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Additional Funding

DGHE offers its own scholarships and bursaries, which at this time are tailored to supporting refugees in the UK, care leavers, veterans, and students from low-income families. See more information on that and how to apply below.

There are a number of non-DGHE scholarships/grants available to students before arrival that you should investigate, and if eligible, apply for as soon as possible. All information is correct at the time of publication.

Do take the time to look through the sections below. Links for UK/EU students, Mature students, Disabled Students, BAME students, Care Leavers and Refugees, and more are included.

Before you arrive/enrol at DGHE

‘Big Fat Guide to Student Finance’

An excellent guide for prospective students can be found in the ‘Big Fat Guide to Student Finance’ on the ‘Save the Student’ website.

UK Student Loans
Check if you are eligible for student finance, find out how much you can get, how to apply, and when you start repaying.

Extra Help
Students with Disabilities/Learning Differences, low income, childcare/dependents requirements may be eligible for some extra help from SFE.

UK Students Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)
Students with a learning difficulty, health problem, or disability may be eligible for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). Check if you are eligible.

UK Mature Students
You can study at university as a mature student even if you do not have traditional qualifications. You can also apply for funding.

EU students
Check your eligibility with SFE.

EU/EEA/Swiss Students and Brexit
Further information about EU/EEA/Swiss students and Brexit can be found on the UCKISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs including information about immigration status.

Save the Student
Additional Student grants bursaries and scholarships on the Save the Student site.

Turn2us
Resources for other Grants: Turn2us.

UK Ethnic Minorities students
You may find scholarships and other resources on the Save the Student Site.

Care Leavers
The Careleavers Foundation has extra information and grants for Care leavers under 29 years of age.

Refugees/Asylum seekers
UCAS has lots of useful links for additional funding.

Students can find free and impartial advice about managing finance generally, including mortgages on the Money Advice Service site.

DGHE Scholarships and Bursaries

When you submit your application to study at DGHE, you will be given the opportunity to request that you be considered for a scholarship or bursary. We currently have 3 opportunities open to our students:

Student Success Bursary (SSB)

This bursary is for students from low-income families or areas of high deprivation. The SSB is worth £750 for new undergraduate students for each year of full-time studies.

Veterans Support Bursary (VSB)

The Veterans Support Bursary is worth £750 for new undergraduate students who have left the armed forces within the last 5 years, for each year of full-time studies

Care Leavers Scholarship (CLS)

The Care Leavers Scholarship consists of a 20% fee waiver for each year of full-time study and a £1,000 per year bursary to help towards general living costs and expenses. It is offered to Home status undergraduate students who are joining the College having spent some time in local authority care.

 

Student Success Bursary (SSB)

This bursary is for students from low-income families or areas of high deprivation. The SSB is worth £750 for new undergraduate students for each year of full-time studies.

 

Money should never be a barrier to education. If you are from a low-income family, an area with high levels of deprivation or an area where very few students go to university, then we will offer you up to £750 each year of your course to support you with your studies and living costs. Bursary payments will be made to the student in three equal instalments of £250/term.

This scheme is here to assist students who are in need of additional financial support during the academic year and aims to help and award students with an additional grant that can be used to meet any maintenance needs, such as rental costs, travel costs, childcare costs, day-to-day costs etc. The scheme runs for a maximum of 3 years (depending on course duration) and cannot be used to pay tuition fees.

Eligibility

To apply for this bursary, you must be a UK student and:

  • Have a combined household income of less than £25000; or
  • Live in a low participation postcode, you can check here (POLAR4 quintiles 1 and 2); or
  • Live in high deprivation area, you can check here (Index of Multiple Deprivation 20% most deprived)

In addition:

  • You qualify for the maximum level of means-tested government maintenance or special support grants
  • You have been assessed by Student Finance England and have given consent for it to share your information with the College.
  • You are a fully registered undergraduate student at DGHE
  • You’ll be studying full-time on a BTEC HND or BA/BSC course.
  • You are in regular attendance and engaged with your studies.
  • You are fee assessed as a home student.
  • You are not in receipt of another bursary.

