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Bath Spa University Bursaries - 2020/21 entry

Bath Spa University bursaries

Bath Spa University offers bursaries to undergraduate students who are eligible for Home or EU student funding.

2020/21 entry

About the bursary

This Undergraduate Award Scheme is part of Bath Spa University’s  Access Agreement with the government and is aimed at widening access to degree courses by removing financial barriers to education for students from under-represented groups.

Bath Spa University is providing awards worth up to £4,000 each, split over three years, to eligible new first year students in 2020/21, who do not hold a first degree or higher qualification.

Students must have a home address in an area of low higher education participation based on POLAR4 (Quintile 1 & 2) as determined by the Office for Students.

The bursary is a cash award based on income.  In years 2 and 3, the continuation of the award under this scheme will be subject to a student continuing to fulfil the eligibility criteria, including the residual household income thresholds, at the start of each academic year. Students who repeat a year will not be entitled to a Bath Spa University Bursary Scheme award in that year.

Residual Household Income

Year 1 Bursary Award

Year 2 Bursary Award

Year 3 Bursary Award

£0 to £15,000

£1,250

£1,250

£1,500

£15,001 to £25,000

£1,000

£1,000

£1,250

£25,001 to £42,875

£750

£750

£1,000

 If requested students may arrange to take their award as a fee waiver.

Eligibility

  • Students must live in areas of low higher education participation based on POLAR4 (Quintile 1 & 2) as determined by the Office for Students
  • Household income assessed and evidenced by Student Finance as below £15,000, £25,000 or £42,875
  • Domiciled in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland
  • Do not hold a first degree or higher qualification

Part-time students, if eligible, will receive a bursary award that is proportional to their intensity of study.

You will NOT be eligible for the award if:

  • You're a student from the EU or an international student
  • You have any formal sponsorship agreement with anyone other than Student Finance
  • You're transferring course, transferring institution or restarting a course.

Additional support for priority groups

Bursary supplement for priority groups In each year of study we will provide a number of supplementary awards for bursary award-holders to further support entrants who are also from one or more of the following priority groups:

  • Declared care leavers
  • Currently living at an accredited Foyer or who have moved out of an accredited Foyer in the past 12 months
  • In receipt of the increased loan for living costs.

Residual Household Income

Year 1 supplementary award

Year 2 supplementary award

Year 3 supplementary award

£0 to £15,000

£250

£250

£250

£15,001 to £25,000

£150

£150

£150

The total individual bursary awards for eligible undergraduate entrants are: 

Residual Household Income

Total award

Total award for priority groups

£0 to £15,000

£4,000

£4,750

£15,001 to £25,000

£3,250

£3,700

£25,001 to £42,875

£2,500

£2,500

As part of the scheme we will also provide a number of individual bursary awards for undergraduate entrants where their declared household residual income is below £42,875 per annum for the above priority groups if their home postcode is not within the POLAR4 low participation neighbourhoods.

How to apply

To be considered for a Bath Spa University bursary, you must:

  • Complete an "Application for Student Finance" for the academic year, making sure you apply for the full package of means-tested support available and supply all evidence requested. You can find full details from Student Finance.
  • Your household income figure will then be automatically sent to the University and used to assess your eligibility for a bursary (consent to share).
  • Register with Bath Spa University for the academic year.

Please note: there is no application to be completed and submitted to Bath Spa University for our bursaries if you apply for Student Finance and are income assessed.

If you are successful we will notify you via email by the end of October.

When is it paid?

The bursary will be paid in three instalments within each academic year, the approximate payment dates are:

  • Payment 1 will be paid on 13 November
  • Payment 2 will be paid on 12 February
  • Payment 3 will be paid on 14 May.

Students can request their bursary as a fee waiver.

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