2020 Higher Education Bursary

The Higher Education Inclusion Fund is a limited fund to support undergraduate/ higher education students who have exceptional or unexpected and unavoidable financial difficulties despite having received all financial support available to them. Please check the Fees and Funding section of the Undergraduate page of any of the South Thames Colleges Group websites for details of how to apply.

THREE types of bursaries are available to higher education/undergraduate students studying at a college within the South Thames Colleges Group. Please see below for details and eligibility;

 

Internal College Progression and School Leavers Bursary [from non-selective state Schools with the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, the London Boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Richmond upon Thames, Wandsworth, Sutton and Merton, and Elmbridge Borough Council] for students with lower household incomes and who live in the areas of highest economic deprivation

 

The College continues to offer “progression bursaries” to higher education /undergraduate students progressing from one of the Colleges within the South Thames Colleges Group, or a non-selective state school from the geographical areas above, and from a level 3/Access course to a full time higher education/undergraduate programme (from situations of lower household incomes and who live in the areas of highest economic deprivation). The bursary of £500 will be paid (the whole amount payable in the year of study of the application), either as a partial fee discount, or as a cash payment to a bank account. The eligibility for this bursary will be that the applicant;

 

  • has progressed from a L3 course at one of the colleges within the South Thames Colleges Group or a nonselective state school located in the boroughs/councils above;
  • holds a firm offer to study on one of South Thames Colleges Group’s higher education courses in academic year 2020/21;
  • is eligible to receive student finance (maintenance loan and tuition fee loan for UK students; tuition fee loan for EU students);
  • has a household income assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) at £25,000 or less;
  • lives at an address identified as within IMD Quintile 1 ( (the website https://tools.npeu.ox.ac.uk/imd/ can assist in identifying this);
  • has not studied at university/higher education level (4 and above) before; and
  • that neither parents of the applicant hold a university/higher education level qualification,
  • or the applicant is a mature and independent student (over 21 years old on 1 September 2020).
  • This bursary will not be available to a student who has previously received a South Thames Colleges Group HE Bursary.
  • Students cannot be awarded more than one type of HE bursary.

 

Bursaries for disabled students studying a higher education/undergraduate course at South Thames Colleges Group

 

The College will offer a new bursary scheme available to higher education/ undergraduate students with a disability studying at a college within the South Thames Colleges Group of £500 each (the whole amount payable in the year of study of the application), either as a partial fee discount on fees or as cash bursary. The details and eligibility for this bursary appear below;

 

  • holds a firm offer to study on one of South Thames Colleges Group’s higher education/undergraduate courses in academic year 2020/21;
  • is eligible to receive student finance (maintenance loan and tuition fee loan for UK students; tuition fee loan for EU students);
  • has a household income assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) at £25,000 or less;
  • has not studied at university/higher education level (4 and above) before;
  • and has evidence of the award of Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA).
  • This bursary will not be available to a student who has previously received a South Thames Colleges Group HE Bursary.
  • Students cannot be awarded more than one type of HE bursary.

 

Bursaries for Care Leavers entering higher education/undergraduate courses at South Thames Colleges Group

 

Bursaries of £500 each will be available (the whole amount payable in the year of study of the application), either as a partial fee discount on fees or as cash to Care Leavers studying a higher education/undergraduate at one of the South Thames Colleges Group colleges. The eligibility for this bursary will be that the applicant;

 

  • holds a firm offer to study at South Thames College Group in academic year 2020/21;
  • is eligible to receive student finance (maintenance loan and tuition fee loan for UK students; tuition fee loan for EU students);
  • has a household income assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) at £25,000 or less;
  • has not studied at higher education/university level (level 4 and above) before;
  • and the applicant is a care leaver.
  • This bursary will not be available to a student who has previously received a South Thames Colleges Group HE Bursary.
  • Students cannot be awarded more than one type of HE bursary.

 

How do I apply for support through the Higher Education Progression Bursary?

  1. Complete the online application form HERE, answering all questions IN FULL (for alternative formats, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  2. Include in your personal statement why you’ve chosen your course, career aspirations and why STCG should invest in you.
  3. Provide evidence of meeting the eligibility criteria to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

What Happens Next?

The closing date for applications is Friday 23 October 2020. Applications will be assessed and a decision will be made by Friday 27 November 2020. We will then write to let you know the results, and should you be successful, details of the award.

 

Can I appeal against the College’s decision?

You do have the right to appeal. If you wish to appeal please refer the College appeals process, available on the College website, or contact the HE Admissions Team.

 

How will I be paid?

The information above details how the each of the bursaries will be paid. Where offered as a fee discount, the relevant bursary amount will be automatically taken off fees owed by the student to the college. Student Finance England will also be notified of the change in liability. Where offered as a cash bursary, the relevant bursary amount is paid directly into your nominated bank account, so you MUST have an account in your own name.

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