National Scholarship Programme

Introducing the National Scholarship Programme

The National Scholarship Programme (NSP) has been created to offer support to students from lower income backgrounds. The Government has awarded a number of Scholarships to UCS for students starting an undergraduate degree in September 2013 and 2014. UCS has committed to matching these Scholarships, providing fee waivers to students in both their first and second year at UCS.

The National Scholarship Programme at UCS

UCS is offering fee waivers as part of the NSP.

Full time students who are awarded a Scholarship will be given a fee waiver of £3,000 in their first year of study.

Recipients of a Scholarship in 2013/14 would then be eligible for an additional fee waiver of £3,000 in 2014/15 (dependent on successful progression and still meeting the eligibility criteria).

Part time students being awarded a Scholarship will receive a fee waiver on a pro rata basis for their first and second years of study. For example, part time students studying 50% of the full time equivalent course in their first year will receive a fee waiver of £1,500.

All students who meet the criteria to be considered for the NSP are encouraged to apply, but please note that eligibility does not guarantee the award of a Scholarship.

Eligibility for Scholarships (Full time students starting in 2013/14)

Full time students who wish to apply for the NSP at UCS will need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  •  Be a new student to UCS in 2013/14
  •  Be in the first year of their course
  •  Be studying full time towards a Foundation or Bachelor degree
  •  Paying tuition fees of £7,500 (Foundation degree) or £8,000 (Bachelor degree)
  •  Have household income below £25,000 and be in receipt of the full maintenance grant or special support grant
  •  Be the first generation* in their family to go to higher education
  •  Have lived in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire or London for the 3 years prior to starting their degree at UCS

* First generation means that you are first in your family to apply to higher education. If your parent/guardian/carer has achieved any degree - irrespective of mode of study, type of institution, location of study; you would not meet this criteria. PLEASE NOTE: this is based only on your parent/guardian/carer. You can still be ‘first generation’ if you have siblings who have been to university.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of academic criteria, and the Scholarship will only be awarded to successful applicants if they are still in attendance at UCS on 31 May 2014

Eligibility for Scholarships (Part time students starting in 2013/14)

Part time students who wish to apply for the NSP at UCS will need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a new student to UCS in 2013/14
  • Be in the first year of their course
  • Be studying part time towards a Foundation or Bachelor degree
  • Paying tuition fees of £1,250 per 20 credits (Foundation degree) or £1,330 per 20 credits (Bachelor degree)
  • Have household income below £25,000 and in receipt of ONE of the following means-tested benefits: Income Support; Housing Benefit; Income-based Job Seekers Allowance; Council Tax Benefit; Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Be the first generation* in their family to go to higher education
  • Have lived in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire or London for the 3 years prior to starting their degree at UCS

* First generation means that you are first in your family to apply to higher education. If your parent/guardian/carer has achieved any degree - irrespective of mode of study, type of institution, location of study; you would not meet this criteria. PLEASE NOTE: this is based only on your parent/guardian/carer. You can still be ‘first generation’ if you have siblings who have been to university.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of academic criteria, and the scholarship will only be awarded to successful applicants if they are still in attendance at UCS on 31 May 2014

Students Not Eligible for the NSP

Under the national eligibility criteria of the NSP the following students are not eligible for the NSP regardless of meeting the above criteria:

  • Students whose tuition fees are paid for by the NHS
  • Students funded by the Training and Development Agency for Schools
  • Students directly continuing from one course to another (for example from foundation degree or HND on to the final year of an honours degree)
  • Students transferring to UCS from another institution
  • Students undertaking a postgraduate qualification
  • Part time students studying at less than 25 per cent intensity of the full time equivalent
  • Any other students whose fees are paid or part-paid through a sponsorship arrangement

Application

Students must apply directly to UCS to be considered for the NSP. An application form will be available on the Applicant Portal and the closing date for applications is:

September 2013 starters - 1st November 2013

January/February 2014 starters - 1st May 2014

Students will be sent an acknowledgement email to confirm that their application has been received. However, this is not confirmation that a Scholarship will be awarded.

To access the Applicant Portal, scroll down to the Login Area on the bottom of this page.

Receiving a Scholarship

Awards will be made on the basis of students meeting all of the eligibility criteria, including academic requirements. Applicants should receive confirmation of whether they have been selected for a Scholarship normally 4 weeks after the closing date. Students should therefore apply for tuition fee loans for the full amount of their tuition fees.

Awards will only be made to successful applicants if they are still in attendance at UCS on 31 May 2014.

Student Support at UCS

The Student Support team at UCS are available to discuss finance with any students considering studying at UCS, regardless of eligibility for the National Scholarship Programme. UCS offers a range of support and guidance on managing finance while studying, and any student with concerns is encouraged to contact the Student Support team to discuss their individual circumstances.

You can contact Student Support by emailing studentsupportucs.ac.uk| or call the Infozone on 01473 338833 to book an appointment or speak to an adviser.

 

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A fee waiver is money off the cost of your tuition fees.