2017 - 18 Bursaries

We support fair access for students from low income families and have a range of bursaries and financial support packages available. It should be noted that meeting any or all of the essential eligibility criteria does not equate to entitlement to an award. The bursaries we are offering for 2017 entrants are listed below.

With the approval of the Office for Fair Access (OFFA), we intend to offer a number of different bursaries that you might be eligible for. The bursaries we are offering for 2017 entrants are listed below. Please note, as these are subject to OFFA approval, they may be subject to change.

Application Process for University Bursaries

There is no application process (except for the part-time bursary); but do remember to give consent to share your household income with the University of Chester when you apply for student funding.

We will automatically review your eligibility and notify you if you are eligible; normally by letter to your home address.

If you are not sure whether you have consented to share your information with the University, you can contact the Consent to Share Helpline on 0845 603 4016 and agree to share your information over the telephone. Please note that your parents or sponsor will also have to contact the helpline.

Please email university.bursary@chester.ac.uk if you have specific questions.

Chester Bursary

Available to new full-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of over £6,000) who have a means tested household income of £25,000 or less.

Bursary: £1,500

Cash payment and ‘in-kind’ benefits of £500 per year of study.

In order to be considered for a University of Chester Bursary:

  • you must be paying a tuition fee of over £6,000
  • you must have a declared household income of £25,000 or less
  • you must be ordinarily a resident in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland
  • you must be studying on a course that does not attract a training bursary

Applicants who meet the above criteria and who receive an offer of a place to study at the University Centre will be automatically considered using information provided to Student Finance England.

Chester Bursary for part-time students

Available to new part-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a declared residual household income of

£25,000 or less.

Bursary: up to £1,500

Cash payments made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.

Students who would like to be considered for this award should contact the Bursary team at university.bursary@chester.ac.uk for information on how to apply and the household income assessment process. Awards will be allocated after enrolment.

Care Leavers Bursary

Available to new full-time Level 4 undergraduate home students under the age of 25, paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who have evidence of their care leaver status.

Bursary: up to £7,000

Mixture of cash, ‘in kind’ benefits and fee waiver.

Contact Martina Ferrari at student.welfare@chester.ac.uk for more information.

Young Carers Bursary

Working in partnership with Young Carers organisations locally, this bursary is available for eligible young adult carers, and is available in addition to any other University bursary.

Bursary Package totalling: £4,500

Contact Martina Ferrari at student.welfare@chester.ac.uk for more information.