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

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.

Progression Award - first year undergraduate students from partner colleges

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.

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.

Biology Bursary

Students who apply for BA (Hons) Biology or BA (Hons) Biology (with integrated foundation year) between 1 July and 30 September 2017 will receive a £500 bursary. 

Terms and conditions

  • Students must be fully registered and enrolled at the University of Cumbria on 15 October 2017 and remain on programme until 8th January 2018.
  • If payment is made, and the student leaves the programme before 8 January 2018, the payment is repayable.
  • Students registered and studying at the University of Cumbria in 2016/17 will not be eligible.
  • Students must be eligible student for the provision of UK student support and be responsible for the payment of their own tuition fees.
  • Students must not be in receipt of any other bursary (other than a Cumbria Bursary) from the University of Cumbria during the 2017/18 academic year.
  • Payment will be made after 15 October to a nominated UK bank account by Friday 3 November.

Biomedical Sciences Bursary

Students who apply for BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences or BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (with integrated foundation year) between 1 July and 30 September 2017 will receive a £500 bursary. 

Terms and conditions

  • Students must be fully registered and enrolled at the University of Cumbria on 15 October 2017 and remain on programme until 8th January 2018.
  • If payment is made, and the student leaves the programme before 8 January 2018, the payment is repayable.
  • Students registered and studying at the University of Cumbria in 2016/17 will not be eligible.
  • Students must be eligible student for the provision of UK student support and be responsible for the payment of their own tuition fees.
  • Students must not be in receipt of any other bursary (other than a Cumbria Bursary) from the University of Cumbria during the 2017/18 academic year.
  • Payment will be made after 15 October to a nominated UK bank account by Friday 3 November.

Business Bursary

Students who apply for one of the following Business courses between 17 August and 30 September 2017 will receive a £500 University of Cumbria Kickstart bursary.

Eligible courses

Terms and conditions

  • The Cumbria Kickstart Bursary is applicable to anyone applying for an eligible programme, between 17 August and 30 September 2017, and who meet the criteria below.
  • Students must be fully registered and enrolled at the University of Cumbria on 15 October 2017 and remain on programme until 8th January 2018.
  • If payment is made, and the student leaves the programme before 8 January 2018, the payment is repayable.
  • Students registered and studying at the University of Cumbria in 2016/17 will not be eligible.
  • Students must be eligible for the provision of UK student support and be responsible for the payment of their own tuition fees.
  • Students must not be in receipt of any other bursary (other than a Cumbria Bursary) from the University of Cumbria during the 2017/18 academic year.
  • One payment of £500 will be made once and will be made after 15 October to a nominated UK bank account by Friday 3 November.

Conservation, Forestry and Geography

All students who enrol on our Conservation or Forestry courses in 2017 will receive a complimentary First Aid Upskill course.

Terms and conditions

  • Students must have firmly accepted a place on one of the above full time programmes at the University of Cumbria for September 2017 entry.
  • Students must be fully registered and enrolled at the University of Cumbria on 15 October and remain on programme as at 8th January 2018.
  • Students registered and studying at the University of Cumbria in 2016/17 will not be eligible.
  • Students must be eligible student for the provision of UK student support and be responsible for the payment of their own tuition fees.

Law Bursary

Students who apply for LLB Law or LLB Law (with integrated foundation year) between 17 August and 30 September 2017 will receive a £500 University of Cumbria Kickstart bursary.

Terms and conditions

  • The Cumbria Kickstart Bursary is applicable to anyone applying for an eligible programme, between 17 August and 30 September 2017, and who meet the criteria below.
  • Students must be fully registered and enrolled at the University of Cumbria on 15 October 2017 and remain on programme until 8th January 2018.
  • If payment is made, and the student leaves the programme before 8 January 2018, the payment is repayable.
  • Students registered and studying at the University of Cumbria in 2016/17 will not be eligible.
  • Students must be eligible for the provision of UK student support and be responsible for the payment of their own tuition fees.
  • Students must not be in receipt of any other bursary (other than a Cumbria Bursary) from the University of Cumbria during the 2017/18 academic year.
  • One payment of £500 will be made once and will be made after 15 October to a nominated UK bank account by Friday 3 November.

Learning Disabilities Nursing Bursary

If you wish to study Learning Disabilities Nursing, you will receive:

  • a £500 bursary**
  • a free Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course of your choice from a specified list

We’ll also cover the costs of your:

  • Uniform
  • DBS check*
  • Occupational Health check

This is in addition to any government support agreed. Government funding for travel to placements is available, see eligibility here.

If you have an offer from us to study one of our undergraduate Nursing degree courses, and accept it by 30th September, you will be guaranteed campus accommodation.

