The University of Essex calls on eligible students to apply for its various undergraduate scholarships available for the 2013 academic session.
Their main scholarships and bursaries for students starting in 2013-14 are outlined below.
Worth of Awards

  • They will be charging £9,000 a year for all their undergraduate courses starting in 2013 and have developed a comprehensive package of bursaries and scholarships to ensure they remain accessible to all  students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their financial circumstances.
  • The University has also decided to abolish the tuition fee for students spending a full year abroad studying or on an employer placement and introduced this opportunity into the majority of their courses as the experience will enhance learning and widen your opportunities upon graduation. Note this fee-waiver only applies to students on a 4yr degree.
  • University of Essex Bursary scheme is worth £1,500 per year, for every year of study.

University of Essex Bursary 2013-14

University of Essex Bursary scheme is worth £1,500 per year, for every year of study.
Eligibility criteria
To be eligible you must meet all the following conditions:

  • be eligible for UK (home) fees and resident in the UK;
  • have an annual household income of up to £25,000 as assessed by Student Finance England or other UK student funding provider;
  • have applied to the University of Essex through UCAS for 2013 entry by 30 June 2013 and have satisfied all conditions of entry;
  • accept the University’s offer of a place as your UCAS firm choice by the relevant UCAS deadline and no later than 30 June 2013;
  • meet the conditions of your offer (if you firmly accept an unconditional offer you are automatically deemed to have met the conditions of your offer);
  • register for a full-time undergraduate course at the University of Essex with first enrolment in 2013-14; and
  • have made a means-tested application for student finance and given consent to the sharing of financial details with the University of Essex.

Student not eligible for the bursary
The following students are not eligible for the University of Essex Bursary 2013, regardless of meeting the above criteria:

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  • Students on courses whose tuition fees are funded by the NHS;
  • Current students (on pre-2012 fees) who are directly continuing from one course to another;
  • Students transferring in from another UK higher education institution;
  • Students undertaking a postgraduate qualification;
  • Part-time students;
  • Students on leave of absence.
  • Applicants admitted through the Clearing or Adjustment process are not eligible for the University of Essex Bursary.

How to Apply
If you have applied for means-tested state support through a UK student funding provider and have met all the eligibility criteria, you will automatically be awarded a bursary. You do not need to complete an application form. Payments will normally be made in two equal instalments in February and May.

National Scholarship Programme 2013-14

The National Scholarship Programme (NSP) is a Government initiative which gives financial help to students in higher education in England. For students who meet the national and University criteria, they are offering a subsidy of £3,000 for University accommodation in the first year of study to 370 full-time undergraduate students at the Colchester Campus and for up to three years of study to 20 full-time undergraduate students at the Southend Campus.
Eligibility
To be eligible you must meet all the following conditions:

  • Be eligible for UK home fees and ordinarily resident in England;
  • have an annual household income of up to £25,000 as assessed by Student Finance England;
  • Register for a full-time undergraduate course at the University of Essex with first enrolment in 2013-14;
  • Be in your first year of study at the University at the start of the award;
  • If you are a Southend Campus student, you must successfully progress to the second and third year of study and remain in University accommodation in order to receive the accommodation subsidy in the second and third years;
  • Have applied to the University of Essex through UCAS for 2013 entry by 30 June 2013 and have received an offer of admission for entry in 2013;
  • have made a means-tested application to Student Finance England with the University of Essex as your chosen institution and have given your consent to the sharing of financial details by 23 August 2013; and
  • Have applied for accommodation at the University by their accommodation application deadline of 23 August 2013.

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

  • students funded by the NHS;
  • students undertaking a postgraduate initial teacher training course leading to qualified teacher status;
  • 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 in from another UK higher education 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.

Deadline: Deadline  of 23 August 2013 must be adhered to.
Applicants admitted through the Clearing or Adjustment process are not eligible for the NSP.
How to Apply
If you meet all the eligibility criteria above, you will be considered for the NSP accommodation discount for 2013-14. You do not need to complete an application form. As the number of scholarships is limited, they cannot guarantee that you will receive the award, even if your household income is below the threshold.

Academic Excellence Scholarship 2013-14

The Academic Excellence Scholarship is worth £2,000 for each year of your study at Essex.
Eligibility criteria
To be eligible you must meet all of the following conditions:

  • be eligible for UK (home) or EU fees;
  • have applied to the University of Essex through UCAS and have satisfied all conditions of entry;
  • register for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Essex with first enrolment in 2013-14;
  • have applied for a financial assessment to Student Finance England (SFE) or other UK student funding provider with the University of Essex as your chosen institution and have given consent to the sharing of your financial details;
  • obtain ONE of the following awards at the level specified or higher:
  • AAB at A-level (or equivalent)
  • three distinctions in your BTEC National Diploma or BTEC Extended Diploma
  • 33 points or more in your International Baccalaureate
  • 18 level three credits at Distinction and 27 level three credits at Merit in the Access to HE Diploma.

Certain combinations of the above qualifications may be acceptable, see the terms and conditions for details.
Student not eligible for the bursary
The following students are not eligible for the Academic Excellence Scholarship regardless of meeting the above criteria:

  • students funded by the NHS;
  • students directly continuing from one course to another;
  • students transferring in from another UK higher education institution;
  • students undertaking a postgraduate qualification;
  • part-time students.

How to Apply
If you achieve the necessary grades and meet all other eligibility criteria you will be notified that you will receive a scholarship. You do not need to complete an application form. Payments will normally be made in two equal instalments in February and May.

Other  bursaries

Care leavers’ bursaries

The care leavers’ bursaries are of up to £1,000 and are available for new and continuing undergraduate students who were in local authority care before starting their university course.
How to Apply
You should apply using the main Access to Learning Fund form and supply all required documentation.

Refugee bursaries

Refugee bursaries, of up to £1,000, are available for undergraduates with refugee status, or who are dependants of refugees.
How to Apply
You should apply using the main Access to Learning Fund form and supply all required documentation.
International study bursaries
If you are from a low income household, you may be eligible for funding to access opportunities for study abroad or international placement during your degree.
How to Apply
For further information contact Study Abroad Office.

International experience bursaries

If you are from a low income household, you may be eligible for funding to access opportunities for volunteering during your degree.
How to Apply
For further information contact  Employability and Careers Centre.
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