Eligibility and Funding 2022-23

Eligibility and Funding 2022-23

Last Updated: February 7th 2022

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Eligibility and Funding

There are three types of funding available for teacher training – depending on your circumstances, you could receive all three:

  1. Tax-free bursary or scholarship
  2. Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan
  3. Additional financial support if you’re a parent or have a disability
School Direct offers 2 types of places:
  • School Direct: SALARIED
    Aimed at CAREER CHANGERS with work experience. This experience will normally have been gained since leaving university and does not have to be from an educational setting.
    You are employed as a member of staff in school, as an unqualified teacher and the amount you earn will be dependent on the school you train in and the subject you’re teaching. For most trainees, this will be at the lower end of the salary scale. There are usually no fees for this route as the school is funding this.
    N.B. You must be eligible to work in England as an unqualified  teacher and not already hold QTS or be eligible to receive QTS.
  • School Direct: TRAINING ROUTE
    Open to all graduates who meet the minimum entry requirements.
    Funded by tuition fees (£9,250) paid by the trainee directly. You will be eligible for the standard student support package, including training bursaries, tuition fee loans and scholarships where applicable.
  • There is also an Apprentice Route – which is similar to the salaried School Direct route. Further details to follow.

Salaried Places

Bursaries and loans are not available to those who secure salaried places in schools. Trainees are employed as an unqualified teacher scale. Where you fit into these ranges will depend on your position, experience, performance and location, as well as on your individual school. However, it is expected that you would be placed at the lower end of the scale.

Training Places

You are not paid a salary and need to meet the tuition costs.  However, may be eligible for a bursary or other funding sources, depending on your subject, level of degree and phase you wish to teach.


Your tuition fees and any other bursary or financial support depend on your status as a home, European Union (EU) or overseas student. Visit the relevant websites to find out more information about EU status or overseas status. All grants and bursaries are subject to conditions and you are not guaranteed funding, but you may be eligible for financial support.

Tuition fee loan

If you are on a postgraduate ITT course, you will have to pay tuition fees. Home and EU students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees charged. This is available through Student Finance England.

Training bursaries and scholarships

The bursaries available for teacher training courses starting in academic year 2022/23 can be found on the Department for Education ‘Get Into Teaching’ pages, You can register via the website to be kept up-to-date.


Tuition fee and maintenance loans

Further financial support in the form of maintenance and tuition fee loans is available for all subjects, regardless of your qualifications.
Find out more about tuition fee and maintenance loans for postgraduate teacher training


How bursaries and scholarships are paid

How you receive payments will depend on the amount of funding you receive. Your training provider will generally inform you of how your payments will be processed, but this short guide should also help as an overview.
Find out more about how payments are processed


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