National Scholarships at the University of Exeter including advice on all types of financial support like loans and grants, funding for PGCE students, hardship and retention funds, funding for students with children, funding for care givers, part time students, postgraduate students, international students and funding for EU and Channel Island students.
University of Exeter
Itís not just the University of Exeter that have National Scholarships, other scholarships programmes that you might be interested in include scholarships at Nottingham, Kent, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff, Leeds and Bristol Universities.
Access to Exeter University
The University of Exeter offers an Access to Exeter University and a bursary programme for full time students from the UK and European Union students. The different scholarship and bursary schemes depend on your year of entry and the level of your study. The income students will receive depends on your household income thatís the income your family receives from their employment, the higher the household income the less financial support students will receive as it is expected that a high household income will mean that the family is able to offer a greater level of support than lower income families.
The assessment of the students household income is known as means testing, this is your ability or means to pay for your studies. Funding available for students is usually assessed for two income brackets, household income less than £16,000 and household income between £16,000 and £25,000, above £25,000 and the family is expected to make a contribution to the students finances.
Household income is assessed when the student completes an Application for Student Finance form from the University of Exeter, when students complete this form they must sign to agree that they allow their household income details to be shared with the wider university, if the university cannot assess the students household income then the university is unable to assess financial need and provide a scholarship.
Access To Exeter Bursary (ATE Bursary)
The Access to Exeter Bursary is available for students in the £16,000 to £25,000 household income range. Students with a household income of less than £16,000 will receive a £2,000 bursary in the first year and subsequent years and an additional £1,5000 bursary for students who continue to meet the eligibility requirements (have a household income of less than £16,000).
The bursary is known as a ATE Bursary (Access to Exeter Bursary), when completing the Exeter University student finance form, students will be asked for their bank details, these details will be used to pay the bursary in instalments.
The Access To Exeter Bursary (ATE Bursary) is a non competitive bursary meaning that it is available to all students with a household income below £25,000 regardless of academic achievement (as long as you have the grades to be accepted to the University of Exeter). To apply for this bursary students can request an Application for Student Finance form from the University of Exeter.
Access to Higher Education Bursary
Students from the European Union EU who wish to apply for a bursary need to complete the Access to Higher Education Bursary Application form which is available from Student Finance England, the same organisation that awards Student Loans in the UK.
Students who qualify for the bursary will be notified in writing after they have submitted their household income information.
PGCE Exeter Bursary (Post Graduate Certificate in Education)
The PGCE Exeter Bursary (Post Graduate Certificate in Education), is a conversion course for students who have a first degree and wish to go into teaching. All University of Exeter PGCE students will receive a £500 bursary if their household income is less than £25,000, thereís no need to apply for this bursary as the University of Exeter will use the information the student provides Student Finance England (the student loan company) to assess whether the student is entitled to a PGCE bursary.
National College for Teaching & Leadership Bursary (NCTL)
The National College for Teaching & Leadership Bursary (NCTL) is awarded by the National College for Teaching & Leadership which used to be called the Training Agency and also offers additional support to PGCE students, these bursaries are available for UK and EU students with the amount of the bursary dependant on the subject studied at PGCE and the class of undergraduate degree. Some subjects like maths and science are more in demand than other subjects so these subjects offer a higher bursary to encourage students to study those subjects at PGCE.
To get a bursary undergraduate students will need at least a 2:2 degree although for in demand subjects like maths and physics sometimes a lower undergraduate degree will be considered. Subjects students can study on their PGCE include physics, maths, languages, chemistry, computing, biology, geography, D&T (Design & Technology), English, history, music and RE (Religious Education). The PGCE bursary ranges from £30,000 for students with a 1st degree and wanting to study physics at PGCE to £3,000 for students wanting to study primary school level maths as their PGCE subject.
As well as the PGCE bursary there are also a range of scholarships that can be applied for from the relevant professional bodies, subjects that offer such scholarships are maths, physics, chemistry and computing. There is also the offer of a £9,000 bursary for students who have a A-level at grade A or B in maths or physics. Modern languages subjects are also backed by an increased bursary for students who have studied Latin or Ancient Greek at A-level.
Graduate Service Leaves Bursary
The Graduate Service Leaves Bursary is a £2,000 bursary on top of any other bursaries or scholarships the student may be entitled to for students who have left the Armed Forces. To be eligible for the Armed Forces Bursary students will need to have left the Armed Forces within the last five years. Students will need to provide the University of Exeter with a MOD COS Certificate of Service.
Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Computing students taking a PGCE can also apply for additional professional scholarships from The Institute of Mathematics and its Application (IMA), The Institute of Physics (IoP), The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the BCS British Computer Society.
