Sussex Bursary

Sussex Bursary (2023)

The Sussex Bursary is for Undergraduate students, with a household income of less than £25,000, you will automatically receive the award directly from Student Finance England. The Sussex Bursary replaced the First-Generation Scholar’s scheme bursary for students starting at Sussex in September 2020.

What you get

£1,000 in your first year of study (either Year 1 or Foundation Year).

£500 in subsequent years.

Type of award

Undergraduate and Foundation Year


The bursary will be paid automatically to you via Student Finance if you meet all the following criteria:

  • Started your undergraduate course on or after September 2023
  • Funded as a Home student in 2023/24
  • Have an assessed household income of less than £25,000
  • Not in receipt of non-means tested grant element to your funding (such as Welsh funded students or Year 2 / 3 Social Worker students)
  • Registered as a full-time student in 2023/24
  • Studying at Sussex (i.e. not on a placement year or Year Abroad).

In order to receive the bursary your household income must be validated by:

Find out more about your household income and Student Finance England's validation process

If you are on a Year Abroad or Placement Year you will not be eligible for the award in that year as you pay a reduced tuition fee to the University.

If you meet the other eligibility criteria and are repeating a year on health or personal grounds you may be eligible for the £500 award. Please get in touch with the Funding Team for more detail.

Students who started their studies before September 2020 will continue to receive the First-Generation bursary if they qualify.

Please Note: If your household income is re-assessed to be above the £25,000 threshold before the award is paid the bursary award will be withdrawn. The previous entitlement letter will no longer apply.

Number of scholarships available



10 June 2024 0:00

How to apply

Bursary application is automatic as the University receives the information directly from Student Finance.

Contact us

Please contact the Funding Team ( if you have any questions.


Bursary notification letters will be sent directly to you from Student Finance in late June 2023. Please check your email and also your online Student Finance portal for receipt of the bursary notification letter

The bursary will be paid in one instalment on or close to the 14th of November each year.


At level(s):

Application deadline:
10 June 2024 0:00 (GMT)


The award is available to people from these specific countries: