Scholarships and money

 

There are a variety of finance options and scholarship schemes available in the UK to help you fund your study and qualifications, which route to take is entirely up to the individual student.

Scholarships are available through the university you wish to attend, try going to your chosen universities website and visiting the scholarship section to find out exactly what sort of support they can offer. However there are a few pointers to keep in mind. 

  • Apply for scholarships early! For each application your make, there may be hundreds of other students applying for the same support and spaces are limited or capped.

  • Make sure to check the university website regularly for updates as new scholarship opportunities can pop up at any time.

  • There are also a few more global scale scholarships that are run independently from universities such as Commonwealth Scholarships, Erasmus Scholarships and Royal Society grants.

  • There is also support in the form of student loans which you will have to pay back. Visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs to see if your country is on the eligible list to apply for it.

For a list of available scholarships in the UK based on university, visit the following link and change your field of study accordingly to find out what is available to you and your study.

Should you be in serious need of a scholarship to support your study, you may also want to try using the following resource to see what is available to you. The Scholarship Hub is an online list of what scholarship funding is available in the UK and can be used to search either by level of study, by subject or by university or academic institution.

Be careful though, even with funding and scholarships available, the amount that you end up being awarded may not be enough to cover all your expenses. Additional things you will have to pay for may include travel, accommodations and part of your tuition fees. Sit down and budget, figure out where there are deficiencies and save accordingly.

You will need to start looking for and applying for financial support prior to starting your study, do not leave it to the last minute or after you have already started. By that time, most of the yearly allowance and budget has already been awarded to students that have applied prior to the start of the academic year and it is very difficult to locate an awarding body that will offer additional funding in the middle of the academic year.

However if you suddenly find yourself in a difficult financial situation during your studies, approach your universities student support office or student welfare officer who will be able to provide you with information and advice to help your situation. You may even consider peer advice from your student union.

Alternatively you could visit the UKCISA’s website, it offers a free advice service over the phone as well as helpful information and financial advice for students.

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