This is the main undergraduate bursary scheme available at UCL. It is automatically assessed based on students' application to their regional funding authority.
Value: Variable (see below)
Available to: Prospective and current students
Selection criteria: Available to all eligible UCL students
Eligible fee status: UK, EU
Eligible programmes: All undergraduate programmes
Application: Students do not need to apply directly for a UCL Undergraduate Bursary
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.
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.
UCL does not restrict the number of bursary awards available to eligible students.
Value, benefits, and duration for 2020/21 starters
The value of the bursary depends on a student's household income as assessed by their regional authority (i.e Student Finance England).
For the 2020/21 academic year only, UCL has increased its bursary rates as follows:
|Household income||Cash bursary|
|Less than or equal to £16,000||£3,350|
|More than £16,000 and less than or equal to £25,000||£2,150|
|More than £25,000 and less than or equal to £37,000||£1,500|
|More than £37,000 and less than or equal to £42,875||£800|
UCL will continue to fund students throughout the duration of their studies, provided that their household income remains under £42,875. Bursary values for future years have yet to be confirmed, but the minimum amounts will be:
|Household income||Cash bursary|
|Less than or equal to £16,000||£2,500|
|More than £16,000 and less than or equal to £25,000||£1,500|
|More than £25,000 and less than or equal to £37,000||£1,000|
|More than £37,000 and less than or equal to £42,875||£500|
If you started your programme before 2020/21 please see our page on the UCL Undergraduate Bursary rates for continuing students.
How to apply
Students do not need to apply directly for a UCL Undergraduate Bursary. UCL will automatically assess you for a bursary provided you have consented to share your data with us as part of your regional funding authority (e.g. Student Finance England) application.
You do not have to complete a separate application for the UCL Undergraduate Bursary.
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
- Student Finance England (SFE)
- Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SSAS)
- Student Finance Wales (SFW)
- Student Finance Northern Ireland (SFNI)
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.
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 email@example.com and request a UCL Undergraduate Bursary application form.
Please Note:The bursary is not payable to students on a 'Year in Industry' or 'Sandwich' year. It is however payable during their years of normal registration.
Bursary award emails will be sent out from mid-September onwards
UCL Student Laptop Loan Scheme
UK and EU undergraduate students who have a household income below £25,000 per year can also apply to borrow a laptop from the university for the entire duration of their programme of study. For further information, visit the Student Laptop Loan scheme page.