Overview of the scheme
The bursaries are for UK-based students who receive benefits because they are on a low income, and are available for certain undergraduate or postgraduate courses (see Eligibility and criteria below).
Bursary applications are reviewed between 1st April and 31st August for courses starting or continuing in the following autumn. Awards are made for one year at a time, so longer courses would require a new application in the following year.
Eligibility and criteria
Eligible Continuing Education courses
- Foundation Certificates.
- Undergraduate Certificates and Undergraduate Diplomas, except for Theological Studies.
- Undergraduate Advanced Diplomas.
- Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas.
Note: Master’s and DPhil courses are not eligible—see University’s funding information instead.
You must meet all three of the following conditions:
1. Have an offer of a place on an eligible course (see above).
2. Be 'ordinarily resident'* and 'settled' in the UK**.
3. Be in receipt of any of the following UK benefits (these may change over time):
- Universal Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seekers' Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- A reduction under the Council Tax Scheme (students in Wales only)
- Pension Credit
- Carer's Allowance
*’Ordinarily resident in the UK’ means that you have habitually, normally and lawfully resided in the UK by choice for at least the last three years. Temporary absences from the UK (e.g. for work) should be ignored.
**'Settled' means being both ordinarily resident in the UK and without any immigration restriction on the length of your stay in the UK.
After 1st April, completed applications will be reviewed on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis (an application must include the required supporting documentation to be considered).
Outcomes will be communicated to applicants individually during the bursary scheme window. If funds are fully exhausted, before the deadline, a waiting list will operate (in case an awardee should withdraw).
Duration and future applications
Bursaries are awarded for one year at a time. If your course is longer than one year, you may re-apply in subsequent years. A bursary awarded in one year does not imply future awards under this scheme—this will depend on your financial circumstances, as well as scheme’s level of funds, when you apply.
Bursary awards cannot be carried over into a future year if your studies are interrupted (involving suspension of status for one or more terms, for example). In such cases bursaries will normally be reduced in proportion to your period of registration during that year; while you may re-apply for a bursary in the following year, this will be treated as a new application.
Bursaries are calculated as a percentage of course fees, and the amount awarded depends on your course category (see below).
The annual maximum that can be awarded per student is capped at £2000 (regardless of how many courses you attend). Bursary funds are applied directly to your course fees (they are not paid to you directly).
Course categories and bursary scales:
Foundation Certificates in English Literature and History:
- A bursary of up to 80% of course fees
Undergraduate Certificate of Higher Education:
- A bursary of up to 100% of the annual programme fee, and a bursary of up to £500 towards each individual course fee.
- Certificate of Higher Education students may also be eligible for additional concessionary fees on their individual courses.
All other eligible courses (see above):
- A bursary of up to 50% of the course fees
How to apply
Application forms for the 2021/22 academic year:
Applications can be submitted between 1st April and 31st August for courses commencing or continuing in the following academic year. You should apply as soon as you can, as the fund could be exhausted well before the closing date.