Bursaries, scholarships and other funding options Bursaries, scholarships and other funding options

Here you can find information on Bursaries, Scholarships, Hardship funds, Access to Learning fund, and the UEA hardship fund.

If you are a returning student, please find information below.

We are committed to ensuring that Tuition Fees do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.


UEA will be offering a range of bursaries for Home and EU students starting in 2016. Students do not need to apply for bursary support, all UK students are automatically considered using household income information received from Student Finance England (EU students will need to request this assessment). Eligible students will be contacted from the September of the course start date. Bursaries cannot be combined (but you can receive both a bursary and a scholarship if eligible).

Criteria Support Amount Duration
Household income less than £16,000 £1,800  per annum for up to four years* of undergraduate study
Household income £16,001 to £20,000 £1,000  per annum for up to four years* of undergraduate study
Humanities, Science or Computing Foundation Year with household income less than £16,000 £1,800  Foundation Year only
Care Leaver £3,000 per annum for up to four years* of undergraduate study

* Support is provided for no more than four years of study even if course is longer. Note that a Foundation Year counts as one year of study towards your maximum of four years of bursary support.

Support is on a fee pro-rata basis for those students paying half fees or less. Bursaries cannot be combined, for example, if a student is a care leaver, they will be eligible for a £3,000 bursary only.

Bursary payment options:

  • Full bursary amount as a fee waiver (default option)
  • Full bursary amount as a University accommodation discount
  • Full bursary amount in cash

Students on NHS funded courses (i.e. where no fee is payable from the student) offered by the University are not eligible for a University bursary. NHS funded courses are those offered by the School of Health Sciences. The only exceptions are students defined as care leavers, who are eligible for a care leaver's bursary if studying an NHS course.

Unfortunately students from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man are not eligible for UEA bursary support, but could be eligible for scholarship support.

Please use the following link for our 2016 Bursaries and Scholarships Terms and Conditions (PDF). 


Students do not need to apply for the below scholarship, all students are automatically considered based on academic achievement.

Scholarship Criteria Value
Entry Scholarship Awarded to students who achieve AAA at A level (excluding General Studies) or equivalent*. Eligible students will be advised during first semester. Students starting in September 2016 only. £1,000 one off payment in February.

* Please use the following link for our 2016 Bursaries and Scholarships Terms and Conditions (PDF)

The academic scholarship outlined above applies to students applying to any undergraduate course of study at UEA. There are also numerous donor-funded scholarships that are generously supported by UEA alumni and friends of the University. These scholarships are both course or subject specific but also include University wide opportunities.

Returning Students

If you are a returning undergraduate student who commenced your studies after August 2012 please find information about the National Scholarship Programme (NSP). If you started your studies between 2006 and 2011, you are eligible for the Higher Education Bursary and Scholarship scheme (HEBSS)

Access to Learning Fund (ALF)

The Access to Learning Fund is made available to universities by the Government to enable them to support vulnerable students. Although any home student who is full-time or at least 50% of full-time can apply, the Fund is intended in particular to:

  • Assist those who need extra financial help to meet particular costs not covered by statutory or other sources of funding.
  • Help students in financial hardship
  • Provide emergency payments for unexpected crises
  • Help where students are considering leaving because of financial problems

UEA Hardship Fund

All students are expected to ensure that they have sufficient funds (including Loans) to cover essential living costs before starting their course but we recognise that circumstances may change and that things may prove more expensive than anticipated. There are two hardship funds available to students at our University who, despite careful financial planning, find themselves in difficulty.

A single application form is available from the Student Support Service and you can apply at any time up to early-July (May for final year students). Any help you receive is usually non-repayable. Both undergraduates and postgraduates are eligible to apply for help.

Our Hardship Fund is available to help students who are not eligible for help from ALF. This means students who have been assessed as EU or Overseas for fees purposes.

Please note that the hardship fund cannot help with the cost of tuition fees.

For more information on any of the above please visit the Student Support Service website.