Bursaries, Grants and Scholarships: Where Can I Get Them?
We have covered Bursaries, Grants and Scholarships, in a previous article on the site. However, many students may struggle to understand just exactly where you can actually get a Bursary, Grant or Scholarship from, so as a result, we have made a small, but informative guide to inform you of the many different routes that you can take to finding a Bursary, Grant or Scholarship that will suit you, so let’s dive on in, shall we!?
What are Bursaries, Grants and Scholarships?
Bursaries, Grants and Scholarships all stand for the same basic thing, which is to provide students with the means to attend university. Whilst Grants and Bursaries are mainly created to help students that are from low-income backgrounds or are struggling financially, a Scholarship is in place to reward academic progress and academic potential. Whilst many universities offer a number of Scholarships, these are very common in the sports field. If you are selected to play sport at university due to high level of skill or studying a Sports Science degree at university, you may be able to cover yourself very extensively with a nice little scholarship!
Grants and Bursaries are very rarely paid back because it isn’t necessarily required as they are created for the sole purpose of helping students that are unable to pay it back. However, Scholarships, are a different story. They are not always necessarily paid back, but some Scholarships may have stipulations in their contracts that require you to pay them back if any of the various academic requirements are not met. Basically put, always read the small print!
Where can I see all the Bursaries, Grants and Scholarships that are available for me?
Well, you won’t need to go scouring your way through to page seven of the Google results for this one! There are plenty of ways to see. As with our Mental Health at University guide, we have provided you with a table of various grants, scholarships and bursaries that are available at the bottom of this very guide!
However, there are also other places to look other than University Compare. If you are still currently at school and are interested in finding out more, we recommend that you make your way over to the careers department; these guys will have all of the information that you need and will talk you through how to apply for either a Bursaries, Grants or Scholarship.
Some students may already receive things such as a Disability Allowance or something similar. With this in mind, you may be able to claim even more, especially for your university. We recommend that you speak to your university beforehand and see what kind of grants are available.
Speak to your university’s student’s union welfare office, and they will be able to point you in the right direction. As a result, you may find yourself able to claim more money than you think.
How do I apply for a Bursary, Grant or Scholarship?
Well, we recommend that you do a fair amount of searching to find the correct Bursary, Grant or Scholarship before you apply, and you can do that by speaking to the people that we’ve mentioned below, or by checking the table below. But some will be working on a first-come-first-serve basis and with this in mind, it’s best to be looking as soon as possible. Obviously, only pick the grants, bursaries or scholarships that apply to you, if you are applying for a grant that is designed to help Nigerian students coming to the UK for the first time and you are neither Nigerian nor coming to the UK, don’t bother applying, use some common sense. Now, onto the actual act of application!
Once you have selected the grants, bursaries or scholarships that are available for you, we recommend that you call the people providing the grants, bursaries or scholarships and apply through whichever processes that they have and then contact your university. Most of the grants, bursaries or scholarships that you can apply for, will be provided by your university anyway, so you will often need to apply through them.
Where is a good place for me to look for any Bursaries, Grants or Scholarships?
Well, there are a number of places that you can look for any potential grants, bursaries or scholarships that can be available for you. We recommend that you check each of the links below out, don’t just apply for the hell of it, make sure that they are relevant to you and that they actually suit you and what you’re hoping to achieve at university. If there is a grant, bursary or scholarship that is for single parents (Like a Lone Parent Grant), and you are not a single parent, don’t apply. If you apply for a grant, bursary or scholarship that you are not eligible for, it may jeopardise your chance of applying for further grants, bursaries or scholarships outside of that one, so be careful.
|Turn 2 Us||A good place to start if you are looking at potentially using a Charity to help you. There are of course a number of issues with using a charity, so make sure you’re aware of them before you begin|
|Scholarship Search||Three guesses if you can guess what they do. But seriously, these are the guys to go to if you want a comprehensive search. You can search by subject and by funding type and the university itself!|
|British Council Guide to Scholarships||This is angled more for international students that are looking to study in the UK, however, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still work around it if indeed you are for the UK.|
|Savoy Educational Trust||This is aimed more towards students that are looking to complete a Hospitality and Catering degree or a Food Science degree, as this provides you with funds for fees, equipment and any uniform that you may potentially need.|
|Student Disability Assistance Fund||Again, as the name suggests, this is aimed more towards students that have a disability and needs funds. The only other, other than having an eligible disability is the stipulation is that you have to be in full-time education to be eligible.|
|The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS)||Another three guesses which this used for, we’ll have to hurry you, teams! This is definitely aimed for those that are looking to grab a scholarship for their athletic prowess and this can give you anywhere up to £3,500! Talk about a turn up for the books!|
These are the best ones to go to, for you, we recommend, however, that you get these sorted as soon as is humanly possible, even when you have officially been accepted or have gone through Clearing, then you need to be aware of the various grants, bursaries or scholarships that are available to you and you need to apply as soon as possible. And make sure that you have completed your UCAS application and that you have written or started writing your personal statement, although we recommend that you have it completed.
What do I do after I have a Bursary, Grant or Scholarship?
Well, it looks like the all-expenses-paid trip to Bora Bora is on you then, right? We’re kidding, that’s absolutely not what you should do! We recommend that you look into some student budgeting tips and see how you can keep your costs down, you can still even use some student loyalty cards and discounts, too. It may be money to help you out, but it still runs out, like anything else. Even if you have some money available afterwards, make sure that you reapply next year, otherwise, you may find yourself missing out on even more money!
There you have it! All the ins and outs of grants, bursaries or scholarships and how to apply for them and where you can find them. Take a look at the table above and see the best places to grab any potential grants, bursaries or scholarships and see what you’re eligible for, nothing’s impossible with regards to money, so make sure that you do all your research, good luck!