Bursaries and scholarships

York bursaries for current students

All students are assessed for York bursaries each year. This includes the York Bursary, HYMS Bursary and Care Leaver Bursary.

A bursary is not a loan - you don't have to pay it back.

Bursary schemes can vary, depending on the year you started your studies. If you are receiving a York BursaryFoundation Year BursaryHYMS Bursary or Care Leaver Bursary, you can find detailed information about your scheme in the following guides:

Guides for current students

Receiving your award

If you are made an award, you will have received a notification email and an award letter in your e:Vision account.

Submit your bank details to receive cash payments

In order to receive any bursary cash payment, submit your bank details using the University’s secure bank detail collection system using your University username and password. We accept both UK and overseas bank accounts and you can use the system to update your details should you change bank. Please note, this system is for bursary payments only. If you need to update your bank details for direct debit collections, please do this using the 'Your finance' section in e:Vision (see Payment methods).

If you do not submit your details, we will not be able to pay you.

Please note that not all awards include cash payments. Please refer to the guides for more details on how your bursary will be paid.

Payment dates

For the 2018/19 academic year, bursaries will be paid on the following dates:

Payment type

Payment method

Payment dates

Tuition fee waiver

Reduction in your tuition fees                 

We inform your student funding provider automatically when your award is approved and they alter your loan accordingly.

Accommodation payment (if you're a first year student in University accommodation)

Applied directly to your accommodation fees

Three equal instalments reducing each accommodation fee charge on:

Friday 12 October 2018
Friday 11 January 2019
Friday 12 April 2019

For example, if you owe £1,800 for a term's rent and are going to receive an accommodation payment of £500 then you will only need to pay £1,300 that term. If you pay your accommodation fees by direct debit, the fees minus the bursary will automatically be taken from your account, and will stop you from accidentally overpaying.

Cash payment

Payment direct to your bank account

Friday 26 October 2018
Friday 8 February 2019
Friday 17 May 2019

Discussing your award

We cannot discuss a case with anyone other than you. If you want someone else (including parents or carers) to discuss your bursary on your behalf, you will need to give the Student Financial Support Unit written permission. Please note we cannot disclose any detailed household income information to anyone.

York bursaries and scholarships for continuing students

There are also additional bursaries and scholarships administered by the University available for students once they have started their studies at York. Please check eligibility criteria before applying. Assessments for all University Bursaries begin in Week 1 and we aim to email all students awarded a Bursary by the end of Week 5.

ScholarshipsAward / eligibilityApplication deadlineHow to apply
York Futures Scholarship
  • Funds students to access opportunities that give them a head start in the job market
  • For students currently in the second year of an undergraduate degree who pass stage one of the York Award and meet certain criteria
  • £1,050 per annum for a maximum of two years
Applications currently closed Applications currently closed
Overseas continuation scholarship
  • £5,000 in the first year of study as a deduction from tuition fees
  • You must hold an offer for PhD study commencing in September 2016 and be a current University of York Masters student to be eligible to apply
  • This is a competitive scholarship based on academic merit and financial need
Applications currently closed Applications currently closed
Santander Elite Sports Scholarship
  • For current students in any year of study who can demonstrate excellence in their chosen sporting activity
  • Two awards of £5,000 available to enhance sporting career
Applications currently closed Applications currently closed

Postgraduate research students

A range of scholarships and studentships are available for prospective and current research students. See the York Graduate Research School pages for more information.

Other bursaries and scholarships

Some external organisations offer scholarships through the University. See their websites for full eligibility criteria. 

Awarding organisationAward / eligibility
Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust
  • For UK students whose parent or spouse is a commercial traveller, grocer or chemist
  • Up to £3,000 per year for undergraduates
  • Up to £5,000 per year for postgraduates

Access Agreement Bursary Admin Policy 2018-19

Access Agreement Bursary Admin Policy 2018/19 (PDF  , 205kb) 

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