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

2018/19 academic year

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 or direct to the university as part of the online registration 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?

You do have the right to appeal, should you be dissatisfied with the outcome.  Please email moneyadvice@cumbria.ac.uk for further details of the appeals process.

When considering an appeal, we check that information has been processed correctly and consider any information provided in support of the case.  It is not possible to appeal where the institutional eligibility criteria have not been met.

We aim to respond to an appeal within 10 working days of receipt.

Contact us

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

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.

You do not need to apply separately for the Progression Scholarship, 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. 

If you're eligible, be sure to complete your funding application before 5th October 2018.

Please note: We only contact successful candidates.  If successful, you will be notified in writing during October or November.  Letters are sent via the Student Loans Company; these will be forwarded to the correspondence address given on your Student Finance application.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Progressed to the University of Cumbria from one of the designated Further Education Partner Colleges.
  • entering into year 1 or integrated foundation year of a specified undergraduate degree at the University of Cumbria
  • from a household income of £0 as assessed by Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or Student Awards Agency Scotland.  Assessed by funding provider before 5th October 2018.

Prioritisation Criteria

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

  • Your household income is nil and you have declared Care Leaver status*
  • Your household income is nil and you have declared a disability to us**

*as confirmed via the Student Finance application process or direct to the University

**subject to receipt of satisfactory evidence e.g. GP letter or Educational Psychologist Assessment

If there are fewer eligible students than awards available, the remaining money will be equally distributed between those successful award recipients.

If I am unsuccessful can I appeal?

You do have the right to appeal, should you be dissatisfied with the outcome.  Please email moneyadvice@cumbria.ac.uk for further details of the appeals process.

When considering an appeal, we check that information has been processed correctly and consider any information provided in support of the case.  It is not possible to appeal where the institutional eligibility criteria have not been met.

We aim to respond to an appeal within 10 working days of receipt.

Contact us

Please email moneyadvice@cumbria.ac.uk if you have any further questions.

PGCE Scholarship

£1,000 cash payment and £1,000 off accommodation fees for University residences to students enrolling on University based PGCE programmes* in Lancaster or Carlisle in 2018/19 or 2019/20 who are alumni of the University of Cumbria, University of Central Lancashire, University of Lancaster or Salford University.

£1,000 cash payment and £200 travel contribution in the form of a pre-paid Oyster Card to students enrolling on University based PGCE programmes* in London in 2018/19 or 2018/2019 who are alumni of University of Cumbria or Queen Mary’s University.

* This does not apply to University based PE, School Direct, SCITT or PGCE with Non-QTS.

Terms and conditions:

  • Students do not need to apply to receive the scholarship. Eligibility will be checked against the criteria in these terms and conditions by the University and students will be notified of their eligibility.
  • In order to be eligible, a student must be fully enrolled on a University based PGCE programme* as a full-time student on 15 October 2018 0r 2019 to qualify for the scholarship.
  • In order to be eligible, a student must be a graduate with a BSc, BA or LLB issued on or after 1 September 2013 from either the University of Cumbria, University of Central Lancashire, University of Lancaster or Salford University (if studying at the Lancaster or Carlisle campuses) or the University of Cumbria or Queen Mary’s University (if studying at the London campus). Eligibility will be checked through a review of the records of past study held by the University.
  • The £1,000 cash payments will be made to eligible students on or before 2 November 2018 or 1 Novermber 2019 via a BACS transfer. Students must have a UK bank account and provide, where not already held by the University, details of this bank account in order to receive payment. Payments can only be made into the bank accounts of eligible students.
  • If a student receives a £1,000 cash payment and withdraws before 7 January 2019 or 6 January 2020 the University will invoice the student for the full amount.
  • The £1,000 off accommodation fees will be applied as a credit, in equal parts, to the second and third terms’ invoices issued to eligible students.
  • The £200 travel contribution will be provided in the form of a pre-paid Oyster Card. These will be issued to eligible students after 15 October 2018.
  • This offer does not apply to University based PE, School Direct, SCITT or PGCE with Non-QTS.

Gymnastics scholarship - first year undergraduate sports students

Are you a passionate gymnast? Do you want to study for a degree at a university that gives you the support to continue your passion?

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the University of Cumbria, we are offering a fantastic gymnastics scholarship opportunity to 10 successful applicants to the following undergraduate sport degree courses to start in September 2018 in Lancaster:

The scholarship will include 10 items:

  • £1,000 off accommodation (£500 semester 1 and £500 semester 2)
  • Free Biomechanical Analysis
  • Free Fitness Testing
  • Free lifestyle coaching
  • Free Sport Psychology support
  • Free Access to Sport Rehabilitation clinics
  • Free nutrition advice
  • If you hold suitable coaching qualifications, you will have the opportunity to coach at the nationally renowned Lancaster Gymnastics Club and ‘earn while you learn.’
  • Access free training at the Lancaster Gymnastic Club if you are of competition standard.
  • Flexibility in your study to allow international competition.

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who is passionate about continuing their development in gymnastics-acrobatics or trampolining, and wants to be surrounded by people with the expertise to help them achieve this while studying towards a degree in sport.

Apply now

Eligibility criteria

You must meet one or more of these specialist criteria to be eligible to apply for the scholarship:

  • Representation at National Level in Gymnastics-Acrobatics or Trampolining e.g. representing country at school/college level, association level.
  • Representation at Regional Level/Elite performer in Gymnastics-Acrobatics or Trampolining e.g. representing county, town/region or club.  
  • Sports Development Coaching in Gymnastics-Acrobatics or Trampolining e.g. continuous paid or voluntary coaching work at club, regional or national level.

Terms and conditions

  • Students who accept a place on one of the University of Cumbria's main sport UG degrees for September 2018 entry will be eligible to apply.
  • Applicants holding a firm offer of a place will be invited to apply via an agreed process.
  • Criteria for the award of scholarships will be published.
  • The award of scholarships will be determined by a panel of University staff whose decision shall be final with no right of appeal.
  • Students must be fully registered and enrolled at the University of Cumbria on 1st October 2018 and remain on programme as of 1st March 2019.
  • Students registered and studying at the University of Cumbria in 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 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 2018/19 academic year (other than the Cumbria Bursary).

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 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.

2017/18 academic year

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.

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.