Undergraduate Funding


From the list below, select the area of study you are interested in for further details on funding available. It is important that you chose a course that will get you the qualifications you need in order to progress into your chosen career. Should you chose the wrong course, you may not be eligible for further funding should you have to start a new course from first year again.

If you already hold a degree or equivalent, you are not eligible for funding from Student Finance NI. As such, you will need to meet the Tuition Fee and daily living costs yourself. Please see the Self-Funded Study section below.

If you are applying to Student Finance for your Tuition Fee and Maintenance funding, it is advisable that you do so once the funding for the new academic year is opened. This will ensure your application is processed in time for commencement of your course.

Your funding will not be released until the University confirms your successful registration with the Student Loans Company. If you decide not to come to University, please inform Student Finance as soon as possible. If you decide to complete a different course, simply notify Student Finance of the change, and they will update your Funding application as appropriate.

  • Nursing
    Nursing Bursary

    All NI or ROI full-time pre-registration nursing students taking up a commissioned place on our Adult Nursing or Mental Health Nursing courses will be eligible to receive a bursary whilst undertaking the course. Tuition Fees are fully covered by the Health and Social Care sector regardless if you already hold a degree.

    If you have dependents, you may be eligible for additional support. The bursary is to help with essential daily living costs whilst completing your course. If you do not believe this will cover all your essential costs, please refer to the 'Additional Sources of Funding' section below.

    In 2019/20 the basic Nursing Bursary was £5165 per year, or £430 per month.

    On commencement of the course, you will receive approximately six weeks' bursary, payable at the end of October. Thereafter, bursaries will be paid monthly in arrears.

    Please contact the Bursary Administration Unit for more details around funding.

    Travel expenses

    When completing clinical placements (in NI), which are in excess of your normal daily cost to and from Magee campus, you may be eligible to claim back some of your travel expenses.

    For example, if you have committed to travel from home, in Antrim, to Magee each day, and are then on placement in Belfast, you are not eligible to claim for expenses incurred whilst on placement, as the journey is less than that to Magee campus. If you live in Student accommodation on Magee campus, you are eligible to claim for expenses incurred whilst on placement, as the journey is further than that to Magee campus.

    Additional Mandatory Costs

    Due to the nature of Adult Nursing and Mental Health Nursing courses, additional mandatory costs can be expected, please ensure you are aware of these and have made sufficient provisions to cover these before commencing your course.

  • Allied Health Professional (AHP)
    Tuition Fee Funding

    Allied Health Professional courses include: Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging, Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Radiotherapy and Oncology, and Speech and Language Therapy.

    The Department of Health pays all Tuition Fees directly to Ulster University for NI & ROI students only. (Please see your chosen course for full details on funding).

    Maintenance Funding
    • Students domiciled in Northern Ireland can apply to Student Finance NI for a reduced maintenance loan and an Allied Health Professional Bursary. This bursary is administered by Student Finance NI and is means-tested. Not all those that apply will be eligible for an award.
    • If you have dependents, you may be eligible for additional support.
    • Maintenance funding is to help with essential daily living costs and expenses incurred travelling to and from placement, whilst completing your course. Payments are made in three installments during the academic year. Please refer to the payment schedule found on your Student Finance NI Notification of Entitlement letter.

    In 2019/20 the maximum SFNI Maintenance loan was £2370 and the maximum AHP Bursary was £2355.

    • ROI Students can apply to SUSI for a means-test grant.
    • If the amount of funding available will not be sufficient to cover your essential costs, please refer to the 'Additional Sources of Funding' section below.

    Maintenance funding is to help with essential daily living costs whilst completing your course. Payments are made in three installments during the academic year. Please refer to the payment schedule found on your Student Finance Notification of Entitlement letter.

    Funding Exceptions

    Students can avail of ONE additional year's funding (for both Tuition fees and Maintenance support) through the 'plus one' rule, should they be required to repeat all or part of an academic year. Should a second repeat year (full or partial) be required, students will have to fully fund any fees incurred.

    Students who already hold a degree or equivalent are not eligible for any of the funding listed above. As such, students will need to meet these costs themselves. Please see the Self-Funded Study section below.

    Additional Mandatory Costs

    Due to the nature of these courses, additional mandatory costs can be expected, please ensure you are aware of these and have made sufficient provisions to cover these before commencing your course. For further information on such costs, please view course specific information at Ulster University.

