Scholarships & Bursaries 2023/24

University of Bedfordshire Bursary and Scholarship 2023/24

We’re investing in your future – up to £2,400* cash during your undergraduate study – as well as offering a safety net of funding should you get into financial difficulties.

For students starting in September 2023

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

Merit Scholarship

We offer a Merit Scholarship to UK students, worth £2,400* over three academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 120 UCAS tariff points or more.

Bedfordshire Bursary

If you aren’t eligible for the Merit Scholarship, this Bursary is there to help UK students with aspects of student living such as course costs. The Bursary will give you £1,000* over three academic years, or £1,300* if you are taking your course over four academic years (including those with a Foundation Year).

*For UK students undertaking three or four years of undergraduate study. The scholarship or bursary is not payable during a year out from on-campus study, such as the Professional Practice Year. If you are studying PE with QTS, which is a four-year degree, you can receive a fourth-year payment of £300 if you’re eligible for the bursary or £800 if you’re eligible for the scholarship. With the Merit Scholarship, the amount is awarded on the basis of academic merit and UCAS tariff points accumulated prior to entry.

Read the full terms and conditions for both the Merit Scholarship and the Bedfordshire Bursary

Sports Scholarships

Our Sports Scholarships are designed to develop and support talented students here at the University of Bedfordshire. Scholarships are available for students who have a record of performance in sport, and who aspire to train and compete at the highest levels.

The sports scholarships on offer here provide financial and performance support services that utilise the University’s outstanding facilities.

Care Experienced Bursary

The University of Bedfordshire is strongly committed to opening up higher education to all students who want to study for a degree, without worrying about finance and funding. Our Care Experience Bursary offers eligible students, under the age of 25, £5,700 over three years and £7,600 for a four-year course (including with a Foundation Year).

Payment Schedule For October starters - Year 0 & Year 1 for 2023/24:

  At the end of October 2023 At the end of February 2024 At the end of April 2024
Cash £646 £627 £627

Terms and conditions [DOCX]

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Independent from Family Bursary

The University of Bedfordshire is strongly committed to opening up the opportunity to study for a degree to all students, without worrying about finance and funding. Our Independent From Family Bursary supports you if you are an ‘estranged’ student, studying without the financial or emotional support of your family. It is worth £5,700 over three academic years or £7,600 over four academic years (including a Foundation Year).

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