This scholarship is designed to benefit individual students from the European Union who come from low income backgrounds, and is intended to support progression of students from groups currently under-represented in higher education. All funds are provided by the University.

The University of Northampton 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 the student still meets the eligibility criteria. This award is applicable to students commencing their studies in academic year 2017/18 only.

The terms and conditions apply to scholarships awarded to students entering full time higher education for the first time on a three year undergraduate programme in September 2017 only.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Students must enrol on a full time Undergraduate programme (BA, BSc, BEng, MEng, LLB or Joint & 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
  • Students must be EU nationals and normally resident in an EU country
  • EU students who are normally resident in the UK but do not qualify for a maintenance loan may qualify if they satisfy the other eligibility criteria
  • Students must have achieved the equivalent of A level grades AAB+ in their high school qualifications
  • Students must apply to be income assessed by Student Finance England (SFE) and the resultant household income must be below their country’s equivalent of £25,000 (as defined by SFE). Therefore students awarded the EU Scholarship will also be eligible for the University of Northampton Bursary

Exclusions

  • 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.
  • Students studying for a course validated by the University at a partner institution are not eligible.

Application process

  1. Students who hold an unconditional firm offer with the University of Northampton are invited to complete and return the EU Scholarship application form. The deadline for submission of forms is 31 August 2017. Students must include with their application form, a scanned copy of their high school diploma to prove their exam results.
  2. 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 applicants to explain how receiving the scholarship will help them achieve their academic and career plans, to identify those who will benefit most from the scholarship.
  3. Students 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.
  4. Applicants will be able to submit their EU Scholarship application form before they have confirmed their place with us, but applications will not be considered until the student has firmly accepted their place at the University of Northampton and exam results are received.
  5. The EU17B form is automatically sent to students who apply for a tuition fee loan from SFE. Students are advised to complete and return their EU17B with supporting evidence as early as possible before enrolment to avoid delay of scholarship payment.
  6. Scholarships will be awarded based on the merit of each individual’s application in addition to meeting the eligibility criteria.

Please note: Students who do not submit an EU Scholarship application form, or submit their form after the deadline of 31 August 2017 will not be considered even if they satisfy the other eligibility criteria.

Notification of an Award

Students who are successfully awarded an EU Scholarship will be notified in writing by the University of Northampton in September 2017. Students will be required to advise Student Finance England of their 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 the student meets 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.
  • Students must be fully enrolled, full time when the payments are due to be made.
  • Students awarded the EU Scholarship will not also be eligible for the High Achievers’ Scholarship, and vice versa.
  • Students studying the MEng will receive scholarship payments for all four years of the programme, provided they continue to satisfy the eligibility requirements.
  • Students who do not satisfy the academic requirements to progress and are required to repeat a year (either full time or part time) or resit out of residence will not be eligible for payment in the repeat/resit year.
  • Students who opt to take a sandwich/placement year will not receive payments in the year but payments will resume when they return to full time study.
  • Students who withdraw from their studies will not be eligible to receive any further scholarship payments in that year.
  • Students who suspend/intercalate mid-way through the course will not be paid any further monies for that year but will be eligible to receive any outstanding bursary award due upon their 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.