Financial support

We are committed to ensuring that high achieving students will be able to study for an undergraduate degree at the University of Exeter irrespective of their financial background. In 2013/14 we're spending around £7 million on financial support for around one third of our Home/EU students beginning their undergraduate studies in that academic year. In addition we're spending £1.9 million on outreach activities including individual mentoring, projects in schools, summer schools, and other activities with students, parents and teachers, to raise aspirations and encourage students to enter and remain in higher education.

Financial support for students will come in the form of partial fee waivers and/or bursaries:

University of Exeter National Scholarships

The following details refer to entry in 2014. These figures have been revised in response to the Government's reduction in National Scholarship Programme funding in November 2013.

National scholarships are available for students whose household income (as declared to Student Finance) is up to £16,000 per year. If you are eligible, you will receive a bursary - the size of which will depend on your year of study.

Find out more on our Student Funding site.

Access to Exeter Bursary Scheme

The Access to Exeter Bursary is a guaranteed, non-competitive bursary available to students with a household income between £25,001 and £42,600, which does not have to be paid back.

Under the scheme we will provide a range of bursaries depending on your household income. The details shown here are for 2014 entry

Household incomeYear 1 bursary
£16,001 - £25,000 £1,000
£25,001 - £35,000 £750
£35,001 - £42,600 £500

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

Student Funding Calculator

You can use our Student Funding Calculator (new window) to estimate how much support you may receive from the University of Exeter.

Further information

Find out more about student finance on the Gov.UK website.

Care leavers

The University provides financial support for care leavers under the age of 25. This support includes a full fee waiver for all years of study. You can find out more on our Student Finance pages for care leavers.

Sports scholarships

Sport Scholarships are awarded annually and are tailored to the needs of the individual. They include a cash sum for sporting expenses up to £2,000 a year for exceptional athletes.

The amount awarded depends on your chosen sport, achievements, ability and potential to develop during your time at Exeter. A full package of support services and coaching equating to a cash equivalent upwards of £3,500 is also provided.

Every scholar is assessed at the end of each year and they have to apply for re-nomination for an award. In return for an award, every scholar must compete for the University in BUCS events.

In general, emphasis is placed on awarding scholarships in our 10 high performance focus sports: Badminton, Cricket, Golf, Hockey, Lacrosse, Netball, Rowing, Rugby Union and Rugby League, Sailing and Tennis.

Music learning programme

The Music Learning Programme is open to all kinds of musicians, composers and sound engineers, not just those from the classical tradition. The programme enables students to continue taking individual lessons in their chosen discipline in return for an active involvement in contributing to student music at Exeter.

Scholarships for international students

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.

Access to Learning Fund

The Access to Learning Fund provides extra financial support to UK students who have serious financial difficulties and who might otherwise have to abandon their studies. The Access to Learning Fund can be of particular help to students with dependant children; single parents; students entering higher education from care; mature students; students from low-income backgrounds; students with disabilities; and final-year undergraduate students.

Working while studying

Most students supplement their grants and loans by working part-time. The maximum recommended is 10-15 hours per week during term-time and the national average pay for students working 16 hours a week is around £90. The Career Zone in both Exeter and Cornwall is there to help students find part-time jobs.

Help and advice

The staff of the Students’ Guild Advice Unit in Exeter and the Students’ Union at the Penryn Campus can help you with financial queries. They advise students before they enrol at the University, run budgeting workshops for all new students during Freshers’ Week and hold one-to-one advice sessions. This help is available to all students and you do not have to have a serious problem – you can even get information before a problem ever arises.

Find out more about financial help

Visit the Funding website or our Student Finance pages for more information on the financial help we can offer.

Student Funding Calculator

Use our student funding calculator (new window) to get an estimate of how much financial support you may receive from the University of Exeter.