Information for Prospective Students

UCL Undergraduate Bursary/National Scholarship Scheme (NSP)

These are the main undergraduate bursary schemes available at UCL. Please refer to the undergraduate list of awards on the main UCL Student Funding page for other funding opportunities.

For your information, funding applications for student support through Student Finance are now open, please go to Student News for application information and deadlines.

Please note that the tabs below provide the most up to date information on the bursary scheme, and replace any previous guidance (including printed guides).

This information is for prospective students starting their studies from September 2015.

For 2015/16 entry, UCL will provide support for prospective students from low income families. All students who meet UCL's eligibility criteria outlined below will be assessed for an award.

Bursary award letters will normally be sent out in September to all eligible students.

Eligibility and award values

The UCL Undergraduate Bursary scheme will be assessed on the basis of household income. To be eligible for the scheme students will have to be domiciled in the UK/EU, in their first year of study, and have a household income of less than £42,620.

  • for students with assessed household income of less than or equal to £12,000 this will comprise:

a cash bursary of £3,000;

  • for students with assessed household income of more than £12,000 and less than or equal to £25,000 this will comprise:

a cash bursary of £2,000;

  • for students with assessed household income of more than £25,000, and less than or equal to £42,620 this will comprise:

a cash bursary of £1,000.

Second year of study onwards

UCL will continue to fund students throughout the duration of their studies, provided that their household income remains under £42,620. Bursary values will remain the same for each year of study and are non-repayable.

All part-time UK/EU students studying at a level of at least 25% of the full-time equivalent will be eligible to receive a pro-rata bursary, provided that their household income is £42,620 or less.

Application

UCL does not restrict the number of bursary awards available to eligible students. Provided you apply for means-tested support from the Student Loans Company (i.e. Student Finance England, or your applicable regional funding authority) UCL will automatically assess you for the bursary – there is no separate application form.

If you have any questions about the UCL Bursary Scheme, please contact us via studentfunding@ucl.ac.uk – or please refer to the FAQ’s tab.

The UCL Undergraduate Bursary/National Scholarship Programme (NSP) provides support for students from low income families entering Higher Education from September 2012.

The UCL Undergraduate Bursary/NSP is a single award (not two separate schemes). All students who meet UCL's eligibility criteria outlined below will be assessed for an award.

2014/15 starters - eligibility and award values

Full-time UK/EU students who submit an application for income-assessed student support* where their assessed household income is £42,620 or less will be eligible to receive a UCL Undergraduate Bursary/NSP award (based on assessment carried out by regional funding authorities or those assessed by the NHS Grants Unit).

Part-time UK/EU students studying at a level of at least 25% of the full-time equivalent will be eligible to receive a pro-rata bursary, provided that their household income is £42,620 or less.

Second year of study and onwards

UCL will continue to fund students on lower household incomes throughout the duration of their studies.

From their second year onwards, 2014/15 entrants with a household income of less than £25,000 will receive a cash bursary of £2,000 per year.

Students with household incomes of between £25,001 and £42,620 will receive a cash bursary of £1,000 per year.

Students will receive a bursary each year for the duration of their studies at UCL provided that their household income remains within the eligibility range.

2012/13 and 2013/14 starters - eligibility and award values

Full-time UK/EU students who submit an application for income-assessed student support* where their assessed household income is £42,620 or less will be eligible to receive a UCL Undergraduate Bursary/NSP award (based on assessment carried out by regional funding authorities or those assessed by the NHS Grants Unit).

Part-time UK/EU students studying at a level of at least 25% of the full-time equivalent will be eligible to receive a pro-rata bursary, provided that their household income is £42,620 or less.

Second year of study and onwards

Full-time students with a family household income equal to or less than £25,000:

  • Band 1 – £3,500 cash bursary.

Full-time students with a family household income between £25,001 and £42,620.

  • Band 2 – £1,000 cash bursary. 

Part-time students will receive a pro-rated amount based upon their intensity of study.

*Student Finance - please visit the Student Finance section on the Government website.

Please note: UCL Institute of Education students who commenced their programme of study before September 2015 will not be eligible to receive these bursaries.

Students who started their programme before September 2012 will only be eligible for support through the UCL Higher Education Bursary and Scholarship Scheme (HEBSS).

This scheme provides financial support for current full-time undergraduate students from low-income families who started their programme between 2006/07 and 2011/12 - with the exception of those groups of students listed at the bottom of this page.

Eligibility

Full-time UCL undergraduate students receiving a Maintenance Grant/Special Support Grant awarded by their Regional Funding Authority* will receive, each year, a UCL Bursary equal to at least half of their grant - with the exception of School of Pharmacy (SoP) students who will continue to receive the SoP bursary rates that were applicable when they commenced their programme of study. 

