Financial support - 2018/19

Information for 2018/19 entrants

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're spending 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:

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.

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.

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. More information about the choir can be found at 

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.

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.

Hardship Funding

Hardship Funding provides extra financial support to students who have serious financial difficulties and who might otherwise have to abandon their studies. 

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 Finance Guide 2018

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