Scholarships  Eligibility

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

  1. meet all of the following eligibility criteria
  2. apply by the deadline of 14 May 2021.

Please remember the scholarships are limited. 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 one or above).
  • Be a UK student applying for entry in 2021 into level one on a full-time 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, Student Finance NI or Student Finance Wales (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 Bursary alongside a scholarship based on household income).

Even if you do not wish to receive a maintenance or tuition fees loan from the Student Loans Company, you will still need to create a student finance application and choose to be assessed for finance based on household income in order for us to consider your financial eligibility for a scholarship. You will have the opportunity, during the application process for student finance, to indicate that you wish to apply for a £0 tuition fees loan and a £0 maintenance loan instead of the maximum loans available to you.

For 2021 entry, your income assessment, carried out by the Student Loans Company (SLC), must be finalised by 22 October 2021, with all required evidence submitted and received to SLC by 8 October 2021. This is so that the University is able to confirm you are eligible to receive any scholarship you have been provisionally awarded. 

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 have experienced time in local authority care or kinship care or who are estranged from both of their parents.
  • 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).

If you have questions which are not answered in the scholarship FAQs, please email