Bursary and Scholarship Grids
The grids summarise the types of bursaries (B) and scholarships (S) available.
- Please note that the terms bursary and scholarship are used interchangeably by universities.
- The bursaries and scholarships listed are in response to government policy and are intended to facilitate access to university for all.
- For a more detailed description of the bursaries and scholarships offered by universities consult OFFA (Office for Fair Access).
- Bursary Grid England as PDF. Print at A3 size.
- Bursary Grid Northern Ireland as PDF. Print at A3 size.
- Bursary Grid Scotland as PDF. Print at A3 size.
- Bursary Grid Wales as PDF. Print at A3 size.
A number of points need to be borne in mind when consulting these grids.
- The information was up-to-date and accurate at the time of collation but some of the figures may be subject to change and the reader should always check with universities for final details. Read more about bursaries and scholarships.
- The grids do not provide a definitive summary of all scholarships and bursaries offered by UK universities. Many universities have had scholarships and bursaries schemes for years and these grids do not address those opportunities. Again, consult individual universities for an overview of the full range of their scholarships and bursaries.
- Funding arrangements in Scotland are both separate from and different to those in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. From 2012–13, Scotland charged variable tuition fees up to a maximum of £9,000 to RUK (Rest of the UK) students only. In so doing, Scottish universities have also developed a range of bursaries and scholarships available to RUK students that compare with those mandated by OFFA in England and which are intended to offset the higher cost of tuition for eligible students. These are shown in the grid for Scotland.
An Explanation of the Headings
- National Scholarship Programme number and value of awards for 2013 in England coming under the umbrella of the NSP.
- In receipt of full Maintenance Grant are bursaries for students from the lowest income families. (These may be instead of or as well as the National Scholarship Programme.)
- In receipt of partial Maintenance Grant are bursaries for students from low-income families who, whilst not receiving the full Maintenance Grant, will still receive a lower Maintenance Grant and so qualify for a bursary. (These may be instead of or as well as the National Scholarship Programme.)
- Living in region/specified postcode or Low Participation Neighbourhoods (LPN), Widening Participation (WP), Access, Progressing from Partner Colleges, Outreach, Ethnic minorities (BME), are the target, under-represented student groups for whom these bursaries and scholarships are intended. (These may be instead of or as well as the National Scholarship Programme.)
- Bursaries for placement/year abroad students are provided for students working or studying away from their university.
- Disabled because, again, these students are often under-represented in universities.
- Sports bursaries for excellence in sport.
- Care bursaries for students coming from a care background.
- Specified subjects are bursaries which provide incentive to study specific subjects, often 'shortage subjects'.
- Academic achievement bursaries and scholarships are offered for academic excellence. These are often termed merit scholarships or excellence scholarships. They may be entrance scholarships or progression scholarships, competitive or automatic. Some are restricted to those from low income families; others are 'needs blind'.
Read about other bursaries and scholarships available.
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