Fees and Funding


Schools Membership Plus (SMP) Bursary

Details for 2023-2024 entry are yet to be finalised, this page will be updated accordingly.


The details
United Kingdom

The University is offering a £500 cash bursary to support students from School membership Plus (SMP) UK schools and colleges* progressing into higher education.


Our bursary is available for students from SMP schools applying for undergraduate courses who make the University of Essex their firm choice with UCAS by 15 July 2022, and register with us for the academic year 2022-23. For a full list of SMP schools please see the Terms and Conditions.

To be eligible you must meet all of the following conditions:

  • Complete your studies at one of our Schools Membership Plus schools/colleges in 2022
  • Make the University of Essex your firm choice with UCAS by 15 July 2022
  • Progress directly from your studies at one of the named schools membership schools/colleges
  • Register for your first year of study for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Essex in starting in October 2022

Students who aren't eligible

The following students are not eligible for this award regardless of meeting the above criteria:

  • Students on Higher/Degree Apprenticeship courses
  • Students with direct entry into the second year
  • Students studying online distance learning courses

How to apply

There is no application process; bursaries will be automatically paid if you meet the eligibility criteria, which is identified at the process of application to the University.

Full details

Please read the full terms and conditions for your entry year before applying for or accepting a scholarship or bursary. They contain important information about eligibility, how you'll receive your funding and whether this award can be combined with others or not.

Current students

If you're a current student looking for information about an award you received, see our terms and conditions for previous years.