Income-based bursaries

2020/21

As part of our Access Agreement, the University awards bursaries to eligible full-time UK and EU students.

(The following awards are subject to acceptance of the University’s Access and Participation Plan by the Office for Students)

In 2020/21 the criteria for bursary awards will be based on household income (as assessed by Student Finance*) We also look at whether the address where the student is ordinarily resident is in an area where young people are less likely to participate in Higher Education or whether the student comes from a Black Asian minority ethnic background or Gypsy/Traveller background. We will use the postcode on the student’s University application and check whether this belongs to a POLAR4 quintile 1 or 2. You can check this by entering your FULL postcode on the Office for Students website.

No application is necessary. Students are advised by email if they are eligible for an award, usually in late October/early November after they have enrolled on their course. Awards are paid out in May.

Income based bursaries for students coming from Low Participation Neighbourhoods (LPNs):

Up to £1,700

Students whose household income is assessed under £16,000 by Student Finance*and are from POLAR4 quintile 1 or 2 or from a Black or Asian minority ethnic background or Gypsy/Traveller background will receive £850 in their first year of study, followed by £425 in both their second and third years of study provided they continue to match the eligibility criteria and they are studying full-time: a total of £1,700.

Up to £855

Students whose household income is assessed between £16,000 and £42,875 by Student Finance* and are from POLAR4 quintile 1 or 2 or from a Black or Asian minority ethnic background or Gypsy/Traveller background will receive £425 in their first year of study, followed by £215 in both their second and third years of study provided they continue to match the eligibility criteria and they are studying full-time: a total of £855.

*Student Finance England, Wales or Northern Ireland