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What is the Imperial Bursary?

The Imperial Bursary scheme provides up to £5,000 annually for Home undergraduate students who are eligible for Government student maintenance support. It provides support on a sliding scale for Home Undergraduate students with annual household incomes of up to £60,000. This is much higher than the UK Government threshold for financial support (for example it is £42,875 for 2020 entry). The Government threshold is also the level at which most other UK universities cap their support.

The Imperial Bursary:

  • is available for each year of your course (as long as your annual household income remains under £60,000)
  • does not distinguish between students living at home and students living away from home
  • may be revised each academic year to take into account changes to your household income, you must have your household income assessed each year by the Student Loans Company

The Imperial Bursary is not available for:

  • repeat years of study
  • graduate entry
  • medical students who intercalate in their 5th and 6th year, or who are in receipt of an NHS Bursary
  • overseas students
  • EU students

Students with a year abroad will be eligible for only 15% of the Imperial Bursary in that year and students with a year in industry will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Students undertaking an intercalating year at Imperial will be eligible for the bursary rate of the cohort that they started at their home university

How much is it worth?

The Imperial Bursary amounts vary for each admission year so please check the relevant amounts below for the year that you started your degree or will start.

This bursary offer may need to be adjusted if the government changes the levels of fees or the associated arrangements for supporting students, for examples following the ongoing Higher Education Review.

Imperial Bursary for applicants

Student who will start in 2021

BandHousehold incomeImperial Bursary
 A  £0 – £16,000  £5,000
 B  £16,001 – £50,000  £4,000
 C  £50,001 – £55,000  £3,000
 D   £55,001 – £60,000  £2,000

Imperial Bursary for current students

Students who started in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 or 2020

BandHousehold incomeImperial Bursary
 A  £0 – £16,000  £5,000
 B  £16,001 – £50,000  £4,000
 C  £50,001 – £55,000  £3,000
 D   £55,001 – £60,000  £2,000

Students who started in 2015

BandHousehold incomeImperial Bursary
 A  £25,000 or less  £6,000
 B  £25,001 – £30,000  £5,300
 C  £30,001 – £35,000  £4,600
 D  £35,001 – £40,000  £2,800
 E  £40,001 – £45,000  £1,200
 F  £45,001 – £50,000  £900
 G  £50,001 – £55,000  £600
 H  £55,001 – £60,000  £500

Students who started in 2012, 2013 and 2014

BandHousehold incomeImperial Bursary
 A  £25,000 or less  £6,000
 B  £25,001 – £30,000  £5,300
 C  £30,001 – £35,000  £4,600
 D  £35,001 – £40,000  £3,800
 E  £40,001 – £45,000  £3,100
 F  £45,001 – £50,000  £2,400
 G  £50,001 – £55,000  £1,600
 H  £55,001 – £60,000  £900
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Terms and conditions

Important terms and conditions apply to our Imperial Bursary scheme. Read these in full.

IB eligibility and application details

How do I apply

There is no formal application procedure and no separate application form.

We award Imperial Bursaries based on household income income information that you provide to your relevant government funding body i.e. Student Finance England, Student Finance Northern Ireland, Student Awards Agency for Scotland or Student Finance Wales. This is why only Home students who have applied, and are eligible for government funding are eligible for the scheme.

While you must be income assessed and consent to sharing this information with the College to be considered for the Imperial Bursary, you do not have to take out a government maintenance loan or tuition fee loan to be eligible for this funding. You can make any changes via your student finance online account e.g. your online Student Finance England account.

The Student Loans Company (SLC) is responsible for paying grants and loans on behalf of the Government once you’ve applied through your funding authority. Once SLC confirms your funding entitlement to us, we will email you to confirm the bursary amount that you will receive from Imperial, normally after the release of A Level results.

Is there a deadline?

To make sure that as many people as possible benefit from the Imperial Bursary, the deadline by which we must receive your household income information from SLC is 31 May after the start of the academic year (e.g. we must receive this information by 31 May 2021 for students starting in October 2020).

The earlier you apply for funding (we advise you to apply as soon as possible), the earlier we will be able to confirm what support you will be eligible for.

Payment details

Imperial Bursaries are normally paid directly into your bank account.  If you however wish to use your Imperial Bursary as an Accommodation or Tuition Fee Waiver, you can request this option when you receive your award letter.

All cash bursary payments are dependent on confirmation of your household income from Student Loans Company.

You should provide your bank details securely in the My Person Details tile in My.Imperial.

Bursaries will be paid in instalments from 7 November until 7 June each year.

  • Bursaries of £1,200 or less will be paid in one instalment on 7 November or the 7th of the month following registration if this is later. 
  • Bursaries of more than £1,200 will be paid in equal monthly instalments from 7 November or the 7th of the month following registration (if this is later) until 7 June.

6 Year Medical students

Students who are studying on the 6 year MBBS programme can choose to receive their Imperial Bursary payments in different ways. Please review the MBBS payment options 6 Year MBBS Payment options webpage  for more information.

Care Leavers & Estrangement

Care leavers and estranged students who are in a receipt of an Imperial Bursary will be offered the chance to receive their Bursary two months earlier than the usual first payment date of 7 November 2020.