The following bursary schemes are available to all students starting in 2020/21 or 2021/22 at University Centre Peterborough.

Low Income Bursary (£500 per year)

If you are from a low income household (under £25,000 per year) and studying a full-time undergraduate course you will receive a £500 cash bursary after the end of the first semester for each academic year.

The low income bursary does not need to be repaid after graduating and is not added to your student loan. Part-time undergraduate students will receive a pro rata payment depending on the number of credits you are studying. You must be in receipt of tuition fee funding from Student Finance to be entitled to the Low Income Bursary.

In order to be assessed as eligible for the low income bursary students must meet the following criteria:

  • New student to UCP enrolling in 2020/21 or 2021/22
  • Paying the maximum tuition fee through Student Finance England
  • Studying full-time on an UCP/ARU Accredited Undergraduate Degree programme
  • Have an assessed household income of under £25,000 from Student Finance England and be in receipt of their financial support
  • Fully enrolled and in attendance at the time of each payment
  • Have validated bank details registered on our secure system

Care Leaver Bursary (£500 per year)

The Care Leaver Bursary is to enable students who live in or have lived in care to pursue their studies at UCP. If you are a Care Leaver and studying a full-time undergraduate course you will receive a £500 cash bursary for each academic year. The Care Leaver bursary does not need to be repaid after graduating and is not added to your student loan. 

At UCP we are committed to providing all students from a Care background with the support they need to enjoy a successful university experience. As such, we have introduced a care leaver’s bursary as part of students support package.

We recognise that when applying and entering higher education young people in care can face particular difficulties that their peers are less likely to experience. This guidance explains some of the specific help available to a care leaver or those who have experienced living in a care environment.

Once a student has been accepted on a course at UCP, we offer Care Leaver’s a one-to-one meeting with a member of UCP Student Support staff or nominee. They will give guidance, which includes advice about disability, and additional needs support, accommodation and advice on your student finance.

A student can also make an appointment with a Student Advisor by visiting the UCP Support Centre, emailing support@ucp.ac.uk or telephoning 01733 214466.

In order to access this support, students will need to identify themselves as Care Leavers in their UCAS, Student Finance and enrolment form.

To be eligible, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • is a new entrant to a course in the current academic year
  • is under 25 years of age on the first day of the first academic year of their course (1st September)
  • is a student enrolled and in attendance on an undergraduate course at UCP;
  • have as been looked after by a local authority for a period (prescribed under the regulations as 13 weeks), or periods amounting to this, which began after they reached 14 years of age and ended after they have reached the age of 16
  • they must not be living with parents or receiving any financial support from parents
  • be a UK national, or have ‘settled status’ (no restrictions on how long they can stay) or be an EU national
  • live in England or the EU, and have ordinarily been a resident in England or the EU for three years prior to the course start date. International students are not eligible to apply for this award
  • have supplied UK bank account details

Student Ambassador Bursary (up to £1,000 per year)

If you are an undergraduate student, you could receive a tax-free bursary of up to £1,000 per year by becoming a Student Ambassador or Student Research Ambassador for University Centre Peterborough.

The benefits of becoming an Ambassador includes; increasing employability when you graduate, developing personal and presentation skills and inspiring prospective students to go to university.

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