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Bursaries support you through your studies, they are non-repayable.

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. In order to be considered for a bursary, you must have been means tested by Student Finance England by 1 December 2019.

The bursary awards are issued as a cash credit in December.

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.

Students who are eligible for both an Undergraduate Academic Merit Scholarship and an Access Bursary will receive funding as follows:

Academic achievements:

One Distinction or one A at A Level (or equivalent )
Undergraduate academic merit scholarshipAccess bursary 
Year one Year two Year three Year one Year two Year three Total funding
£500 £0 £0 £0 £500 £500 £1,500
Two Distinctions or two A at A Levels (or equivalent)
Undergraduate academic merit scholarshipAccess bursary 
Year one Year two Year three Year one Year two Year three Total funding
£1,000 £0 £0 £0 £500 £500 £2,000
Three Distinctions or three A at A Levels (or equivalent)
Undergraduate academic merit scholarshipAccess bursary 
Year one Year two Year three Year one Year two Year three Total funding
£1,000 £1,000 £0 £0 £0 £500 £2,500


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 admissions team at admissions@solent.ac.uk.

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 2019/20

Application form: Foyer Federation and supported accommodation bursary 2019/20

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

Carers 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 £1,200 awarded to young carers who continue to have caring responsibilities while they are studying at university.  It is paid in 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 £1,200 awarded to students who continue to be estranged from their parents while they are studying at university.  It is paid in 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.

Please call 0300 3301 342 (NHS) for more information, or email them using nhsbsa.swb1@nhsbsa.nhs.uk.

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.

Local student bursary scheme

The Local Student Bursary Scheme is entirely funded by alumni (former Solent students), staff and friends of Solent University. Through their kind donations we are able to support local students.  

For September 2019 entry, there are 15 bursaries of £1,000 are available for undergraduate students studying at Solent University. 

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