Leeds Bursary eligibility

We are committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. If you have the talent, drive and potential to succeed, we want to make sure you can study with us, whatever your financial circumstances.

We offer non-repayable support to UK students to help with the costs of being at University, which is linked to your annual household income. You will be able to choose how you receive this support – either as a cash bursary, a discount on your fees or University accommodation. Find out which choice of financial support is best for you

To qualify for the full-time Leeds Bursary award you must be registered on a full-time, undergraduate, higher-education course lasting at least one year, for example:

  • a degree
  • foundation degree
  • diploma of higher education (DipHE) or
  • certificate of higher education (CertHE)

Are you eligible?

If you are applying to start your course in 2022, to qualify you must:

  • Be  a UK undergraduate student, normally living in England, Northern Ireland or Scotland for the three years immediately before the start of the course and, 'settled' in the UK on the first day of the course
  • Be liable for the higher rate fee, or pro-rata equivalent for part-time students (ie £9,250 for a 2020 entry student entering level one of their degree)
  • Have not already achieved an equivalent or higher-level qualification. This stipulation does not apply if you are studying Nursing, Midwifery or Dental Hygiene and Therapy, and are eligible to receive full statutory funding (both maintenance loan and tuition fees loan)
  • Not have tuition fees funded by the NHS
  • Not have a household income of more than £36,000 a year if full-time, or £42,875 if you are part-time or taking a foundation year
  • Not be on a study-abroad or work-placement year
  • Not be studying on a degree apprenticeship programme

The level of support you receive depends on your household income and the year you start your studies.

Do you need to apply?

If you're a full time student you don't need to apply for the Leeds Bursary, we will make our decision based on the information you provide to the Student Loans Company (SLC) when you apply for a loan. Both you and your sponsors (usually your parents or partner) will need to give the SLC consent to share your household income with the University. 

Once you have started at Leeds, we will send an email to your University email account in the autumn term, confirming your eligibility. Once you have received this, you can choose how you wish to receive your support.

It is possible to be means-tested by SLC even if you do not wish to take out a maintenance or tuition fees loan. If you do not wish to take out a loan but still wish to be considered for a Leeds Bursary award, visit the government's student finance forms page.

Part-time students

If you are studying part-time you will need to apply for the Leeds Bursary every year that you are studying with us. Find out how to apply for funding if you are studying part-time.