If you are normally resident in Northern Ireland, your financing will come from Student Finance NI. Undergraduate students from Northern Ireland could be eligible for up to 10 types of student finance, based on their selection. You do not need to apply for these individually as your funding body (SFNI) will tell you what you qualify for. You can apply for a loan to cover up to the full tuition fee cost per year. This is called a tuition fee loan. You can also apply for a maintenance loan to help with living costs and depending on your household income you could also be eligible for a Maintenance Grant and/or a Special Support Grant. Certain students might also qualify for extra help by way of additional funding to help in various circumstances, such as with having a disability or long-term health condition.


You can make an application for funding online through Student Finance NI. You don’t need to have applied for a course or received an offer in order to begin applying for funding it’s best to apply as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment!

Guide to Support for Full-time HE Students from Northern Ireland 2022/23

Guide to Entitlement to Support and Payment for Students from Northern Ireland 2022/23


Support from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

In addition to any support you may receive from Student Finance NI, the Royal Conservatoire has introduced additional scholarships for new Northern Irish students to partly offset the introduction of a higher level of tuition fee. We will use the residual household income figure as calculated by the Student Loans Company (SLC) when assessing scholarship entitlement. Depending on your residual household income you will be guaranteed to receive the following level of scholarship for each year of your degree programme if you are successful in taking up your offer of admissions to the Royal Conservatoire. You will be able to use your scholarship to either contribute towards your tuition fee or towards your general living costs. Further details will be made available in due course.

Residual Household Income Royal Conservatoire Northern Irish Scholarship
Up to £25,000 £3,000
£25,001 to £30,000 £1,750
£30,001 to £35,000 £1,250