Scholarships and Bursaries FAQs
Lancaster's scholarships and bursaries are subject to OfS (Office for Students) agreement. You qualify for the financial award scheme applicable to your year of entry and remain on the same financial package for the duration of your course providing that you meet the criteria in each year of study.
All our scholarships and bursaries are automatically assessed, you do not need to make a separate application.
Frequently Asked Questions - Am I Eligible?
Eligibility Accordion Accordion
Which students are eligible to receive which awards?
Name of Award
Undergraduate, Uk (Home fee-paying) students
Undergraduate, Uk (Home fee-paying) students
Lancaster Opportunity Scholarship
Undergraduate, Uk (Home fee-paying) students
Students who have already completed a degree and who therefore do not qualify for repeat Government funding (ELQ students) are ineligible for any of the above awards.
Am I eligible to receive a Bursary?
Your income is based on the assessed household income we receive from Student Finance/SAAS. Your application to Student Finance/SAAS has to be income assessed in order for us to determine whether you are eligible for this award.
The assessed household income must fall under the relevant threshold. Thresholds can vary depending on year of entry, please see Award Entitlement (by Year of Entry)
Am I eligible to receive a Lancaster Scholarship?
The Lancaster Scholarship is available to all full-time UK (Home fee paying) applicants.
Awardees must achieve AAA and above, or equivalent at A level, with at least five GCSE’s grade A/7 or above.
The scholarship is available to eligible applicants to all Undergraduate full-time degree programmes offered at Lancaster University for October 2022 entry.
Applicants, who are returning to study after an extended break, will be considered for the scholarship on the basis of an Access or equivalent programme.
Applicants must make Lancaster University their firm UCAS choice.
All grade conditions must be met or exceeded, tariff point equivalences are not considered.
Scholarships are reviewed on an annual basis and funding cannot be guaranteed for the following entry year, for applicants who decide to defer.
There is no separate application process for the Lancaster Scholarship. Eligible students will be identified automatically through their University application.
Am I eligible to receive a Lancaster Opportunity Scholarship?
The Lancaster Opportunity Scholarship is available to UK (Home fee-paying) applicants who are part of our Contextual Offer Scheme.
There is no separate application process for the Lancaster Opportunity Scholarship. Eligible students will be identified automatically through their University application.
Frequently Asked Questions - General
Frequently Asked Questions - Other Accordion Accordion
When will awards be confirmed?
New students who meet the criteria for a Lancaster Scholarship will receive an award letter from Admissions to their home address following results day.
All eligible students who meet the criteria for a Lancaster Bursary and/or a Lancaster Scholarship will receive an award email from the Fees and Funding Service around the middle of October 2022.
When will awards be paid?
Bursaries and Scholarships are paid in two equal instalments on 24th November 2022 and 23rd February 2023
Bursaries are based on the assessed household income which we receive from Student Finance/SAAS when you apply for your Student Finance (Student Loans). We download income details on a monthly basis from October to June. Bursaries are paid according to when we receive the household income as detailed below.
If you are eligible to receive a bursary and have nominated your bank details by 11th November 2022, payment of your award will be made in two equal instalments as follows:
24th November 2022
23rd February 2023
If you become eligible to receive a bursary after 12th November 2022, payment will be made in one instalment as follows:
Between 12th November 2022 and 10th February 2023 (inclusive)
23rd February 2023
Between 11th February 2023 and 9th March 2023 (inclusive)
16th March 2023
Between 10th March 2022 and 16th April 2023 (inclusive)
27th April 2023
Between 17th April 2023 and 6th May 2023 (inclusive)
18th May 2023
Between 7th May 2023 and 1st June 2022 (inclusive)
15th June 2023
If your eligibilty for a Scholarship is confirmed after the 24th November 2022, then you will be paid at the next available payment date as indicated in the table above.
How will awards be paid?
Payments are made via BACS (Bankers Automated Clearing Services). In order to receive payment of award you will need to nominate your bank account details by the deadline dates given above. If you nominate your bank account details after the given deadline dates above then you will be paid on the next due payment date. We do not process awards for payment outside of the payment dates given.
To nominate your account, please see the Financial Awards section on your Student Portal. Alternatively you can copy and paste the link below into your browser.
If there is an increase to your assessed household income after the first instalment payment date but prior to the second instalment payment date then the first instalment is retained but the second instalment is not paid.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE
- Any debt(s) owing to the University will be deducted from your award payment. Any remaining balance will then be paid directly into your bank account.
- If the university has not received the assessed household income details by 1st June 2023 and you have not nominated your bank account details by 7th June 2023 then you will not qualify for an award for the 2022-23 academic year and your entitlement to any award(s) will be lost regardless of whether you meet eligibility.
The income threshold for the Lancaster Bursary also depends on your year of entry, for further information please see Award Entitlement and appropriate year of entry.
Bank account details: Please ensure you keep the University informed of any changes to your bank details by updating the details if your bank details change.
Please be extra careful when inputting bank details via the secure web page. The University cannot be held responsible for any incorrect bank account details you have entered into the system. If you enter details incorrectly the payment may leave the University account and not reach your bank account. In cases such as these it may not be possible to retrieve the payment. You are therefore responsible for ensuring that the bank details on the system are correct. Ultimately it will be your responsibility to try to retrieve any lost payments due to any inputting error, although we will do our best to help retrieve lost payment. Once the money has left the University's bank account, it will not be paid again unless it can be retrieved.
How do I nominate a bank account?
Please see Nominate Bank Account and ensure you keep the University informed of any changes to your bank details.
If you have nominated an account already and wish to check the details then you can choose the option " I wish to set up a direct credit account" and this will display the last 3 digits of your account number. It takes 24 hours for the system to show these details.
Incorrectly entered details will result in the payment being made to the wrong account. In cases such as these, it may not be possible to retrieve the payment. Students are responsible for ensuring that the bank details entered on the system are correct. Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility to try to retrieve any lost payments due to an error with bank details. Although the University will help to retrieve lost payments, once the payment has left the University account it will not be paid again unless it can be retrieved.
Do I need to apply if I meet the criteria for an award?
No, there is no separate application process, all awards are automatically assessed by the University.
Scholarships for new students
New students will receive an award letter from Admissions giving details of which Scholarships they are entitled to in August following A-Level results day.
Bursaries for new students
Bursaries are based on the household income details which we receive from Student Finance/SAAS. We download the income details at the start of each academic year. Eligible students whose income is assessed under £30,000 will automatically receive an award email from the Fees and Funding Service following registration in mid-October giving details of how and when this will be paid. This will also confirm any Lancaster Scholarships to which you are entitled.
Scholarships and Bursaries for continuing students
Continuing students will be sent an award email from the Fees and Funding Service following registration in mid-October giving details of which Scholarships and/or Bursaries they are entitled to how and when these will be paid.
Award confirmation emails will be sent to your Lancaster email address and will contain IMPORTANT information. It will give a link to a secure webpage for you to nominate a bank account which you can copy and paste into your web browser so that the University can make the payment to you. Alternatively you can also nominate your account details from your Student Portal via the Financial Awards screen.
What is the value of a Scholarship/Bursary?
The Lancaster Bursary is £1,000
The Lancaster Scholarship is £2,000
The Lancaster Opportunity Scholarship is £1,000
Can I receive more than one award at once?
Yes, potentially, if you meet the criteria for each award.
What can I use the award money for?
You can use the money towards anything you like - there are no conditions!
First, work out how much money you expect to receive from Student Finance for living costs and also from the University. Secondly, work out how much your living expenses will be.
Finally, compare the two and see if they balance. If your income exceeds your expected expenditure you might be able to reduce borrowing. However, if your expected expenditure exceeds your income, you may need to think about cutting costs if you can, or supplementing income by part-time work, a bank overdraft or extra help from parents.
For further guidance see Living costs.
Can I receive an award in subsequent years?
The following current awards are paid in subsequent years only.
Students are required to make an annual application to Student Finance/SAAS to be income assessed for financial support for each year of study and providing that the income details are assessed below the relevant threshold and you are not repeating a year of study for which you have already received the bursary then you can receive the bursary for each year of study.
