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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

You need to print and complete the application form and post it back to us.

Social Work Bursary Undergraduate application form (courses starting January to March 2019) (PDF: 255KB)

Post to:
Social Work Bursaries
PO Box 141
Hesketh House
200-220 Broadway

When to apply

  • For courses that started in September 2018 the application window closed on 1 November 2018.
  • For courses that start in January 2019 the application window is now open. The deadline for applications is 14 February 2019.
  • Applications received after the deadline won’t be considered.

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)