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Undergraduate Study

Financial support

Access to Exeter Bursary Scheme

The Access to Exeter Bursary is a guaranteed, non-competitive bursary available to students with a household income below £25,000, which does not have to be paid back.

Under the scheme we will provide a range of bursaries depending on your household income. The table below shows the household income thresholds and bursary amounts for 2018/19 entrants:

Household incomeYear 1 bursaryYear 2 bursary
Below £16,000 £2,100 £1,550
£16,001 - £25,000 £1,050 £1,050

You do not have to apply for an Access to Exeter Bursary - we will automatically assess your entitlement based on information about your household income provided by Student Finance England. However, we can only do this if you consent to Student Finance England sharing your financial details when you complete your application form.

The Access to Exeter Bursary Scheme will be available to students for each year of undergraduate study provided you meet the eligibility criteria.

If you are aged under 25 and indicate on your UCAS form that you are a care leaver, we will contact you for further information and let you know about the financial and pastoral support that we offer to care leavers.

Care leavers are usually classified as independent students and would therefore qualify for the maximum levels of government and institutional financial support.

This financial support includes:

  • A full fee waiver for all years of study
  • Opportunity to apply for the Access to Exeter Bursary
  • Care Leavers Bursary – the bursary amount is not fixed but is intended to help with the cost of accommodation during the summer vacation period.

Please see our student funding website for full details.

University of Exeter Sanctuary Scholarships

The Sanctuary Scholarship scheme enables individuals seeking asylum and refugees who are not able to access student finance to study at the University of Exeter.

To find out more, check eligibility and apply, please see the Sanctuary Scholarships page on our funding database.

Partial tuition fee waiver

At UK universities, international students typically pay more for tuition than students from the UK.

However, if you are a current asylum seeker, you may be eligible for our partial tuition fee waiver. While you will still be classed as an international student, your tuition fees will be the same as those for students from the UK, relieving you of some of the financial burden associated with university study.

This programme is open to all applicants to undergraduate programmes, excluding BMBS Medicine and any other course of study that receives funding from the NHS.

To be eligible, you will need to:

  • meet the entry requirements for your chosen undergraduate course;
  • have an asylum application in process before applying to study through UCAS; and
  • be granted discretionary leave at least until the first day of the academic year for your chosen programme (usually 1st September).

Details of subject-specific scholarships for international students are given in the relevant subject entries. For the latest information please see our Scholarships for International Students page.

You are also advised to seek information about scholarships from your own Ministry of Education, from the appropriate inter-university organisation or from the British Council.

Some groups of students may be able to get additional, non-repayable grants from the Government. Additional grants are available to provide extra financial support to students who have serious financial difficulties and who might otherwise have to abandon their studies. 

Find out more about hardship funding.

If you are a full-time student with children or adult dependants you may qualify for extra help. Non-repayable funding sources (2018/19 figures) that are dependent on household income include:

  • Childcare Grant – up to 85 per cent of childcare costs per week, up to a maximum of £164.70 for parents with one child or £282.36 for parents with two or more children
  • Parents’ Learning Allowance – up to £1,669 per year towards course-related costs
  • Adult Dependants Grant – up to £2,925 per year if you have a financially dependant partner or other adult

You should be aware that if you are claiming benefits, your eligibility for a maintenance loan (whether you take it or not) and some student grants may be counted as income by the job centre and housing benefits office. Further information on these grants, including eligibility criteria, can be found at

Additional, non-repayable grants from the Government are available for disabled students.

Disabled Students’ Allowance – this help is not means-tested and is intended to help towards additional support you may need because of a disability. This is paid on top of your other student finance and does not need to be repaid.

Further information can be found at

If you are not supported by your family (estranged) you can ask to be assessed by Student Finance as an Independent student and be assessed on your own household income. You are eligible to be considered as an estranged student if you have not had contact with your parents for at least 12 months and your estrangement is irreconcilable.

The University supports estranged students with both financial and pastoral support.

This financial support includes:

  • Opportunity to apply for the Access to Exeter Bursary
  • Estranged student bursary – the bursary amount is not fixed but is intended to help with the cost of accommodation during the summer vacation period and for bridging help with accommodation or maintenance while funding applications are processed. The Student Guild Student Advice Unit can advise on this.

A carer as anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem, or an addiction, cannot cope without their support. As a carer, coming to university may present its own unique challenges, and can often involve balancing studies alongside travel home and additional caring responsibilities. However, you’re not alone. At the University of Exeter, we are committed to supporting student carers, and there is a range of information and advice available to help you.

Undergraduate carers are able to apply for a Carers bursary. This bursary is not fixed, and will be dependent on your situation. If you would like more information, require support, or have any questions regarding how the university can support you - please complete the online form.