The Imperial Bursary
The Imperial Bursary is awarded on a sliding scale of between £2,000 and £5,000 a year.
How do I apply for the Imperial Bursary?
There is no separate application form or process.
To be considered for an Imperial Bursary you must apply for a means-tested government loan from your regional funding body (even if you do not intend to take out this loan or any other government loans), e.g. a Maintenance Loan from Student Finance England for students from England.
With your consent, this information is shared with us and we use it to assess your eligibility.
The Student Loans Company (SLC) is responsible for paying grants and loans on behalf of the Government after you’ve applied through your regional funding body.
Once SLC confirms your funding entitlement, we will email you to confirm the bursary amount that you will receive from Imperial, normally after A-level results day.
Is there a deadline?
We must receive your household income information from your regional funding body (which pays the loans) by 31 May after the start of the academic year, e.g. 31 May 2023 for students starting at the College in October 2022 and 31 May 2024 for students starting at the College in October 2023.
We encourage you to submit your application for funding as soon as possible so we can confirm what support you will be eligible for.
How do I receive the money from the bursary?
The Imperial Bursary is paid directly into your bank account in equal monthly installments from 7 November until 7 June each year.
You should provide your bank details securely in the My Person Details tile in My.Imperial.
If you wish to use your Imperial Bursary as an Accommodation or Tuition Fee Waiver, you can request this option when you receive your award letter.
Am I eligible for the Imperial Bursary?
If you’re a Home student and your household income remains below £60,000, you automatically qualify for the Imperial Bursary every year.
The Imperial Bursary is not available for:
- Overseas students
- EU students
- Students not in attendance (resitting only, or repeating part of the year)
- Graduate entry students (Final year MBBS A109 students are now eligible for the Imperial Bursary)
- If you are spending a year studying abroad, you are eligible for 15% of the Imperial Bursary for that year
- If you are spending a year in industry, you are assessed for the Imperial Bursary on a case-by-case basis
- If you are spending an intercalated year at Imperial, you are eligible for the bursary rate of the year you started at your home university
- If you are repeating the full year, you are eligible for the bursary if you are eligible for statutory Government (SFE or regional body) funding for your ‘plus one’ year of funding or a Compelling Personal Circumstances year of funding.
I'm an MBBS Medicine student. Is my bursary awarded differently?
We have recently expanded our bursary scheme so that eligible students on the MBBS Medicine programme can receive the Imperial Bursary for each year of their six year course.
I'm a care leaver/estranged student. How am I affected?
Care leavers and estranged students who are eligible for an Imperial Bursary are offered the chance to receive their first payment two months earlier than the first payment date.