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Apply for an undergraduate bursary

Undergraduate students can apply for a bursary to help them with their living costs and tuition fees from their second year of study.

Undergraduate bursaries:

  • are given to eligible students who have completed their first year of study
  • don’t depend on your household income
  • don’t have to be paid back
  • are paid into your bank at the start of each term

What you’ll get

For 2018/19 the basic bursary rate is:

  • £4,862.50 if you attend a university outside of London
  • £5,262.50 if you attend a university inside of London

The rate is pro rata for part time students.

Before you apply

Please read through the student booklets for the year you’re applying for. They’ll help with the application process and also provide useful information that you might need during the year.

Your guide to social work bursaries 2018/19 (PDF: 920KB)

How to apply

We are working on a new and exciting way for you to apply for your social work bursary. In early Summer 2019 we will be launching a new online student portal called MyFunding. Stay tuned for more information.

When to apply

  • For courses starting in September 2019 you will be able to apply in early Summer 2019. 

What happens next

Once we have your application form and any necessary supporting information, we’ll write to you to let you know your bursary entitlement.

We aim to deal with your application within 20 working days from the day we receive the form and all supporting evidence.

Additional help

Travel costs

The bursary includes a contribution towards your placement travel costs.  If the agency offering your placement also contributes towards your travel costs, this won’t affect your bursary entitlement.

Tuition fees

You’re responsible for paying your own tuition fees. You can use your grant for this or apply for a loan through Student Finance England.

Bursary retainers

If you’re receiving a bursary retainer, the organisation paying the retainer needs to complete the bursary retainer form and return it to us.
Bursary retainer declaration form (PDF: 586KB)