For 2015 and beyond, the University will continue its generous package of direct student support, with a wider choice of support options available to students.
You will be able to choose between a bursary, partial fee waiver or a combination of both. This choice will be available in each year of study for which you are eligible for support.
Are you eligible?
In 2015/2016, if you are:
- paying £9,000 tuition fees,
- applying for a means-tested student loan from Student Finance (England, Wales or Northern Ireland) and
- under the assessed household income threshold of £30,000,
you could be eligible for a means tested award of up to £3,000 from the University. If you are not applying for a means-tested student loan from Student Finance (England, Wales, or Northern Ireland), or if your course is paid for by the NHS, you will NOT be eligible for this award.
- Option A: all of the award is to be granted as a fee waiver (a reduction to your tuition fees)
- Option B: 50% is granted as a fee waiver, 50% paid as a cash bursary
- Option C: all of the award is to be paid as a cash bursary* (cash payments direct to your bank account)
You will be asked to make your choice during the enrolment process. If you don't make a choice, the default will be option A.
Note that the choice you make during your enrolment is FINAL, and cannot be changed during 2015/16.
How much will you get?
- If you are eligible to receive an award and your household income is below £16,000, you will receive a total award of £3,000.
- If you are eligible to receive an award and your household income is between £16,001 and £25,000, you will receive a total award of £2,000.
- If you are eligible to receive an award and your household income is between £25,001 and £30,000 you will receive a total award of £1,000.
Please note: For Options B and C, students in their first year of study whose household income is lower than £25,000 will only receive £1,000 as a bursary and £2,000 as a partial fee waiver.
This is a restriction imposed by the government on the National Scholarship Programme. After the first year, all options will be available in full.
Access to Southampton bursaries
In 2012/13 we introduced 300 bursaries of £1,000 each in year of entry for students with household income below £25,000 who are either resident in Hampshire/Isle of Wight and/or progress to the University via our Access to Southampton programme.
For 2014/15 we provided approximately 300 bursaries, allowing us to provide focused support for students in the greatest financial need.
These bursaries are separate from those available as part of the fee waiver package.
If you have any questions about fee waivers, bursaries or other student support, please contact our Student Services Centre before you enrol.
Tel: 02380 599 599