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Changes to the National Scholarship Programme in 2014-15

28 November 2013

This note from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and HEFCE tells you about important changes to the National Scholarship Programme (NSP) for 2014-15. If you’re starting a higher education course in 2014-15 and think you might be eligible for an NSP award, please make sure that you read it.

What is the National Scholarship Programme?

The National Scholarship Programme (NSP) is a government scheme which gives financial help to students studying undergraduate courses in England. It helps both full and part time students (as long as you're studying more than 25% of the full-time equivalent course). The NSP is one of a wide range of financial support packages that universities and colleges offer their students.

Can I get an NSP award?

You might be eligible for an NSP award if:

  • you're in your first year and studying an undergraduate course for the first time
  • you're planning to study in England
  • you have a household income of £25,000 or less
  • you meet any additional eligibility criteria set by the university or college you’re applying to.

You won’t be eligible for an NSP award if you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, or outside the European Union. However, other EU nationals can be considered for an NSP award.

The NSP is in addition to any loans or grants you might apply for. The process of getting an NSP award differs between institutions so you always need to check how your chosen university or college runs their scheme.

Universities and colleges decide who can get an award.

What’s changing in 2014-15?

The NSP will have less money for 2014-15. As a result, universities and colleges are looking at their student support packages. They may decide to make some changes to the packages that they offer to students starting higher education in 2014-15. Most institutions will continue to offer generous packages of bursaries and scholarships for eligible students.

Will this change affect my tuition fee / maintenance grants and loans?

No. This change is only about the NSP, which is one part of a wide range of additional financial support provided by universities and colleges. It does not affect the tuition fee loans and maintenance support you may receive from the Student Loans Company.

How will this change affect NSP awards?

It means that:

  • for 2014-15, the minimum award an eligible student can receive from the NSP is £2,000 instead of £3,000
  • the award can be given in various ways: for example as a fee waiver, as cash or as institutional services (such as discounted accommodation).

The other rules of the NSP will continue to apply (these should be available on universities’ and colleges’ webpages).

What do I need to do?

Universities and colleges that make changes to their financial support package will do this by midday on Monday 16 December 2013. At this point you will need to check the information pages of your chosen university or college web-site to see if they have made any changes.

Where do I find out more?

On 16 December 2013, from midday, check the information pages of the university and college web-sites you’ve applied to. If you have any questions, contact them directly.

What if I decide to change my choice of university or college?

If you are applying through UCAS and wish to alter your choice of university or college as a result of these changes (or for any other reason) you will need to contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468 as soon as possible after 16 December. The deadline for applications and application changes is 15 January 2014.

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