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Financial support for all levels of study

Financial support

There are lots of ways you can access additional financial support to help you fund your studies - both from UCA and from external sources.

Discover what support you might qualify for at each level of study on this page. To find out more about our scholarships and fee discounts, please see our dedicated section below:

Pre-degree and
foundation students

If you're undertaking a pre-degree or foundation course with us, there are a few ways to gain additional financial support to help you with your studies and living expenses.

There is government support such as the 19+ Advanced Learner Loan and the Care to Learn scheme.

There are also bursaries available to help students from lower-income families with course costs and travel expenses. A small number of residential bursaries are also available for students aged 16-18 who meet the eligibility criteria.

See below for more details:

If you’re aged 19 or older, you can apply for a Government loan to help cover the tuition fees for your pre-degree course.

Visit Student Finance England

If you’re under 20 years old and a parent, you can get help with the cost of childcare while you’re studying. 

Find out mor about Care to Learn.

The 16-18 Bursary is a discretionary fund designed to help young people who face the greatest barriers to continuing in education after the age of 16.

Applications are accepted where there is a household income of less than £28,000 or where households are in receipt of certain benefits. To make an application you must be aged under 19 on 31 August 2021 (unless you’re either continuing on a course you began aged 16-18, or you have an Education Health Care Plan). 

In some cases the 16-18 Bursary Fund can help with accommodation costs through a Residential Bursary. Young people who meet specific criteria may be eligible for a special support bursary of up to £1,200.

Students who are in receipt of certain benefits or have a parent/carer or guardian in receipt of certain benefits, are able to apply for free meals.

Please return completed application forms and required evidence to fefunds@uca.ac.uk

The Adult Learner Support Fund is a discretionary fund designed to help adult learners who face the greatest barriers to continuing in education after the age of 19. Applications are accepted where there is a household income of less than £28,000 or where households are in receipt of certain benefits.

To make an application you must be aged 19 and over on 31 August 2021 (unless you’re either continuing on a course you began aged 16-18, or you are aged between 19 and 24 and have an Education Health Care Plan).  

Please return completed application forms and required evidence to fefunds@uca.ac.uk

The University recognises that students with limited access to IT resources may have difficulty in engaging fully with their learning, and the Student Technology Bursary is available to eligible students to contribute towards the cost of hardware, e.g. laptop, hard drive. 

Applications are accepted where there is a household income of less than £28,000 and more details can be found on the guidance notes:  

Please return completed application forms and required evidence to gateway services on your campus or email it to the relevant team:

There are a number of travel saver-schemes available for students studying a further education course, depending on where you choose to study. Please clink on the relevant link below for more information:

If you're a pre-degree student looking to move on to an undergraduate degree then our Diploma 2 Degree scheme not only makes the application process far easier but also offers a £500 bursary towards the cost of travel, books or technology. Speak to your course leader for more information.

Undergraduate
students

If you're undertaking an undergraduate course with us, there are several ways to gain additional financial support, including bursaries and loans, to help you with your studies and living expenses.

We also offer a range of scholarships and fee discounts, these change every year and more information about them can be found on our scholarships page.

This fund is available to all full and part-time undergraduate students from the UK who are experiencing financial difficulties beyond your control if you can demonstrate a clear financial need. Read our guidance notes and full policy documents.

Download application form

For more information please contact your Specialist Adviser: 

 

 

The University recognises that students with limited access to IT resources may have difficulty in engaging fully with their learning, and the Student Technology Bursary is available to eligible students to contribute towards the cost of hardware, e.g. laptop, hard drive. 

Applications are accepted from year 0 and year 1 students where there is a household income of less than £25,000, more details can be found on the guidance notes:  

Please return completed application forms and required evidence to gateway services on your campus or email it to the relevant team:

You may be able to get this grant if you have a long-term illness, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia. Find out more about the Disabled Students' Allowance

If you’re a full-time student with children, you can apply for a Childcare Grant. Find out more about the Childcare Grant.

If you have children, this funding could help towards your course costs, such as books, materials and travel. How much you get depends on your household income. You don’t have to pay the money back. Find out more about the Parents' Learning Allowance.

This grant could provide extra help if you’re a full-time student with an adult who depends on you financially. Find out more about the Adult Dependants' Grant.

There are a number of travel saver-schemes available for students studying a undergraduate course, depending on where you choose to study. Please clink on the relevant link below for more information:

Postgraduate
students

If you're undertaking a postgraduate course (taught or research) with us, there are several ways to gain additional financial support, including bursaries and loans, to help you with your studies and living expenses.

We also offer a range of scholarships and fee discounts, these change every year and more information about them can be found on our scholarships page.

Students from the UK starting a postgraduate course are able to apply for a Master's Loan by visiting Student Finance England.

Funding for postgraduate loans is different if you normally live in ScotlandWales or Northern Ireland, please click on the links to find out more.

Students from the UK starting a research degree are now able to apply for a Doctoral Loan through Student Finance England. 

Visit Student Finance England.

This fund is available to all full and part-time undergraduate students from the UK who are experiencing financial difficulties beyond your control if you can demonstrate a clear financial need. Read our guidance notes and full policy documents.

Download application form

For more information please contact your Specialist Adviser: 

 

 

Offers funding opportunities for various disciplines and projects. 

Visit the AHRC website.

Postgrad Solutions offer a range of bursaries for postgraduate courses.

Visit Postgrad Solutions.

Offers a total of £12,000 in scholarships every year to UK or EU students starting a postgraduate course. 

Visit FindAMasters.

Provides information about alternative sources of funding - especially charities - which can make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject, or nationality. If you are a prospective student who has applied to UCA, please email roffice@uca.ac.uk to get an access PIN.

The Alternative Guide to Postgrad Funding Online

International & EU
students

If you're an international and EU student due to join us, there are several ways to gain additional financial support, including bursaries and loans, to help you with your studies and living expenses.

Our International & EU Student Fund is designed to support you if you have an unexpected financial crisis, such as your usual source of income being delayed or lost, or having to pay unplanned and unavoidable costs. 

Full details about the fund are available in the policy document

For more information please contact your Specialist Adviser: 

Your local British Council office can give you details of scholarships and other sources of funding that you can apply for as an international student.