Foundation Year Bursary

This Bursary is a means-tested fee waiver for UK students on the first year of a Foundation Year degree (Year 0).

  • Funding: Fee waiver dependent on residual household income
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Open to: UK (home) students
  • Qualification level: Undergraduate

This bursary is calculated by residual household income as follows: 

Residual household income

Fee waiver

£25,000 or less


£25,001 or more


Household income

The University uses the assessment of household income carried out by Student Finance to automatically assess students for bursary eligibility.

After you've completed the foundation year and move onto the first year of your degree, you may be eligible for the York Bursary (if your residual household income is £35,000 or less).

Bursaries guide for current students.


Open to UK (home) students only.

In order to be eligible you must also have an offer for a place on one of the following courses:

The Foundation Year Bursary is open to students with a 'Home' fee status. If you're unsure whether you're classed as a UK or international student for fee purposes, check your fee status.

If you or your parents withhold your consent to share financial information on your Student Loans application, we will not be able to confirm your eligibility for the bursary.

How to apply

There is no separate application form to complete.

We will automatically assess your eligibility based on your residual household income using the information supplied in your application for Student Loans.

Eligible students will be informed by the end of October 2024.

A letter informing you of your bursary award will be made available via e:Vision. If you were expecting a bursary and have not received this letter on e:Vision by 5pm on 4 November 2024, please email from your University email quoting your nine digit student reference number.

Please make sure your information is up to date before 1 April 2025, as no awards will be made after the final bursary assessment run in April 2025.

Contact details

Student Financial Support
+44 (0) 1904 324043
Office hours: Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm

Careers - On Track

The University offers an exclusive opportunity for first and second year undergraduates in receipt of a York Bursary to participate in On Track. On Track is an opt-in programme which offers opportunities for students to participate in a range of activities which are designed to help them develop key employability skills over the year. This includes access to professional development workshops, coaching and workplace visits, building confidence and professional networks along the way. 

If you are a first or second year undergraduate student and you have received a letter about your bursary eligibility, look out for an invitation to a briefing session in October 2024. This will come from the Careers and Placements team via Handshake. Information about the programme can be found on the On Track Programme webpage.

Contact us

If you have questions relating to any of our funding opportunities, please see the contact details on the specific scholarship or bursary page.