Hardship and Retention Fund
The University of Exeter makes available a Hardship and Retention Fund for students, previously this was known as the ALF fund. The fund is designed to give students increased financial support if their circumstances mean that they have additional bills for example single parents, mature students, students with dependant children, students entering higher education from care, students from low income backgrounds, students with disabilities and final year undergraduate students.
There are two types of hardship fund available known as standard and non standard, the standard award is for course related costs like childcare, books and general living expenses whilst the non standard award is for crisis situations like repair of household equipment or to travel home to see a family member that is sick.
The majority of hardship fund payments are made as grants which the student does not need to pay back, there are also loans which are made and are generally meant to cover short term cash flow issues whilst a scholarship or bursary payment is being waited on. Both undergraduate and postgraduate students can apply for hardship awards. Hardship awards are means tested so only students in true financial hardship will be eligible for the award.
Students with children can also receive additional funding from both the University of Exeter and the UK government, there is a childcare grant which provides for 85% of the students childcare costs in not only term time but vacation time too with up to £155 per week paid out for childcare costs for each child (students with two dependant children would be able to claim for two lots of childcare payments).
Parents Learning Allowance
The University of Exeter also offer a Parents Learning Allowance this is an award to students with children so that the student can afford to buy books and materials for their studies (travel expenses can also be claimed), this award is means tested so only the parents in financial need will be awarded the allowance which amounts to £1,573. The same financial support application form from the University of Exeter can be used for all University of Exeter funding requests.
Child Tax Credits
University of Exeter students with children are also eligible to receive child tax credits, students will need to apply for tax credits directly with their local tax office. Students with dependant children can also claim welfare payments like housing benefit which must be applied for directly through the DHSS Department of Health and Social Security.
Financial Support For Care Leavers
The University of Exeter also provides financial support for care leavers, this award is for students who have been in care (been in a care home), the award is made as a full few waiver meaning the student pays no tuition fees, the award apples to both undergraduate students and PGCE students. The definition of a care leaver is someone who has previously been in care for thirteen weeks or more. To apply for a care leaver fee waiver students will need to have marked that they were in care on their UCAS University Clearing Association Service) application form when they applied for an undergraduate place at the University of Exeter. Both UK and EU students who have previously been in care can apply,
Students must be under the age of twenty five when they start their undergraduate or PGCE course and must also be in receipt of a scholarship or bursary from the University of Exeter in order to apply for the care leavers fee waiver.
Part Time Undergraduate Student Funding
Part time undergraduate students can also receive a grant from the University of Exeter in the form or a fee grant or course grant, students will need to be studying fifty percent or more of an undergraduate course as a part time course and can apply for grants to cover course fees.
Postgraduate Student Funding
Postgraduate students have several funding options available from loans, hardship and retention funds and professional and career development loans. A postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 can be made to cover the cost of course fees and living expenses. To apply for a postgraduate loan students must be under sixty years of age and not already have studied for a masters degree or higher degree qualification like a Ph.D. Postgraduate loans are not dependant on household income or personal income so all students are eligible for the loan.
Hardship And Retention Fund For Postgraduate Students
There is a Hardship and Retention Fund for postgraduate students where the student is studying for a postgraduate degree and studying for at least fifty percent of the time that the student would spend in the full time postgraduate course. The hardship fund is not to be used as the students main income for living expenses or tuition fees, the award is for exceptional circumstances that means the student is in need of additional funds.
Postgraduate students applying for the hardship fund will need to show that they have made provision for their course fees and living expenses and can generally pay those by other means, the hardship fund will not be awarded for postgraduate students looking to have their course fees or living expenses paid.
Professional and Career Development Loan
Postgraduate students are also eligible for a Professional and Career Development Loan this is a bank issued loan for work related learning and is offered by many high street banks.
University of Exeter Fund for International Student Hardship (FISH)
International students can apply for the University of Exeter Fund for International Student Hardship (FISH), this is paid for by an annual donation from the universities trustees and is for international students with emergency financial issues, examples of cases where this funding will be issued include when the students own scholarship funding has arrived late from their home country and they are in need of emergency funds (these funds do not have to be paid back), another example is if the international student had to return home unexpectedly due to illness in the family.
The international hardship fund is for exceptional financial circumstances that effect the individual student, so for example a currency fluctuation that lowers the worth of a foreign award could not be used as a valid reason to get a hardship award as all similar international students would have the same funding problems, mis-management of student finances is also not a reason to make a hardship award.
The international hardship fund is for full time students only who are studying at the University of Exeter and who are normally resident in a country outside the European Union.
Special Emergency Loan Scheme
The Special Emergency Loan Scheme is for European students and part time international students who find themselves in financial hardship, eligible students will have suffered an unexpected financial difficulty that has left the student in genuine financial hardship, as with the hardship fund a scholarship from the students home country that was late to arrive or the need to return home in an emergency to visit family are valid reasons for the emergency loan to be awarded.