

Find out more about scholarships available for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Students from Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man

Students from Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man can apply to the Island Authorities for financial assistance.  Where eligible, tuition fees will be paid direct to the University on the student’s behalf.

We recommend that students intending to apply to their Island Authority do so prior to Registration each academic year. Students will be issued with an award letter confirming their financial assistance and this letter should be retained.

Students from the EU and wider international community

International students and EU students can find information on tuition fees and fee support here:

More information

For more information on the support that is available to your child, we recommend the following sites: