Scholarships & Bursaries for 2018 Entry

There are two types of financial support available to students at Lancaster University; Scholarships and Bursaries. Scholarships are awarded for academic excellence and Bursaries are awarded depending on your household income. You may be eligible for either a Scholarship, Bursary or both depending on your circumstances and/or academic qualifications. 

Scholarships recognising academic talent for 2018 entry

As a university nationally and internationally recognised for excellence in teaching, scholarship and research, we attract high calibre, academically gifted students. In recognition of the academic talent of our applicants we will be awarding the following scholarships to UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students who place Lancaster as their firm UCAS choice:

  • £2,000 Lancaster Scholarship for applicants who achieve A*A*A at A level and have at least 5 GCSE’s grade A or above. This is awarded in the first year of study only.
  • £1,000 Lancaster Scholarship for applicants who achieve AAA at A level and have at least 5 GCSE’s grade A or above. This is awarded in each year of study, subject to progression.

Applicants may be awarded both Scholarships meaning those eligible for the £2,000 Scholarship are automatically eligible for the £1,000 Scholarship.

Applicants who are eligible for our Unconditional Offer Scheme and place Lancaster as their firm choice may also be eligible for the Excellence Scholarship.

The £3,000 Excellence Scholarship will be awarded to applicants eligible for the Unconditional Offer Scheme who achieve A*A*A at A level and have at least 5 GCSE’s grade A or above. This is awarded in the first year of study only.

Alternatively, £1,000 will be awarded to applicants eligible for the Unconditional Offer Scheme who achieve the published entry grades for the course that they are offered and admitted to who do not meet the Excellence Scholarship criteria.

Please note the £3,000 Excellence Scholarship is awarded in place of the £2,000 Lancaster Scholarship, meaning applicants are not eligible for both awards.

Applicants who apply through Clearing and Adjustment in 2018 are also eligible for these scholarships.

The following table provides an overview of the Scholarship combinations available to applicants based on A level grades achieved.

A Level Grades AchievedLancaster ScholarshipExcellence Scholarship
A*A*A £2,000 Lancaster Scholarship in the first year of study,
and
£1,000 Lancaster Scholarship in each year of study
£3,000 Excellence Scholarship in the first year of study, 
and
£1,000 Lancaster Scholarship in each year of study
A*AA £1,000 Lancaster Scholarship in each year of study £1,000 award in the first year of study,
and
£1,000 Lancaster Scholarship in each year of study
AAA £1,000 Lancaster Scholarship in each year of study £1,000 award in the first year of study,
and
£1,000 Lancaster Scholarship in each year of study
AAB   £1,000 award in the first year of study
(where the published course entry grades are AAB or ABB only)
ABB   £1,000 award in the first year of study
(where the published course entry grades are ABB only)
Additional Criteria 5 GCSEs at grade A/7 or higher
Lancaster as firm choice
Eligible for the Unconditional Offer Scheme
5 GCSEs at grade A/7 or higher
Lancaster as firm choice

Equivalent qualifications to A level and GCSE will be considered, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice on eligibility criteria.

Applicants who have deferred their place from entering in October 2017 to October 2018 are eligible for a different scholarship package, for details on the awards available please visit our 2017 funding page.
Please see University Award Regulations to view the regulations which apply to all full-time undergraduate students who meet the relevant award criteria. The regulations are updated during the summer of each academic year.

Bursaries for 2018 entry

Our bursary package will help students from the UK whose household incomes are less than £30,000.

All students from the UK, with a household income of less than £30,000, will be awarded a Lancaster £1,000 Bursary for each year of their studies.

Students from the UK eligible for the Lancaster bursary may also be eligible for a Lancaster scholarship if they meet the criteria detailed above.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for Financial Support from Lancaster?

There is no application process, these awards are automatically processed.

Eligibility for the Lancaster Scholarship or Excellence Scholarship is based on grades.

Eligibility for a Bursary is based on the income details provided to Student Finance or SAAS when making your application for a tuition fee and/or maintenance loan. The assessed household income details are then confirmed to us automatically providing permission has been given for the income details to be shared with Lancaster which is part of the application process.

When will Bursaries and Scholarships be confirmed?

Scholarships will be confirmed once Lancaster receives your final exam results. The Admissions Team will contact you after A level results day with confirmation of the award.

Bursaries are confirmed within 2 weeks of arriving and registering at Lancaster University. An email will be sent to your Lancaster email address from studentfunding@lancaster.ac.uk

How/when are Bursaries and Scholarships paid?

Awards are paid directly into a bank account which you nominate via an on-line process. Details of how to do this will be sent via email. Payment is made in February of each year.

Can I receive a Bursary or Scholarship for each year of my course?

You can receive a Lancaster Bursary for each year of study providing that the assessed household income remains under the threshold of £30,000. If you withdraw and re-start or repeat a year of study and have received an award, you will not be able to receive the award again on your return. Only one award is payable for each year of study.

You can also receive the £1,000 Lancaster Scholarship for each year of academic study providing you are making satisfactory academic process. If you withdraw and re-start or repeat a year of study and have received an award, you will not be able to receive the award again on your return. Only one award is payable for each year of study. The £2,000 Lancaster Scholarship and the Excellence Scholarship are available for the first year of study only.

Examples of award entitlement can be found on our award entitlement page for 2018 entry.

For further information please email studentfunding@lancaster.ac.uk or telephone the Student Funding Helpline on 01524 594848.

Financial Support, Information, Advice & Guidance from the Government

There are different financial support packages depending on where you are from. The information provided on the following websites provides information on student funding and what you are entitled to in the form of loans and grants for tuition fees and living costs.

England: www.gov.uk/student-finance
Scotland: www.saas.gov.uk
Wales: www.studentfinancewales.co.uk
Northern Ireland: www.studentfinanceni.co.uk

Any financial support that you receive from Lancaster University will be in addition to government support that might be available to you (for example Student Loans) and will not affect your entitlement to these. For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria and for information on support for those joining Lancaster in 2017, please visit our fees and funding page.