This is the main undergraduate bursary scheme available at UCL. It is automatically assessed based on students' applications to their regional funding authority (e.g. Student Finance England).
Value: Variable (see below)
Available to: Prospective and current students
Selection criteria: Available to all eligible UCL students
Eligible fee status: Home fee status and domiciled in the UK
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 and residency status. The scheme is open to those with an annual household income of £42,875 or less. The residency status requirements are for new students to be classified as 'home fee status' by UCL and be domiciled (have been ordinarily resident) in the UK for 3 continuous years before their undergraduate course starts.
All part-time UK 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 and they meet the residency requirements.
UCL does not restrict the number of bursary awards available to eligible students.
Value, benefits, and duration for 2023/24 starters
The value of the bursary depends on a student's household income as assessed by their regional authority (i.e Student Finance England).
Bursary rates are as follows*:
|Household income||Cash bursary|
|Less than or equal to £16,000||£3,000|
|More than £16,000 and less than or equal to £25,000||£2,000|
|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||£1,000|
In addition, students in receipt of the UCL Undergraduate Bursary can apply to borrow a laptop for the entire duration of their programme of study.
If you started your programme before 2023/24 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)
NHS funded students
Only those NHS-funded 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. If you are studying PT or if you change your method of attendance from FT to PT, you will receive a pro-rated bursary.
Please Note:The bursary is not payable to students on a 'Year in Industry' or 'Sandwich' year. It is however payable during the years of normal registration, as well as to students on an integrated Foundation Year.
Bursary award emails will be sent out from mid-September onwards, provided that your household income information is available to us. If your household income assessment is still pending with Student Finance, we will automatically confirm your bursary within 2 weeks of the assessment being completed with payments backdated as necessary.
Frequently Asked Questions about the UCL Undergraduate Bursary.