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Scholarships and bursaries

We have a number of scholarships and bursaries available for our students, including:

National Scholarship Programme

This award is for students starting in the 2014/15 academic year.

The university is part of the National Scholarship Programme (NSP) which is designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000. The scholarships are non-repayable and will be allocated after 31 August 2014. Students will be told if they have been allocated a scholarship in September 2014.

We have 205 full-time NSP awards worth £4,000 in total - £1,000 cash and a £1000 fee waiver in year one and then £1,000 cash in years two and three. Specific criteria will apply and awards to students living outside of England will be subject to Government guidance and regulations.

There is no application process for the full-time NSP awards. The awards will be allocated according to the criteria below. Where there are more students who meet the criteria than there are awards, these will be allocated according to the prioritisation criteria.

Please note it is important that you apply for income assessed student finance as early as possible and consent to share your financial information with us.

We also have 21 part-time NSP awards (worth £2,000 in total over the first three years of the course - £500 cash and a £500 fee waiver in year one and then £500 in years two and three). Recipients must be studying at least 50% and registered on a minimum three year award. Specific criteria will apply and awards to students living outside of England will be subject to Government guidance and regulations. If you are a part-time student wishing to apply for an NSP please download and complete the application form.

Please note: the above information has recently been updated due to changes in Government policy and is currently subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access.

What are the eligibility criteria for the NSP award?

Declared household residual income is £25,000 or less (verified by the Student Loans Company)

*please note: you must have applied to the Student Loans Company for income-assessed student finance*

  • Student's fee is neither paid nor part-paid through a sponsorship arrangement.
  • Student is not NHS funded.
  • Student is not undertaking a postgraduate initial teacher training course leading to qualified teacher status.
  • Student is a new entrant to Higher Education (ie they do no  have an existing HE qualification).
  • Student is not directly continuing from one course to another (for example, from foundation degree or HND on to the final year of an honours degree).
  • Student is not transferring in from another institution.
  • Student is not undertaking a postgraduate qualification.
  • Student is ordinarily resident in England (NSP awards are not available to students ordinarily resident in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland).
  • Student has confirmed the University of Cumbria as their first choice.

Prioritisation criteria

Where there are more students who meet the criteria than there are awards, these will be allocated according to the following prioritisation criteria:

  • You have left Local Authority Care
  • Your household income
  • You are from an area where not many people go into Higher Education
  • You have declared a disability to us.

Frequently asked questions

What are the full-time National Scholarship Programme awards worth?

  • £4000 in total: cash bursary of £1,000 and fee waiver of £1000 in year one, and £1,000 cash bursary in years two and three.

What are the part-time National Scholarship Programme awards worth?

  • £2000 in total: cash bursary of £500 and fee waiver of £500 in year one, and £500 cash bursary in years two and three.

Who do I contact for more information?
Please contact a Student Development Adviser in LiSS.

If I am unsuccessful can I appeal?
The decision made by the panel is final, so unfortunately we cannot accept any appeals. It is therefore important that you provide all information requested at the time of application.

The above details may be subject to alteration in the event of changes to government policy.

Please note: New full-time students who have been allocated a National Scholarship Programme award will receive an advisory email by the end of September 2014. If you do not receive an email during this time scale then unfortunately you have not been allocated an NSP award (for full-time students).

If you would like more information and advice on money matters (e.g. budgeting) please visit our Money Doctors page.

Cumbria Bursaries

This award is for students starting study in the 2014/15 academic year.

The University of Cumbria will award up to 85 Cumbria Bursaries in 2014. Recipients will benefit from an annual cash award of £1,000 for up to three years of study. The bursaries are non-repayable and will be allocated after 31 August 2014. Students will be told if they have been allocated a bursary in September 2014.

There is no application process for the Cumbria Bursary. Awards will be allocated according to the criteria below. Where there are more students who meet the criteria than there are awards, these will be allocated according to the prioritisation criteria.

Please note it is important that you apply for income assessed student finance as early as possible and consent to share your financial information with us.

What are the eligibility criteria for the Cumbria Bursary?

Declared household residual income is £25,000 or less (verified by the Student Loans Company)

*please note: you must have applied to the Student Loans Company for income-assessed student finance*

  • Student's fee is neither paid nor part-paid through a sponsorship arrangement.
  • Student is not NHS funded.
  • Student is a new entrant to Higher Education (ie they do not have an existing HE qualification).
  • Student is not undertaking a postgraduate initial teacher training course leading to qualified teacher status.
  • Student is not directly continuing from one course to another (for example, from foundation degree or HND on to the final year of an honours degree).
  • Student is not transferring in from another institution.
  • Student is not undertaking a postgraduate qualification.
  • Student has confirmed the University of Cumbria as their first choice.

