Scholarships & Bursaries 2019/20

University of Bedfordshire Bursary and Scholarship 2019/20

Applicable to post-January 2019 Starters

We’re investing in your future - up to £2,400* cash during your undergraduate study.

If there’s one thing that concerns most students, it’s the idea of debt and how to cover the cost of university. However, for you it need not be a worry. Here at the University of Bedfordshire we offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries to support your studies and that’s cash that you don’t need to pay back.

We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS points or more.

However, don’t worry if you don’t. We’re keen on supporting each and every one of our students at Bedfordshire, so if you aren’t eligible for the merit scholarship you will get £1,500* over 3 academic years with our bursary, or £1,000* over 2 academic years if you’re a new top-up student receiving the Level 5 bursary enrolling in September 2019. 

We take the worry out of financial woes, leaving you more time to focus on your studies and having a great experience with us. Take a look below for more information and for the full terms and conditions.

*Based on 2019 figures and for 3 years study. The scholarship or bursary is not payable during a year out from on campus study, such as the Professional Practice Year. Amount awarded on the basis of academic merit and UCAS points accumulated prior to entry. (Level 5 bursary awarded pro rata; Level 5 entry students are not eligible for the Merit Scholarship).

Scholarship and Bursary Package - 2019/20

The following scholarships and bursaries are for all new Home/EU full-time undergraduate students enrolling for the 2019/20 academic year. The value of the awards will be commensurate with academic achievement on entry.

Merit Scholarship

This scholarship is for undergraduates with an entry qualification score of 112 UCAS tariff points or more, or equivalent, the scholarship is worth £2,400 over 3 academic years.


This bursary is for all undergraduates with an entry qualification score of fewer than 112 UCAS tariff points, or equivalent, the bursary is worth £1,500 over 3 academic years.

Foundation Year Bursary

This bursary is for undergraduates undertaking the Foundation Year as part of an integrated four-year degree and is worth £2,000 over 4 academic years.

Scholarships and bursaries are paid in 2 or 3 instalments per year if the eligibility criteria are met. There is no application process. The scholarship or bursary will be awarded automatically to those meeting the eligibility criteria

Applicable from September 2019

Level 5 Bursary

The Level 5 bursary is for all new undergraduate students enrolling from September 2019 for the 2019/20 academic year, in year 2 of a full time undergraduate degree. It is worth £500 per academic year (up to a maximum of 2 years).

Other scholarships and bursaries

General Bursary Fund 2019/20

The General Bursary fund is open to all current University of Bedfordshire full time UK and EU undergraduate students in any year of study and Foundation students on an integrated four year degree.  The bursary amount is £300 and there are 11 bursaries available.

This bursary is designed to assist students financially to support their progression at University.  Evidence of academic progression and potential to achieve will also be taken into consideration.  

To apply, please complete the attached form including a Personal Statement of your financial need explaining how this award would help you continue with your studies. 

Please also complete the Financial Assessment section of the form, and submit with all the documents listed on the front of the application.

We require:

  • Three months up to date, consecutive bank statements for all accounts held, with annotations for amounts over £100 (including partners as applicable).
  • Student Finance England/NHS funding notification.
  • Signed tenancy agreement detailing name, rent and address.

All supporting evidence must be handed in at the same time as your application, or the application will be void.

Closing date for applications is by 12 noon of Monday, 30th March 2020.

Applications will be considered by a panel following the above closing date; all decisions of the panel are final.

No applications or evidence received after this date will be considered.

Applicants will be informed by mid April 2020.

Please submit application and supporting evidence to your nearest SID desk.

For queries relating to this bursary please contact the Student Money Advice Team

Please note – The General Bursary Fund is not the same as the Access to Learning Fund, therefore all evidence/details are required.

Applicants, who are unsuccessful for the General Bursary, will be considered for the Access to Learning Fund if applicable.

Sports Scholarships

Sports Scholarships are available for students who have a record of performance in sport and who aspire to train and compete at the highest levels.

Care Leavers Bursary

The Care Leavers Bursary is available to students who are "open to care" and supported by their local authority leaving care service.

Postgraduate High Achiever Scholarship

The Postgraduate High Achiever Scholarship is for third year undergraduates at the University of Bedfordshire planning to progress to full-time postgraduate study at the University, you need to complete an UG to PG progression form to apply. Be sure to tick the Postgraduate Scholarship box before you submit it. 

Download a progression form - PDF 103.1kb

*The Postgraduate High Achiever does not apply to the Master of Business Administration, MSc Social Work or MSc Nursing courses or a Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma at the University of Bedfordshire.

Accommodation Bursary

Further detail can be found at

Additional support for students

The University also offers practical support to students who get into financial difficulties.

Please contact for information on what help is available.


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