£1,000 Lancaster Scholarship
The £1,000 Scholarship is awarded to students in each year of study provided:
(a) that if they are commencing the second-year of their degree scheme they have passed all modules at first attempt and obtain an overall aggregation score from all Part 1 modules as below
at least 13.45
(b) that if they are commencing the third (or subsequent) year of their degree scheme they have passed all modules at the first attempt and obtain an overall aggregation score from all the Part II modules as below
at least 14.35
For medical students on the 5 year MBChB Medicine and Surgery Degree continuation of the award is subject to passing all summative assessment at the first attempt in each year study.
Failure to receive a Scholarship in the second year because of academic progression does not prevent the Scholarship being reinstated for subsequent years, should the above criteria be met.
What happens if I defer my entry?
This depends on your award type.
All Scholarships awards are based on your year of application and offer acceptance rather than your actual year of entry.
For Bursaries, your award is based on the Student Finance assessment for your year of entry.
If you wish to defer entry please contact Undergraduate Admissions.
What happens if I change my course?
If you change your course and it does not involve a repeat year of study, you will still be eligible to receive the Bursary and/or Scholarship providing your assessed household income details remain within the relevant threshold.
Scholarships which are not based on household income are not affected as long as the course change does not involve a repeat year of study.
What happens if there is a change in my income?
Entitlement to a Bursary may be affected...
An annual assessment of household income by Student Finance/SAAS is based on the relevant tax years according to the academic year of study, please see below.
If a re-assessment takes place during the academic year and you meet the income criteria for an award then providing we receive new income data information from the Student Finance/SAAS, prior to 1st June, 2022 you will be eligible for an award. No retrospective awards can be made if income details are received after this date. If you think your household income has dropped by 15% or more since the standard assessed tax year and you want to be reassessed based on the current income tax year please see UK Government, current year income for further information
Increase in assessed household income
If there is an increase to your assessed household income after the first instsalment payment date but prior to the second instalment payment date then the first instalment is retained but the second instalment is not paid.
What happens if I restart, intercalate or withdraw from my course?
Intercalate (suspend studies)
Awards are not paid during periods of intercalation. If you have received any award instalment(s) and an intercalation is retrospectively agreed you will not receive the same award instalment(s) again on your return for the same year of study – you are only permitted one award per academic year of study. See examples below.
Intercalation Period November instalment February instalment Payment on Return to Study in the following academic year
October – September
November and February
January – December
April – March
Withdraw and re-start or repeat a year of study
If you have received any award instalment(s) and it is agreed that you can withdraw and re-start or repeat a year of study you will not be able to receive the same award instalment(s) again on your return for the same year of study. You have to be a registered student at the point of each instalment date to qualify for that payment. If you withdraw after a payment instalment you will not be required to repay any payment of any award.
Bursary awards are subject to meeting the income criteria for your year of entry and are based on the most up to date assessed household income details we hold.
Will I still receive awards if I am on a year abroad or placement?
If your year abroad or placement is a compulsory part of your course you will still receive any award for which you usually qualify and providing you meet any conditions for that award.
In order to determine whether you are entitled to a Bursary the University must receive assessed household income details from Student Finance/SAAS for any year where a student is on a year abroad or other placement. If your original funding application was NOT income assessed you need to apply to be reassessed and provide details of household income. You will need to complete the appropriate forms below and send these to Student Finance/SAAS with a covering letter explaining that you wish to be income-assessed for University Bursary purposes.
Students from England:
Applying for Student Finance based on Household income form (for students to complete) and a PFF2 form (for parents to complete if you are a dependent student)
Students from Wales:
- PFF2 form
Students from Northern Ireland:
- Assessment of Financial Circumstances Form (PFF1) - for a student you are supporting for the first time
- Assessment of Financial Circumstances Form (PFF2) - for a student you have supported in a previous year
Students from Scotland:
If you have any questions concerning this please contact the Lancaster Student Funding Service, telephone: 01524 594848 or email the Student Funding Service
If I have a University debt what happens to any awards that I am due to receive?
Under the award regulations, any University debts outstanding and overdue prior to the payment date will be offset from awards by Credit Control.
If deductions are made to an expected payment and you have a query you need to contact Credit Control (not the Student Funding Service).
Where can I view the University Award Regulations?
Please see University Award Regulations to view the regulations which apply to all full-time undergraduate students who meet the relevant award criteria.