Financial support

Information for 2019/20 entrants

Refer to the 2018 Financial Support page if you are a 2018/19 entrant.

It is our aim to ensure that high achieving students will be able to study for an undergraduate degree at the University of Exeter irrespective of their financial background. That's why we spent around £6 million on financial support for students in 2017/18. 

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

Bursaries, grants and funding

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
  • Opportunity to apply for the Unite Foundation Scholarship – this scholarship provides free accommodation for three years of UG study in a designated Unite Students property.
  • 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.

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:


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.

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 £3,000 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 8 high performance focus sports: Cricket, Golf, Hockey, Lacrosse, Netball, Rugby Union, Sailing and Tennis.

Sport Performance Bursaries are also provided for athletes competing internationally through national selection in one of our AU recognised clubs.

Visit the Sports Scholarships page for further information.

Choral scholarships

Choral Scholars at the University of Exeter enjoy singing a wide array of sacred and secular music in one of the finest choral ensembles in the South-West. The primary role of the choir is to sing for services in the University Chapels, but also enjoy an avid concert portfolio as well as recording regularly and touring each year.

The choral scholarships are worth £300 per annum and include subsidised tours with the choir.

Find out more information about our choral and organ scholarships.

Global Excellence Scholarships

This year we are pleased to offer the Global Excellence Scholarship: more than £2 million worth of scholarships dedicated to international students of outstanding academic quality applying to programmes, starting in autumn 2020.

This award will be automatically applied to outstanding international applicants, and does not need to be applied for separately. If you are awarded a scholarship as part of this scheme you will be informed as part of your offer letter.

Find out more.

Travel scholarships

We have a range of scholarships available to students who will be studying abroad as part of their studies.

Entrance scholarships

The University offers scholarships from candidates residing in Cornwall or Devon who also meet the specific requirements of the individual awards and have been offered an undergraduate place at the University (Exeter and Penryn campuses) through UCAS.

Find out more about our Entrance scholarships.

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.

Further information

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

Student Finance Guide 2019

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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.