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In 2016/17, eligible full time foundation year students (Level 0 of an undergraduate course) are able to access a foundation fee waiver and bursary. This award is targeted at new home and EU students from low participation neighbourhoods who have had no previous experience of studying for an undergraduate award.

The award

There are 60 Foundation level Fee Waiver and Bursaries available. All self-funded, eligible award holders will have the cost of their foundation level tuition fees paid by the University and receive a payment of £1,000.

Students are entitled to a proportion of the award if they withdraw, depending upon when they leave the University.  Students are entitled to half of the award if they are still in attendance on the first day of the spring term. Students are entitled to the full award if they are in attendance at the start of the summer term.

University eligibility criteria:

  • Students will need to have a declared household income of £25,000 or less.
  • Students will need to have a fee status of Home or EU.
  • Students will need to be coming to Solent to study a full-time course.

The following criteria while not a necessity will be given a higher priority providing the above has also been met:

  • Home address (this is your address prior to joining University) within a low participation neighbourhood.
  • Being in the care of a local authority for a minimum of 52 weeks immediately prior to beginning a programme of study at the University and aged 24 or under.

Applicants will be expected to have applied for means tested student support from Student Finance England (SFE)/Student Loans Company (SLC) and given consent to share this information in order that their declared household income level may be verified. 

Application process


  • Name
  • Course details
    Tell us more about the course you want to study
  • Mode of study
  • Contact details
    Tell us a bit more about who you are and how we can get in touch.
  • Address
  • Application process
    Applicants who are full-time students will also be expected to have applied for means tested student support from Student Finance England and given consent to share information in order that their declared household income level may be verified. Applicants who are part-time students will need to apply to the Student Funding and Money and Advice Team for an equivalent assessment of their household income.
  • Have you applied for household income assessment
  • Have you been in the care of a Local Authority for a minimum of 52 consecutive weeks immediately prior to beginning a programme of study at the University and are aged 24 or under?
  • Have you previously undertaken any study on an undergraduate course at any other institution for any length of time, regardless of whether you competed the course?

The deadline for submitting this form is Friday 7 October 2016

Frequently asked questions

What is foundation level?
Foundation level is level 0 of an undergraduate degree programme.

When will I receive the cash element of the award?
The cash element of the award will be paid in two equal parts in February 2017 and May 2017.  The funds are paid into the bank account used by the SLC for your maintenance loans etc.

How is the tuition fee waiver applied to my account?
If you have applied for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England (SFE)/Student Loans Company (SLC) you need to apply to them to cancel the loan you have requested. The tuition fee waiver will clear your tuition fee account with the University. If you are paying your tuition fees yourself, the tuition fee waiver will clear your tuition fee account with the University.

What happens if I withdraw during the year?

Students are entitled to a proportion of the award if they withdraw, depending upon when they leave the University. Students are entitled to half of the award if they are still in attendance on the first day of the spring term. Students are entitled to the full award if they are in attendance at the start of the summer term.

What happens if I suspend during the year?

If you suspend your studies your award will remain in place and will be prorated against your following year fees on your return to study with us.

Will I receive a Foundation Level Tuition Fee Waiver and Bursary every year I study at Southampton Solent University?

No, this is a one off award for the first year of your studies.  In subsequent years you may be eligible for the University bursary, so long as you continue to meet the criteria.

What happens if my income assessment is not completed by the deadline date?

An incomplete income assessment could mean an application is not considered for a Foundation Level Tuition Fee waiver. Students are reminded to apply to SFE/SLC as soon as possible to avoid this occurring.

What is household income?

The household income, in most cases, refers to the income of your sponsors. This is calculated from the information that is completed on you student finance form and takes into account several things, such as benefits received or other siblings in higher education. The term sponsor usually refers to your parent(s), parent’s partner, or guardian(s).

To be classed as an independent student, i.e. assessed on your income and not that of your sponsor(s) you need to meet any one of the following: -

  • Aged over 25 on the first day of the academic year (1st September).
  • If you have previously, or are now married, or in a civil partnership.
  • Having your own dependent(s).
  • You have supported yourself financially for at least the past three years – they do not have to be consecutive years

What happens if my income assessment changes during the year?

The assessment of eligibility for a Foundation Level Tuition Fee Waiver and Bursary will be based on the information as at the date for the deadline for applications. Any changes in circumstances after this date will not be considered.

How can I confirm to you that I am a care leaver?

SFE/SLC now captures this information as part of your application so please ensure you tell them. If you have already completed your application or have any queries on how you are assessed to be a care leaver the Students 1st team will be able to advise you and offer extra help.

I have undertaken previous study at a different Institution, am I eligible?

Only students who are new to study and paying the new fee regime are eligible to apply for the award. You are not eligible for the award even if you have only attempted a previous qualification.

How do I know if I come from a low participation neighbourhood?                    

This information is taken from information provided by HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England). More information can be found at the below link: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/year/2013/201318/

Still need help?

For further information please contact the finance team using bursary@solent.ac.uk.

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