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Dependent students
You’re classed as a dependent student if you’re under 25 years old and depend on your parents’ financial support.

Independent Students
You're classed as an independent student if:
-You are 25 or over
-You have care of a child under 18
-You are or have been married/in a civil partnership
-You have supported yourself for 3 or more years
-You have no living parents or 
-You have no contact with your parents, and this will not change

Please provide the details of how you meet the requirements to qualify as an independent student.

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The UCFB Means Tested Bursary cannot be used for a fee reduction unless you are currently ineligible for tuition fee loans (e.g. through Student Finance England/Wales/Northern Ireland, Student Awards Agency For Scotland or a state funding system in your country of origin). 

Please provide your bank details:

Please note:
In order to receive the accommodation bursary, you will need to be staying at UCFB partner accommodation: 
1) Grand Felda House in Wembley
2) Piccadilly Point in Etihad Campus

Please make sure you book your accommodation early to receive the best room offer.

Applicants who request an accommodation bursary cannot have it paid to any other student accommodation provider than the listed above. If you already have a room reserved for student accommodation not listed above, please contact the Scholarships & Bursaries team on and do not submit this form unless you receive written approval from UCFB.

Please note that accommodation payments will be made directly to the partner accommodation provider, who will be informed by UCFB of your bursary application status and the amount of money allocated to you. No personal details relating to your household income, current living arrangements, care-leaver status or any other information provided to UCFB in confidence, will be shared with any 3rd party, unless with your explicit consent is given.

The UCFB Means Tested Bursary is for applicants who need assistance with the cost of living or studying with us. If you do not know the total costs you will be incurring in the next academic year we cannot make a fair assessment of your needs. 

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Please keep this brief and use the "other information" box to provide more details
In order for UCFB to be able to verify your household income, you are requested to apply for maintenance loans from Student Finance England (SFE) and permit SFE to share your information with us as part of the application. Applicants who do not meet these requirements will not be able to receive a means tested bursary from UCFB.
Applicants who are not eligible for a SFE maintenance loan (e.g. EU students) must submit evidence of household income for the previous tax year along with three months bank statements.

Please provide details of financial commitments which you or your parent(s)/guardian(s) are currently incurring. Please provide the total monthly amount of each outgoing expense listed here.

If amount is 0, please enter 0.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to means test this application, we must be able to see an accurate picture of the money going into and out of the household. Applications submitted with this section empty or incomplete will be filed as closed without a decision.

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Contextual Information
This page contains questions that relate to any contextual factors and individual circumstances that will be very helpful for the Bursaries and Scholarships Team to make a fair assessment. Please ensure that you complete all fields that relate to your situation and those that are required

To be a care leaver usually you would be an adult who spent time in care as a child (i.e. under the age of 18). This care would have been approved by the state through a court order or on a voluntary basis.

Please provide details (e.g. the length of time spent in care and the contact details of any relevant social worker or carer who you authorise to discuss your application on your behalf

A carer can be defined as anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction who otherwise cannot cope without their support. UCFB make assessments based on the applicant’s or their parent/guardians financial situation and income.

Disability/Health/Learning Needs

UCFB Means Tested Bursary Conditions:


Bursary Application

1.        The UCFB means tested bursary is issued in order to assist undergraduate applicants who genuinely require financial assistance with the cost of studying, all awards are at the discretion of UCFB. 

2.        Applicants can apply for a bursary and any number of scholarships at the same time, however due to limited number of awards UCFB may not be able to issue more than one award per applicant.

3.        Applicants are expected to have a clear picture of their cost of living expenses in the next academic year prior to applying, including the cost of rent, travel and general living costs. Applicants who do not provide an estimate of living expenses cannot be assessed until these have been provided. 

4.        To be eligible for an award the applicant’s annual, pre-tax household income must be £40,000 or less for Wembley applicants and £30,000 or less for Etihad applicants. Awards made to applicants with household income in excess of this is strictly at the discretion of UCFB.

