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Funding opportunities

Find out if you can apply for funds to help with your studies

To pay for your studies you may be able to take out a loan from a student finance provider such as Student Finance England. The student finance provider will pay your tuition fees directly to the University at the start of each year.

To find out more about student finance providers, their loans and repayment schedules, please follow the links below.

You might also be eligible to apply for a scholarship or bursary. A list of the scholarships and bursaries available to our students can be found below.

There may be other sources of funding available and we recommend applicants do their own research to find out what options are open to them.

For information on fees for your chosen course, please see the individual course page.

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a range of scholarships and bursaries for our students. These are a form of financial aid given to students which they do not need to pay back.

Vice Chancellor's scholarships

The Vice Chancellor's scholarships award £1,000 every year to undergraduate students who are in particular need of support.

There are 6 scholarships available this year. 2 Welcome Back to Education scholarships and 4 Enabling Education scholarships.

To be eligible for these scholarships you must meet at least 1 of the following criteria:

  • Students who are carers
  • Students who have 1 or more children
  • Students who are estranged from their families and under 25
  • Students whose family circumstances have altered drastically since filling out their loan application (for example bereavement, chronic illness, or divorce)
  • Students with residual household income under £26,000

The Welcome Back to Education scholarships are for students who started Higher Education after the age of 21. The Enabling Education scholarships are for students facing significant barriers to study.

The deadline for submitting applications is 11:59pm on Tuesday 31 December.

If you have any questions about the scholarships or the application process please contact

Apply for a Vice Chancellor's scholarship

Sanctuary scholarships

Our community is made richer by welcoming students from culturally diverse backgrounds. We recognise that these students have already shown remarkable strength, resilience and commitment so each year we will offer a scholarship that includes:

  • A full tuition fee waiver.
  • £1,000 per year towards the costs of living.
  • One-to-one personalised support.

If you, a partner or family member are seeking asylum in the UK or have been granted Leave to Remain you may be eligible for a Santuary scholarship. See the link below for more information and to make your application.

Apply for a Sanctuary scholarship

York St John International Scholarship (York Campus)

We are offering competitive scholarships of up to £1000 for all students who study undergraduate, postgraduate or research courses at our York Campus.

Once you have applied to us and received your offer, you will be invited to complete a short piece of work to tell us how you will contribute to the University and our community. You will be sent a link to the scholarship form and will contact you within two weeks of your scholarship application to inform you of the outcome.

If you are awarded the scholarship this sum will be taken off the fees for your first year of study with us.

Armed forces bereavement scholarships

This scheme provides university scholarships to the children of people who have died serving their country. More information on eligitbility and how to apply can be found at on the GOV.UK website.

Care leavers bursary

As a care leaver you may be entitled to funding from your Local Authority. For more information visit GOV.UK.

York St John University provides financial support for students who have been in care or a Foyer Foundation for at least 3 months in the 3 years before study.

Support for care leavers

Help for single parent students

Single parents can find information on potential sources of funding via the Gingerbread website.

Adult learner support

For information on financial assistance for adult learners please read the Government's Grants and bursaries for adult learners webpage or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

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