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University Bursaries 2020-21

The COVID-19 BURSARY will be paid directly to eligible students from 4th June 2021. This bursary is payable to NI/GB undergraduate and PGCE students only whose household income is lower than the NI median. The bursary has been awarded to help students with the costs of higher education, and alleviate challenges faced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Household income is taken from submitted and verified information held by the SLC (SFE/W/SFNI) for the 2020-21 academic year. Notification letters will be sent out to students confirming their eligibility. The current NI median income is assessed as £28,000. Therefore only eligible students whose household income is assessed at £28,000 and under will receive this bursary.

Students cannot apply for this bursary and assessment of eligibility is done solely on household income information held by the SLC for the acdemic year 2020-21.

Please note only only NI and GB undergraduate and PGCE students are eligible to receive this bursary.

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The QUEEN'S BURSARY is 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.

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 £4,395/ £9,000/£9,250.

The Queen’s Bursary is also available, on a pro-rata basis, to eligible compulsory "year out" students.

Table 1

Table 1 Queen's Bursaries available to eligible students for the academic year 2020-21.


 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 awarded when outstanding tuition fees are paid and the suspension has been lifted.
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