*Paid on successful enrolment onto course

**If fully registered at the University of Cumbria by 15th October 2017

Terms and conditions

  • Recipients of the Learning Disabilities Nursing bursary are entitled to £500 and a free Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course from a specified list.
  • Students must have firmly accepted a place on BSc (Hons) Learning Disabilities Nursing at the University of Cumbria for September 2017 entry.
  • Students must be fully registered and enrolled at the University of Cumbria on 15 October and remain on programme as at 8th January 2018.
  • If payment is made and the student leaves the programme before 8 January 2018, the payment is repayable.
  • Students registered and studying at the University of Cumbria in 2016/17 will not be eligible.
  • Students must be eligible student for the provision of UK student support and be responsible for the payment of their own tuition fees.
  • Students must not be in receipt of any other bursary from the University of Cumbria during the 2017/18 academic year, other than the NHS package already offered.
  • Payment will be made after 15 October 2017 to a nominated UK bank account by Friday 3 November
  • Students registering as above will be eligible for a complimentary CPD module from a specified range by end of study.

NHS

If you enrol onto an undergraduate NHS programme in 2017, we’ll cover the following costs:

  • Uniform
  • DBS check**
  • Occupational Health check

This is in addition to any government support agreed. Government funding for travel to placement is available, see eligibility here.

**Paid on successful enrolment onto course

Adult, Children and Mental Health Nursing Support

If you enrol onto our BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing, BSc (Hons) Children's Nursing or BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing programmes in 2017, we’ll cover the costs of your:

  • Uniform
  • DBS check*
  • Occupational Health check

This is in addition to any government support agreed. Government funding for travel to placements is available - see eligibility here.

If you accept your offer by 30th September, you will also be guaranteed accommodation at university owned or partnered accommodation in Lancaster and Carlisle.

Psychology Bursary

Students who apply for one of the following Psychology courses between 17 August and 30 September 2017 will receive a £500 University of Cumbria Kickstart bursary.

Eligible courses

Terms and conditions

  • The Cumbria Kickstart Bursary is applicable to anyone applying for an eligible programme, between 17 August and 30 September 2017, and who meet the criteria below.
  • Students must be fully registered and enrolled at the University of Cumbria on 15 October 2017 and remain on programme until 8th January 2018.
  • If payment is made, and the student leaves the programme before 8 January 2018, the payment is repayable.
  • Students registered and studying at the University of Cumbria in 2016/17 will not be eligible.
  • Students must be eligible for the provision of UK student support and be responsible for the payment of their own tuition fees.
  • Students must not be in receipt of any other bursary (other than a Cumbria Bursary) from the University of Cumbria during the 2017/18 academic year.
  • One payment of £500 will be made once and will be made after 15 October to a nominated UK bank account by Friday 3 November.

Social Work and Social Care Bursary

All students on eligible Social Work and Social Care courses will receive a £500 bursary if they apply between 1 July and 30 September 2017. 

Terms and conditions

  • Students must be fully registered and enrolled at the University of Cumbria on 15 October 2017 and remain on programme until 8th January 2018.
  • If payment is made, and the student leaves the programme before 8 January 2018, the payment is repayable.
  • Students registered and studying at the University of Cumbria in 2016/17 will not be eligible.
  • Students must be eligible student for the provision of UK student support and be responsible for the payment of their own tuition fees.
  • Students must not be in receipt of any other bursary (other than a Cumbria Bursary) from the University of Cumbria during the 2017/18 academic year.
  • Payment will be made after 15 October to a nominated UK bank account by Friday 3 November.

Sport Bursary

Students who apply for one of the following Sport courses between 17 August and 30 September 2017 will receive a £500 University of Cumbria Kickstart bursary.

Eligible courses

Terms and conditions

  • The Cumbria Kickstart Bursary is applicable to anyone applying for an eligible programme, between 17 August and 30 September 2017, and who meet the criteria below.
  • Students must be fully registered and enrolled at the University of Cumbria on 15 October 2017 and remain on programme until 8th January 2018.
  • If payment is made, and the student leaves the programme before 8 January 2018, the payment is repayable.
  • Students registered and studying at the University of Cumbria in 2016/17 will not be eligible.
  • Students must be eligible for the provision of UK student support and be responsible for the payment of their own tuition fees.
  • Students must not be in receipt of any other bursary (other than a Cumbria Bursary) from the University of Cumbria during the 2017/18 academic year.
  • One payment of £500 will be made once and will be made after 15 October to a nominated UK bank account by Friday 3 November.

Teaching and Learning Bursary

Students who apply for BA (Hons) Teaching and Learning between 1 July and 30 September 2017 will receive a £1,000 off their accommodation fees. 

Terms and conditions

  • Students must be fully registered and enrolled at the University of Cumbria on 15 October 2017 and remain on programme as at 8th January 2018.
  • The accommodation fees will be reduced by £500 in Semester 1 and a further £500 in Semester 2.
  • Students registered and studying at the University of Cumbria in 2016/17 will not be eligible.
  • Students must not be in receipt of any other bursary (other than a Cumbria Bursary) from the University of Cumbria during the 2017/18 academic year.