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Bursaries and Scholarships

Please click on the relevant heading below for further details on bursaries, scholarships and awards to help with your tuition fees and living costs..

The Scholarships team are responsible for the central administration of both College funded and Research funded Scholarships. This administration involves updating student accounts with fee reductions, making regular maintenance payments and providing scholarship support to College staff and Students.

The Scholarships team are not involved with the application process. Any queries regarding applications, outcomes or decisions should be directed to College staff.

New applicants

The University of Exeter has a number of scholarships available to our Students. Scholarships are awarded for a number of different reasons; these may include academic merit, personal achievement and intellectual ability. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship please view our funding database for details of which awards are available and how to apply.

Alternatively you can contact the Doctoral college directly for more information on what funding is available.

Confirmed Scholarships and Returning Students

Once Scholarship awards have been confirmed by College staff, details are passed internally to the Student Funding Team. Student accounts are then updated with fee scholarship information and maintenance payments are created. The Student Funding Team can assist with a number of scholarship queries including payment amounts, payment dates and level of fee scholarship.

Payment Information

Maintenance scholarship payments are paid monthly, unless otherwise advised, and will reach student bank accounts by the 1st of each month.


Once awards have been confirmed and maintenance payments created, you will be able to view a payment schedule via the student statement.

Bank details and Registration

In order for us to process scholarship payments, students must have registered with the University for the applicable academic year and have supplied their bank details. You can add or edit bank details during registration or at anytime after you have registered by logging onto your personal student account. If you do not have a UK bank account, please contact the Student Information Desk and we be in touch to attend your oversees account details.

Important
If we have the incorrect bank details then payments may be paid to an incorrect account. Should this happen, the funds will need to be reclaimed before a payment can be made to your correct account. The timescale of this repayment then rests with the bank. We advise all students to check their bank details are present and accurate by visiting their student record.

Interruptions/Withdrawals

If you interrupt or withdraw from your studies, you may need to repay part or all of your scholarship award.
Any possible repayment will be discussed with your college and you will be contacted separately to advise of any balance which needs to be returned to the University.

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. 

Deadline

Please note that applications for 2020/21 entry are now closed. The application deadline was 18 May 2020.

The University of Exeter provides additional funding to certain part time and full time Home or European Union students in the form of the Access to Exeter Bursary.  

We will automatically assess your entitlement for an award based on your household income information provided by the relevant UK Funding Body. However, we can only do this if you, and your parent(s), do not opt out of consenting to share your financial details when you complete your Application for Student Finance.

Undergraduate students

In order to see what funding you could be eligible to receive please check your household income below:

Household income of £16,000 and below

If you have started, or are due to start, your studies after September 2015 and have a household income* £16,000 or below, you are eligible for the Access to Exeter (ATE) Bursary.

For the first year of your studies you are eligible to receive a £2,100 Bursary and from the second year onwards, for the duration of your undergraduate studies, a £1,550 Bursary, providing you continue to meet the eligibility criteria.

* for further details on how your household income is assessed, please visit the Direct Gov website.

Payment of the ATE Bursary

Payments are made in 3 instalments and will be made direct to a nominated bank account, with each instalment weighted according to the number of weeks in each term. The table below shows the dates of each instalment and how your payments will be weighted according to your total bursary:

Payment Date

£2,100
(Year 1)

£1,550
(Year 2 onwards)

30th October 2020

£840

£620

22nd January 2021

£840

£620

30th April 2021

£420

£310

Household income between £16,001-£25,000

If you have started, or are due to start, your studies after September 2015 and have a household income* of between £16,001-£25,000, you are eligible for an Access to Exeter (ATE) Bursary award of £1,050 for all years of study.

* for further details on how your household income is assessed, please visit Direct Gov.

Payment of the ATE Bursary

Payments are made in 3 instalments and will be made direct to a nominated bank account, with each instalment weighted according to the number of weeks in each term. The table below shows the dates of each instalment and how your payments will be weighted according to your total bursary:

Payment Date£1,050 Amount
30th October 2020  £420
22nd January 2021  £420
30th April 2021  £210

We automatically assess your entitlement for the awards based on information about your household income provided by the relevant UK Funding Body. However, we can only do this if you consent to share your financial details when you complete your Application for Student Finance.

Terms and conditions

For further information on our bursary schemes, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions section in the Student Information Desk (SID) or see our Terms and Conditions.

The University of Exeter offers financial support to students who have been in care in the form of a full fee waiver for UK undergraduates and PGCE students, and a Care Leavers’ Bursary.

For the purposes of these schemes, the University of Exeter define care leavers as young people (up to the age of 25) who have been looked after by the local authority for more than 13 weeks since they were 14, including some time at age 16 or 17.

Fee waiver

Care leavers starting undergraduate or PGCE courses at the University of Exeter will not have to pay tuition fees. If you have identified yourself as someone who has been in care in your UCAS application, the University of Exeter will contact you asking for further information. You will be asked to show that you meet the criteria described above. You must also be UK or EU fee status, for more information on your status please see the UKCISA website.

Care Leavers’ Bursary

To be eligible you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • You are a care leaver (see definition above)
  • You must have started your studies in September 2012 or later
  • You must be under 25 when you start your course
  • You must be in receipt of financial support from the university through the Exeter National Scholarship or Access to Exeter Bursary schemes

The bursary is intended to help with the cost of accommodation during the summer vacation period after your first and subsequent years of study (but not final year). The bursary amount is not fixed, but is decided by taking into account the additional cost of your accommodation needs.

To apply for this bursary, please contact the Students’ Guild Advice Unit.

PGCE Exeter Bursary 

The University of Exeter is offering a £520 bursary to our UK students whose household income has been assessed by your relevant student funding body as £25,000 or less. There is no separate application procedure for the bursary, however, students who have not applied for financial support, or who have applied but chosen not to be means tested, are unable to be considered for this bursary until they do.

The PGCE Exeter Bursary for 2020/21 will be paid in one instalment on 30th October October 2020, or thereafter within 10 working days of confirmation of your household income.

Department for Education and Teaching Regulation Agency (DETRA) 

In addition to the tuition and maintenance loan described above, the Department for Education and Teaching Regulation Agency (formally known as the National College for Teaching & Leadership) offers further financial incentives and support as a bursary, available to Home and EU trainees on an eligible course in England. Bursary amounts vary depending on teaching subject and degree class.

For further details on the DETRA scheme, please visit the PGCE course pages.

There is no formal application procedure for the bursary however, as part of the registration process, you will be asked to accept the University's terms and conditions which will include the terms and conditions for receipt of the DETRA Training Bursary.

Payment dates 

You will receive your first bursary payment in October, on the condition you have provided your bank account details and have registered

Payments are made on a monthly basis, to reach your bank account for the first Friday of the month. The funds will be paid between October and July in 10 equal instalments.

Please note: 

If you are considering withdrawing or interrupting from your course, you must inform your College immediately as you will no longer be eligible to receive the bursary. Any bursary payment received after your last day of attendance will require repayment.

International Students are not eligible for the training bursary.

Payments made before eligibility has been properly assessed are made on a provisional basis and may be subject to repayment.