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These bursaries have received OFFA approval and are correct at the time of publication.

Please contact us via with any specific questions or for the latest terms and conditions. 

Application Process for University Bursaries

There is no application process (except for the part-time bursary), but do remember to give consent to share your household income with the University of Chester when you apply for student funding.

We will automatically review your eligibility and notify you if you are eligible, normally by letter to your home address.

If you are not sure whether you have consented to share your information with the University, you can contact Student Finance on 0300 100 0607 and agree to share your information over the telephone. Please note that your parents or sponsor will also have to contact the helpline.

Chester Bursary

Available to new full-time level 4 home undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of over £6,000) who have a means tested household income of less than £25,000.

Bursary: £1,500
Mixture of cash payments and “in-kind” benefits:
£500 per year of study

Chester Bursary for part-time students

Available to new part-time undergraduate home students (paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000 full time equivalent), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a means-tested household residual income of £25,000 or less.

Bursary: up to £1,500

Cash payments made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.

Care Leavers Bursary

Limited numbers available

Available to new full-time Level 3 or Level 4 undergraduate students under the age of 25, paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who have evidence of their care leaver status.

Bursary: up to £6,000 (up to £8,000 for those starting at level 3) 
Mixture of cash payments, 'in-kind’ benefits and fee waiver.

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Young Adult Carers Bursary

Limited numbers available

Working in partnership with organisations such as Cheshire Young Carers (CYC), this bursary is available for eligible young carers who are new full-time Level 3 or Level 4 undergraduate students.

A young carer is someone who regularly looks after a child or a sick, elderly, or disabled family member.

Bursary: up to £4,500 (up to £6,000 for those on Foundation Years starting at level 3)

It is available in addition to any other University bursary. 

Foundation Year

All students (home and EU) on our extended degree courses including a Level 3 Foundation Year, will receive a £1,000 fee waiver in the first Foundation Year of study.

The Chester Employability Fund (CEF)

The aim of The CEF is to enable students to carry out activities, or to purchase items, to enhance their employability.  The CEF enables those students who meet the eligibility criteria to apply for a maximum award of £500.

Please follow this link to access the terms and conditions of The CEF.

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