University of Surrey Bursary 2023 entry

An award of £2,500 for eligible undergraduate students.


The award of £2,500 will be paid to eligible students in full-time attendance at the relevant payment points in early December and early March with the following conditions:

  • Where the recipient is living on campus in their first year of study (Level 3 for Foundation Year students or Level 4 for First Year students), the bursary will be paid against their accommodation fees.
  • Cash payments will only apply where the Level 3 or Level 4 recipient is not living on campus in the first year of study.  All subsequent years where a student remains eligible, the bursary will be paid as a cash bursary.
  • The bursary will be awarded in every year of undergraduate study provided the recipient progresses normally on the programme, and excluding the Professional Training year or repeat periods of study.

Care leavers bursary

  • The University of Surrey also offers a bursary of £3,000 on entry to qualifying students who have been in local authority care or who are estranged from both parents/carers for 2023 entry and who may not meet the University of Surrey Bursary criteria.
  • Please note the £3,000 is not paid in addition to the University of Surrey Bursary.
  • More information on the Care Leaver and Estranged Student Bursary can be found here: Care Leaver and Estranged Student Bursary | University of Surrey.

Please note the schemes detailed are subject to OfS (Office for Students) approval and therefore our bursary schemes may change in order to meet regulations.

Eligibility criteria

  • Your household income must be less than £25,000
  • You must be normally resident in POLAR4 postcodes quintile 1* or IMD postcode quintile 1**
  • You must be a UK or eligible EU student
  • You must be paying full tuition fees (therefore NHS-funded students and students who are being funded are not eligible)
  • You must also have correctly filled out and submitted your application to Student Finance England for a loan and must also make sure that you and your parent/guardian have given your consent to share the information with the University.

EU students may only be eligible for this award if they are ordinarily resident in the UK and meet all the criteria. 

* POLAR (Participation of Local Areas) is an Office for Students (OfS) classification for the participation in higher education by young people by geographical area in the UK. It’s used to measure the widening participation performance of universities.

**The Index of Multiple Deprivation is the official measure of relative deprivation for small neighbourhoods in England.

Please note: POLAR4 eligibility is based on the data the University has received from UCAS prior to commencing your university programme. This data will be used to assess eligibility for the duration of your programme.

How to apply

The University will identify eligible students, so there is no application form for this scheme.

Contact details

For enquiries regarding this bursary, please contact the Bursaries and Scholarships team.

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