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University Bursaries 2018-19

  • QUEEN'S BURSARY: Paid directly to an eligible student's bank account in one instalment, normally by February. Students will receive a letter, notifying them that they are eligible, prior to payment of the award in February. Please note there are currently a range of award levels, based on the year in which a student commences his/her current programme of study at the University. These are set out in the tables below.

The entitlement of full-time NI/GB undergraduate and PGCE students to the Queen’s Bursary is assessed on the basis of household income and payment of fees of £4,160/ £9,000/£9,250.

The Queen’s Bursary is also available, on a pro-rata basis, to eligible compulsory "year out" students. Please note there are currently a range of award levels, based on the year in which a student commences his/her current programme of study at the University. For students who commenced study prior to academic year 2015-16, please contact Student Finance Office, Student Guidance Centre 02890972898, for further information on award level.

Table 1

Table 1 below outlines the Queen's and Student Experience Bursaries available to eligible students, who commenced study in the academic years 2015-16 onwards.


 Queen's Bursary

Queen's Student Experience Bursary

Household Income


      Year Out       


 Up to £19,203




Queen's Bursary Payment Regulations

  • The bursary will be paid in mid February on the basis of a student’s verified household income.
  • Bursary payments, as a result of a household income reassessment by the Education Authority, whether favourable or otherwise, will be adjusted for the current academic year only.
  • If a student is suspended for any reason, he/she will not be paid a bursary while the suspension is in place.  Any bursary entitlement for the year will be paid if the suspension is lifted within the current academic year.


Queen's Student Experience Bursary

The Student Experience Bursary which is only available to students who commenced study prior to 2015-16  and have household income less than £34,203. The bursary which is credited onto a student's student card can be spent, upon presentation of the student card, in the following areas:

  • Membership of Queen's Sport
  • At the QFT
  • A range of extra-curricular activities, under the Degree Plus programme
  • Printing on campus and at the help desk in the McClay Library
  • Blackwell's Pop-up Shop at 42 University Street, Belfast (from September 2018)
  • Purchase stationery items at the Students' Union Shop
  • Language Centre (The McCLay Library)
  • The Welcome Centre
  • Careers (At the Student Guidance Centre)

Information about using the Student smart card is available here

The Student Experience Bursary is not redeemable against any other University facilities, or for cash.  Expenditure incurred on the above, will be deducted automatically from the balance held on the student card.

The Student Experience Bursary must be fully utilised before a student graduates from his/her undergraduate/PGCE course.  No refunds will be given for any unspent monies, as the bursary is specifically to help students, whilst studying at the University. Funds not used, prior to graduation, will subsequently be withdrawn.

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