Please note the information below relates to 2018 entry only and will be subject to change. Information regarding the 2019 entry scholarships will be available from February 2019. 

To be eligible to apply for an undergraduate means-tested scholarship based on household income, you must:

a) meet all of the following eligibility criteria; and

b) apply by the relevant deadline

Please remember the scholarships are competitive. Meeting the eligibility criteria and being able to apply does not guarantee that you will receive an award.

Eligibility criteria

You must: 

  • have no prior experience of higher education (this includes existing students studying at undergraduate level 1 or above)
  • be a UK student applying for entry in 2018 into level one on a full-time non-NHS/NHSBSA funded undergraduate degree course at the University of Leeds (you must subsequently take up a place and remain on an eligible degree programme)
  • be liable for the full UK undergraduate fees of £9,250 per annum without receiving a subsidy from outside the University (eg a government grant to cover all or part of the tuition fees or a scholarship directly from business)
  • be eligible to receive a UK student maintenance loan from Student Finance England, Student Awards Agency for Scotland or Student Finance NI (please note, those assessed as an EU migrant worker are ineligible to apply). You can apply for a means-tested scholarship before your eligibility assessment has been finalised by the relevant awarding body.
  • come from a household with an annual income which has been assessed as being £42,875 per year or below. (Note that you can apply for this scholarship before your household income assessment has been finalised by Student Finance England)
  • not be in receipt of any other scholarship or bursary (eg scholarship holders will not receive Leeds Financial Support alongside a scholarship based on household income)

Please note: it is possible to be means-tested by the student loans company even if you do not wish to take out either a maintenance loan or tuition fee loan. If you do not want to take out a loan but would still like to be means-tested, you need to download a paper student finance application for either a new full-time student (PN1 form) or continuing full-time student (PR1 form) from the government website, rather than applying for student finance online.

Selection criteria

When selecting scholarship recipients our short-listing takes into account a range of indicators which may show that an applicant is from a less-advantaged background; these indicators include, but are not limited to:

  • students who have progressed to Leeds after successfully completing access routes (such as Access to Leeds, Reach for Excellence, Realising Opportunities or a Foundation Year)
  • students who are part of the first generation in their family to enter higher education
  • students whose studies have been disrupted by circumstances in their personal, social or domestic lives
  • students who live in a geographical area with low levels of progression onto higher education
  • students who are care leavers, who have experience of the care system or are estranged from their family
  • students with caring responsibilities
  • students who have been recognised as a refugee by the UK government, or have been granted humanitarian protection status, or students who are the partner or child of someone who has been granted refugee or humanitarian protection status.

For a number of scholarships, we will also take into account your academic achievement; some of our scholarships are also aimed at students who achieve AAB or higher at A-level (or a comparable, equivalent qualification).