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Additional Funding

DGHE offers its own scholarships and bursaries, which at this time are tailored to supporting students from low-income families, Refugees in the UK, Care Leavers and Veterans. See more information on these and how to apply below.

There are also 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, and 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 are 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 Care Leavers 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 4 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 five 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.

Refugee Support Bursary (RSB)

The RSB is a 50% fee waiver for new undergraduate students for each year of full-time studies. We understand that Refugees face additional challenges while building a new life in the UK and will do our best to support throughout studies at DGHE.

In addition to the above bursaries, DGHE also has a hardship fund that can assist students in emergency circumstances of financial need. We encourage students to seek support from our Advice and Wellbeing Service and/or the Registrar and Head of Finance to request assistance.

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

 

Student Success Bursary (SSB)

This bursary is for students from low-income families living in 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 and live in 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 programme is meant to assist students who are in need of additional financial support during the academic year and aims to award students with an additional cash 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 4 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 £25,000; and
  • 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, Cert HE 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 at 02032200347.

The bursary will be removed immediately if:

  • the student withdraws from a programme of study
  • the student is suspended or excluded from the College
  • the student has an unacceptable level of engagement (i.e. if their attendance is below the college’s required attendance rate or has not submitted assignments for that academic term).
  • the 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 Refugees face additional challenges while building a new life in the UK and will do our best to support you throughout your studies at DGHE. This support can reduce student debt burden and may be applied to halve the total payment of HND BTEC tuition fees.

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 at 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 asylum.

Important information – Terms and Conditions

  • You must have approved refugee status in the United Kingdom
  • Be a new entrant to the College for the particular 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 take on a smaller debt. 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.

 

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 five 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.

The Veterans Support Bursary is worth £750 for new undergraduate students who have left the armed forces within the last five years (and their children) . 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. Payments will be made to the student in three instalments of £250 per term. The bursary is dispersed for a maximum of 4 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 five years
  • Be the child of someone who has served in the armed forces and left within the past five years
  • You are a fully registered undergraduate student at DGHE
  • You’ll be studying full-time on a BTEC HND, Cert HE 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 at 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, therefore, subject to change from 1st August 2023. There is also limited availability, so you are advised to apply early. For further information on eligibility or to 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 will do our best to support you at every stage of your studies.

We understand that Care Leavers face additional challenges pursuing education without as much family support and will do our best to support you throughout your studies at DGHE. This cash grant can be used to meet any maintenance needs, such as rental costs, travel costs, childcare and day-to-day costs, etc. Bursary payments will be made to the student in three instalments of £250 per term in the first two terms and £500 in the final term of the year. The bursary is dispersed for a maximum of 4 years (depending on course duration) and cannot be used to pay tuition fees.

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 at 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 three 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 particular 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 total tuition fees.
  • Do not hold an equivalent or higher qualification, i.e. you must not already have an equivalent or higher qualification to the BA/BSc degree you will be undertaking.
  • You must receive the maximum Maintenance Loan assessed by the Student Loans Company.
  • Student Finance England has assessed you and consented to share your information with the College.

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

The 20% fee waiver will mean that students applying for a student loan (SLC) will take on a smaller 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 depends 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 would not receive the prize.
  • 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 struggle to meet your studies’ costs. 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 online 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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