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).
The UCL Undergraduate Bursary/National Scholarship Programme (NSP) will provide support for prospective students from low income families entering higher education after 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
All 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)
Value: Benefits and Duration – First Year Only
In 2014/15, the UCL Undergraduate Bursary / NSP will be assessed on the basis of household income. To be eligible for a bursary students will have to be ordinarily domiciled in the UK/EU, in their first year of study and have a household income in the following bands:
- For students with assessed household income of less than or equal to £12,000 who reside in UCL accommodation, this will comprise:
An accommodation bursary of £5,350 plus, a cash bursary of £1,000 (total bursary award £6,350)
- For students with assessed household income of less than or equal to £12,000 who do not reside in UCL accommodation, this will comprise:
A cash bursary of £6,000
- For students with assessed household income of more than £12,000 and less than or equal to £25,000 who reside in UCL accommodation, this will comprise:
An accommodation bursary of £2,675 plus, a cash bursary of £1,000 (total bursary award £3,675)
- For students with assessed household income of more than £12,000, and less than or equal to £25,000 who do not reside in UCL accommodation, this will comprise:
A cash bursary of £3,500
- For students with assessed household income of more than £25,000, and less than or equal to £42,620
A cash bursary of £1,000
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 bursary, provided that their household income is £42,620 or less.
UCL will not restrict the number of UCL Undergraduate Bursary awards made available for eligible students.
Second Year of Study 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 £1000 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 eligible range.
2013/14 Starters Eligibility
All full-time UK/EU students who submit an application for income-assessed student support (including students resident in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland or those assessed by the NHS Grants Unit) where assessed household income is £42,611 or less will be eligible to receive a UCL Undergraduate Bursary/NSP award.
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 bursary, provided that their household income is £42,611 or less.
Value: Benefits and Duration – First Year Only
Full-time students with a family household income equal to or less than £25,000 will receive a bursary based upon their term-time address:
- Band 1A - if you are living in UCL Student Residences** you will receive a £2,500 accommodation bursary*** and a £1,000 cash bursary (payable in termly instalments).
- Band 1B - students not living in a UCL Student Residence** will receive a £3,500 cash bursary (payable in termly instalments).
Full-time students with a family household income between £25,001 - £42,611 will receive a bursary at the following rate:
- Band 2 - £1,000 cash bursary (payable in termly instalments).
Part-time students will receive a pro-rated amount based upon their intensity of study.
Value: Benefits and Duration – Second Year Onwards (e.g. those who started in 2012)
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–£42,611.
- 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 Gov.uk website
**UCL Student Residences – for bursary eligibility these are defined as Halls of Residence and Student Houses listed under those headings on this Student Accommodation site only.
*** £2,500 accommodation bursary would be paid directly to the UCL Residences Office in termly instalments. If the confirmation of your financial details from the Student Loan Company is received late (i.e. after the start of the academic year), you will receive your UCL Undergraduate Bursary/National Scholarship Scheme (NSP) as a cash bursary (in the same way as students’ not living in UCL accommodation)
Students who started their course 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 course between 2006/07 and 2011/12 - with the exception of those groups of students listed at the bottom of this page.
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 for the 2013/14 academic year 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.
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
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.
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 Gov.uk 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.
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 Gov.uk. 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.
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. For those students who receive an accommodation bursary - this will be paid directly to the UCL Residences Office (see next question also).
If you submitted your student finance application form after the deadline or you enrolled 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.
Can I choose between the accommodation and cash bursary?
No - once you have secured a place in a UCL Hall or Student House you will automatically receive the accommodation bursary in your first year. This will be paid directly to the UCL Residences Office in equal instalments at the start of each term - you will then be responsible for paying any termly balance of accommodation costs.
Please note that you should apply as early as possible for UCL accommodation as places are limited. You can apply online from January and you will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. All queries regarding accommodation should be directed to the UCL Accommodation Office.
If you are concerned about being able to pay your accommodation deposit in advance, then you can contact the UCL Student Funding team via email@example.com to discuss your options.
If you do not secure a place in UCL accommodation you will automatically be assessed for a cash bursary.
Cash bursaries will be paid directly into your bank account in termly instalments.
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 instalments 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 or 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.