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Bursaries support you through your studies by helping with general living costs. They are non-repayable and can be spent on anything from rent and household bills to books and specialist equipment.

Please also see our pages on  scholarships and grants for more information about financial support.

University bursary scheme

The University is committed to encouraging applications from under-represented groups by providing a limited number of means-tested financial support. The support we offer for 2019/2020: 

  • Foundation year entrants: £500 bursary (up to 160 to be awarded to eligible students).
  • Full-time degree entrants: £500 bursary in year one (up to 1,079 to be awarded to eligible students).
  • Full-time degree year 2+: £500 bursary in each remaining year of study (for all full-time students who previously received the £500 bursary in their foundation or first year).

Students must satisfy the following criteria to be eligible for the Access Agreement Financial Support Package:

  • have a declared household income of £25,000 or less.
  • are enrolled on a full-time course, paying full variable or new regime fees.
  • have a fee status of UK.

Applicants must accept Solent as their firm choice. Subject to the above criteria, these bursaries are awarded on a first-come-first-served basis until maximum availability has been reached. Please note that there are not enough bursaries available to meet the demand, so the earlier you apply for your student loan and are able to provide Student Finance England with evidence of low household income, the more likely you are to be successful. The bursaries can’t be awarded in conjunction with other University scholarships or discounts. If you are eligible for more than one, you will be automatically allocated the one with the highest value. 

The bursary awards are issued as a cash credit in November to an Aspire Card.

Full-time degree students who began their study in 2016/17 or prior will still receive £500 dependent on if they:

  • have a declared household income of £25,000 or less,
  • are on a full time course, paying full variable or new regime fees,
  • have a fee status of UK,
  • are not currently on an ERASMUS placement or industry placement year.

You are only eligible for one bursary type in any single year and can only hold either a bursary or the  Academic Merit Scholarship Award - you cannot choose which award to receive.

You do not need to apply for this support. All the relevant information is taken from the form you completed and returned to Student Finance England or the Student Loans Company when applying for tuition loans. 

For more information, please contact the bursaries team on

Care leavers, Foyer Federation and supported accommodation bursary

The University offers a bursary for students who have been in local authority care.

The support package includes a £1,500 bursary each academic year. Eligible students should complete (depending on their situation), either: 

Application form: Care leavers bursary 2018/19

Application form: Foyer Federation and supported accommodation bursary 2018/19

For further information on the support available to care leavers please visit the  care leavers support homepage or download our leaflet.

Carer bursary

Students who are carers for their parents or an immediate family member (excluding children), and have been recognised as such by their local authority, may be able to apply for the University’s carers bursary. 

This is a non-repayable bursary of £1,000 awarded to young carers who continue to have caring responsibilities while they are studying at university.  It is paid in three termly instalments into the student’s bank account.

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Estranged students bursary

Students who are recognised as ‘irreconcilably estranged’ by Student Finance England can apply to the University’s estranged students bursary for each year of their studies. 

This is a non-repayable bursary of £1,000 awarded to students who continue to be estranged from their parents while they are studying at university.  It is paid in six instalments into the student’s bank account over the academic year.

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Support grant

For further information on how to apply, please visit the  grants homepage.

External support: Social work bursary

Current students doing a social work degree may be eligible for the  social work bursary

The bursary recognises that social work students have to undertake 200 days of hands-on placements, which reduces their ability to take a part-time job.

It is payable to undergraduate students in year two and year three, and to  postgraduate students.

All students must reapply for their bursary each academic year.

For full information about the social work bursary, including the application process and deadline, please read this document created by the NHS Business Services Authority.

Please call 0300 3301 342 (NHS) for more information, or email them using

External support: Disabled Student Allowance

The  Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) can help to pay for any costs or expenses incurred that arise due to disability. It is not income-assessed and there is no upper age limit.

Full-time, part-time and postgraduate students with disabilities are able to make an application for DSA. Applications are made to Student Finance England (SFE) via  GOV.UK.

The allowance will be paid either directly to you or to the supplier of your specialist services. SFE will notify you in writing about the equipment and support that they will fund. This process usually takes four to six weeks.

For more information, please read the  DSA Guide 2016/17 or contact the University's  disability coordinator.

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