Fees and Funding


Schools Membership Plus (SMP) Bursary


The details

The University is offering a £1,000 cash bursary to support students from School Membership Plus (SMP) UK schools and colleges progressing into higher education.


You must meet all of the following conditions:

  • complete your studies at one of our Schools Membership Plus schools/colleges in 2021
  • register for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Essex with first enrolment in October 2021
  • progress directly from your studies at one of the named schools membership schools/colleges
  • for 2021-2022 entry: students must make Essex your firm choice on UCAS by 17 September 2021

Students who aren't eligible

You are not eligible for this award, even if you meet the criteria above, if you:

  • defer your entry (if you defer entry to the following year, the award will be withdrawn, though you may be considered again under the following year's terms and conditions)
  • are on Higher/Degree Apprenticeship courses
  • are a student with direct entry into the second year
  • are 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.

Schools Membership Plus (SMP) Bursary - Terms and conditions for 2021-2022 entry (.pdf)

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