Fees and Funding

Scholarships and funding

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Undergraduate scholarships and funding

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries to make funding your studies easier. Our main awards are listed below and you can search our Scholarship Finder to see what else you might be eligible for.

Scholarships and bursaries

I am ordinarily a resident in: 

European Union

Scholarship / bursary name Valid year of entry  Who it's for
EU Scholarship 2022-2023
Students from the EU who are classified as international fee paying students in academic year 2021-2022
Bulgarian Partnership Bursary
2022-2023
Bulgarian resident students
Double Degree Law EU Scholarship 2021-2022
Students from the EU who are classified as international fee paying students undertaking a Double-degree Law programme in academic year 2021-2022
Romanian Partnership Bursary
2022-2023
Romanian resident students

Overseas

Scholarship / bursary name Valid year of entry  Who it's for
Africa Regional Scholarship 2022-2023 Students from African nations
Americas Regional Scholarship 2022-2023
For undergraduates from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador or Peru in their first year of study
Bahrain Regional Scholarship 2022-2023
For undergraduates from Bahrain in their first year of study
Brunei Regional Scholarship 2022-2023
For undergraduates from Brunei in their first year of study
Essex Global Partner Scholarship 2022-2023
International students studying at one of our global channel partners
Europe (non-European Union) Regional Scholarship 2022-2023
For Undergraduate students from specified European countries that are not members of the European Union, in their first year of study
Indonesian Regional Scholarship 2022-2023
For undergraduates from Indonesia in their first year of study
Iran Regional Scholarship 2022-2023
For undergraduates from Iran in their first year of study
Jordan Regional Scholarship 2022-2023
For undergraduates from Jordan in their first year of study
Lebanon Regional Scholarship 2022-2023
For undergraduates from Lebanon in their first year of study
Mauritius Regional Scholarship 2022-2023
For undergraduate students from Mauritius
South Asia Regional Scholarship 2022-2023 For undergraduate students from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka
Tinson Scholarship 2021-2022  Undergraduate students from the former Soviet Bloc in our School of Law
Law Scholarship 2021-2022
For international undergraduate students studying at one of our global channel partners
UKT Law Premium Scholarship 2022-2023
For international undergraduate students studying at one of our global channel partners

United Kingdom

Scholarship / bursary name Valid year of entry  Who it's for
The Essex Santander Access Bursary 2021-2022 For undergraduate students from Schools Membership Plus (SMP) Schools and colleges or students who have taken part in the Aspire Higher project.
Schools Membership Plus (SMP) bursary 2021-2022
For undergraduate students from Schools Membership Plus (SMP) Schools and colleges progressing into higher education.
Schools Membership Plus Staff Discount 2021-2022
For staff members of eligible SMP schools undertaking an FdA in Therapeutic Communication and Therapeutic Organisations.
VI6 Technology Bursary 2021-2022
For students who have taken part in VI6 as a year 12 or year 13 student from one of the five partner schools.

Non-residential specific Scholarships

Scholarship / bursary name Valid year of entry Who it's for
Essex Pathways Bursary 2021-2022 Students progressing from year 0 to year 1
Essex Preparation Programme Bursary 2021-2022 Students progressing into higher education following the global pandemic who complete the pre-arrival study skills course
International Baccalaureate Excellence Scholarship 2022-2023 Students with excellent International Baccalaureate results
International Experience Bursary 2021-2022
UK students from low income households
Sports scholarships and bursaries 2020-2021
Students with outstanding sporting ability

External Awards

 Scholarship / bursary name  Who it's for
WU Scholars Students holding an offer of an undergraduate place within science, technology, engineering, mathematics and business/entrepreneurship
NHS Learning Support Fund Funding support to healthcare students starting their course in academic year 2021-2022

Other sources of funding

UK students - student loans and benefits

If you're a UK student then you can get a tuition fee loan, so you don't have to pay your fees up front. You may also be eligible for maintenance loans and benefits.

EU student funding

Following the UK's decision to withdraw from the European Union, the UK Government has confirmed that EU students starting in 2021-2022 will be classed as international students and pay international fees. EU students will also not be eligible for UK Government funding from the 2021-2022 academic year (unless you have settled or pre-settled status). For more information please see our changes after Brexit webpage). 

International student funding sources 

There are country-specific funding opportunities, please see our country pages for more information.

If you're a US student you could be eligible to take out a US direct loan.

Charitable trusts and grants

Information about charities and trusts that offer awards and sponsorship to students and their application procedures can be found in the Educational Grants Directory and The Grants Register. Copies of these are available in our Albert Sloman Library, as well as in most public libraries.

You can also try a grants search at Turn2us. Use the keyword "higher education" and then narrow your search by filling in other information about yourself.

Many charities and trusts are only able to award a small number of grants each year, so competition can be fierce. To be in with the best chance of receiving an award it is a good idea to:

  • research charities and trusts carefully as they may have eligibility requirements (e.g. based on your area of residence, family background and subject area)
  • apply as soon as possible (many give deadlines for applications)

East 15 Acting School - charitable trusts and grants

Funding for Acting and Drama courses can be limited and competition for grants is fierce, but it’s worth looking at the sources of funding above as well as these, which are aimed specifically at students in your field:

For ideas of how to secure additional funding take a look at Damian Gaskin’s booklet ‘How to Raise £40,000 and train at Drama School’ (.pdf). (The author has asked you to bear in mind that this was written in 1996, well before all the fundraising advances that the internet and social media have given you and so needs to be read in that context. Please do not contact the author himself for sponsorship!)

You can also take a look at Degrees For Free which has some useful and interesting ideas for fundraising and money-saving. (There is a book of the same name, but don’t feel compelled to buy it, the website is useful in its own right!)

Students with children, carers and care leavers

We provide information for parents, carers and care leavers, including additional sources of funding that you may be eligible for.

Financial support for students in difficulty

We and the Students' Union offer financial support if you are experiencing difficulty with your finances in the form of a bursaries, grants or loans depending on your situation. Have a look on our Financial Support page for more information.