We understand that fees and financial assistance are important considerations when choosing where to study. This section aims to provide you with a summary of the fees and the financial assistance available to prospective and current students.

The Architectural Association is committed to providing as many talented students as possible the opportunity to study at its School in London. Around one in six AA students receive financial assistance from the School's Scholarship, Bursary and Assistantship programme.

Please note that tuition fees for the 2015/16 academic year are subject to change. Any changes to tuition fees will be announced in January/February 2015.


1. FEES


Tuition Fees for 2014/15 Academic Year

The AA School's annual tuition fees are the same for all students. The AA Council has ratified the fees for main school programmes for the next academic year. Tuition fees for 2014/15 are as follows:

  • Foundation: £17,640
  • Undergraduate (annual fee, First to Fifth Years): £18,990

Please note: All Undergraduate and Graduate students are required to pay an additional £95 AA Membership and Student Forum fee per year. This amount will be added to the Term 1 tuition fees.

  • MA/MSc: £23,262
  • MArch (16 months): £30,683
  • MPhil/PhD Research Degrees: £20,950
  • Taught MPhil in Architecture (Projective Cities) programme (20 months): £34,248
  • AAIS Postgraduate Diploma in Spatial Performance and Design (12 months full time): £18,141
  • AAIS Postgraduate Diploma in Spatial Performance and Design (24 months part time - two days per week) Tuition fee level for 2014/15: £7,256
  • AA Diploma Conservation of Historic Buildings (24 months part time, one day per week) Tuition fee level for 2014/15: £6,180

Please note: All Undergraduate and Graduate students are required to pay an additional £95 AA Membership and Student Forum fee per year. This amount will be added to the Term 1 tuition fees.

Fees below are for the 2013/2014 academic year. Fees for the 2014/15 will be announced soon.

  • Registration with the PSA (Year out and Post Part 2 supervision): £250
  • Seminars: £895
  • Part 3 Examination: £645
  • Weekend Seminar 'Contract Game': £250
  • Plus AA Membership Fee (Visiting): £60

Please note that tuition fees for the 2015/16 academic year are subject to change. Any changes to tuition fees will be announced in January/February 2015.


2. FEES PAYMENT SCHEDULE


Once the deposit has been received the remainder of the fees are payable in advance or on an annual or termly basis. Applicants who have been offered a place before July 2015 will be given the opportunity to pay the full fees for the academic year and take advantage of a discount of 3%* over the total fee for one academic year. Applicants will receive more information, in writing, from the accounts department regarding this matter nearer the time.

The Term 1 fee payment is due before you register on Monday 21 September 2015. Prior to registration you will receive a fee statement which will show the amount to be paid, and the payment deadlines. Please make sure you inform us of any change of address so the fee account can be sent to the correct address.

The Term 2 fee payment will be due in January 2016. You will be sent a reminder fee statement in December 2015 regarding the amount due and the payment deadline.

The Term 3 fee payment will be due in April 2016. You will receive a reminder fee statement. Please note students studying on a 12 month course should have a £0 balance, as the deposit will count towards this final payment. If you made the payment of your fees by bank transfer, you should expect some bank charges and that these bank charges might be reflected in a Term 3 account. (These charges are made by the bank once the money gets to London. The AA does not take any commission from it).

*Fees and discounts are subject to review annually.


3. FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS


The AA offers Scholarships to new students entering First, Second and Fourth Year of the Undergraduate School, who demonstrate exceptional promise and financial need.

AA Scholarships cover up to two terms (66%) of the fees and are awarded for three academic years for First Year students, and two academic years for Second and Fourth Year students. Applicants are eligible regardless of age, nationality or background.

To apply for a scholarship, applicants must complete the online application form and submit a portfolio of work no later than Friday 21 November 2014* stating their interest in an AA Scholarship in the 'Finances and Funding' section.

Applicants whose work is considered to be of scholarship standard will be asked, after an entry interview, to complete a scholarship application form, provide financial information and submit a portfolio for the scholarship committee. Full details regarding this process will be sent with the official offer letter.

Continuation of all scholarships is subject to continued progress in the school during the defined scholarship period. Please be aware that the scholarship is not awarded in cash, the amount will be credited directly to your fee account. Students in receipt of a scholarship are not eligible to apply for a bursary.

* Applications received after this date, but before the 30 January 2015 deadline, will be assessed for a scholarship at the discretion of the school.

This year the AA has introduced bursaries for new Foundation students, joining in September 2015, who demonstrate exceptional promise and financial need. A bursary for foundation will cover up to one term (33%) of the fees. Applicants are eligible regardless of age, nationality or background.

To apply for a bursary, applicants must complete the main application form and submit a portfolio no later than Friday 21 November 2014* stating their interest in an AA Bursary in the 'Finances and Funding' section. Applicants must be available to attend an interview between January and March 2015 in order to be eligible for a bursary.

Applicants whose work is considered to be of bursary standard will be asked, after an entry interview, to complete a bursary application form, provide financial information and submit a portfolio for the bursary committee. Full details regarding this process will be sent with the official offer letter.

Please be aware that the bursary will be awarded for one academic year only. The bursary is not awarded in cash, the amount will be credited directly to your fee account.

* Applications received after this date, but before the 30 January 2015 deadline, will be assessed for a bursary at the discretion of the school.

The AA offers bursaries for new graduate applicants, joining in September 2015, who demonstrate exceptional promise and financial need. Awards range from one to one-and-a-half terms, covering a proportion of student fees for the year.

