The University of Northampton Bursary will be paid to eligible students who commence a full time undergraduate course paying £9,000 in 2016/17 (eligibility criteria apply).

This is an income related bursary and does not have to be repaid. It will not affect payment of a student’s maintenance loans.

Continuing students from previous academic years whose circumstances remain unchanged will remain on their existing bursary scheme.

Who is eligible for the University of Northampton Bursary?

To meet the eligibility criteria for the University of Northampton Bursary in 2016/17 you must:

  • Commence your undergraduate course in 2016/17
  • Be a home or EU student
  • Be paying tuition fees of £9,000 in 2016/17
  • Have made arrangements to pay your fees, either by loan, yourself, your parents or another sponsor and adhered to the payment arrangement
  • Have a household income of £25,000 or less per year
  • Be enrolled and attending as a full time student on a BA, BSc or PGCE course (see exceptions below)
  • Be eligible for student support under UK student support regulations

Who is not eligible for the University of Northampton Bursary?

You will not be eligible for the bursary if:

  • You are studying a course that is funded by the NHS
  • You are studying for an Equivalent Level Qualification (ELQ)
  • You are studying on a sandwich year or year abroad
  • You are paying tuition fees of less than £9,000
  • You are studying a Foundation Degree, HND
  • You are studying at Moulton College (students on Moulton College degree courses will not be eligible for the University of Northampton Bursary and should contact Moulton College for details of the Moulton College bursary scheme)
  • You have a household income above £25,000 per year
  • You are studying a part time course or a postgraduate course
  • You have withdrawn from the course prior to the start of term that the bursary payment is due to be paid in

How to apply

Student Finance England’s assessment of the student’s household income is used to determine eligibility for the University of Northampton Bursary. Students do not need to apply separately for a bursary assessment.

Students will automatically be assessed on their bursary eligibility provided they (and their sponsors or partner) have given consent on their application to Student Finance to share their household income information with the University. Bursary assessments can only be completed by the University if the student’s household income is fully verified by Student Finance England (or relevant local assessment body).

Bursary deadline

Please note the deadline for being assessed for a bursary for the academic year 2016/17 is 1st June 2017.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure accurate and timely evidence is provided to Student Finance England so that the household income is verified to the University before 1st June 2017 deadline.

Bursary payment

The bursary will be paid in two instalments on the following dates:

  • 50% on 17th  March 2017
  • 50% on 31st May 2017

To qualify for a 50% bursary payment on 17th March 2017, students must be fully enrolled and attending their course full time on the first day of term two and liable for 50% of their fees at this point. To qualify for the second 50% bursary payment on 31st May 2017, students must be fully enrolled and attending their course full time at the start of term three and therefore liable for 100% of their fees at this point. Students who have withdrawn from their course before these dates will not receive the relevant 50% payment.

The bursary is payable in each year of the course provided the student continues to meet the eligibility criteria. Payment is made through the Student Loans Company to the bank account provided by the student for their loan payments.

Assessed household income            Bursary each year

Up to £25,000                                               £500

Overpaid bursary

Any award payment made by the University of Northampton after a student has interrupted their studies or withdrawn will be recovered from the student.

Any bursary or scholarship payment made by the University of Northampton in error, or paid as a result of inaccurate household income data, will be recovered from the student.