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Undergraduate scholarships and funding

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries to make funding your studies easier. Our main awards are listed below and you can search our Scholarship Finder to see what else you might be eligible for.

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Scholarships and bursaries

I am ordinarily a resident in: 

European Union

Scholarship / bursary name Valid year of entry  Who it's for
EU Scholarship 2022-2023
Students from the EU who are classified as international fee paying students in academic year 2022-2023
Bulgarian Partnership Bursary
2022-2023
Bulgarian resident students
Double Degree Law EU Scholarship 2022-2023
Students from the EU who are classified as international fee paying students undertaking a Double-degree Law programme in academic year 2022-2023
Romanian Partnership Bursary
2022-2023
Romanian resident students

Overseas

Scholarship / bursary name Valid year of entry Who it's for
Academic Excellence Senior Status Law Scholarship 2022-2023 International students studying the Law LLB M103 (Senior Status)
Africa Regional Scholarship 2022-2023 Students from African nations
Americas Regional Scholarship 2022-2023
For undergraduates from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador or Peru in their first year of study
Bahrain Regional Scholarship 2022-2023
For undergraduates from Bahrain in their first year of study
Brunei Regional Scholarship 2022-2023
For undergraduates from Brunei in their first year of study
Essex Global Partner Scholarship 2022-2023
International students studying at one of our global channel partners
Europe (non-European Union) Regional Scholarship 2022-2023
For Undergraduate students from specified European countries that are not members of the European Union, in their first year of study
Indonesian Regional Scholarship 2022-2023
For undergraduates from Indonesia in their first year of study
Iran Regional Scholarship 2022-2023
For undergraduates from Iran in their first year of study
Jordan Regional Scholarship 2022-2023
For undergraduates from Jordan in their first year of study
Lebanon Regional Scholarship 2022-2023
For undergraduates from Lebanon in their first year of study
Mauritius Regional Scholarship 2022-2023
For undergraduate students from Mauritius
South Asia Regional Scholarship 2022-2023 For undergraduate students from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka
Tinson Scholarship 2022-2023  Undergraduate students from the former Soviet Bloc in our School of Law
The Essex Study Abroad Scholarship 2022-2023  Overseas students coming to Essex for the fee paying study abroad programme 
Essex Law Global Partners Scholarship 2022-2023
For international undergraduate students studying at one of our global channel partners
UKT Law Premium Scholarship 2022-2023
For international undergraduate students studying at one of our global channel partners

United Kingdom

Scholarship / bursary name Valid year of entry Who it's for
Schools Membership Plus (SMP) Bursary   2022-2023  £500 cash bursary to support students from School membership Plus (SMP) UK schools and colleges* progressing into higher education.

Non-residential specific Scholarships

Scholarship / bursary name Valid year of entry Who it's for
International Baccalaureate Excellence Scholarship 2022-2023 Students with excellent International Baccalaureate results
International Experience Bursary 2021-2022
UK students from low income households
Sports scholarships and bursaries 2022-2023
Students with outstanding sporting ability
University of Sanctuary Scholarship for Afghan Refugees 2022-2023  New UG or PGT students from Afghanistan who have been granted UK Asylum Status or Discretionary/ Limited Leave to Remain and those with Humanitarian Protection, as result of an asylum application or through a dependants claim

External Awards

 Scholarship / bursary name  Who it's for
WU Scholars Students holding an offer of an undergraduate place within science, technology, engineering, mathematics and business/entrepreneurship
NHS Learning Support Fund Funding support to healthcare students starting their course in academic year 2021-2022

Other sources of funding

UK Government student loans

If you’re a UK student (or qualify for ‘home’ funding) then you may be eligible to apply for a loan.

The UK Government offers eligible students tuition fee loans and maintenance loans to help pay for tuition fees and contribute towards living costs. If you are eligible and choose to take out a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, you won't have to pay any tuition fees upfront and you don't currently have to start repaying the loan until you have finished your course and are earning over the income threshold.

If you have any previous years of higher education study, or you are repeating a year of study, your funding may be affected by repeat funding rules. Previous years of study include periods of self-funded study, or any study undertaken abroad. If you think that this may apply to you please see the attached guidance on repeat study (.pdf) and compelling personal reasons (CPR) (.pdf).