Applicants are eligible to apply for a bursary regardless of age, nationality or background. The AA Graduate Bursary Committee, bases its decision on a combination of outstanding merit, financial need and recommendation from the AA Graduate School Programme Director/s.

To be eligible to apply for a bursary, graduate applicants must complete the online application form and submit a portfolio of work (if applicable) no later than 30 January 2015 stating their interest in an AA bursary in the 'Finances and Funding' section. Applicants who require an English language examination must also have booked and passed one of the approved English language examinations by 30 January 2015, in order to be eligible to apply for a bursary.

Applicants who receive an offer will be asked to complete a bursary application form and provide financial information for the bursary committee. Full details regarding the application process will be sent after you receive your official offer letter.

Bursaries are awarded for one academic year only and are not awarded in cash; the amount will be credited directly to your fee account. In addition, the bursary award cannot be used towards payment of the deposit.

The following information applies to undergraduate students on the five-year ARB/RIBA undergraduate course only and is subject to current government legislation. Applicants to the One Year Abroad (VSP) and Foundation Course are not eligible to apply for funding.

Tuition Fee Loan

New AA students from the UK and EU are eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan (non-income assessed). New students who have been offered a place should apply to their Local Education Authority (LEA)/Student Loan Company (SLC) http://www.slc.co.uk/. Those transferring from other British schools must inform their LEA/SLC.

Student Loans for Living Expenses

Student loans for living expenses are available to home students, or those who have lived in the UK for three years prior to embarking on higher education http://www.slc.co.uk/. At the present time EU students are not eligible for UK student loans for living expenses, unless they have been resident in the UK for three years prior to embarking on higher education.

Please note this information is subject to current government legislation. For further up-to-date information students should go to the student finance section of the website https://www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance bearing in mind that the AA is a private institution and so not all this information applies.

Many students also find financial assistance from non-AA sources of funding. Please see this PDF for further information and opportunities.


4. FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS


Application procedure

  • The bursary details for 2015 will be announced across the School via the Events List, website and posters on the notice boards.
  • Please contact the Registrar's Office undergraduatebursaries@aaschool.ac.uk in mid March for an AA Undergraduate Bursary application form for the following academic year. It is the students' responsibility to contact the Registrar's Office.
  • Please note that AA Bursaries must be applied for on a yearly basis.
  • The deadline for completing and returning the AA Bursary application form is mid May (exact date stated on form)
  • The AA Undergraduate Bursary Committee, which meets in July to distribute the awards, bases its decision on a combination of outstanding merit, financial need and recommendation from the student's AA Unit Master/s.
  • Please note that any student in receipt of an AA Scholarship is not eligible to apply for an AA Bursary.

Amount of financial assistance

An AA Bursary award covers a proportion of student fees from between half a term to one-and-a-half terms of tuition fees for the academic year. Please note: any Bursary is awarded on the understanding that the student is not in receipt of an additional award that is more than the value of one term's fees.

List of bursaries

The list will updated soon.

Text will be available Monday

The following information applies to undergraduate students on the five-year ARB/RIBA undergraduate course only and is subject to current government legislation. One Year Abroad (VSP) and Foundation Course students are not eligible to apply for funding.

Tuition Fee Loan

AA students from the UK and EU are eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan (non-income assessed). New students who have been offered a place should apply to their Local Education Authority (LEA)/Student Loan Company (SLC) http://www.slc.co.uk/. Those transferring from other British schools must inform their LEA/SLC.

Student Loans for Living Expenses

Student loans for living expenses are available to home students, or those who have lived in the UK for three years prior to embarking on higher education http://www.slc.co.uk/. At the present time EU students are not eligible for UK student loans for living expenses, unless they have been resident in the UK for three years prior to embarking on higher education.

Please note this information is subject to current government legislation. For further up-to-date information students should go to the student finance section of the website https://www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance bearing in mind that the AA is a private institution and so not all this information applies.

Many students also find financial assistance from non-AA sources of funding. Please see this PDF for further information and opportunities.


5. AA ASSISTANTSHIPS


A number of assistantships are offered to eligible full-time registered students who are experiencing financial hardship. Students are able to work up to ten hours per week, providing assistance with certain administrative, exhibitions, or maintenance functions.

Eligible students wishing to apply will be told the procedure when they register at the beginning of the academic year. International Tier 4 students must have the legal right to work as per their international student visa.


6. THE COST OF LIVING IN LONDON


An estimate of £325 living expenses per week includes: accommodation at £150 (low estimate), food £55, travel £30, utilities (gas, electricity, telephone) £20, books and materials £20, entertainment £25, and other expenses (such as snacks, haircuts, postage, newspapers etc) £25 per week. This equates to a yearly expenditure (52 academic weeks) of £16,900 for a 12-month course.

Please note: the list above does not include clothes and incidental expenditure such as contents insurance to cover lap-tops, TV license, laundry, etc. At times of the year (usually once or twice a term) students will have juries and table presentations which may require additional printing expenses.

Please visit the NUS (national union of students) website for further up to date information regarding costs of study and living in London: www.nus.org.uk

Contact

Architectural Association
(AA) School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES
Registrar's Office
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4051
F: +44 (0)20 7414 0779

Links & Downloads

Graduate

ONLINE GRADUATE APPLICATION FORM 2015/16



Graduate Prospectus
Prospectus



Undergraduate

ONLINE UNDERGRADUATE APPLICATION FORM 2015/16



Undergraduate Prospectus
Prospectus


Language courses

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