5.        Students with household income of up to £25,000 will be guaranteed an award as a part of the means tested bursary scheme. Students with household income above £25,000 are welcome to apply for the bursary and will be assessed based on a range of contextual factors with awards prioritised from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds.

6.        Applicants are expected to provide honest and thorough details regarding their financial situation. Awards will not be made in any case where UCFB has reasonable grounds to believe that relevant information has been misrepresented or omitted. UCFB reserve the right to request formal evidence of any information entered on this form. 

7.        Awards will be made with a consideration of the applicant’s general cost of living whilst they study, including the rental cost of their student halls. Applicants who change their campus, accommodation option or choice of support (travel, accommodation, tuition fees) after an award has been issued will be subject to a reassessment of their cost of living and award amounts may be reduced or increased. Applicants are expected to inform UCFB should living situations change. 

8.        This scheme is only open to applicants enrolling for the first time at UCFB who have received an offer to study with us and at later stages have firmly accepted the offer. 

9.        Bursary applicants who are eligible to receive maintenance loan through Student Finance England/Wales/ Northern Ireland, Student Awards Agency For Scotland, must apply for one in order to receive a means tested bursary. As part of the SFE application, the applicant will need to allow SFE to share financial information with their university. 

10.     Applicants who are eligible for £9,250 tuition fees (e.g. EU students) but not eligible for a SFE maintenance loan can still apply for a bursary, but must also submit evidence of household income for the previous tax year along with three months’ bank statements. 

11.     UCFB reserve the right to close applications which are incomplete due to lack of information provided by the applicant. Applications may be closed if they are not completed fully within 6 weeks of the application submission.


Bursary awards

12.     Applicants may not be issued an award in cases where their Student Finance Maintenance loan will fully cover their cost of living and provide them with sufficient additional funds to live on. 

13.      The means tested bursary cannot be used to subsidise or cover the expenses of any person other than the applicant themselves. 

14.     This award will be issued up to a maximum of £3,500 for Wembley (Per annum) and £2,500 for Manchester (Per annum), the award amount per student will vary depending on your financial circumstances. 

15.     Only one funding option can be selected each year: Accommodation costs, Travel costs or Tuition fee reduction.


Bursary payments

16.     During the first year of the programme, accommodation payments will only be made towards UCFB partner accommodation (Grand Felda House in Wembley or Piccadilly Point in Etihad Campus) and cannot be taken towards private rent, living with family or friends or any other non UCFB approved accommodation.

17.     UCFB require confirmation of a booking with our partner accommodation before any accommodation bursary payments will be made. Bursary payments may be withheld should we not receive this confirmation. UCFB reserve the right to contact CRM Students/Unite Students to confirm a booking/booking status.

18.     Travel payments will be issued to cover a percentage of travel costs from your term time address to your chosen campus only. 

19.     Tuition fee reduction will only be paid to self-funding applicants who are not otherwise eligible for a government tuition fee loan. 

20.     Payments will be made in three equal amounts in November, February and April each year.

21.     Accommodation payments will be made direct to the approved accommodation provider, no money will be paid directly to applicants, students or their family for accommodation related expenses. 

22.     No payment will be made towards accommodation or travel prior to formal enrolment. The accommodation bursary will not cover either the deposit or the rent instalments that are due prior to enrolment.

23.     Applicants who are found to have received an overpayment through incorrect or inaccurate information being provided to UCFB agree to repay the difference in full. 

24.     UCFB reserve the right to reclaim bursary payments made to applicants who withdraw or have their enrolment terminated part-way through the year. Overpayment will be calculated on a pro-rata basis. 



25.     Bursary awards can be renewed into further years of a degree programme with UCFB. Applicants wishing to renew this award will be given the opportunity to reapply in May prior to re-enrolment. Following a reassessment, the bursary award amount may be reduced or increased. 

26.     Any applicant wishing to renew their bursary into a subsequent year must have: 

a. Maintained an attendance level of 90% during the previous academic year. 

b. Achieved a minimum of a 2:2 average throughout all prior studies at UCFB. 

c. Undertaken an active role as a UCFB student ambassador with at least 20 hours volunteered.

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