Funding and Finance

Below you will find detailed information about tuition fees as well as financial support you may be eligible to receive. Click the links below to access the relevant sections.


Tuition Fees

As an Erasmus+ student, you are not required to pay any tuition fees to your host university. However, some universities charge small fees for the use of facilities such as the Students’ Union. If you have any queries about any these charges, we recommend that you speak directly with the host university.

The tuition fee payments to DMU will vary depending on your arrangements. This fee includes the ongoing support from the #DMUglobal Erasmus+ Team, and all other services offered by DMU such as the Library, DSU, Student Services, Counselling and Welfare.

Current Fees – Undergraduate Students:

Full Year Abroad – £650 (UK/EU students)/£750 (International)

For further information about tuition fees please contact Student Administrative Support on sas@dmu.ac.uk or call 0116 257 7595 (option 3).


UK Tuition Fee Loan

If you normally apply for a UK Student Loan, you are strongly advised to apply for one for your period abroad. Being an Erasmus+ student does not affect your eligibility to apply for one. However, you should only apply for the tuition fee loan amount that you have been requested to pay by De Montfort University. For example, if you only have to pay £650 to DMU during your year abroad, you should only apply for a tuition fee loan to cover that amount.

It is your responsibility to supply full information of your period abroad to your academic department and to Student Finance for your funding. This information will be used to ensure that University records are correct and the correct tuition fee is applied.

If there is a discrepancy in the amount Student Finance states you must borrow and the amount DMU states you must pay, please contact Student Administrative Support on sas@dmu.ac.uk or call 0116 257 7595 (option 3).

Do I need to provide evidence of my study abroad plans to Student Finance?

Once your study abroad plans are confirmed, #DMUglobal will share your information with your Student and Academic Services (SAAS), who will in turn pass this information to Student Finance electronically.

Student Finance should therefore not ask you to obtain written confirmation from DMU of your year/semester abroad plans.

If they do, or if they ask you to complete their ‘Course Abroad Form’, please contact us on erasmus@dmu.ac.uk for advice.

How will they assess my student loan application?

As an Erasmus+ student, you are entitled to have the maintenance part of your Student Loan, whether you are studying at an Erasmus+ partner university or undertaking an Erasmus+ traineeship. Your tuition fee loan should be in line with what you have been asked to pay to DMU.

Can I qualify for a maintenance loan or grants?

Students who have not been eligible for a Maintenance Loan or Grant in the first two years of their study may still be eligible for it, for their year abroad. Please check with the relevant funding body.


Erasmus+ grants

Students participating in the Erasmus+ programme may be eligible for a grant (not means tested), which is designed to help cover some of the costs of your time spent overseas.  The Erasmus+ grant is only intended to assist you with additional costs incurred through living abroad. It is not enough to cover all your expenses and should not be relied on for essential living costs such as food and rent.

Anyone on a work placement for 2 to 12 months or a study placement for 3 to 12 months is eligible. The current financial support on offer for Erasmus+ participants going overseas in 2018-19 is as follows:

Study

  • Up to €420 per month for higher cost of living countries OR
  • Up to €370 per month for lower cost of living countries

Traineeship

  • Up to €520 per month for higher cost of living countries OR
  • Up to €470 per month for lower cost of living countries

Although the ERASMUS+ grant is quoted as a monthly amount, the payment is made in two instalments, as follows:

  • 70 % will be paid at the beginning of the mobility upon completion of all the required documentation
  • 30% will be processed at the end of the mobility upon completion of all the required documentation

Supplementary funding for low-income students
On top of the main Erasmus+ grant, students with a household income of less than or equal to £25,000 can claim an additional monthly supplement of €120 for study mobility and €20 for traineeships.

Supplementary funding for students with disabilities and learning difficulties
Additional Erasmus+ funding is available for students with disabilities and learning difficulties.

Please contact us at erasmus@dmu.ac.uk if you have any questions or require further information about the aforementioned grants and funding options.


Travel grant

You may be able to claim a retrospective travel grant from Student Finance following your period abroad. The travel grant is income-assessed and can cover reasonable costs as decided by Student Finance England. Check the Travel Grants web page for more information.

If you indicate on your SFE application that you intend to apply for the travel grant, Student Finance may ask you to complete their ‘Course Abroad Form’ and obtain a signature from DMU.

  1. Apply for student finance for your study abroad using your student finance account. You can register and set up an account if you don’t already have one.
  2. You’ll then receive a ‘Course Abroad Form’.
  3. Once you’ve filled in and returned the form, you’ll automatically receive a travel grant form if you’re eligible.

Keep all receipts for any expenses you want to apply for – you’ll need to send photocopies when you apply. Subsequently, the money will be paid direct into your bank account.

For further information on the travel grant, please contact Student Finance directly.