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The main impetus of the New School is to untether higher education from its moorings within a system of global debt financing that favours only the wealthy elite. We are an independent body that is not in receipt of government funding, and we strive to keep costs as low as possible. All of our teachers are paid the same and we execute our own administration speedily and efficiently.  

For the September 2024 - June 2025 academic year, the full cost of student tuition will remain £1,800.00 for both home and international applicants who wish to study with us either in-person or online. Owing, however, to the  generosity of and Franc Roddam, we are pleased to implement a pay-what-you-can-afford donation scheme (PWYCA), subject to a minimum threshold of £200.00. This ensures that no one with the aptitude and desire to participate in the life of the New School need be excluded. (Please note that PWYCA applies in the first instance to 'home' applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least a year prior to joining us. The first tier applies only to those without prior university-level experience and who have not received a private education.)

We have created the following rough guide to explain the PWYCA scheme and help you decide what to donate relative to your personal circumstances:

All such offers and declarations of circumstances will remain wholly confidential. If an applicant wishes to donate more than the full tuition cost, the sum will help us to prolong the PWYCA scheme for as long as possible. Please contact us should you wish to discuss either this or the question of the minimum threshold payment, should this prove prohibitive. We hold that no one should forgo a critical-creative education owing to economic circumstances alone.

If you are a refugee fleeing from conflict, a care-experienced person over the age of 18, or someone serving a custodial sentence as a consequence of the criminalisation of protest against the climate emergency, we would be pleased to welcome you to NSotA for no tuition fee whatsoever.


All of our scholars enjoy free admission to Kew Gardens as a result of its community interest company scheme. 

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