We have many scholarships and bursaries available for both applicants and current students. Read below to find out more.

Cumbria Bursaries - first year undergraduate students (2017/18)

About Cumbria Bursaries

This award is for students starting study in the 2017/18 academic year.

Our own Cumbria Bursary is designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000. These are non-repayable bursaries that will be allocated after 7 October 2017 (Successful candidates will be notified during October and November).

This academic year we have up to 95 full-time awards available, worth £3000 in total (£1000 per year for a maximum of 3 years), and a further 45 awards for courses with integrated foundation years worth £4000 (£1000 a year for up to 4 years). In addition, we also have up to 20 part-time awards available worth £1500 over the first three years. Under this bursary, students must be studying at least 50% of the time and are registered on a minimum three year award.

All bursaries are subject to specific criteria. Where there are more students who meet the criteria than there are awards, these will be allocated according to the prioritisation criteria. Students outside England may have their award subject to Government guidance and regulations.  Find out if you’re eligible or get further details before applying.

Part time students can click here for an application form. Full-time bursaries are not dependent on an application process. 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 via your student funding body (i.e. Student Finance England) application.

Eligibility criteria

Declared household residual income is £25,000 or less (verified by the Student Loans Company) assessed by funding provider before 7th October 2017.

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

  • 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.

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:

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

If I am unsuccessful can I appeal?

The decision on granting Cumbria Bursaries made by the panel is final, so unfortunately we cannot accept any appeals. It is therefore important that you provide all information required for your Student Funding application to your funding body prior to commencing the course.

Cumbria Bursaries - first year undergraduate students (2018/19)

About The Cumbria Bursary

The Cumbria Bursary is our financial award for first year UK or EU undergraduate students commencing their studies in the 2018/19 academic year. It is a non-repayable bursary designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000.

In 2018/19 there are up to 90 full or part time Cumbria Bursaries available, worth £1,000 per year of study (full time) or £500 per year of study (part time) for up to 3 years for students entering onto full time or substantive part time* undergraduate programmes.

There are a further 15 Cumbria Bursaries available for students entering onto courses with integrated foundation years; these are worth £1000 per year for up to 4 years.

Up to one third of our Cumbria Bursaries will be allocated specifically to students who are aged 21 and over on the 1 September 2018, who also meet the eligibility criteria outlined below.

*Part time students must be studying at least 50% of the time and registered on a minimum three year course.

How does it work?

Full-time students don't need to apply separately for the Cumbria Bursary. Simply applying for your student funding through your funding body will enable us to assess your eligibility alongside the information you provide on your UCAS application form.  However, it is important that you apply for income assessed student finance through your funding body (e.g. Student Finance England) as early as possible. In your application you must give consent to share your financial information with your Higher Education Institution.

Part-time students must complete the application form.

All bursaries are subject to the specific eligibility criteria below. Where there are more eligible students than awards available, these will be allocated according to the prioritisation criteria.

Download the application form (part-time students only)

Eligibility criteria

  • Student is entering into year 1 or integrated foundation year of a specified undergraduate degree at the University of Cumbria
  • Student has a household income of £25,000 or less as assessed by Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or Student Awards Agency Scotland. Assessed by funding provider before 5 October 2018.

Cumbria Bursaries will not be available to students who are:

  • studying less than 50 credits per year
  • already holding an HE qualification e.g. Cert HE, HND or Foundation Degree.
  • transferring from another institution
  • undertaking a postgraduate qualification, including PGCE courses

Prioritisation criteria

Up to one third of the Cumbria Bursaries for 2018/19 will be allocated specifically to students who are aged 21 and over on the 1 September 2018, who also meet the eligibility criteria outlined above.

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

  • Your household income
  • You have declared Care Leaver status*
  • You have declared a disability on your UCAS form
  • You are from an area where not many people go into Higher Education

*as confirmed via the Student Finance application process

How do I know if I’ve received a Cumbria Bursary?

