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.

Creative scholarships

Undergraduate creative scholarships

The application deadline for the 2019/20 scholarships has now passed, if you have any questions about your application or our scholarships, please email us: scholarships@uca.ac.uk

Details of scholarships available for 2020/21 will be posted here as soon the details have been confirmed.

Scholarships for International students

For 2019/20 entry there are also a limited number of scholarships of £2,000 each (in fee-discount format) that will be awarded to new international applicants considered to be outstanding by a member of our academic staff. 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

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. 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 2019/20

Financial Assistance Guidance Notes 2019/20

Financial Assistance Fund Policy 2019/20

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.