The University of Sussex First-Generation Scholars Scheme provides financialsupport to students from lower-incomefamilies. In 2019, eligible UK students areentitled to the following in addition to anyUK Government support:
- Year 1 – a £2,000 bursary if your household income is under £25,000, or a £1,000 bursary if your household income is between £25,001-£42,875
- Years 2, 3 and 4 – a £1,000 cash bursary in each year
- Year 5 of medical study – not available to students in receipt of an NHS Bursary.
Students studying for a second undergraduate degree are also eligible for the University of Sussex First-Generation Scholars Scheme, provided that their household income is below £42,875.
Your eligibility for the First Generation Scholars Scheme will be assessed by the University of Brighton when you make your application for funding: gov.uk/student-finance
Specific university bursaries are also available for care leavers and students estranged from their families. BSMS students are not eligible for the University of Brighton package of bursaries.
Care leavers are eligible for the Care Leavers Award rather than the First-Generation Scholars Award.
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BSMS students are not eligible for the University of Brighton scheme.
From the fifth year of study, you may be eligible for an NHS Bursary. This may include:
- Support with tuition fees
- Grants towards living costs
- Additional help, depending on your circumstances (eg, Dependents’ Allowance).
For further information see nhsbsa.nhs.uk
Students with a previous degree
If you are a UK student and already have a degree you may find funding difficult for the BM BS degree, as you will not have access to a tuition fee loan. However you may apply for a means-tested Maintenance Loan to help towards living costs such as food and rent. Before you begin your studies, you should make sure that you have adequate funds to cover your living costs and tuition fees for the duration of your course.
You may be eligible for the University of Sussex First-Generation Scholars scheme, and from your fifth year of study you may be eligible for an NHS Bursary to cover tuition fees and maintenance costs.
The universities and external charitable organisations are, at times, able to make additional support available specifically for graduate students, subject to eligibility.
Other financial support
To assist new full-time home (UK) students studying for their first degree, a range of financial support is provided by the UK Government:
- You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your tuition fees in full, which you only start to pay back when you are earning over a certain threshold.
- You can apply for a means-tested Maintenance Loan to help towards living costs such as food and rent.
- If you are a parent or a carer, other means-tested financial support is also available, including a Parents’ Learning Allowance and a Childcare Grant.
See gov.uk/student-finance for further information on statutory funding.
If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will be offered a different package of support: please refer to the relevant funding bodies.
In 2019, EU students are only eligible for a tuition fee loan from the UK Government. There are some exceptions, eg, for EU students who have been living in the UK for more than five years - see gov.uk/studentfinance for more information.
Funding has not been agreed for EU students entering university in 2020.