Check how changes to your circumstances, such as exam resits or a higher income, may impact a scholarship or bursary.
Types of changes
There are several reasons a scholarship or bursary might be affected:
- changing mode of attendance
- withdrawing from your course
- changing course
- resitting exams or sitting them later
- missed conditions
- changes to your income
- changes to a visa or immigration permissions.
Important: Scholarships, bursaries and other awards are different to student loans, which you generally pay back. Find out more about student loans.
Your mode of attendance is either full-time or part-time, whether you’re undergraduate or doing a Masters.
If you change from one to the other, this may affect the terms of your scholarship, such as its value or your eligibility to qualify for it at all.
Scholarships are normally awarded for a specific period of study.
If you temporarily withdraw from your course, you may lose your scholarship.
This means even if you return to your course later, you won’t get your scholarship.
You would not normally be expected to repay your scholarship.
If you leave the University permanently, your regular instalments will stop afterwards.
If you decide to switch from one course to another, this may affect the terms of your scholarship.
How a scholarship might be affected depends on the change you’re planning to make.
Example: If you have a Mandela scholarship, you get this regardless of the course you’re studying. But if your scholarship is directly related to a subject or School, such as a SPRU scholarship, this could be void if you switched to another course within the Business School.
If your resit or sit will improve your final classification, tell the Scholarships Office and they may be able to apply the scholarship later.
Some undergraduate scholarships require you to maintain specific grades for each year of your course.
This will be specified in your scholarship offer letter.
If you miss the grades you need to keep the scholarship it will be withdrawn permanently. This means that even if you meet the threshold required in subsequent years, you can’t reapply for the scholarship.
Bursaries are awarded based on your household income. If this goes up or down, it can affect your eligibility for a bursary.
Find out more about how household income is assessed by Student Finance England.
Most of our scholarships are not awarded based on your income. If you’re not sure, check your offer letter.
If you’re studying on a visa, and it changes, this will not generally affect your scholarship.
However, if the visa changes will affect your course or the way you study, this could have an impact on a scholarship.
If you’re a forced migrant, a change in your immigration permissions may affect the terms of your scholarship.
If you’re receiving the Article 26 Scholarship and your immigration status changes (allowing you to access Student Loans) you must notify the Scholarships Office.
What to do next
If you are concerned about how a scholarship or bursary may be affected by a change in your circumstances, you need to let us know before changing anything.
We can give you the knowledge you need to make the right decision.
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