Cumbria Bursaries for 2018/19 will be allocated to eligible students after 5 October 2018.

Successful candidates will be notified in writing during October and November.  Letters are sent via the Student Loans Company; these will be forwarded to the correspondence address given on your Student Finance application.

If I am unsuccessful can I appeal?

The decision on granting Cumbria Bursary Awards made by the panel is final, so unfortunately we cannot accept any appeals. It is important that you provide all information required for your student funding application to your funding body, including giving consent to share prior to commencing your course.

Contact us

Please email moneyadvice@cumbria.ac.uk if you require any further information.

Progression Award - first year undergraduate students from partner colleges (2017/18)

If you’re a student of any of the following colleges, you might be eligible for one of our Partnership Progression Awards offered to those applying to the University immediately after Further Education:

  • Blackburn College  
  • Bury College
  • Carlisle College
  • Doncaster College
  • Furness College
  • Kendal College
  • Lakes College West Cumbria
  • Lancaster and Morecambe College
  • Newton Rigg (Askham Bryan) College
  • Northumberland College
  • Southport College

We have up to 300 Progression Awards for students starting study in the 2017/18 academic year.

These awards are worth £500 in total, these non-repayable grants are paid directly to your bank account in the first year only. The Progression Award may be stacked with a Cumbria Bursary if a recipient is eligible and ranked to receive both awards.

We allocate these awards to eligible students who are drawn from UCAS and Student Finance England application data. These are ranked according to points based against the prioritisation criteria below. If you're eligible, be sure to complete your funding application before 7th October 2017.

Please note: If you have not been notified of being allocated an award by the end of October 2017, then unfortunately you have not been allocated a Progression Award. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Progressed to the University of Cumbria from one of the designated Further Education Partner Colleges.
    Student Finance England assessed household residual income is £25,000 or less *please note: you must have applied to the Student Finance England for income-assessed student finance which has been completed before 7th October*
  • 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.

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:

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

If I am unsuccessful can I appeal?

The decision on granting Progression Awards made by the panel is final, so unfortunately we cannot accept any appeals. It is therefore important that you provide all information required for your Student Funding application to your funding body prior to commencing the course.

Partnership Progression Scholarship - first year undergraduate students from partner colleges (2018/19)

If you’re a student of any of the following colleges, you might be eligible for one of our Partnership Progression Scholarships for those applying to the university immediately after Further Education:

  • Blackburn College  
  • Bury College
  • Carlisle College
  • Doncaster College
  • Furness College
  • Kendal College
  • Lakes College West Cumbria
  • Lancaster and Morecambe College
  • Newton Rigg (Askham Bryan) College
  • Northumberland College
  • Southport College

We have up to 35 Progression Scholarships available for students starting study in the 2018/19 academic year.

The awards are worth £500 in total, these non-repayable grants are paid directly to your bank account in the first year only. The Progression Scholarship may be received alongside the Cumbria Bursary if a recipient is eligible and ranked to receive both awards.

Further details regarding eligibility criteria for the Progression Scholarships will be released soon.

Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELCAS) - Armed forces personnel

About the Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme

We are proud to be a registered learning provider with the Ministry of Defence's ELCAS scheme. ELCAS is a scheme run by the Ministry of Defence to provide financial support to Armed Forces personnel (both serving and service leavers) to study a course at university.

How do I apply?

If you’re interested in applying for the ELCAS scheme, then visit their website to find out if you match their criteria. Those who do should submit their application at least 5 weeks before the start of their course. Our Learning Provider’s Reference number is 3046-be sure to include this on your application to study at the University of Cumbria.

The ELCAS website has all the forms and details you need to submit your application, so if you think you might qualify, it’s worth having a look.

Apply now

Further information

If you’re not quite sure whether this scheme is right for you, then please contact one of our Student Money Advisers to get more information.

To find out which courses lead to a degree qualification or higher, please check our courses pages for all the information you need to decide which course is right for you.

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries - postgraduate students

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.