What you need to know

  • You do not need a confirmed place at Essex to apply for Student Finance, check the application deadlines to ensure your Funding is in place in time.
  • Tuition fee loans are paid directly to the University at the start of every term once you have registered for your course.
  • You can use the student finance calculator to estimate how much Maintenance Loan you’ll get - it will also tell you if you’re eligible for extra grants or allowances.
  • Maintenance loans are paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term. Sign into your student finance account to update your bank details and check how much and when you’ll be paid.
  • You must remember to reapply for your Tuition fee and Maintenance loans each year.
  • You start repaying your loan in the April after you finish your course and only once you are earning over the income threshold.
  • Up to date income thresholds and further information on repayments can be found on the Government web pages.

A ‘home fees’ assessment by the University does not guarantee Government funding for fees or living costs. The Student Loans Company will conduct its own eligibility assessment. If you have been assessed as eligible for home fees based on an application to the EU Settlement Scheme, your entitlement to Student Loans Company funding for fees or living costs may be affected in future years if your status changes. Once registered at the University, all students, regardless of funding source and fee status, are liable for their fees. Further information can be found in the University’s Tuition Fees and Liability Policy and on our fee status page.

If you are from Northern Ireland

If you are from Northern Ireland and are thinking of studying with us, you may eligible for funding from Student Finance Northern Ireland. They offer a tuition fee loan to cover your course fees in full and a Maintenance loan for living costs.

If you are from Scotland

If you are from Scotland and are thinking of studying with us, you may eligible for funding from Student Awards Agency Scotland. They offer a tuition fee loan to cover your course fees in full and a Maintenance loan for living costs.

If you are from Wales

If you are from Wales and are thinking of studying with us, you may eligible for funding from Student Finance Wales. They offer a tuition fee loan to cover your course fees in full and a Maintenance loan for living costs.

EU student funding

Following the UK's decision to withdraw from the European Union, EU students who started their studies after October 2021 are likely to be classed as international students for tuition fee purposes and you will need to pay international fees. We'll assess your fee status when you apply to Essex and if you are successful in gaining an offer, your fee status will be confirmed in your offer letter. Visit our fee status page for more information.

EU students starting their studies after October 2021 will no longer be eligible for UK Government funding unless you have settled or pre-settled status. For more information, please see our changes after Brexit webpage.

We offer a wide range of discounts, bursaries and scholarships to make funding your studies easier, including our Undergraduate EU Scholarship worth £5000. There are also additional scholarships and funding sources available for some countries, please check the webpage for your country for further information.

International student funding sources 

There are country-specific funding opportunities, please see our country pages for more information.

If you're from the United States, you may be eligible for a federal direct loan from the US Department of Education.

Study abroad

There are a range of scholarships and funding opportunities available to give you a helping hand if you choose to study abroad. Find out what's available to you.

Private loans

The best option when financing your studies is a government-funded student loan, but if that isn’t enough to cover all your expenses, or you’re not eligible for government support, Future Finance offer loans to UK, EU and international students with a UK domiciled address. They offer amounts from £2,000 - £40,000 to cover both tuition and living costs.

Charitable trusts and grants

Information about charities and trusts that offer awards and sponsorship to students and their application procedures can be found in the Educational Grants Directory and The Grants Register. Copies of these are available in our Albert Sloman Library, as well as in most public libraries.

You can also try a grants search at Turn2us. Use the keyword "higher education" and then narrow your search by filling in other information about yourself.

Many charities and trusts are only able to award a small number of grants each year, so competition can be fierce. To be in with the best chance of receiving an award it is a good idea to:

  • research charities and trusts carefully as they may have eligibility requirements (e.g. based on your area of residence, family background and subject area)
  • apply as soon as possible (many give deadlines for applications)

East 15 Acting School - charitable trusts and grants

Funding for Acting and Drama courses can be limited and competition for grants is fierce, but it’s worth looking at the sources of funding above as well as these, which are aimed specifically at students in your field:

For ideas of how to secure additional funding take a look at Damian Gaskin’s booklet ‘How to Raise £40,000 and train at Drama School’ (.pdf). (The author has asked you to bear in mind that this was written in 1996, well before all the fundraising advances that the internet and social media have given you and so needs to be read in that context. Please do not contact the author himself for sponsorship!)

You can also take a look at Degrees For Free which has some useful and interesting ideas for fundraising and money-saving. (There is a book of the same name, but don’t feel compelled to buy it, the website is useful in its own right!)

Students with children, carers and care leavers

We provide information for parents, carers and care leavers, including additional sources of funding that you may be eligible for.

Financial support for students in difficulty

We and the Students' Union offer financial support if you are experiencing difficulty with your finances in the form of a bursaries, grants or loans depending on your situation. Have a look on our Financial Support page for more information.