Below are the possible funding options available to you when studying at The Royal Veterinary College.

By selecting the options below we will filter the possible funding options available to you. 

If your country of residence is outside the UK, you may have additional funding support available, please check your local government website.

Take a look at how to determine your fee status.

EU/EEA and Swiss national students who have started an eligible course in the 2020/21 academic year or earlier academic years remain eligible to pay the “home” rate of tuition fees and claim any financial support for which they are currently eligible for the duration of that course.  

EU/EEA and Swiss national students starting studies in the 2021/22 academic year or later academic years may no longer be eligible to pay the “home” rate of tuition fees and claim any financial support for their studies - but this depends on your personal circumstances (including immigration status and residence history in the UK) and UK government rules which are currently being developed. For further information on this emerging situation, please visit UK Council for International Affairs Brexit pages.   Last modified: 05 November 2020

Loans and Grants - 2021/22 Government Financial Support for Undergraduate UK and EU Students

Please note: SLC issues guidance for prospective students and answers common questions related to the COVID-19 outbreakIncluding information for part-time undergraduate and postgraduate Master’s students. 

Alongside the bursaries and scholarships offered by the RVC, there is financial support available from the Government to help cover the costs of living and studying. Financial support is available for students from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and other EU countries.

Financial support is made up of four main elements

  • Fee Loan
  • Maintenance Loan
  • Maintenance Grant - this is only available to full-time UK undergraduate students who commenced their studies on or before 2015/16 academic year.

For further details visit;

NB: UK students considering studying on the BVetMed Graduate Accelerated or the BVetMed as a second degree are entitled to a variable means tested living cost loan and RVC bursary. However they are not eligible for tuition fee loans so please consider how you will pay the tuition fees for each year before enrolling. For more info see money-matters.  

RVC Bursary for Undergraduate UK and EU Students

RVC Bursaries are customary to assist students from lower income households with the cost of undergraduate study.

USA Student Loans

The RVC participates in the Direct Loan Program in which federal financial assistance is made available from the US Department of Education to US students studying at the RVC. The purpose of this page is to inform you about the process of applying for financial assistance.

The RVC College will originate Direct Stafford loans and Direct Graduate and Parent PLUS loans and full-time students from the USA who are attending at the RVC are normally eligible for funding. The RVC also participates in the VA Educational Benefits programme.

RVC Scholarship for Biological Sciences 2021/22

For September 2021 entry, RVC will be offering one BSc scholarship per cohort and can be offered to a home or overseas student entering our Biological Sciences programme.

RVC International Scholarships for BVetMed 2021/22

RVC offers one Merit full fee waiver scholarship awarded to one high quality international student entering our BVetMed programme.

Postgraduate Master's Loan

Postgraduate Master's Loan is funding to help with course and living costs whilst studying a postgraduate Master’s level course. The loan is seen as a contribution to the costs of postgraduate study, and is paid directly to the students, so you can spend it as you wish – tuition fees, accommodation, course books, and living expenses.

Further Information

Bursary for Postgraduate Taught Courses

RVC bursary for outstanding home and international students undertaking a Masters in 2021/22.   

Other Sources of Financial Information for Postgraduate Taught Courses

Doctoral Loan 2021/22

How much? Up to £27,265

UK and EU Students starting a doctoral degree in 2021/22 may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan through Student Finance England.

Further Information

Fees Bursary for PhD applicants from non UK/EU countries

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (DFID)

This scholarship is only available to students from Member countries of the Commonwealth

Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships

This scholarship is only available to students from Member countries of the Commonwealth.

Fulbright scholarship

Study a Master's in Europe Scholarship

Study abroad scholarship worth €5000. This scholarship is open to students from any country who are planning to study a Master's degree at a European university in the autumn 2021.

Canadian Student Loans

The Royal Veterinary College is not involved in processing your application for a loan, however we can confirm your student status; please direct your queries to the

For an overview of the financial aid process for Canadian students, please visit the Campus Access website

Students should apply through their provincial student assistance office or website. When you apply for a loan, you are considered for funding by both the Provincial and Federal Government, meaning you only have to apply once for funding for the year. Federal loans are processed via the National Student Loans Service Centre and provincial loans through the provincial governments and student aid branches.

