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National Scholarship Programme (2014/15 entry)

This page has been updated on 20th March 2014.

The National Scholarship Programme began in 2012/13 and is jointly funded by the Government and City, University of London. It aims to provide financial support to students coming from the lowest household income groups. In 2014/15 it will award a total of £936,000, over a three year period, to help cover students' tuition fees and living expenses.

Eligibility criteria

  • Home/UK students who are ordinarily resident in England
  • Residual household income of £16,000 a year or less as assessed by Student Finance England (SFE)
  • New undergraduates starting in 2014/15.

The following groups of students will be given priority:

  • care leavers (previously looked-after children)
  • students with a declared disability
  • self-funded (independent) students, as assessed by Student Finance England (SFE).

How to apply

You don't need to complete a separate application form. When you apply for student finance through Student Finance England (SFE) please give your consent to share your financial information with City. You will then be automatically considered for a scholarship, provided you meet the eligibility criteria listed above.

Notification and payment

Successful students will be contacted during January 2015 and cash payments will be made in two equal instalments in February and May. Each recipient will be awarded a scholarship worth £6,000 (with a pro-rata amount paid to part-time students studying at least 25 per cent of the full-time equivalent).

 Tuition Fee WaiverCash or a further tuition fee waiverTotal value of award
Year 1£2,000£1,000£3,000
Year 2£1,000£1,000£2,000
Year 3£0£1,000£1,000

Please note: Only 156 scholarships can be awarded in 2014/15. This means that we cannot guarantee that every student who meets the eligibility criteria will receive a scholarship.

Terms and Conditions

1. Eligible students must be registered at City by 31 October 2014.

2. Students must be new entrants to Higher Education (i.e. have not previously studied part or all of an undergraduate degree programme).

3. Students must be starting the first year of their degree as a new student (i.e. those starting in Year 2,  Year 3 and Year 4 are not eligible).

4. The award is available to  undergraduate students ordinarily resident in England. Students who normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland are not eligible.

5. Students whose tuition fees are reassessed in the middle of their degree or who restart a degree will not be eligible.

6. Students may be eligible for additional scholarships and bursaries. However, students can only be awarded either the National Scholarship Programme or The Lord Mayor of London Scholarship for Academic Excellence.

7. Awards will be allocated to students from the lowest household incomes within the £0 to £16,000 household income threshold.

8. Awards do not need to be repaid.

9. Students must be fully enrolled to receive the scholarship in 2014/15 and in subsequent years.

10. The following categories of students are not eligible:

  • students receiving the Lord Mayor of London Scholarship for Academic Excellence
  • NHS-funded students
  • students directly continuing from one course to another (for example, from a foundation degree or HND on to the final year of an honours degree)
  • students transferring in from another institution
  • students undertaking a postgraduate qualification
  • part-time students studying at less than 25 per cent intensity of the full-time equivalent  course
  • any other students whose fees are paid or part-paid through a sponsorship arrangement.

Read about other City, University of London scholarships and bursaries.

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