As an international student, you need to ensure you have sufficient funds for your fees, accommodation, food, travel and books. We estimate that students should budget £1,200 per month to live comfortably in London.
There are a wide variety of organisations in the for-profit and non-profit sectors within your community or network that can help you fund your international study experience. Corporations, religious groups, small businesses, and charitable individuals are a few examples of the many groups that actively give financial support. The key is to ask for assistance.
Here are some ideas that have helped students in the past raise funds for their international study experience.
If you select a program that helps you achieve your long-term goals, it will be easier to solicit funds from sources outside your home university. Keep in mind that local, regional and national groups, as well as individuals, are all possible contributors.
- Heritage Groups that have interests in specific countries (i.e., Korean- American Society)
- Civic groups (Rotary, Kiwanis, and Lions Clubs, etc.)
- Foundations or Agencies
- Travel Agencies
- High School Alumni Associations
- Professional and Business Associations
- Media (newspapers, magazines, T.V., and radio)
- Sororities and Fraternities (local and national chapters)
- Charitable, Ethnic, Religious, and Campus Organizations
Direct, informal appeals often have the best success. Be detailed in how you plan to spend the funds received (airfare, programme fee, tuition, etc.). Include a photo of yourself with your request so that the recipient will establish a personal connection with you. Make donating as easy as possible (cash or check) so that you are more likely to get an actual donation rather than a pledge to donate. Follow up if you haven’t received a response. Remember that every little bit helps.
In exchange for financial support, you should volunteer to give something back, such as regular updates while you are abroad. Alternative actions include things such as:
- Writing an article or blog about your international educational experience
- Leading a presentation, discussion or seminar
- Creating a website video to promote your experience
- Promoting educational and business exchanges
- Contributing to community service and outreach
- Helping others to have a similar international experience
You can also take advantage of crowd sourcing platforms for funding your studies overseas. There are several websites that will help you manage your fundraising campaign such as www.fundmytravel.com.
Alternative Guide for Postgraduate Funding
The Alternative Guide is all about alternative sources of funding - especially charities - which can make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject, or nationality. The Alternative Guide was founded by two alumni of King's College London and is an excellent resource to help you fund your studies. King's College London has purchased a licence to the Guide and it’s free for all current students and staff to use. Login Now.
If you are a prospective student who has applied to King's, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your King's admissions ID number to get an access PIN.
Univerisities in the US often have number of scholarships and fellowships available for their students to help fund postgraduate study, for example the Thouron Award is for available for students from the University of Pennsylvania. We recommend you reach out to the Fellowship Office at your university to see what is available.
US Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits
King’s has a long history of welcoming US veterans to London to study a range of programmes across all levels. For information regarding how to use VA Benefits toward study at King's please refer to the US Veterans (VA) Affairs Benefits page.
To find out which programmes are currently approved visit the VA inquiry database, select United Kingdom and then type King’s College London. If your programme is not listed, please contact King’s VA Certifying Official Lucy Smith at email@example.com; she can contact the VA on your behalf to seek programme approval. As programmes can only be approved on a case-by-case basis once a veteran has indicated interest we are not able gain automatic approval for all our programmes. As a result, we advise you to plan ahead as the approval process can take up to 6 months.
Online/distance learning programmes
At present the GI-Bill is not transferrable for any online/distance learning programme outside the US. As a result, you must be a full-time student and attend classes in London. For more information about enrolling in a foreign university visit the GI Bill website
The transferability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill allows Service members to transfer all or some unused benefits to their spouse or dependent children to enable them to study at King’s. The Department of Defense (DoD) determines whether or not you can transfer benefits to your family. Once the DoD approves benefits for transfer, the new beneficiaries apply for them at VA. To find out more, visit the DoDs website
Free Online Course: Causes of War
Launched in 2015, King's now offers a free online course called Causes of War. The course will introduce you to current thinking on the causes of armed conflict in the world today. It looks at a range of modern and historical conflicts and draws on a variety of theories and approaches. It will appeal to anyone with an interest in world affairs. Register for the free course.
Here are some useful links to help your GI Bill research:
Segal Americorps Education Award
Service men and women may want to consider the Segal Americorps Education Award as a source of funding. The award may be used to pay educational expenses at eligible post-secondary institutions, including many technical schools and G.I. Bill approved programs, or to repay qualified student loans.
If you have any questions and would like to speak to a King’s representative, please contact:
Senior International Officer (Americas)
Tel: +44(0) 20784 88350
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
US citizens can use US federal financial aid to complete a degree program at King’s College London by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Federal School Code for King's College London is G09085.
FAFSA deposit guidelines
If you are planning to fully pay for your studies at King’s using Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and do not have the funds to pay your King’s deposit to secure your place in a programme please follow the guidelines below:
- Each student must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA applications can be completed online on the US Department of Education’s FAFSA website. You must enter King’s School Code G09085 so King’s can receive your application.
- Upon successful submission, you will receive an email acknowledgement from King’s confirming we have access to your FAFSA application within 10 working days of submission. At this stage your information will be sent to admissions to waive your deposit.
- Please keep the email confirmation as you will be required to reply to it when you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer before proceeding with your Federal Direct Loan application.
For details on the FAFSA application process at King's, please refer to the United States Loans section of the Fees and Funding webpage. All FAFSA questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also want to consider private loans to help fund your study. Sally Mae Education Loans
are available for undergraduate study and the College Investor
reviews the best private loans for you.