  • Social Work
    Tuition Fee Funding
    • Students domiciled in Northern Ireland can apply to Student Finance NI for a Tuition Fee loan.
    • GB students can apply to their respective funding bodies for Tuition Fee support. SAAS, SFE, SFW.
    • ROI & EU students can apply to Student Finance EU for a Tuition Fee loan.
    • International students must arrange payment of Tuition Fees with the Finance Department.
    • The Student Funding bodies will pay Tuition Fees directly to Ulster University.
    Maintenance Funding
    • Students domiciled in Northern Ireland can apply to  Student Finance NI for a maintenance loan and grant. Calculations are based on household income and as such, not all students who apply will be eligible for a maintenance grant.
    • Those with dependents may be eligible to Special Support Grant and Extra Help through Childcare Grant, Adult Dependents' Grant and Parents' Learning Allowance. Calculations are based on household income and not all students who apply will receive a grant. Please refer to SFNI website for full details of available support.
    • GB students can apply to their respective funding bodies for Maintenance support. SAAS, SFE, SFW.
    • ROI Students can apply to SUSI for a means-test grant.
    • Maintenance support is not available for EU or International students, therefore you must be able to meet your own daily living costs whilst completing your course.

    Maintenance funding is to help with essential daily living costs whilst completing your course. Payments are made in three installments during the academic year. Please refer to the payment schedule found on your Student Finance Notification of Entitlement letter.

    SFNI 2019/20 Maximum living at home loan is £3,750 (£3,385 for final year students). If your household income is greater than £41,065 a maintenance grant is not available. If household income is below £41,065 a mixture of maintenance loan and grant is available, up to a maximum combined total of £5338 (£4973 for final year students).

    SFNI 2019/20 Maximum living away from home loan is £4,840 (£4,480 for final year students). If your household income is greater than £41,065 a maintenance grant is not available. If household income is below £41,065 a mixture of maintenance loan and grant is available, up to a maximum combined total of £6428 (£6068 for final year students).

    Social Work Student Incentive Scheme

    Students domiciled in Northern Ireland (only) may be eligible to apply for a non-means tested grant to help towards the cost of study and work-based learning expenses, through the Student Incentive Scheme.

    In 2019/20 Full-time Social Work students received a total grant of £4,500, paid in two installments.

    If the amount of funding available will not be sufficient to cover your essential costs, please refer to the 'Additional Sources of Funding' section below.

    Funding Exceptions

    Students can avail of ONE additional year's funding (for both Tuition fees and Maintenance support) through the 'plus one' rule, should they be required to repeat all or part of an academic year. Should a second repeat year (full or partial) be required, students will have to fully fund any fees incurred.

    Students who already hold a degree or equivalent are not eligible for any of the funding listed above. As such, students will need to meet these costs themselves. Please see the Self-Funded Study section below.

    Additional Mandatory Costs

    Due to the nature of these courses, additional mandatory costs can be expected, please ensure you are aware of these and have made sufficient provisions to cover these before commencing your course. For further information on such costs, please view course specific information at Ulster University.

  • Other Full-time Undergraduate study
    Tuition Fee Funding
    • Students domiciled in Northern Ireland can apply to Student Finance NI for a Tuition Fee loan.
    • GB students can apply to their respective funding bodies for Tuition Fee support. SAAS, SFE, SFW.
    • ROI & EU students can apply to Student Finance EU for a Tuition Fee loan.
    • International students must arrange payment of Tuition Fees with the Finance Department.
    • The Student Funding bodies will pay Tuition Fees directly to Ulster University.
    Maintenance Funding
    • Students domiciled in Northern Ireland can apply to  Student Finance NI for a maintenance loan and grant. Calculations are based on household income and as such, not all students who apply will be eligible for a maintenance grant.
    • Those with dependents may be eligible to Special Support Grant and Extra Help through Childcare Grant, Adult Dependents' Grant and Parents' Learning Allowance. Calculations are based on household income and not all students who apply will receive a grant. Please refer to SFNI website for full details of available support.
    • GB students can apply to their respective funding bodies for Maintenance support. SAAS, SFE, SFW.
    • ROI Students can apply to SUSI for a means-test grant.
    • Maintenance support is not available for EU or International students, therefore you must be able to meet your own daily living costs whilst completing your course.

    Maintenance funding is to help with essential daily living costs whilst completing your course. Payments are made in three installments during the academic year. Please refer to the payment schedule found on your Student Finance Notification of Entitlement letter.

    SFNI 2019/20 Standard student Maximum living at home loan is £3,750 (£3,385 for final year students). If your household income is greater than £41,065 a maintenance grant is not available. If household income is below £41,065 a mixture of maintenance loan and grant is available, up to a maximum combined total of £5338 (£4973 for final year students).

    SFNI 2019/20 Standard student Maximum living away from home loan is £4,840 (£4,480 for final year students). If your household income is greater than £41,065 a maintenance grant is not available. If household income is below £41,065 a mixture of maintenance loan and grant is available, up to a maximum combined total of £6428 (£6068 for final year students).