We will give priority to students from the following backgrounds:

  • First in the family to go to university
  • Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority students
  • Young carers
  • Students from military families

How To Apply

If you want to apply for this bursary, please fill out and submit the form; if you require more information please email funding@dghe.ac.uk or contact us on 02032200347.

The bursary will be removed immediately if:

  • a student withdraws from a programme of study
  • a student is suspended or excluded from the College
  • a student has made any misrepresentation or acted fraudulently or dishonestly
    *Students are limited to one bursary.

 

Refugee Scholarship

If you hold status as a Refugee in the United Kingdom, DGHE wants to support your education and personal growth. We will offer you a 50% fee waiver for each year of any HND course you wish to enrol in at DGHE. We understand that you face additional challenges and we will do our best to support you at every stage of your studies.

 

How To Apply

If you want to apply for this bursary, please fill out and submit the form; if you require more information please email funding@dghe.ac.uk or contact us on 02032200347.

Please email your evidence from the Government of the United Kingdom confirming your status as a refugee. Please note that we are currently unable to support prospective students who are seeking asylum, but only those with approved refugee status.

Here can find more information about claiming aslyum.

Important information – Terms and Conditions

  • You must have approved refugee status in the United Kingdom
  • Be a new entrant to the College for the 2022/23 academic year
  • Be entering your first year of full-time undergraduate study at levels 4 or 5 (BTEC HND).
  • Be a ‘Home’ student for tuition fee purposes and be eligible for full tuition fees.
  • Not hold an equivalent or higher qualification i.e. you must not already hold a qualification that is equivalent or higher to the BA/BSc degree that you will be undertaking
  • The 50% fee waiver will mean that students applying for a student loan (SLC) will be taking on a smaller amount of debt each year. It also applies to self-funded students.

The bursary will be removed immediately if:

  • a student withdraws from a programme of study
  • a student is suspended or excluded from the College
  • a student has made any misrepresentation or acted fraudulently or dishonestly

*Students are limited to one bursary.

In addition:

  • Continued eligibility for this award is dependent on an attendance rate of 80% (this will be monitored throughout the academic year).
  • You must have successfully progressed onto the next year of study to be eligible for the award so students in a repeat year of study would not receive the award.
  • You are not in receipt of another bursary.

Note: for further information on SfE eligibility click here.

Veterans Support Bursary (VSB)

This Bursary is for students who have previously served in the UK Armed Forces – and their children. The Veterans Support Bursary is worth £750 for new undergraduate students who have left the armed forces within the last 5 years, for each year of full-time studies.

 

There are estimated to be around 2.6 million veterans living in the UK. Having served in the Armed Forces and dedicated their lives to the safety of the nation, they are men and women who have trained explicitly for the demands of military life in our nation’s unfailing defence.

This bursary gives student veterans, or students with veteran parents, the financial ability to purchase items relating to their education, to cover travel costs or to use for other general expenses.

The Veterans Support Bursary is worth £750 for new undergraduate students who have left the armed forces within the last 5 years (and their children) and is paid in 3 equal termly instalments. The scheme runs for a maximum of 3 years (depending on course duration) and cannot be used to pay tuition fees.

Eligibility

You will need to meet the following criteria to receive the bursary.

  • Have served in the armed forces and left within the past 5 years
  • Be the child of someone who has served in the armed forces and left within the past 5 years
  • You are a fully registered undergraduate student at DGHE
  • You’ll be studying full-time on a BTEC HND or BA/BSC course.
  • You are in regular attendance and engaged with your studies.
  • You are fee assessed as a home student.
  • You are not in receipt of another bursary

How To Apply

If you want to apply for this bursary, please fill out and submit the form; if you require more information please email funding@dghe.ac.uk or contact us on 02032200347. Please email the evidence of your service in the armed forces to funding@dghe.ac.uk.

The bursary will be removed immediately if:

  • a student withdraws from a programme of study
  • a student is suspended or excluded from the College
  • a student has made any misrepresentation or acted fraudulently or dishonestly

*Students are limited to one bursary.

 

Note: The terms and conditions relating to these bursaries and scholarships are reviewed annually and are therefore subject to change from 1st August 2022. There is also limited availability so you are advised to apply early. For further information on eligibility or to simply ask questions please contact us at funding@dghe.ac.uk

 

Care Leavers Scholarship (CLS)

If you’re a Care Leaver, we will offer you a 20% fee waiver and £1,000 for each year of your course to help you during your studies. We understand that you face additional challenges and we will do our best to support you at every stage of your studies.

How To Apply

If you want to apply for this bursary, please fill out and submit the form; if you require more information please email funding@dghe.ac.uk or contact us on 02032200347. Please email your evidence of A signed letter on local authority headed paper from your leaving care team confirming your previous care arrangements.

You can find more information on Care Leaver Status and Student Finance on the UCAS Website.

Important information – Terms and Conditions

  • You must have been in the care of a local authority in the UK for a period of 3 months or more between the age of 14 and school-leaving age (18 years)
  • Be aged under 25 at point of entry
  • Be a new entrant to the College for the 2022/23 academic year
  • Be entering your first year of full-time undergraduate study at levels 4, 5 or 6.
  • Be a ‘Home’ student for tuition fee purposes and be eligible for full tuition fees
  • Not hold an equivalent or higher qualification i.e. you must not already hold a qualification that is equivalent or higher to the BA/BSc degree that you will be undertaking
  • You must be in receipt of the maximum Maintenance Loan as assessed by the Student Loans Company.
  • You have been assessed by Student Finance England and have given consent for it to share your information with the College.

This bursary is offered as part of our commitment to accessibility and widening participation in higher education. You will get a further £200 in the final year to support the costs of attending graduation. Bursary payments will be split over three termly instalments.

The 20% fee waiver will mean that students applying for a student loan (SLC) will be taking on a smaller amount of debt each year.

The bursary will be removed immediately if:

  • a student withdraws from a programme of study
  • a student is suspended or excluded from the College
  • a student has made any misrepresentation or acted fraudulently or dishonestly
    *Students are limited to one bursary.

In addition:

  • Continued eligibility for this award is dependent on an attendance rate of 80% (this will be monitored throughout the academic year).
  • You must have successfully progressed onto the next year of study to be eligible for the award so students in a repeat year of study would not receive the award.
  • You are not in receipt of another bursary.

 

Note: for further information on SfE eligibility click here.

After you enrol/arrive at DGHE

After you enrol/arrive at DGHE
DGHE encourages you to seek help as early as possible if you are struggling to meet the costs of your studies. Don’t wait until you have nothing, we may be able to direct you to fund or support for your particular situation.

Saving Money while you are a student
Think ahead and research the many ways you can save money once you have enrolled as a student.

Don’t forget you can get discounted Travel and with the student TOTUM card you can get money off lots of shopping, including groceries.

If you lose your job or have debt you can get Free and Impartial advice from Money Advice Service.

DGHE Dyslexia/dyspraxia Means-tested contribution for full Diagnostic Assessment
Students who suspect they may have a Specific Learning Difference (SpLD) such as dyslexia/dyspraxia/ADHD may request a free on-line screening via the Advice and Wellbeing Service (AWS). If the screening indicates a high probability of an SpLD they may be referred for a full Diagnostic Assessment in order to apply for the DSA. The full cost of the Assessment is £325. If students have difficulty meeting the full cost they may be eligible to apply for assistance with the cost of up to a maximum of £225. Students not eligible for DSA should speak with the Advice and Wellbeing Officer who may be able to provide some funding towards costs of reasonable adjustments, such as specialist software.

If you would like to speak confidentially to someone about any of the above Additional Funding resources, please contact Ms.Fiona Nouri, Head of Student Experience & Wellbeing at f.nouri@dghe.ac.uk

Funding resources for disabled students

Various types of funding are available to disabled students. You may find the links below useful.

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