UCA support for degree courses

To help you with the cost of living during your studies, we offer a range of scholarships. We also have a Financial Assistance Fund which can support you if you're experiencing financial difficulties.

Diploma 2 Degree scholarship

If you have been offered a degree place through the D2D scheme, and you accept that offer before 31 January 2020, then you will be eligible for a £500 bursary to help to pay for technology, books or to put towards your travel costs.

When you apply, simply select what you want your bursary to be for (technology/travel costs/books). Once your application is processed and checked and you’re confirmed to eligible, you’ll hear from Student Records to let you know in October. Your bursary will be paid to you once you’ve submitted your financial information.

Creative scholarships

Undergraduate creative scholarships 2020 entry

ScholarshipCourse(s)ValueEligibilitySelection Criteria

Sir Ray Tindle Scholarship

(up to three available)

BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism

BA (Hons) Television Production

BA (Hons) Television & Media Production

£1,000 per year for the duration of the course

Applicants or current students to any of UCA’s undergraduate media or journalism courses.

Applications are welcome from UK, EU and international students.

Academic excellence /financial need

To apply please download and complete the application form and return to us by the application deadline of the 1 July 2021.

Scholarships for International students

For 2021 entry there are also a range of scholarships (in fee-discount format) that will be awarded to new international applicants. For more information about these scholarships and details on how to be considered for one, please see the fee discount page:

Find out more about fee discount scholarships

Student Technology Bursary

The University recognises that students with limited access to IT resources may have trouble in engaging with online learning, particularly in the current climate. In response to this need, UCA is making a Bursary available for eligible students whose learning may otherwise be negatively impacted. The Bursary of up to £300 will be available to eligible students to contribute towards the cost of online learning. This could be hardware such as a laptop or hard drive, purchase of additional data, internet access or software.

Student Technology Bursary application form (PDF)

Student Technology Bursary guidance document (PDF) 

Student Technology Bursary policy (PDF)

Bursary for continuing students only

  • Bursary information

    If you have been eligible to receive a UCA bursary previously, you will continue to receive a UCA bursary for each year of your undergraduate studies at UCA. This is up to a maximum of three years if you are studying a three year course, or four years if you are studying a four year course, as long as you continue to meet the eligibility criteria listed below.

    Our bursary schemes, and the amounts we pay, vary according to the year you started at UCA.

    Eligibility criteria

    To qualify for a bursary, you must:

    • Be a full-time undergraduate student
    • Live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
    • Have started your current undergraduate course prior to September 2017
    • Have a qualifying means-assessed annual household income
    • Be paying full fees of £9,250 a year
    • Receive the Government's tuition fee loan and full maintenance loan for living costs through Student Finance England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

    How to apply

    You don’t need to fill in a separate application for a bursary. We’ll automatically check your eligibility using the data you provided to the Student Loan Company for student finance.

    So that we can access this information, please make sure that you (and any sponsors) give your consent for the Student Loan Company to share your financial information with us.

    Other important information

    We cannot answer individual enquiries about bursaries. If you are approved for an award, you can expect to receive confirmation in writing around the middle of December. You can expect to receive payment from the following February.

    You must be actively engaged in study at the time of payment. Please understand that the University may ask you to repay the bursary if you are no longer eligible when it is paid. 

    There is no longer a UCA bursary available to any student who started their course before the 2012/13 academic year, or to any student who started their course from 2012/13 onwards and who pays the lower full-regulated tuition fees of £3,465. 

  • Contact us

    If you have any questions about our bursaries, please contact: bursaries@uca.ac.uk

  • Access & Participation Plan

    Access and participation plans set out how higher education providers will improve equality of opportunity for underrepresented groups to access, succeed in and progress from higher education.

Financial assistance fund

The University has a Financial Assistance Fund which can support you if you’re experiencing financial difficulties beyond your control and you can demonstrate a clear financial need.

The fund is open to all full and part-time home UK students on undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

We also have a fund for EU and International students - for more details go to the International financial support page

To be eligible, you’ll need to have applied for all student funding available to you. For example, the student maintenance loan and tuition fee loan or the postgraduate loan. We also expect you to have taken advantage of any alternative sources of funding available, including an interest free overdraft. For more information please contact your campus Specialist Adviser 

Financial Assistance Fund application form (PDF)

Financial Assistance Fund guidance document (PDF)

Financial Assistance Fund policy document (PDF)

Help with travel costs

Travel saver schemes

There are a number of travel saver-schemes available to you during your studies, depending on where you choose to study.

For more information on travel options, check out your local authority website.

Advice & guidance

If you’re in any way confused about what you can apply for, please get in touch with one of our friendly specialist advisers. They can also direct you to a variety of specialist resources to help you deal with practical issues and personal problems.