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.


The University will be offering a range of bursaries for Home and EU students starting in 2015. Support for students with a household income of less than £16,000 is provided as part of the Government's National Scholarship Programme. 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 in the September before their course starts. 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 £2,000  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 £2,000  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 Nursing Sciences and School of Rehabilitation 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 2015 Bursaries and Scholarships Terms and Conditions (PDF). 


There are a range of scholarships on offer to Home and EU students in 2015. Scholarships will be awarded to students who achieve well academically, both before they attend the University and also once they are studying with us. Students do not need to apply for the below scholarships, 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. £1,500 one off payment in February.
City Academy Norwich Ambassadorial Scholarship Only students from City Academy Norwich from a low household income considered. A competitive full fee waiver scholarship and free accommodation.

Please use the following link for our 2015 Buraries and Scholarships Terms and Conditions (PDF)

The academic scholarships outlined above apply to students applying to any undergraduate course of study at the University. There are additional subject specific scholarships available for students who excel and come to study at the University. There are also numerous prizes and awards generously donated by University of East Anglia alumni and friends of the University that are available to students on various courses.

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)

Hardship Funds

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 Dean of Students' Office 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.

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

University of East Anglia Hardship Fund

Our Hardship Fund is available to help students who are not eligible for help from ALF. This mainly means students who have been assessed as EU or Overseas for fees purposes, but home students who have been refused UK student support are also eligible.

Please note that neither hardship fund can help with the cost of tuition fees.

For more information on any of the above please visit the Dean of Students (DOS) website.