*(SFE, SAAS, SFW or SFNI).

Value: benefits and duration

The bursaries bands are: 

  • Band 1 – students with a family household income equal to or less than £12,400 will receive £2,980;
  • Band 2 – students with a family household income between £12,401 - £14,500 will receive £2,360;
  • Band 3 – students with a family household income between £14,501 - £16,900 will receive £1,780;
  • Bands 4 & 5 – students with a family household income above £16,901, will receive a UCL bursary equal to at least 50% of their HE Maintenance Grant/Special Support Grant.

Enhanced bursaries

Eligible students in their fourth year of study after returning from a year of Study Abroad and those in the fourth year of an MSci or MEng programe, will receive an 'Enhanced UCL Bursary' equal to double the bursary value stated in UCL Bands 1, 2 or 3 above. If their income level falls outside the levels specified in Bands 1, 2 and 3 students will receive a bursary equal to at least 100% of their HE maintenance grant or special support grant.

All other eligible students in Year 4 will receive a bursary at the standard UCL rate (listed above).

Bursary award letters will normally be sent out in September to all eligible students.

Disclaimer

Students funded by the NHS are not eligible for support through this scheme.

EU students are not eligible for support through this scheme unless they qualify for a UK Government Higher Education Maintenance Grant / Special Support Grant.

School of Pharmacy (SoP) students who commenced their programme of study before September 2012 will be entitled to funding through the SoP Bursary Scheme only.

Institute of Education (IoE) students who commenced their programme of study before September 2015 will not be eligible for support through this scheme.

Full-time students

You do not have to complete a separate application form for the new UCL Undergraduate Bursary Scheme (including NSP) or the UCL Higher Education Bursary and Scholarship Scheme (HEBSS) award.

Once you have applied to study an undergraduate course at UCL, you can then make an application for student finance - for further information please visit the Government website.

UCL will then receive your household income assessment, as determined by your Local Authority or Regional Funding Authority*. Provided that you do not opt-out of sharing your household income data, when you complete your student finance application form, you will be automatically assessed for a bursary. If your family household income assessment changes, your entitlement to a bursary may also change.

*SFE, SSAS, SFW or SFNI

NHS-funded students must first apply for the NHS Bursary Unit for support. Once you have received your NHS 'Notice of Award (NOA)' you must bring a copy to the UCL Student Funding Office. We will then calculate your UCL Bursary entitlement based on the 'contribution rate' included in your NOA as this relates directly to your household income assessment.

EU students must first apply to the EU Team (SLC) for support with their tuition fees via the Government website. The EU team will automatically check if you are eligible for a UCL Bursary and send you a form requesting details of your family/household income. You must complete this form and return it to the EU Team to be considered for a UCL Bursary.

Only NHS-funded students and EU students who started their programme of study after September 2012 are eligible for the UCL Undergraduate Bursary/National Scholarships Programme.

Part-time students

(who first entered Higher Education after 2012/13 only)

After you have submitted your application to study or change your method of attendance at UCL you should email studentfunding@ucl.ac.uk and request a UCL Undergraduate Bursary Application Form.

When will your bursary be paid?

If you are eligible for a UCL Bursary, have fully enrolled at UCL, and submitted your application form for student finance by 30 June, then the first payment will be made during October - followed by payments at the start of the second and third terms. The exact dates will be confirmed by an award letter sent to you in September and payments will be made directly into your bank account (by the Student Loans Company).

If you submit your student finance application form after the deadline or you enroll late, then there is no guarantee that you will receive your payments on time. Payment will then be made as soon as possible after you have submitted your application form and fully enrolled. You should be aware, however, that it will take your Local Authority or Regional Funding Authority between six and eight weeks to assess your application.

What happens if you are reassessed?

If your family household income assessment changes, your entitlement to the bursary may also change. If an overpayment occurs where the bursary amount is reduced as the result of a reassessment of income, the overpayment will be recovered by adjusting the amount for any future payments.

What happens if you withdraw?

You must notify the Student Funding Office that you have withdrawn. You are not entitled to payments of the bursary due after the date you leave your studies. In most circumstances you will not be asked to repay any of the bursary installments already received prior to that date.

What happens if you transfer?

You are not entitled to payments of the bursary due after the date you leave your studies at UCL. In most circumstances you will not be asked to repay any of the bursary instalments already received prior to that date.

What happens if you take a break in your studies?

Bursary payments will stop for the duration of the break and restart when you return.

What happens if you transfer in from another institution?

If you transfer from another institution and you are eligible for a bursary, it will be pro-rated to reflect the number of weeks remaining in the year.

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*NOTE: All scholarship and student funding schemes are subject to availability of funds, and details given here are subject to change at any time. Potential applicants are urged to check information regularly to ensure they are aware of current procedures, deadlines etc.

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