This scholarship has been set up to help individual students from the European Union who come from low income backgrounds, and countries that are currently under-represented in higher education. All funds are provided by the University.
We will be offering a maximum of 50 awards of £3000 to EU students. Recipients will be paid £1000 for each year of study (up to a maximum of three years) provided you still meet the eligibility criteria. This award is applicable to students entering full-time higher education for the first time on a three year undergraduate programme in 2017/18 only.
To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must enrol on a full-time Undergraduate programme (BA, BSc, BEng, MEng, LLB or Joint and Combined honours) and pay a fee of £9250. Tuition fees may rise in subsequent years subject to approval from the Government that we meet the criteria in the Teaching Excellence Framework
- You must be an EU national and normally resident in an EU country. If you are an EU student who normally resides in the UK, but do not qualify for a maintenance loan, you may qualify if you satisfy the other eligibility criteria
- You must have achieved the equivalent of A level grades AAB+ in their high school qualifications
- You must apply to be income assessed by Student Finance England (SFE) and the resultant household income must be below your country’s equivalent of £25,000 (as defined by SFE). Therefore, if you are awarded the EU Scholarship you will also be eligible for the University of Northampton Bursary
- UK nationals and EU nationals who are eligible for a maintenance loan from Student Finance England will not qualify.
- Nationals from countries outside the EU and who are not deemed EU fee status by the University of Northampton will not qualify.
- If you are studying for a course validated by the University at a partner institution you will not be eligible.
- If you hold an unconditional firm offer with the University of Northampton you will be invited to complete and return the EU Scholarship application form. The deadline for submission of forms is 31 August 2017. You must include with your application form, a scanned copy of your high school diploma to prove your exam results.
- Applications will be assessed using the eligibility criteria previously stated. We will also use the information given in the application form’s personal statement where we ask you to explain how receiving the scholarship will help you to achieve your academic and career plans, to identify those who will benefit most from the scholarship.
- You must also complete the EU17B form and submit to Student Finance England along with any supporting evidence they require. This will allow SFE to assess the level of household income which is essential for the University to determine eligibility for both the EU scholarship and the University of Northampton bursary.
- You will be able to submit your EU Scholarship application form before you have confirmed their place with us, but applications will not be considered until you have firmly accepted your place at the University of Northampton and exam results are received.
- The EU17B form is automatically sent to students who apply for a tuition fee loan from SFE. We advise you to complete and return your EU17B with supporting evidence as early as possible before enrolment to avoid delay of scholarship payment.
- Scholarships will be awarded based on the merit of each individual’s application in addition to meeting the eligibility criteria.
Please note: If you do not submit an EU Scholarship application form, or submit your form after the deadline of 31 August 2017, you will not be considered even if you satisfy the other eligibility criteria.
Notification of an Award
If you are successfully awarded an EU Scholarship you will be notified in writing by the University of Northampton in September 2017. You will be required to advise Student Finance England of your UK bank account details as SFE will be making the payment our behalf.
Student Finance will confirm your Scholarship payment around February 2018 and payments will be paid in two equal instalments of £500 on 16 March and 31 May 2018 (payments will be made on similar dates in the subsequent years). The scholarship cannot be paid until the University can satisfy that you meet all the eligibility criteria of the scholarship award.
General Terms & Conditions
- A change of course to another qualifying programme within the University of Northampton will not affect the continuation of the scholarship. However, if this results in the need to study an extra year the scholarship will still only be paid for a total of three years.
- You must be fully enrolled, full-time when the payments are due to be made.
- If you are awarded the EU Scholarship you will not also be eligible for the High Achievers’ Scholarship, and vice versa.
- If you are studying the MEng you will receive scholarship payments for all four years of the programme, provided you continue to satisfy the eligibility requirements.
- If you do not satisfy the academic requirements to progress and are required to repeat a year (either full-time or part-time) or re-sit out of residence you will not be eligible for payment in the repeat/resit year.
- If you opt to take a sandwich/placement year you will not receive payments in the year but payments will resume when you return to full-time study.
- If you withdraw from your studies you will not be eligible to receive any further scholarship payments in that year.
- If you suspend/intercalate mid-way through the course you will not be paid any further monies for that year but will be eligible to receive any outstanding bursary award due upon your return to study.
- Awards will be allocated for 2017 entry only. If you defer or withdraw and restart, any award that has been offered will become void and you will need to re-apply for the following year.
- The University reserves the right to withdraw an award from anyone who is found to have misled the University about any aspect of their eligibility and may seek repayment of any monies already paid to them.
- The University reserves the right to withhold scholarship payments if you have any outstanding tuition fee debt; payment will not be made until the debt is cleared or you will be given the opportunity to transfer the scholarship to re-pay any outstanding amount.
- In cases not covered by the above terms and conditions, or where a student claims exceptional circumstances, or disputes a decision not to make payments, the Chief Operating Officer or his/her nominee will decide on any variations to these terms and conditions, and his/her decision will be final.