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University Access Bursaries

Means-tested bursaries are available and these are in addition to government grants and do not have to be paid back.


In order to be eligible for bursaries students must meet the following criteria:

  • the residual family household income, as assessed by Student Finance NI or the Student Finance Services European Team must not be greater than £19,203
  • the student must be permanently resident in NI or the EU (excluding England, Scotland and Wales)
  • the student must be registered on a full-time undergraduate course leading to a first degree, or a course leading to the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, for which the fees payable are £4,710.

Ineligible students

Students on the Nursing degree, all Allied Health degrees, and NI students on the Social Work degree are not eligible as additional government support is available for such students.

Receiving the Bursary

Although the funding for bursaries comes from the University, the bursary is paid by the Student Loans Company.

To receive a bursary, students must have applied to Student Finance NI for financial support.

Bursaries are calculated automatically on the basis of residual household income. Students do not need to apply for the bursary and there are no application forms for this purpose.

The bursary will be paid directly into a student's bank account in one instalment.

EU students should apply for financial support to;

Student Finance Services,
Student Loans Company,
PO Box 89,
Co Durham,
DL1 9AZ.
Tel: +44 (0) 141 243 3570.

Applications for support must be made to the relevant authority by the end of May of the academic year for which support is sought.

Fostering Aspirations Bursaries

The University provides a care-leaver bursary of £1,000 per annum.

This is part of a comprehensive suite of financial and non-financial support available to students with a background of care that includes access to year-round accommodation and assistance with the application process.