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Research Postgraduate cost of attendance 2020-21

The cost of attendance for a student is an estimate of that student's educational expenses for the period of enrollment. The US Govt. Higher Education Act, Sec. 472, allows the use of average expenses rather than actual expenses for all full-time students in the same category.

The annual cost of attendance has been converted to USD using an exchange rate of $1.35
Important: This is NOT the rate that will be used to exchange loan funds. This is an indicative rate inflated to mitigate against possible exchange rate movements against the USD. This is because the university does not administer exchange rate recalculations during the academic year.

These are the maximum borrowing values and most students do not need to borrow the full amount.
For guidance on living costs please see our Information on budgeting webpage.

2020-21GBP SterlingUS Dollars
Tuition Fees (actual tuition fees table) 19,095 25,778
Catered residence fees/Rent, utilities, food 12,732 17,188
Travel - based on two trips per annum 2,000 2,700
Computer equipment / books, etc. 1,200 1,620
Personal / living expenses (52 weeks) 4,680 6,318
Total £39,707 $53,604

Please note that the above figures are provided as guidance for students applying for US Federal Direct Loans or private loans. The costs are for the full academic year. These figures are recalculated at the end of MAY for the next standard academic year beginning in September. IMPORTANT: The dollar value for every loan disbursement will be converted to sterling based on the exchange rate on the day that the funds are received by the university bank.

There are different CoAs for research students with continuation or extension fees. Please confirm your fee to the US Loan Team.

If you are an entrant student at St Andrews you are eligible to add the following charges to your cost of attendance, if you wish:

  GBP Sterling US Dollars
General Council Fee* 50 68
Visa 348 470
Immigration Health Surcharge** 1,350 1,823
Total £1,748 $2,360

*one-off fee applicable to all students

** Immigration Health Surcharge (based on 4 years of study)

US Federal Law also permits the university to increase an individual cost of attendance for some additional costs, including, but not limited to:

  • An allowance for dependent care
  • An allowance to assist with any disability

For further information on extenuating costs please e-mail


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