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 2016.

For 2016/17 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 during the summer 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 £42,875.

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

a cash bursary of £2,000;

  • 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 £1,500;

  • for students with assessed household income of more than £25,000, and less than or equal to £37,000 this will comprise:

a cash bursary of £1,000.

  • for students with assessed household income of more than £37,000, and less than or equal to £42,875 this will comprise:

a cash bursary of £500.

Second year of study onwards

UCL will continue to fund students throughout the duration of their studies, provided that their household income remains under £42,875. 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 £42,875 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.

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.

Full-time students

You do not have to complete a separate application for the UCL Undergraduate Bursary Scheme (UBS).

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

UCL will then receive your student finance household income assessment, as determined by your 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 household income assessment changes, your entitlement to a bursary may also change.

*Regional Funding Authorities

EU students

EU students must first apply to the Student Loans Company EU Team for support with their tuition fees via the UK 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 those NHS-funded students and EU students who started their programmes of study after September 2012 are eligible for the UCL Undergraduate Bursary Scheme.

Part-time students

Only part-time students who first entered Higher Education after 2012/13 are eligible.

After you have submitted your application to study or if you have changed your method of attendance from FT to PT, you should email studentfunding@ucl.ac.uk and request a UCL Undergraduate Bursary Scheme application form.

Please note: UCL does not provide bursaries to students (both full-time and part-time) who already hold an undergraduate and/or higher degree (this is referred to as the 'equivalent or lower qualification rule (ELQ)'.

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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