Undergraduate Scholarships and Bursaries

Lancaster University offers two types of financial support to undergraduate students:

  • Scholarships are awarded for academic excellence, based on your exam results
  • Bursaries are awarded depending on your household income

It is possible to qualify for both a scholarship and a bursary.

Lancaster University Scholarships

You will qualify for a Lancaster University Scholarship if:

  • You are an undergraduate applicant from the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man, and you are eligible to pay ‘Home’ fees
  • You achieve the required level in your GCSE and A level results, or accepted equivalent qualifications
  • You make Lancaster University your firm UCAS choice

If you are starting in 2021, our scholarships are:

  • £1,000 Lancaster Scholarship for applicants who achieve AAA at A level and have at least 5 GCSE’s grade A/7 or above. This is awarded in each year of study, subject to academic progression.
  • £2,000 Lancaster Scholarship for applicants who achieve A*A*A at A level and have at least 5 GCSE’s grade A/7 or above. This is awarded in the first year of study only.

You may be awarded both scholarships, meaning that if you are eligible for the £2,000 Scholarship you will also be eligible for the £1,000 Scholarship.

You will be eligible for scholarships based on your year of application, even if you defer your place to another year of entry, if you applied for deferred entry during the 2020 admissions cycle, please check this page for more information on scholarships and bursaries available.

All grade conditions must be met or exceeded, we do not consider tariff point equivalencies as part of our consideration. For example, A*AB will not be considered as meeting the criteria for the £1,000 Lancaster Scholarship. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on accepted qualifications.

University Award Regulations apply to all students who meet the relevant award criteria. The regulations are updated each summer.

A group of students in Lancaster's management school

New for 2021 - The Lancaster EU Transition Scholarship

Lancaster University has announced a scholarship of £7,000 per year of study for international fee-paying students from the European Union who begin their studies in 2021. Our EU Transition Scholarships are for both undergraduate and postgraduate taught study.

You will qualify automatically for this scholarship if you have the right grades, are classed as an 'overseas' or ‘international-fee paying’ student for tuition fee purposes and a permanent resident and national of an EU country.

The Lancaster EU Transition Scholarship

Lancaster University Bursaries

If you are starting in 2021, you will qualify for a Lancaster University Bursary of £1,000 in each year of your studies if:

  • You are an undergraduate applicant and meet eligibility for UK Government funding support
  • You have a household income of less than £30,000

The Lancaster Sanctuary Bursary

Our Sanctuary Bursary offers two undergraduate students who are classed as refugees and/or have humanitarian protection a variety of financial and student success support. Find out more and apply

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m not studying A levels, am I still eligible?

We will also consider equivalent qualifications to A level and GCSE to determine your eligibility for a Lancaster University Scholarship. Some examples are provided here:

Qualifications£1,000 Lancaster Scholarship£2,000 Lancaster Scholarship
A level AAA A*A*A
Cambridge Pre-U Pass Pre-U with grades D3, D3, M1 in 3 Principal subjects Pass Pre-U with grades D2, D3, D3 in 3 Principal subjects
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction, Distinction Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction
Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction, Distinction Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction
International Baccalaureate Diploma 36 points overall including 16 points from 3 Higher Level subjects 40 points overall including 18 points from 3 Higher Level subjects
Access to HE Diploma 45 level 3 credits at Distinction 45 level 3 credits at Distinction
Scottish Advanced Highers AAB AAA
Scottish Highers AAABB AAAAA

Certain qualifications equivalent to one A level may also be considered in lieu of an A level, for example:

  • WJEC Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (Welsh Baccalaureate) Grade A* or A will be considered in lieu of A level Grade A* or A respectively.
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma / BTEC Introductory Diploma / Cambridge Technical Introduction Diploma Grade Distinction* or Distinction will be considered in lieu of A level Grade A* or A respectively.

Combinations of Qualifications

Combinations of qualifications may be also accepted, for example:

Qualifications£1,000 Lancaster Scholarship£2,000 Lancaster Scholarship
2 A levels and WJEC Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate AAA A*A*A in any order
2 A levels and 1 Pre-U Principal Subject AA and D3 A*A* and D3 or A*A and D1
2 A levels and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma AA and Distinction A*A* and Distinction or A*A and Distinction*
1 A level and 2 BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas A and Distinction, Distinction A* and Distinction, Distinction or A and Distinction*, Distinction

Qualifications we will not consider

AS levels and the Extended Project qualification (EPQ) will not be considered when determining scholarship eligibility.

Help with scholarship eligibility

For further information regarding accepted combinations of qualifications not listed, contact ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk.

How do I apply for a Lancaster University Scholarship?

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

Eligibility for a Lancaster University Scholarship is based on achieved grades.

Eligibility for a Lancaster University Bursary is based on the household income details you provide 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 normally confirmed around the middle of October. 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. Each award will be made in two equal instalments paid in November and February.

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. You are not eligible to receive the Lancaster Bursary for any repeated years of study.

You can also receive the £1,000 Lancaster Scholarship for each year of academic study providing you are making satisfactory academic process. You are not eligible to receive the £1,000 Lancaster Scholarship for any repeated years of study. The £2,000 Lancaster Scholarship is available for the first year of study only.

Examples of award entitlement can be found on our award entitlement pages.

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