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Tuition fee route

School Direct (tuition fee) is open to all high quality graduates. The trainee is deemed to be a student of higher education for the period of training. The course is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee, either directly or with a student loan. Trainees may be eligible to receive training bursaries and scholarships.

ITT providers will receive the tuition fee from the Student Loan Company and the training bursary funding from the NCTL (on behalf of the eligible trainee). Trainees on this route without a loan must pay tuition fees to St Mary's.

Bursaries and scholarships

Trainees on the School Direct Training Programme, who are eligible for bursary funding and scholarships, will receive bursaries in the same way as trainees on other postgraduate ITT routes.

Scholarships may be available for candidates who wish to teach priority subjects, and are awarded by the relevant subject associations through a competitive application process. Please visit the DfE website for more information on how to assess whether trainees are eligible for a bursary or scholarship.

The partner ITT provider will receive an allocation of bursary funding from the NCTL for all eligible ITT places, including those bursaries allocated for School Direct places. The provider will then pay the trainee the bursary directly.