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Dependants Bursary

What is the Dependants Bursary?

Students with financially dependent children may be eligible for a bursary of £500 from UCLan as part of our Financial Support package. 

To be eligible for this bursary you will need to evidence that 

  • You have financially dependent children as shown on your Child Tax Credits or Universal Credits documentation. 
  • You are in receipt of Universal Credits OR the maximum amount of Child Tax Credits. 

If you are in financial hardship or would like to see if you qualify for further support, please complete an application for our Hardship Fund.

For more information about this bursary and eligibility criteria, please click on the links below:

You MUST complete the Dependants Bursary application form to be considered for the Dependants Bursary. 



The Dependants Bursary is for UK/Home students registered on a course. A UK/Home student is defined as a person who meets certain residency conditions (the same conditions apply to eligibility for external student funding support, for example, the maintenance loan). Usually this means you have an unrestricted right to enter and remain in the UK, and you have been ordinarily resident in the UK for four years prior to the start of your course. None of this time must have been wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Overseas and EU students who are eligible for tuition fee support will not be eligible for the Dependants bursary. For further information on support available if you are an EU or Overseas Student please contact The Student Union Advice and Representation Centre or the The <i> Student Information and Support Centre

Students Union Advice and Representation centre Email: / Telephone: 01772 89 4000

The <i> Student Information and Support Centre Email: / Telephone: 01772 89 5000

The criteria detailed below defines the UK/Home students that can apply for the Dependants Bursary:

1) Undergraduate students, either full time or part time, including part time distance learners, following a higher education course, including sandwich courses and any period of placement. All students who study part-time courses on or after 1 September 2021 are required to study at least 25 per cent (30 credits) FTE in each year.

2) Full-time and part-time students on a postgraduate course (including distance learners) following a course that is a minimum of 1 year, and providing that part-time postgraduate students are studying at least 50% per academic year for courses starting before 1 September 2021 and 25% per each academic year for courses starting on or after 1 September 2012 of a full-time equivalent course.

3) NHS students eligible to apply for an NHS bursary or training grant.

Unfortunately, students on Degree Apprenticeship courses are not eligible to apply for the Dependants Bursary. We recommend that you contact the Students Union Advice Centre for further advice about any additional financial support that may be available. 

How the Dependants Bursary is Assessed

Applications for the Dependants Bursary opened on 5 October 2020.

Students cannot apply for the Dependants Bursary more than 9 months after the first day of their course.

Application Processing Times

The first Dependants bursary payments will be made week commencing 5 October 2020 and we will run a payment list each week up until week commencing 28 June 2021 for students that declare their estrangement after enrolment. 

Your application will be assessed within 10 working days of submission and awards will be paid within a further 5 working days from the date your application is approved.

If the evidence that you have provided is not sufficient, we will contact you to let you know and give you the opportunity to provide the evidence needed. You will usually be given 2 weeks to provide the evidence requested, however, we can extend this deadline if you are struggling to access any of the evidence. Please keep in touch with us to let us know if this is the case as we will close any applications where the mandatory evidence required has not been received in the given timescale. 

Where we have had to request additional evidence, these applications will be assessed within 10 working days of the correct evidence being submitted rather than the original submission date. 

Please note that the number of applications that we receive at certain points in the academic year may affect our processing times. We will communicate any delays in processing to you and will ensure that you remain supported during the time it takes for us to process your application. 

Students that are eligible to apply for the Dependants bursary can submit an application once per academic year and must reapply each year of their studies to be considered for support.


For Financial Support Enquiries:
Telephone: 01772 895000 / Email: