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The Bath Bursary

The Bath Bursary is worth up to £3,000 for each year of your undergraduate studies.

About the Bath Bursary

Find out about the Bath Bursary.

The information provided on this webpage is for 2023/4 entry or existing students only. Our current plans for 2024 entrants are also shown below.

If you are eligible for the Bath Bursary, you could be paid up to £3,000 per year of studies to help towards course related costs. The Bath Bursary will not be paid during paid placement periods; however, you will continue to receive bursary payments whilst on an unpaid placement or study abroad.

Bath Bursaries are not limited in number. If you meet the criteria, you will receive an award (unless you have applied for and are successful in gaining a Gold Scholarship). Bursaries are awarded in your first year of study, and continue until you graduate. Please see our Terms and Conditions for any exceptions.

For the 2023/24 academic year your Bath Bursary payment dates are:

  • 21 September 2023 for the the early payment of the Bath Bursary (Year 1 only)

then the balance across three equal payments on

  • 6 December 2023
  • 14 February 2024
  • 24 April 2024

Payments in future years will follow a similar payment pattern of three equal instalments in December, February & April.

Early payment of your Bath Bursary - supporting you starting at Bath and accessing technology

If you are a new first year undergraduate student receiving a Bath Bursary, we will make an early bursary payment of £300 prior to starting your studies to support your access to and allow you to purchase any technology you may require before teaching starts. In order to receive this payment you must have registered online, completed all administrative tasks associated with your confirmation of place to study at Bath, and have provided your bank details by a set date. You will be emailed information on how to submit bank details should you be successful in gaining a Bath Bursary. Full information about this early payment can be found in our Terms and Conditions.

If you are a current Bath Bursary recipient please refer to the undergraduate bursaries and scholarships Terms and Conditions for your year of entry.

Find out more from our Bath Bursary student bloggers.

Eligibility criteria

Find out if you are eligible to receive the Bath Bursary.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be an eligible new first-year Home UK1 undergraduate student starting studies in 2023 and
  • starting a full-time campus-based undergraduate degree and
  • be eligible for and have a student loans household income assessment of £25,0002 or below

You must also meet one or more of the following criteria:

How to apply

Find out how to apply for a bursary.

Application Timeline for 2023

  • All offer-holders for 2023 entry will receive information about our funding schemes within their offer letters
  • Mid-May onwards: Firm and insurance offer-holders for 2023 entry will be emailed information on how to apply
  • From mid-September: Successful recipients informed of outcome
  • 9am (GMT) 26 January 2024: Bath Bursary applications close

Bursaries will be awarded usually from mid-September, but the application will remain open until the end of January in your first year of study.

Successful awardees will receive the Bath Bursary automatically each year until they graduate unless they suspend, are on a paid placement year, repeat a year or leave the University. There is no need to reapply each year.

Application Process for 2023

New first-year undergraduates who are due to start studies in 2023 will be able to apply for the bursary through their University of Bath Application Tracker (Student SAMIS account). You will be invited, by email, to do this from mid-May 2023.

Eligibility will be assessed partly on information provided in your UCAS application and household income data from the Student Loans Company (SLC). If you meet the criteria based on this information alone, you will receive a bursary award automatically. However, not all students will qualify based on UCAS data, so we strongly advise you to complete the online application. This will provide us with additional information and evidence on the criteria that is not received through UCAS. Read our Terms and Conditions for more information.

Make sure you have given permission for your/your family's household income assessment to be shared with the University by your student loans awarding agency. Without this, we are unable to assess your eligibility for our funding awards.

Other funding opportunities

Find out about other funding opportunities.

The Bath Bursary in 2024

Our plans for the Bath Bursary for 2024 entrants

We are currently finalising our plans for the Bath Bursary for 2024 entrants. Further information will be published in November 2023. We plan to broaden eligibility to students with a student loans household income assessment of £30,000 or below, with the following payments:

  • First year on campus - £1000 cash, £750 accommodation reduction, £1000 campus credit
  • Continuing student studying in Bath all year - £1000 cash, £1000 campus credit
  • Placement student thin paid placement - £500 cash, £500 campus credit
  • Placement student thin unpaid placement - £1,500 cash and £500 campus credit
  • Placement student thick unpaid placement - £2,000 cash

See our Terms and Conditions for more information.

2023/2024 Terms and Conditions

Contact us

Contact Scholarships & Bursaries for more information.

  1. Eligible UK students are those assessed as eligible for tuition fee and maintenance loans, as determined by Student Finance England, or other relevant UK student loans awarding agency, and have a Home fees status as determined by the University. When applying for the maintenance loan, you should request for it to be based on your household income, and for permission to be given by the person whose income is being assessed.  

  2. You need to request a household income assessment to be completed by your student loans awarding agency, even if you are not planning on taking out a maintenance loan. Find out more about applying for household income assessments