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These bursaries have received Office for Students (OfS) approval and are correct at the time of publication.

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

Please note the Foundation Year is a Level 3 programme of study.

Application Process for University Bursaries

There is no application process for the Chester Bursary but for all other bursaries please contact for further details.

Please 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) and to continuing students at Level 4 whose programme has included a Foundation Year, 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.

Contact for more information

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. When Foundation Year students progress to Level 4 they will become eligible for the Chester Bursary (see above)

The Futures Employability Fund (previously know as The Chester Employability Fund)

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

If you have any questions about the fund, please contact Careers and Employability by emailing or by calling 01244 513066.

Inspiring Futures
The University of Chester, like all universities, has an Access and Participation Plan in place which sets out how we, as an education provider, will improve equal opportunities for under-represented groups in higher education. Our exclusive Inspiring Futures programme provides additional careers related activities and support for eligible students.