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  1. When and how can I apply for a scholarship or bursary?

    You can apply for a scholarship or bursary after you apply for a full-time undergraduate course at the University of Sunderland, starting in the autumn.

  2. How do I apply for a scholarship or bursary?

    Find out how to apply for scholarships and bursaries...

  3. Will I automatically receive a bursary award if I apply?

    No, making an application does not make you eligible to receive a bursary.

  4. Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

    Yes, you can apply for more than one scholarship. However, you can only apply for each scholarship once.

  5. Can I make an application for a scholarship and a bursary?

    Yes, prior to making a scholarship application, please ensure that you have fully read the eligibility criteria for the award.

  6. When will I know if I have been successful and will receive a bursary award?

    Following the bursary closing date we will assess your application fairly, based on the evidence you provided and your student record. We rank all applications in order of priority and will make provisional bursary awards to applicants in September.

  7. What are the under-represented groups in higher education?

    Our priority for bursaries are the students from groups under-represented in higher education. The Office for Students (the higher education regulator) has defined these as...

  8. Do I have to provide evidence if I believe I belong to an under-represented group?

    Yes. Although we can assess most of your eligibility for a bursary from your student record, we will need a teacher or other professional aware of your circumstances to provide evidence.

  9. How will I receive my bursary award?

    For most bursaries you will receive credit for the StudyPlus online store on the fifth working day of November, February and April.

  10. Why do I need to provide evidence of my top five GCSE grades?

    This scholarship is awarded to students who show the biggest improvement in their attainment between their GCSE and Level 3 grades.

  11. Why do you only consider the GCSE grades achieved in the last three years?

    We can only accept GCSE grades achieved in academic years 2018/19, 2019/20 or 2020/21 to ensure fair distribution of awards between scholarship applicants.

  12. I want to study part-time, can I apply for a scholarship?

    Scholarships are available to full-time students only.

  13. Can I appeal against a scholarship or bursary awarding decision?

    No, the University’s decision is final.

  14. I am studying off campus at a partner college, will I receive any support?

    Yes, eligible students can apply for an off-campus fee reduction of £1,200 for each year of your course.

  15. I have a question about scholarships, who can I contact?

    To find out more information please contact the Scholarships team: scholarships@sunderland.ac.uk or call 0191 515 2865.

  16. What is the ELCAS scholarship?

    Learn more about ELCAS sponsorship, an Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme from the Ministry of Defence.

  17. Can I receive any help towards my living costs?

    Yes. Full-time students can apply for a maintenance loan on the gov.uk website...

  18. Who should I contact about a Maintenance Loan?

    You should contact our Student Financial Guidance team on 0191 515 2933 or via email studentfinancialguidance@sunderland.ac.uk...

  19. Scholarship guidance notes 2023/24

    Guidance notes for scholarships in 2023/24 are held here...

  20. Scholarship guidance notes 2022/23

    Guidance notes for scholarships in 2022/23 are held here...

  21. Scholarship guidance notes 2021/22

    Guidance notes for scholarships in 2021/22 are held here...

  22. Scholarship guidance notes 2020/21

    Guidance notes for scholarships in 2020/21 are held here...

  23. Scholarship guidance notes 2019/20

    Guidance notes for scholarships in 2019/20 are held here...

  24. Scholarship guidance notes 2018/19

    Guidance notes for scholarships in 2018/19 are held here...

  25. Scholarship guidance notes 2017/18

    Guidance notes for scholarships in 2017/18 are held here...

  26. Scholarship guidance notes 2016/17

    Guidance notes for scholarships in 2016/17 are held here...

  27. Scholarship guidance notes 2015/16

    Guidance notes for scholarships in 2015/16 are held here...

  28. Scholarship guidance notes 2014/15

    Guidance notes for scholarships in 2014/15 are held here...

  29. Scholarship guidance notes 2013/14

    Guidance notes for scholarships in 2013/14 are held here...