Further Financial Support for Students
We offer a range of grants, scholarships, and bursaries to support low-income students, students from partnered organisations, those who go on to study a PGCE course, and more.
Cumbria Bursaries - first year undergraduate students
About The Cumbria Bursary
The Cumbria Bursary is our targeted financial support package for 1st year ‘home’ undergraduate students studying a qualifying course who are commencing their studies in the 2024/25 academic year. It is a non-repayable bursary designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000.
The Cumbria Bursary is provided through a fixed number of allocated awards and uses a scored prioritisation process to impartially rank all eligible applicants (with household incomes of less than £25,000 per annum). We award bursaries to those with the highest scores.
These awards are worth £1,000 per year of full-time study or £500 per year of part-time study, for a maximum of 5 years (part-time) for students entering onto full time or substantive part-time* undergraduate programmes.
A proportion of our Cumbria Bursaries will be allocated specifically to students who are aged 21 and over on the 1st September 2024, who also meet the eligibility criteria outlined below.
*Part-time students must be studying at least 50% of a full-time equivalent course and registered on a minimum three-year course.
How does it work?
You do not 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. 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, both you and your sponsors must give consent to share financial information with your Higher Education Institution.
All bursaries are subject to specific eligibility criteria (please see below). Where there are more eligible students than awards available, these will be allocated according to the prioritisation criteria (outlined below).
- 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 4th October 2024.
Cumbria Bursaries will not be available to students who are:
- studying less than 50 credits per year
- already holding a HE qualification e.g. Cert HE, HND or Foundation Degree (Care Leavers will be exempted).
- undertaking a postgraduate qualification, including PGCE courses
Usually, there are more students who meet the criteria than there are awards available. Bursaries 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
How do I know if I’ve received a Cumbria Bursary?
Cumbria Bursaries for 2024/25 will be allocated to eligible students after 4th October 2024.
Successful candidates are notified in writing during October and November. Letters sent via the Student Loans Company are forwarded to the correspondence address given on your Student Finance application and accessible online via your student finance account.
If I am unsuccessful, can I appeal?
There are a limited number of Cumbria Bursary awards available, allocated at the beginning of the first year of an eligible three or four year degree course. Often students meet the criteria for the Cumbria Bursary award but do not receive an award as there are usually more eligible students than awards available.
New students are scored against the prioritisation criteria to determine who receives an award. To maximise the beneficial impact of awards, and to maintain consistency, each student will be scored once only. Bursaries are only awarded to students in Level 3 or Level 4 of their course, though the bursary is paid in each year of study. The decision on granting Cumbria Bursary Awards made by the panel is final.
If you believe that the process of scoring you for a Cumbria Bursary may have been adversely effected by errors or omissions – for example if the Student Loans Company or the University did not have complete information about the relevant factors in your case – please contact us using the link below, for a review of the scoring process. We aim to respond to a request for review within 10 working days of receipt.
Contact the Money Advice team using the Student Enquiry Point if you require any further information.
£1,000 cash payment and up to £1,000 off accommodation fees for University residences to students enrolling on University based PGCE programmes* in Lancaster or Carlisle in September 2023 or January 2024 who are alumni of the University of Cumbria, University of Central Lancashire, University of Lancaster or Salford University.
The PGCE Scholarship is also open to individuals applying from Northern Ireland who are alumni of St Mary's College, Belfast and Stranmillis University College, Belfast. This includes a £1,000 cash payment for students applying to any University of Cumbria campus, and a reduced accommodation fee of £1,000 total for students applying to Carlisle based courses, at Denton Holme Student Accommodation.
£1,000 cash payment and £200 cash travel contribution to students enrolling on University based PGCE programmes* in London in 2023/2024 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 by 3 November 2023, if enrolling in September 2023, or 16 February 2024 if enrolling in January 2024. The University will not be able to respond to individual queries about eligibility before these dates.
In order to be eligible, a student must be fully enrolled on a University based PGCE programme* as a full-time student on 13 October 2023, if enrolling in September 2023, or 26 January 2024, if enrolling in January 2024, to qualify for the scholarship.
In order to be eligible, a student must be a graduate with a BSc, BA or LLB issued after 1 January 2020 from either the University of Cumbria, University of Central Lancashire, University of Lancaster or Salford University, St Mary’s University College, Belfast or Stranmillis University College, Belfast (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 17 November 2023, if enrolling in September 2023, or 16 February 2024 if enrolling in January 2024, 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. University colleagues will contact eligible students to obtain bank details if these are not already held. If a student has not received a payment by these dates and believes themselves to be eligible, they should contact the University via email@example.com.
If a student receives a £1,000 cash payment and withdraws before 5 January 2024, if enrolling in September 2023, or 19 April 2024 if enrolling in January 2024, the University will invoice the student for the full amount that has been paid.
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 who remain within student accommodation for the full year. Where students enter into a short-term accommodation contract, the pro-rata equivalent discount will be applied. If students receive other discounts or waivers which reduce the outstanding accommodation fees below £1,000, the discount will be applied only up to the outstanding fee amount and no cash payment will be made for the balance.
The £200 travel contribution to London based students will be provided alongside the main £1,000 payment.
This offer does not apply to University based PE, School Direct, SCITT or PGCE with Non-QTS.
Student Support Funds - any student experiencing financial hardship
The UoC Student Support Fund (previously known as Hardship Fund) is available to students experiencing severe financial difficulty or unexpected financial emergencies. To find out if you qualify, please download the UoC Student Support Fund guidelines.
Student Support Fund Emergency Loans to Assist with Delayed Funding
If your funding has been delayed and you’re struggling financially as a result, the UoC Student Support Fund is able to make small interest-free loans to assist you. It is expected that you will repay these loans as soon as your funding has been released. You will be required to have exhausted all other reasonable sources of support before applying, and you’ll have to submit evidence of this before your application can be processed.
Once your application is accepted, the Fund will pay fixed sums directly to your bank account. This will be £800 for students with children, and £400 for students without.
To apply for an emergency loan, simply download and return the Student Support Fund Emergency Loan Application form. All the information you need to submit your application is mentioned in the guidelines, but if you do have any trouble, our Money Advisers will be happy to help.
External grants and awards available
You may be eligible to obtain other grants and funding by applying for an Educational Trust or Scheme attached to a particular organisation. These are often based on your specific circumstances, and the amount you receive will vary. The charity Turn2us has a useful search engine on their website.
Here are a few to get you started:
Having trouble paying your bills? Then you might qualify for help.
Some utilities providers have a trust fund attached to assist customers, including students, who are facing financial difficulties. If you’re having trouble with your gas, electricity or water bill and are unable to pay, you may be able to apply for assistance in paying these and other priority bills.
Find out more on the Charis website.
Cumbria Community Foundation
Cumbria Community Foundation has a range of grants available to fund activities that are part of a higher education course or lead to a vocational qualification.
Find out more on the Cumbria Community Foundation website.
Buttle UK Chances for Children Grant
Chances for Children grants are individually tailored grants of up to £2,000 for children and young people who have experienced a crisis that has recently had a significant and enduring impact on their social and emotional wellbeing and educational engagement.
A support worker must apply on the young person's behalf. Find out more at www.buttleuk.org
If you have any questions about our bursaries, scholarships and other awards, please contact our Money Advice team using the Student Enquiry Point. We're happy to help you.