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This information is for students who will be commencing their studies in the 2023-24 academic year.

If you’re looking for 2022-23, you can view 2022-23 bursaries and financial support information here.

Please note some exclusions apply to our bursaries and financial support which can be found in the terms and conditions here.

Foundation Year Bursary

A non-repayable £500 cash bursary awarded to eligible students studying at the University.

You do not need to apply for the Foundation Year Bursary, as you should receive one automatically if eligible:

  • You are a UK student on a Level 3 Foundation Year course.
  • You have a means-tested household income of £25,000 or less.

We will write to you to confirm your award. If you do not receive a letter by November 2023 but think you may be eligible for this bursary, please contact our team at infopoint@chester.ac.uk   

Should you progress to Level 4 of your course, you may become eligible for the Chester Bursary.

Chester Bursary

A non-repayable £500 cash bursary awarded to eligible students studying full and part time at the University.

You do not need to apply for the Chester Bursary, as you should receive one automatically if eligible:

Full-time Students

  • You are a full-time, UK, Level 4 undergraduate degree student paying tuition fees of at least £6,000.
  • You have a means-tested household income of £25,000 or less.

Part-time Students

  • You are a part-time, UK, Level 4 undergraduate student paying tuition fees of at least £7,000 (full-time equivalent).
  • You are enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4.
  • You have a means-tested household income of £25,000 or less.

If eligible, the Chester Bursary is available for each level of study. For part-time students, payments are made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.

We will write to you to confirm your award. If you do not receive a letter by November 2022 but think you may be eligible for this bursary, please contact our team at infopoint@chester.ac.uk

Care Experienced Bursary

A non-repayable £1,500 cash bursary which may be available if you are care experienced. This bursary also includes a £1,000 fee waiver and a 50% discount on University-owned accommodation fees.

You can apply for this bursary if:

  • You are a UK undergraduate student paying tuition fees of at least £6,000.
  • You have been in local authority care for at least three months before the age of 18, or have been subject to a Special Guardianship Order.
  • You are 25 years old or under on 1st September 2023.

If eligible, the Care Experienced Bursary is available for each level of study.

Further information about this package is available on the Support Packages page.

Applications are limited, so please contact studentexperience@chester.ac.uk for further details.

Estranged Student Bursary

A non-repayable £1,500 cash bursary which may be available if you are estranged from your family. This bursary also includes a 50% discount on University-owned accommodation fees.

You can apply for this bursary if:

  • You are a UK undergraduate student paying tuition fees of at least £6,000.
  • You have been assessed as independent due to estrangement by Student Finance.
  • You are 25 years old or under on 1st September 2023.

If eligible, the Estranged Student Bursary is available for each level of study.

Further information about this package is available on the Support Packages page.

Applications are limited, so please contact studentexperience@chester.ac.uk for further details.  

Carer Support Package

A non-repayable £1,500 cash bursary which may be available if you have caring responsibilities.  

You can apply for this bursary if:

  • You are a UK undergraduate student paying tuition fees of at least £6,000.
  • You are registered with a recognised carer organisation.
  • You regularly care for a sick, elderly, or disabled family member.
  • You were previously in receipt of Carer’s Benefits, have a notification letter or have section B of the University of Chester application form completed by a healthcare professional, teacher, social worker or staff member from a carer network.
  • You have a means-tested household income of £40,000 or less.

The Carer Support Package can be applied for alongside other University bursaries and, if eligible, will be awarded for each year of your course.

Further information about this package is available on the Support Packages page.

Applications are limited, so please contact studentexperience@chester.ac.uk for further details.  

Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Showman, Boater Bursary

A non-repayable £1,500 cash bursary which may be available if you are a member of the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Showman, Boater community.

You can apply for this bursary if:

  • You are a UK undergraduate student paying tuition fees of at least £6,000.
  • You have identified as Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Showman, Boater on your UCAS / enrolment application.

If eligible, this bursary is available for each year of your course.

Applications are limited, so please contact studentexperience@chester.ac.uk for further details.

All our bursaries have received Office for Students (OfS) approval, and are correct at the time of publication. Unless otherwise stated, all bursaries are for students ordinarily resident in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

If you have any further questions, please contact our Info Point team at:

Email:         infopoint@chester.ac.uk

Phone:       01244 511550