    Funding Exceptions

    Students can avail of ONE additional year's funding (for both Tuition fees and Maintenance support) through the 'plus one' rule, should they be required to repeat all or part of an academic year. Should a second repeat year (full or partial) be required, students will have to fully fund any fees incurred.

    Students who already hold a degree or equivalent are not eligible for any of the funding listed above. As such, students will need to meet these costs themselves. Please see the Self-Funded Study section below.

    Additional Mandatory Costs

    Due to the nature of these courses, additional mandatory costs can be expected, please ensure you are aware of these and have made sufficient provisions to cover these before commencing your course. For further information on such costs, please view course specific information at Ulster University.

  • Part-time Undergraduate study
    Tuition Fee Funding
    • Students domiciled in Northern Ireland can apply to Student Finance NI for a Tuition Fee loan/grant.
    • GB students can apply to their respective funding bodies for Tuition Fee support. SAAS, SFE, SFW.
    • ROI & EU students can apply to Student Finance EU for a Tuition Fee loan.
    • International students must arrange payment of Tuition Fees with the Finance Department.
    • The Student Funding bodies will pay Tuition Fees directly to Ulster University.
    Maintenance Funding

    Part-time students are not eligible for any maintenance support as they are available to work part-time/full-time to cover their daily living costs.

    If your household income is less the £26,029, you may be eligible for a course grant of £265 through SFNI. This is paid in a single lump sum at the start of your course, and can help with University costs, such as books and travel.

    Funding Exceptions

    Students can avail of ONE additional year's Tuition Fee funding through the 'plus one' rule, should they be required to repeat all or part of an academic year. Should a second repeat year (full or partial) be required, students will have to fully fund any fees incurred.

    Students who already hold a degree or equivalent are not eligible for any of the funding listed above. As such, students will need to meet these costs themselves. Please see the Self-Funded Study section below.

    Additional Mandatory Costs

    Due to the nature of these courses, additional mandatory costs can be expected, please ensure you are aware of these and have made sufficient provisions to cover these before commencing your course. For further information on such costs, please view course specific information at Ulster University.

  • Self-funded study / Additional sources of funding
    University Funding

    Scholarships are available to UK/Home Students and International Students. Each has its own eligibility criteria. Please take your time to read through the information provided to ensure you are eligible before applying.

    Students may be eligible to receive the means-tested University Access Bursary. Please read the eligibility criteria carefully.

    If you are a care leaver, or have previously spent time in care for three months or more, you may be eligible to apply for a Care-leaver Bursary.

    External Funding

    Future Finance offers loans tailored for students whilst studying. These loans can be used to top-up the funding you are already receiving, or help to fully fund your tuition and daily living expenses.

    UVersity Higher Education Scholarships for Adult Learners can help individuals 23 years or older to complete a Bachelor's degree. Ensure you read all the information before applying.

    Student bank accounts off access to interest free overdrafts for the duration of your course, plus up to two years interest free after graduation. They are the cheapest and most flexible way to borrow money, if managed wisely.

    Personal Loans can sourced online or through local high street branches. Shop around for the most affordable deals with the lowest interest rate.

    Credit Union loans can be sourced through your local branch both in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. You will need to be a member and will require some savings first. Credit Unions offer loans without any hidden charges or fees for early repayment. Some local Credit Unions provide grants to help students in their study. Please visit your local branch to enquire.

    All Ireland Scholarship Scheme gives 25 awards per year to top-performing students for the duration of their undergraduate degree course. Please ensure you read the eligibility criteria before applying.

    GAA Club scholarships can support full-time undergraduate students (in second year or above) who are actively involved in the University's GAA Club.  Please ensure you read the eligibility criteria before applying.

    Visit the Scholarship Hub for details on sponsored degrees in the UK.

    If you are currently employed, speak to your employer about sponsorship to help fully or part-fund your skills.

    Self-fund your course through working whilst studying part-time.

    Visit the Employability and Careers for support with CV writing and employability skills.

    You can search Job Centre Online and NI Job Finder and local recruitment agencies for current vacancies available.

  • Placement year / Study abroad
    Tuition Fee Funding

    When completing a years placement as part of your course, you will need to ensure you have funding in place to cover the reduced rate Tuition Fee:

    • Students domiciled in Northern Ireland can apply to Student Finance NI for a reduced Tuition Fee loan.
    • GB students can apply to their respective funding bodies for Tuition Fee support. SAAS, SFE, SFW.
    • ROI & EU students can apply to Student Finance EU for a Tuition Fee loan.
    • International students must arrange payment of Tuition Fees with the Finance Department.
    • The Student Funding bodies will pay Tuition Fees directly to Ulster University.
    Maintenance Funding
    • Students domiciled in Northern Ireland completing a years placement can apply to  Student Finance NI for a reduced maintenance loan only. It is expected that students secure a paid placement to cover their essential daily living costs.
    • GB students can apply to their respective funding bodies for Maintenance support. SAAS, SFE, SFW.
    • ROI Students can apply to SUSI for a means-test grant.
    • Maintenance support is not available for EU or International students, therefore you must be able to meet your own daily living costs whilst completing your course.

    Payments are made in three installments during the academic year. Please refer to the payment schedule found on your Student Finance Notification of Entitlement letter.

    Students planning to work abroad or study abroad in a European country may be eligible for additional support through their Student Finance provider and/or Erasmus.

    Students studying abroad, or completing essential clinical placements in the UK or ROI may be eligible to apply for an travel grant.

    Students interested in Study USA can apply for a Scholarship through the British Council.

    For other study and work abroad opportunities, please visit the British Council website.

    For those planning on studying or working abroad, check out our Planning for Placement tips.

  • Returning Students

    Whether you are progressing into your next year of study, or returning from a leave of absence,follow our tips for getting prepared for the new academic year:

    1. Apply for your Student Funding as early as April. Your funding can be put on hold if your circumstances change, but leaving it to September to apply can cause long delays and you may not have everything in place before starting the new term.
    2. Find part-time/full-time work during the summer months to help put aside some savings, or clear your overdraft so you are starting the new term on a clean slate
    3. Put a budget in place once your funding has been confirmed. You can make adjustments to your budget as and when needed.
  • PGCE / MArch / Integrated Master's Degree

    Students completing a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate of Education), MArch (Master of Architecture) or an Integrated Master's degree are funding through the undergraduate student funding system.

    Tuition Fee Funding
    • Students domiciled in Northern Ireland can apply to Student Finance NI for a Tuition Fee loan.
    • GB students can apply to their respective funding bodies for Tuition Fee support. SAASSFESFW.
    • ROI & EU students can apply to Student Finance EU for a Tuition Fee loan.
    • International students must arrange payment of Tuition Fees with the Finance Department.
    • The Student Funding bodies will pay Tuition Fees directly to Ulster University.
    Maintenance Funding
    • Students domiciled in Northern Ireland can apply to  Student Finance NI for a maintenance loan and grant. Calculations are based on household income and as such, not all students who apply will be eligible for a maintenance grant.
    • Those with dependents may be eligible to Special Support Grant and Extra Help through Childcare GrantAdult Dependents' Grant and Parents' Learning Allowance. Calculations are based on household income and not all students who apply will receive a grant. Please refer to SFNI website for full details of available support.
    • GB students can apply to their respective funding bodies for Maintenance support. SAASSFESFW.
    • ROI Students can apply to SUSI for a means-test grant.
    • Maintenance support is not available for EU or International students, therefore you must be able to meet your own daily living costs whilst completing your course.

    Maintenance funding is to help with essential daily living costs whilst completing your course. Payments are made in three installments during the academic year. Please refer to the payment schedule found on your Student Finance Notification of Entitlement letter.

    SFNI 2019/20 Standard student Maximum living at home loan is £3,750 (£3,385 for final year students). If your household income is greater than £41,065 a maintenance grant is not available. If household income is below £41,065 a mixture of maintenance loan and grant is available, up to a maximum combined total of £5338 (£4973 for final year students).

    SFNI 2019/20 Standard student Maximum living away from home loan is £4,840 (£4,480 for final year students). If your household income is greater than £41,065 a maintenance grant is not available. If household income is below £41,065 a mixture of maintenance loan and grant is available, up to a maximum combined total of £6428 (£6068 for final year students).

    Funding Exceptions

    Students can avail of ONE additional year's funding (for both Tuition fees and Maintenance support) through the 'plus one' rule, should they be required to repeat all or part of an academic year. Should a second repeat year (full or partial) be required, students will have to fully fund any fees incurred.

    Students who already hold a degree or equivalent are not eligible for any of the funding listed above. As such, students will need to meet these costs themselves. Please see the Self-Funded Study section below.

    Additional Mandatory Costs

    Due to the nature of these courses, additional mandatory costs can be expected, please ensure you are aware of these and have made sufficient provisions to cover these before commencing your course. For further information on such costs, please view course specific information at Ulster University.


Useful Links

Studying in Northern Ireland - Save the Student Guide

Student Finance NI - 2020/21 forms

Student Finance NI - Full-time undergraduate

Student Finance NI - Part-time undergraduate

Students estranged from family - Stand Alone