Prioritisation criteria

Where there are more students who meet the criteria than there are awards, these will be allocated according to the following prioritisation criteria:

  • You have left Local Authority Care
  • Your household income
  • You are from an area where not many people go into Higher Education
  • You have declared a disability to us.

Frequently asked questions

What are the Cumbria Bursaries worth?
Cash bursaries of £1,000 in each year of your course, up to a total £3,000.

Who do I contact for more information?

Please contact a Student Development Adviser in LiSS.

If I am unsuccessful can I appeal?

The decision made by the panel is final, so unfortunately we cannot accept any appeals. It is therefore important that you provide all information requested at the time of application.

Please note: New full-time students who have been allocated a Cumbria Bursary will receive an advisory email by the end of September 2014. If you do not receive an email during this time scale then unfortunately you have not been allocated a Cumbria Bursary.

If you would like more information and advice on money matters (e.g. budgeting) please visit the Money Doctors page.

International student scholarships

The university is delighted to announce the launch of a new international scholarship programme for 2014 entrants. We have several scholarships available for 50% of the tuition fees for one year of study.

There are also some additional scholarships of £500 - £1000, for further information please email scholarships@cumbria.ac.uk.

Scholarships will be awarded on a merit basis for outstanding academic achievement. International applicants, who hold an unconditional offer and have accepted their place, are eligible to apply for a scholarship.

Applicants must hold an offer of a place of study on an eligible full-time bachelor’s degree, top-up degree or a taught master’s degree (180 credits) at the University of Cumbria. For students enrolling on programmes lasting more than one year the scholarship is awarded for the first year of the programme only.

Students in most courses, including business, creative arts, law, science, literature, TESOL, sport, outdoor and social sciences, may apply for the scholarship programme. Unfortunately scholarships are not available for NHS-funded courses (i.e. Nursing, Physiotherapy, Radiography or Social Work) or for degrees leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

If you are not sure if your course is eligible for the scholarship programme, please email scholarships@cumbria.ac.uk for more information.

Read the terms and conditions

  1. All scholarship applicants/recipients must be self-funding students with overseas fee status.
  2. Applicants must hold an unconditional offer for their place of study and must have accepted their offer.
  3. Applicants must have no outstanding offer conditions attached to their place of study except for the tuition fee deposit and passport photocopy.
  4. Scholarship applicants must complete the scholarship application form.
  5. Scholarship applications received after the deadline date will not be considered.
  6. Applications should be submitted by email to scholarships@cumbria.ac.uk.
  7. Scholarship applications will be considered and assessed by a Scholarship Award Panel. The Panel may take into account the following aspects: academic performance, English language, merit of personal statement and the short essay.
  8. The Scholarship Award Panel's decision will be finalised in the month following the deadline and applicants will be notified of the decision on their application by email.
  9. The decision of the Scholarship Award Panel is final - the university will not provide feedback or enter into any correspondence with unsuccessful candidates regarding their decision.
  10. Successful scholarship applicants must meet any outstanding conditions (i.e. tuition fee deposit / passport photocopy) by the date requested to receive the scholarship.
  11. Scholarships can only be taken for the academic year 2014-15 and may not be deferred to any other period.
  12. Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants in receipt of a scholarship from any other source.
  13. By accepting the scholarship, it is expected that scholars will assist the university with internationalisation events and provide a photograph and statement to be included in our publicity
  14. Courses which are eligible for scholarship awards are in the following areas of study: creative arts, business, law, science, TESOL, literature, sports, outdoor and social sciences. It is the applicant’s responsibility to check that their chosen course is eligible for scholarship applications before an application is submitted (please email scholarships@cumbria.ac.uk if you require clarification)

The award

  1. The scholarships will not be paid in cash. Scholarships will be deducted from the first year's tuition fees on registration at the University of Cumbria.
  2. In the first term at the University of Cumbria, all successful scholarship winners will be invited to attend a reception to receive their award certificate.
  3. Scholarship winners will be asked to provide a case study which may be used in university publications or on the website.
  4. This award cannot be held in conjunction with any other university awards or discounts.

The deadline for applications is 6 June 2014 and the successful candidates will be announced at the end of June.

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries

Postgrad Solutions Ltd is offering 13 bursaries across a number of subject areas. The bursaries are worth £500 each and are open to students from anywhere in the world.

To apply for a Postgrad Solutions bursary, visit their website.