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Announcement on tuition fees and student financial support

Posted on 20/04/2011
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King’s College London has submitted an Access Agreement to the Office of Fair Access (OFFA) in which it proposes to charge £9,000 tuition fees for all new full-time UK/EU undergraduate students from September 2012. The College’s proposals for fees, financial support and outreach activities are subject to approval by OFFA.

In its Access Agreement the College is proposing that its widening participation and fair access initiatives include both increased financial support and investment in academic innovation, outreach, partnership and retention.

In the first instance, the College will be reinvesting 30 per cent of the additional fee income towards its widening participation initiatives and financial support, with investment totaling over £6 million in 2012-13 rising to £8 million by 2014-15. It is anticipated that about a third of our home undergraduate students will receive some financial support towards fees or living costs.

King's has a longstanding commitment to widening participation and will continue to make a significant contribution to social mobility and raising aspirations.  The College’s landmark Extended Medical Degree Programme (EMDP), established over 10 years ago, has enabled increasing numbers of London students from non-traditional backgrounds to pursue a career in medicine.  King’s intends to continue the EMDP and plans to establish special programmes for access to other professional subjects, such as dentistry.

In addition to the College’s existing participation in national access initiatives including ‘Realising Opportunities’, King’s has agreed new strategic partnerships with neighbouring universities, schools and charities to broaden its access initiatives.

Principal, Professor Rick Trainor, said: ‘King’s has a proud tradition of providing a high quality education for bright students from a wide variety of backgrounds. With our new partnerships we will develop innovative ways of furthering our success in attracting the best students, regardless of their financial status. Nearly a third of the additional fee income will be reinvested in financial support and access initiatives. Some students will not have to pay tuition fees at all.’

Watch a short video about one of King’s science outreach projects on iKing’s http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ikings/index.php?id=519

Fees for non UK/EU students remain as already published.

Notes to editors

King’s College London’s financial support and outreach activities will include:

  • Participation in the National Scholarship Programme - £3,000 matched fee waiver for 116 students with a household income of £25,000 or less;
  • King’s STEM Enterprise Scholarship - £9,000 fee waiver and £1,000 cash bursary, totalling £10,000 of support each academic year up to a maximum of three years.  Up to 30 students a year studying science, technology and maths subjects, with a household income of £25,000 per annum or less, may be eligible for this scholarship;
  • Fee waivers for foundation programmes tbc
  • King’s Living Bursary – bursaries of £1,000 for students in receipt of a full maintenance grant, and £500 for those receiving a partial grant;
  • Access to the Professions - £9,000 first year fee waiver for up to 85 students (rising to 115 students by 2014/15) enrolled on one of our recognised Access to the Professions programmes
  • King’s Student Fund – means-tested awards  of up to £3,000 to support continued high levels of retention;
  • Expenditure on outreach activities will more than double from 2011/12 to £1,359,000 by 2014/15. 
  • Over the past three years, the College has invested some £60m in improving student facilities and there are further investments of £140m planned for the next few years.

Further information is available on the King’s Student Funding web pages http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/ug/funding/index.aspx

New partnerships:

  • IntoUniversity (http://www.intouniversity.org/), a charitable organisation working extensively with children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in London to raise aspiration and attainment in education, and King’s have already done some widening participation work in partnership. We will now develop this partnership further and more formally to focus on a growing relationship between the College and our South London cluster of IntoUniversity centres.
  • King’s is one of the partner universities of St Paul’s Way Trust School (http://www.stpaulsway.org/) and will work alongside Queen Mary, University of London, the Institute of Education and University of East London to support the school improvement programme;
  • Harris Federation of South London Schools (http://www.harrisfederation.org.uk/)- King’s has a long-standing collaboration with the Federation.  The partnership works across different age groups in schools with the objective of increasing the number of pupils who will successfully apply to King’s;
  • Goldsmiths, Greenwich and London South Bank universities have agreed to collaborate with King’s to embed best practice from their partnership and to maintain long-term links with the schools and colleges that they work with;
  • A new link with the Helena Kennedy Foundation (http://www.hkf.org.uk/) to adopt best practice on hardship metrics and on support for students in the university environment;
  • The School of Arts & Humanities has become a member of London Citizens (http://www.citizensuk.org/about/london-citizens/).  The partnership will involve information and guidance initiatives as well as outreach and activities with local schools.

For further information please contact the Public Relations office on 0207 848 3202 or email pr@kcl.ac.uk

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