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2020/21 Queen Mary University of London Bursary

In 2006 Queen Mary University of London introduced a package of bursaries to assist undergraduate students who are in most need of financial support with the costs of being a student in higher education.
         
The amount of the bursary you receive each year will depend on your household income which is assessed during your application for UK government student finance.

If you are eligible to receive a QMUL bursary you will not have to repay it.

Please note that all international students and those EU nationals who are only eligible for a tuition fee loan will not be eligible for a QMUL bursary.

Medicine and Dentistry students are eligible for the QMUL Bursary when in years where tuition fees are funded by a student loan or yourself; students in NHS funded years are not eligible for the QMUL bursary. 

Applying for the bursary for 2020/21

You do not need to make a separate application for the QMUL bursary. To receive a QMUL bursary you must have applied to your regional student funding authority for income assessed UK government financial support for higher education students. The regional student funding authorities are:

Student Finance England
Student Finance Wales
Student Finance Northern Ireland
Student Awards Agency for Scotland

When you do so, you will be asked to give your consent to your information being shared with the university you will join. If your sponsors/parents are submitting financial details about themselves as part of your application, they will also be asked to give their consent. It is important that this consent is given so that we can view these details to decide whether your assessed household income means you qualify for a QMUL bursary.

If you are applying for student support for the first time you also need to ensure that your regional student funding authority has verified your information, finalised your financial assessment and confirmed this to you and the Student Loans Company before we can assess you for a bursary. If your student finance assessment is still provisional please contact Student Finance England to enquire why.

The final date that we will assess you for a bursary is 31 July 2021 and it is your responsibility to ensure that we receive all the relevant information from Student Finance by this date and assessments during peak periods can take in excess of 8 weeks of submission of a complete application. . Student Finance have their own deadlines for applications, you have 9 months from the beginning of the academic year to apply for all funding. This is calculated based on entry period and for QMUL courses in 2020/21 you will have until 31st May 2021 to apply.

You will receive notification, via your online Student Finance portal, once you have been approved for the QMUL Bursary. You should receive a text message from Student Finance telling you there is 'new correspondence'. Approvals will take place once you have fully enrolled and will be ongoing throughout the year. Most people will get their notification between October and January. 

Getting income assessed

If you have an account for 2020/21, because you have taken out a fee loan or a non-means tested loan, you can request to be means tested. You and your financial sponsor(s) will need to send some forms to Student Finance. You do not have to take any loans if you do not want to do so and you can enter zero for the amount of loan requested.

• Visit SFE Household Income Assessment
• Download Include household income for an application made in 2020/21 - this needs to be completed by you 
• Download PFF2 form for parents and partners of students applying in 2020/21 - this needs to be completed by your financial sponsor(s)
• If you do not want to take out the maintenance loan write on the form that you are requesting a full income assessment for bursary purposes only 
• Return the completed forms together to the address on the form

Once the assessment has been completed we will automatically assess you for a bursary. You must ensure that your financial information reaches us before 31st July 2021 in order to be assessed for a bursary this year.

If you have no previously applied for any loans for the current academic year you will need to make an application to Student Finance, you can o this online if you want to be means tested for loan purposes too, however if you do not wish to take out any loans then you will need to contact Student finance by telephone to request the forms be sent to you. 

Receiving the bursary

When you have been assessed for a bursary you will receive an award letter, you will be sent an email confirmation asking you to login in to 'Letters and Emails' on the Student Finance online portal. The letter will detail the amount of money you are due to receive and the dates it is due to go into your bank account. It will also detail the bank account where the money will be paid. This is the account your student loan maintenance payments are made to and should you wish to amend this, you will need to contact the number on the letter. 

The amount of bursary you may be eligible for is determined by the student funding cohort you are in. This is usually determined by when you started your current course, but if you have previously withdrawn, suspended or transferred from a higher education course prior to starting your current course you might be covered by the bursary rules for the year in which you started in higher education.

Standard payment dates for the bursary are 50% in the third week in February and 50% in the third week of May. 

Bursary awards for students who started their course in 2018, 2019 or 2020

If you started your course in September 2018, 2019 or 2020 the table below shows the bursary you may be eligible for in 2020/21

 

Assessed household incomeQueen Mary University of London bursary
Less than £20,000 £1,700
£20,000 - £35,000 £1,000
More than £35,000 £0

Bursary awards for students who started their course in 2015, 2016 or 2017

If you started your course in September 2015, 2016 or 2017 the table below shows the bursary you may be eligible for in 2020/21

 

Assessed household incomeQueen Mary University of London bursary
£0 - £25,000 £1,571
£25,001 - £42,600 £1,256
More than £42,600 £0

Bursary awards for students who started their course in 2012, 2013 or 2014

If you started your course in September 2012, 2013 or 2014 the table below shows the bursary you may be eligible for in 2020/21

 

Assessed household incomeQueen Mary University of London bursary
£0 - £25,000 £1,500
£25,001 - £42,600 £1,200
More than £42,600 £0

 

Bursary awards for students who started their course in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011

If you started your course in September 2008, 2009, 2010 or 2011 the table below shows the bursary you may be eligible for in 2020/21

 

Assessed household incomeQueen Mary University of London bursary
£0 - £25,000 £1,159
£25,001 - £34,613 £925
More than £34,613 £0

 The bursary is usually paid in two instalments, the first in late February and the second in late May

 

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