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Additional funding

As well as a student loan, there’s other financial support available from a range of sources. Find out more about funding your undergraduate course.
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From your course provider

When you search for courses you can see if any bursaries, scholarships or awards are available from the course provider. The amounts vary across different courses and locations – check the course listings and contact them for more info.

Some course providers offer their own bursaries to help students progress in their studies. These may be offered to students who are involved in particular projects, in certain subject areas or specialisms. Some may receive funding based on their academic attainment, while other students may be eligible for support because of their personal circumstances. To see what bursaries are available at your university or college, contact their student services office or visit their website.


Scholarships

Take a look at the Scholarship Search website which has options for various types, levels, subjects, and locations of study.


Charitable and educational grants and bursaries

There are many charities and educational organisations in the UK which can provide students with additional funding and support, but many students either do not know about them or assume they are not eligible. Do your research to see what you can apply for in addition to your student finance loans/grants – various awards are available based on criteria such as personal circumstances, specific industries/subject areas, or your educational attainment.

Disability Rights UK publish a factsheet which gives lots of detailed, useful advice about applying for bursaries, grants and scholarships.


NHS careers

Students on eligible healthcare courses may qualify for an NHS Students’ Bursary. For more information, and to find out which courses are eligible, check the NHS website.

  • Changes to funding for all new undergraduate nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students for 2017 entry

    English providers

    • From 1 August 2017, UK students who choose to study in England should apply to their home country for fee and living cost support. They will receive support for fee loans and living costs through the standard student support system, rather than through course fees and NHS bursaries for living costs.
    • These students will therefore be subject to the same student finance arrangements that apply to other undergraduates in 2017/18.
    • View the Government policy paper for further information about transitional arrangements and why changes have been made. 

    Scottish providers

    • From 1 August 2017, UK students who choose to study in Scotland, and who are not ordinarily domiciled in Scotland, should apply to their home country for fee and living cost support. 
    • These students will receive support for fee loans and living costs through their home country’s standard student support system, rather than through the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). They will, therefore, be subject to the same student finance arrangements that apply to other undergraduates not ordinarily domiciled in Scotland in 2017/18.
    • Students who are ordinarily domiciled in Scotland, who choose to study in another part of the UK, should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for the standard undergraduate support package. The Scottish Government has written to all Scottish universities and colleges to explain the changes. 

    Welsh providers

    • From 1 August 2017, UK and EU students who choose to study in Wales will continue to receive the current bursary package, subject to them meeting a new eligibility requirement.
    • Students must now sign an agreement to work in Wales for two years post-study, to be eligible for the healthcare bursary. This will apply to all UK and EU students.
    • If the student chooses not to agree to the two-year tie in, they will not be eligible for the healthcare bursary. These students should apply to their home country for fee and living cost support, and will therefore be subject to the same student finance arrangements that apply to other undergraduates in 2017/18.

    NI providers

    From 1 August 2017, only Northern Irish and EU students will be able to apply for courses at NI providers. Bursary arrangements for these students remain in place. 

     

    Provider country

    English domiciled Welsh domiciled NI domiciled Scottish domiciled EU domiciled 
    England

    Apply for standard undergraduate support package from Student Finance England and extra NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) support.

    Apply for standard undergraduate support package from Student Finance Wales. Apply for standard undergraduate support package from Student Finance NI. Apply for standard undergraduate support package from Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) Apply for standard undergraduate support package from Student Finance Services.
    Wales

    If you meet two year post-study requirement, bursary available and Reduced Rate Maintenance Loan (RRML) from Student Finance England.

    Or, if you choose to not agree to tie-in, apply for standard undergraduate support package from Student Finance England.

    If you meet two year post-study requirement, bursary available and Reduced Rate Maintenance Loan (RRML) from Student Finance Wales.

    Or, if you choose to not agree to tie-in, apply for standard undergraduate support package from Student Finance Wales.

    If you meet two year post-study requirement, bursary available and Reduced Rate Maintenance Loan (RRML) from Student Finance NI.

    Or, if you choose to not agree to tie-in, apply for standard undergraduate support package from Student Finance NI.

    If you meet two year post-study requirement, bursary available and Reduced Rate Maintenance Loan (RRML) from Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

    Or, if you choose to not agree to tie-in, apply for standard undergraduate support package from Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

    If you meet two year post-study requirement, bursary available.

    Or, if you choose to not agree to tie-in, apply for fee support from Student Finance Services.

    NI Cannot apply.  Cannot apply.  Bursary and Reduced Rate Maintenance Loan (RRML) for allied health professionals, and bursary only for nursing and midwifery.  Cannot apply. Bursary available. 
    Scotland  Apply for standard undergraduate support package from Student Finance England. Apply for standard undergraduate support package from Student Finance Wales. Apply for standard undergraduate support package from Student Finance NI. Apply for standard support package (allied health professionals) or bursary  support package (nursing and midwifery students) from Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). Apply for standard support package (allied health professionals) or Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary support package from Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)

     

    Exceptions

    There are two exceptions:

    • commissioned dental hygiene and dental therapy places
    • commissioned part-time places

    For dental hygiene and dental therapy, courses currently commissioned will continue to be commissioned in 2017-18.

    Courses which are currently commissioned as part-time will continue to be commissioned in 2017-18. In both cases, student numbers are capped. In England, part-time students will still apply to the Student Loans Company for the support package (tuition fee loans), and they may also be able to access a maintenance bursary from NHS.


Teaching careers

If you’re undertaking teacher training, there may be funding available to support you. It depends on a few different things – such as the type of training route/programme, your degree/teaching subject, where you live, where you’ll study and your personal circumstances.

Apply from wherever you normally live – through The National College for Teaching and Leadership in England, Teacher Training & Education in Wales, Student Awards Agency for Scotland and NI Direct in Northern Ireland.


Social work careers

If you’re training for social work, you may get a bursary to help with living costs and tuition fees. The amount won’t depend on household income – instead it’s based on where you live and where you’ll be studying.

Find out more from NHSBSA Social Work Bursaries in England, Northern Ireland Social Care Council, Scottish Social Services Council or Care Council for Wales.


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