All Internships are fully funded. Stipend provided.

Long Course Loan for Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine course

  • Years 1 – 5 and the graduate entry year are all counted as long courses, and counted towards the SLC’s Long Course Loan (LCL).  
  • The additional period spent on AHEMS/EMS is included when the RVC submits the course term dates to the SLC.  
  • Students at the RVC who are eligible have already been receiving the LCL in previous years and this will continue to be the case going forward.
  • For students domiciled in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, this will mean an entitlement to any additional maintenance support associated with studying on a long course, according to their individual circumstances. These loans are means tested and therefore will automatically be allocated as part of the loan assessment.

For further information on the relevant regional additional support for long-course loans, please see the following links.

Student Loan’s Company guidance for England

Student Finance Wales

Student Finance Northern Ireland

If you are unsure whether you are receiving the correct amount of loan or are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact the Money & Welfare Adviser in the Advice Centre,

BAME Scholarship

A scholarship scheme aimed at improving diversity within the veterinary industry.

Successful candidates will be awarded an annual grant, mentoring from BAME scholarship board members and a support network to help them through their studies.

Please see for application deadline, how to apply and FAQ.

For further information email:

Alumni Fee Discount

BVNA Bursaries

The BVNA work alongside some companies and institutions to award a number of bursaries each year with the aim of assisting students or qualified Veterinary Nurses. A number of Grad Dip students in the past have successfully applied for and gained BVNA bursaries.

Russell E. Train Fellowship Grant

The 2021 Russell E. Train Fellowship Application is now open. Deadline for submission is 1st March 2021.

Helena Kennedy Foundation

The Foundation exists to overcome social injustice by providing financial bursaries, mentoring and support to disadvantaged students from the further and adult education sectors, enabling them to complete their studies in higher education and move on successfully into employment or further studies.

Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Nursing Discounts

A range of discounts are available to students, and sponsors of students, who apply to the Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Nursing programme. The following discounts are available:

Clinical Training Residencies

All Clinical Training Residencies are fully funded. 

  • As a Resident your tuition fees will be paid by the department that you are working in.
  • Residents are required to cover the cost of their own accommodation.
  • A tax-free stipend will be paid monthly in arrears. Currently the stipend is £24,500 per annum (subject to review).

Clinical Training Internships

All Clinical Training Internships are fully funded. 

  • As an intern your tuition fees will be paid by the department that you are working in.
  • A single occupancy room in a shared (with others interns) house on-site is available for the duration of the internship for RVC based interns. No pets are allowed in the accommodation.
  • A tax-free stipend will be paid monthly in arrears. Currently the stipend is £16,100 per annum (subject to review)

BAME Nursing Scholarship

For How to Apply and all the terms and conditions

Who is eligible?

In order to apply for this scholarship, you must be:

  • A UK citizen
  • Currently applying to enter one of the UK or ROI veterinary nursing colleges, on a higher education course which is accredited with the RCVS as a ‘licence to practice’ in veterinary nursing, for the 2021 intake
  • You must self identify as being from the BAME community
  • The financial background of your family will be taken into account during the application process and you will be asked to submit proof of this as assessed by Student Finance, with priority given to students from lower household income families.

What does the scholarship include?

  • There will be up to 4 scholarships available, each offering £2,500 a year during the course of your degree, plus mentoring and support.


  • Applications open: May 3rd 2021
  • Applications close: June 30th 2021
  • Shortlisted applicants notified: July 31st 2021
  • Shortlisted applicants required to submit confirmation of place from their university by 30th August 2021
  • Scholarship winners notified by September 6th 2021

ACT Scholarships

We’re delighted to offer the following scholarships for students on undergraduate programmes at the RVC, kindly funded by philanthropic funds given to the RVC.

Further Masters Funding Options

The page below details potential funding options, including links to Charities and Trusts, available to potential MRes applicants:

AVTRW Diamond Jubilee Student Grant

The AVTRW have just launched a new student grant scheme, worth up to £1500 per undergraduate project.

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