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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 access bursary

The University is committed to encouraging applications from underrepresented groups by providing means tested financial support. In 2017/18, the type of support has changed and we will be offering the following:

  • Foundation Year entrant: £3,000 bursary (up to 80 to be awarded to eligible students).
  • Full-time Degree Year 1 entrants: £3,000 bursary in year one (up to 280 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 £3,000 bursary in their foundation or first year).
  • Full-time Degree students who began their study in 2016/17 or prior will still receive £500 dependent on the eligibility criteria given below.
  • Care Leavers: £1,500 bursary in each year of study (offered to all care leavers).
  • Hardship fund: £650,000 will be allocated for financial hardship.

Eligible applicants will:

  • have a declared household income of £25,000 or less,
  • be on a full time course, paying full variable or new regime fees,
  • have a fee status of home or EU,
  • and not be on an ERASMUS placement or industry placement year.
  • Priority will also be given to applicants who are identified within one of our key outreach groups as defined in our 2017/18 Access Agreement.

It is estimated that the University will allocate cash awards to the value of approximately £2.1m (including payments to pre 2017-18 entry students). You are only eligible for one bursary or scholarship in any single year .

You do not need to apply for this support. All the relevant information is taken from the student finance form you completed and returned to Student Finance England/Student Loans Company when applying for maintenance and tuition fee loans.  The University will base the allocation of bursaries on the following process and order:

  • Eligibility criteria is met.
  • Priority outreach group as defined by 2017/18 Access Agreement.
  • Applicants must accept Southampton Solent as their firm choice.  Allocation on a ‘first come first served’ basis until maximum availability has been reached.

For more information, please contact the contact the bursaries team on

Care leavers bursary

The University offers a bursary for care leavers, Foyer Federation and supported accommodation residents - supporting 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 for the care leavers bursary 2017/18 entry

Application form for the foyer federation and supported accommodation residents bursary 2017/18 entry

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

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 the strict application 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

Carers bursary

Students who are carers for their parents/immediate family member (excluding children) and have been recognised as such by their local authority, may be able to apply to the University’s carers bursary each academic year.  This is a non-repayable bursary of £750 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.

Find out more

Estranged students bursary

Students who are recognised as ‘irreconcilably estranged’ by Student Finance England can apply to the University’s estranged students bursary each academic year.  This is a non-repayable bursary of £750 awarded to students who continue to be estranged from their parents while they are studying at university.  It is paid in three termly instalments into the student’s bank account.

Disabled Student Allowance

The Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) can help to pay for any costs or expenses incurred that arise due to disability, whilst studying. They are 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 the government's website.     

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 co-ordinator.

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