University Bursary Scheme Information and Support

As part of a broad commitment to help ensure tuition fees do not pose a barrier to students aspiring to apply to a world leading university, we offer a bursary scheme to support you in your studies.


What is a university bursary?

Bursaries are offered to support students based on household income or social factors.

Students do not need to formally apply for bursary support. All UK students are automatically considered using household income information received from Student Finance England. 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 (for 2021/22) Support Amount Duration
Household income £16,000 or less £1,300 per annum for up to four years* of undergraduate study
Household income £16,001 - £20,000 and from POLAR4 quintile 1 postcodes** £800 per annum for up to four years* of undergraduate study
Care leavers and estranged students £2,500 per annum for up to four years* of undergraduate study

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

**You can identify if you meet this criteria by entering your postcode at the office for students website.

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 £2,500 bursary only.


Bursary payment options:

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


Bursary Eligibility


Students already at UEA can find links to the Bursary Terms and Conditions for their year of entry below: