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Funding your studies with a scholarship or bursary

See if you're eligible and find out how to apply

You may be able to partly or fully fund the costs of your study with a bursary or scholarship. You can usually use these alongside student loans and you don’t have to pay them back.

Whether you can get a scholarship or bursary depends on your circumstances. So they aren’t available to everyone.

These are the scholarships and bursaries we currently offer to University of Portsmouth students.

University of Portsmouth Bursary – £750 a year

You’ll get this bursary of £750 a year if you’re a full-time undergraduate student from England and your household income is less than £25,000 a year.

You can’t get this bursary if a sponsor (such as an employer or NHS organisation) is paying all or some of your tuition fees.

No need to apply

You don’t need to apply for this bursary. We’ll check if you’re eligible for it once you’ve applied to Student Finance England for income-based support and it has verified your household income.

On your Student Finance England application, you just need to make sure:

  • you’ve said you'll be studying at the University of Portsmouth
  • you (and your parents or partner) have given your consent to share your information with the University

If eligible, you’ll receive your bursary directly into your bank account in 3 instalments in December, February and May. If you’re not in attendance at Uni at a certain date before the bursary is due to be paid, you won’t be eligible for that instalment. 

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship – £1,000

If you receive an Unconditional Offer from us and meet or exceed your predicted grades, you'll automatically be eligible for our £1,000 Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship. 

The Vice-Chancellors' Scholarship is open to students from the UK and EU. 

No need to apply

You don’t need to apply for this scholarship. We’ll check if you’re eligible for it once you’ve received your results.

When I was awarded the Scholarship it felt like all the work I had put in to get good grades and to get into university had paid off, and that I was being rewarded for it. But also it meant that I wouldn't have to worry about money when supporting myself at university. I spent the money that I got from the Scholarship on a new computer to help me with my studies.

Caitlin Caffry, BSc (Hons) Criminology with Psychology

Care Leavers and Foyer Residents Bursary – £1,700 a year

You could get this £1,700 bursary if you're a full-time undergraduate UK student and one of the following applies:

  • you've spent a significant time in care, some of which was in your teens
  • you've lived in sheltered accommodation or a Foyer Federation for reasons related to your physical or mental wellbeing

This bursary isn't based on your income.

How to apply

Contact our Student Finance Centre to find out if you’re eligible for this bursary.

If you're eligible, you may also be entitled to additional help and support for care leavers.

Restrictions

You won't be able to get this bursary alongside the Stand Alone Bursary or Young Carers Bursary.

Stand Alone Bursary – £1,000 a year

You could get this bursary of £1,000 a year if you're a full-time undergraduate UK student aged under 25 and estranged from your parents. It isn't based on your income.

How to apply

Contact our Student Finance Centre to find out if you’re eligible for this bursary. If you're eligible, we'll tell you how to apply.

Restrictions

You won't be able to get this bursary alongside the Care Leavers and Foyer Residents Bursary or the Young Carers Bursary.

Young Carers Bursary – £500 a year

You could get this bursary of £500 a year if all the following apply:

  • you’re a full-time undergraduate UK student aged under 25
  • you have caring responsibilities for a parent or family member (but not a dependent child)
  • your family income is less than £25,000 a year

How to apply for the Young Carers Bursary

Contact our Student Finance Centre to apply for this bursary.

Restrictions

You won't be able to get this bursary alongside the Care Leavers and Foyer Residents Bursary or the Stand Alone Bursary.

Unite Scholarship – a free place in halls

This scholarship is awarded by the Unite Foundation and gives care leaver/experienced or estranged students a free place in a Unite hall of residence for a maximum of 3 years.

Who's eligible?

You could get this scholarship if all the following apply to you:

  • you’ve spent time in care or you’re estranged from your parents
  • you’re a full-time undergraduate UK student aged under 25 at the start of your course
  • your household income is less than £25,000 a year
  • you're starting or studying on your first undergraduate course

There are a limited number of these scholarships, so not everyone who's eligible will be successful.

You can get this scholarship alongside the Stand Alone Bursary or Care Leavers Bursary.

How to apply for the Unite Scholarship

You can apply for this scholarship once you've made the University of Portsmouth your firm choice via UCAS.

Applications should be completed using the United Foundation application form, and submitted to sfc-admin@port.ac.uk with any relevant evidence. Applications submitted directly to the Unite Foundation will not be considered.

Applications should reach us no later than 9.00am on Thursday 4 June 2020. 

If you require confirmation of your eligibility or any additional information, please contact the Student Finance Centre.

Restrictions

You won't be able to get this scholarship on foundation, repeat or placement years.

Greenwich Hospital Bursary – £3,000 a year

This is a bursary of £3,000 a year to cover some of your living costs. You could get this bursary if all of the following apply to you:

  • you’re a child of serving or retired Royal Navy or Royal Marine personnel, or you’re a retired member of the Naval Service who isn’t sponsored by the MOD
  • you’re a full-time undergraduate UK student
  • your household income is less than £40,000 a year

There are 3 bursaries available for University of Portsmouth students each year, so not everyone who’s eligible will get it.

How to apply for the Greenwich Hospital Bursary

The application window for this bursary has now closed.

Healthcare courses

The Government have announced plans to introduce NHS bursaries for new and continuing students on Nursing and many allied health professional courses from September 2020. In addition to the NHS bursary of at least £5,000 a year, eligible students will still be able to access tuition fee and maintenance loans.

Further details will follow in early 2020 regarding which of the allied health professions will be eligible for the £5,000 per year and which of the nursing specialisms, allied health professions and areas of the country will be eligible for the additional support.

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