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Financial support for all levels of study

Financial support

There are lots of ways you can access additional financial support to help you fund your studies - both from UCA and from external sources. Discover what support you might qualify for at each level of study on this page. To find out more about our scholarships and fee discounts, please see our dedicated section.

If you're undertaking a pre-degree or foundation course with us, there are a few ways to gain additional financial support to help you with your studies and living expenses.

Government support

19+ Advanced Learner Loan - If you’re aged 19 or older, you can apply for a Government loan to help cover the tuition fees for your pre-degree course. Visit Student Finance England

Care to Learn - If you’re under 20 years old and a parent, you can get help with the cost of childcare while you’re studying. Visit Care to Learn.

Bursaries

There are bursaries available to help students from lower-income families with course costs and travel expenses. A small number of residential bursaries are also available for students aged 16-18 who meet the eligibility criteria.

Students aged 16-18 who receive, or whose parent/carer or guardian receives certain benefits, are able to apply for free meals.

Please return completed application forms and required evidence to fefunds@uca.ac.uk

Help with travel costs

There are a number of travel saver-schemes available for students studying a further education course in 2019/20, depending on where you choose to study.

For more information on travel options, check out your local authority website.

Diploma 2 Degree

If you want to progress to an undergraduate course then the Diploma 2 Degree scheme not only helps make the process far simpler, it also includes a £500 bursary to help towards the cost of technology, books or travel.

 

If you're undertaking an undergraduate course with us, there are several ways to gain additional financial support, including bursaries and loans, to help you with your studies and living expenses.

  • Diploma 2 Degree - if you're a pre-degree student looking to move on to an undergraduate degree then our Diploma 2 Degree scheme not only makes the application process far easier but also offers a £500 bursary towards the cost of travel, books or technology. Speak to your course leader for more information.

  • Financial Assistance Fund - this fund is available to all full and part-time undergraduate students from the UK who are experiencing financial difficulties beyond your control if you can demonstrate a clear financial need. Read our guidance notes and full policy documents. Download application form.
  • Disabled Students' Allowance - you may be able to get this grant if you have a long-term illness, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia. Find out more about the Disabled Students' Allowance

  • Childcare Grant - if you’re a full-time student with children, you can apply for a Childcare Grant. Find out more about the Childcare Grant.

  • Parents' Learning Allowance - if you have children, this funding could help towards your course costs, such as books, materials and travel. How much you get depends on your household income. You don’t have to pay the money back. Find out more about the Parents' Learning Allowance.

  • Adult Dependants' Grant - this grant could provide extra help if you’re a full-time student with an adult who depends on you financially. Find out more about the Adult Dependants' Grant.

  • Help with travel costs - there are a number of travel saver-schemes available for students studying a further education course in 2019/20, depending on where you choose to study. See more information for Kent and Surrey

  • COVID-19 Hardship Bursary – this bursary aims to provide additional funding for students to help with unexpected costs arising from the pandemic and a return to online learning.
    Read our guidance notes
    Download application form

 

If you're undertaking a postgraduate course with us, there are several ways to gain additional financial support, including bursaries and loans, to help you with your studies and living expenses.

  • UCA Financial Assistance Fund - this fund is available to all UK full-time and part-time postgraduate students experiencing financial hardship - Read our guidance notes and full policy documents. Download application form.

  • PhD Fee Bursary - we offer a small number of PhD bursary awards to suitably qualified applicants for research. These are awarded after an interview and on the basis of merit. Email roffice@uca.ac.uk for more details.

  • Master's Loan - students from the UK starting a postgraduate course are able to apply for a Master's Loan by visiting Student Finance England. Funding for postgraduate loans is different if you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, please click on the links to find out more.

  • Doctoral Loan - students from the UK starting a research degree are now able to apply for a Doctoral Loan through Student Finance England. Visit Student Finance England.

  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) - offers funding opportunities for various disciplines and projects. Visit the AHRC website.

  • Postgrad Solutions Study Bursary - Postgrad Solutions offer a range of bursaries for postgraduate courses. Visit Postgrad Solutions.

  • FindAMasters.com - offers a total of £12,000 in scholarships every year to UK or EU students starting a postgraduate course. Visit FindAMasters.

  • The Alternative Guide to Postgrad Funding Online - provides information about alternative sources of funding - especially charities - which can make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject, or nationality. If you are a prospective student who has applied to UCA, please email roffice@uca.ac.uk to get an access PIN.

  • COVID-19 Hardship Bursary – this bursary aims to provide additional funding for students to help with unexpected costs arising from the pandemic and a return to online learning.
    Read our guidance notes
    Download application form
 

If you're an international and EU student due to join us, there are several ways to gain additional financial support, including bursaries and loans, to help you with your studies and living expenses.

  • International Student Fund - our International & EU Student Fund is designed to support you if you have an unexpected financial crisis, such as your usual source of income being delayed or lost, or having to pay unplanned and unavoidable costs. Read our guidance notes to find out more. Download application form

  • British Council - your local British Council office can give you details of scholarships and other sources of funding that you can apply for as an international student.