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WA financial awards

WA financial awards

We recognise that many students have personal circumstances or meet Widening Access criteria that means they could benefit from some additional financial support.

Below you will find some of the Widening Access focused financial awards that Royal Holloway offer.

We have pointed out which ones you will receive automatic consideration for upon registering as a student with us, and those awards that you have to apply for. 

Full list of bursaries & scholarships available


£2,400 for your first year of study with us

We have 10 awards to offer 

You must be applying to us from an Aspiring School/College or live in an area where fewer people typically progress to higher education (POLAR 4, Q1)

You must hold a conditional or unconditional offer to study with us to apply

Full details and how to apply click here

£1,000 for each year that you study with us

You must be a UK student aged 21 or over when starting your first year of study, with a household income of £25,000 a year or less, as verified by the Student Loans Company.

You must also have achieved a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma and have an unconditional offer from Royal Holloway.

For full details click here
£1,500 each year you study with us for household incomes less than £25,000/year
£500 each year you study with us for household incomes between £25,000 - £30,000/year

You must be a UK student studying an undergraduate degree and have your household income verified by the Student Loans Company.

If you already have or are on track to get AAA or equivalent grades and your household income is less than £25,000 you might also qualify for the Elaine Etherton Scholarship

If you are a mature learner (older than 21) with a household income of less than £25,000 a year you may also be eligible for the Access Mature Student Bursary

For full details click below: 
Household income under £25,000
Household income between £25,000 - £30,000
£5000 every year that you study with us

You must be aged between 18 - 25 and be assessed as a care leaver (a person who has been looked after by a local authority for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14, and who was in care on their 16th birthday)

If you think you are eligible for this bursary we would really like to hear from you, please contact us via  or 01784 414240

For full information here
Pay no tuition fees for 3 years of undergraduate study with us

You must have UK fee status and be a UK National, living in the UK with expected or final grades at GCE A-Level of at least BBB or equivalent.

You must be applying to study one of our STEM subject degrees, a full list of eligible courses can be found here

You must also meet two of the below criteria:

  • Attend an Aspiring School (low performing school)
  • Disability
  • In Local Authority care for more than three months
  • Mature students (aged 21 or over at the start of the course)
  • Live in a lower participation in higher education neighbourhood (POLAR 4, Q1)
  • Parents/carers have not attended university 
For full details and how to apply please click here
Pay no tuition fees for 3 years plus receive a £12,000 scholarship each year that you study with us

To be considered for the Sanctuary Scholarship, you must:

  • Be an asylum seeker, the child of an asylum seeker or hold Discretionary Leave to Remain
  • Be ineligible to obtain funding from the Student Loan Company (tuition fee loans or maintenance loans)
  • Have a right to study in the UK
  • Hold an offer to study an undergraduate course at Royal Holloway
  • Submit a completed scholarship application form by the deadline
For full details and how to apply please click here
Up to £6000 cash award (across 3 years) for UK students with Home fee status.

Application requirements: 

  • Already have or be on track to get AAA or equivalent grades
  • Identify as one of the following ethnicity categories
    • Black African; Black Caribbean; Black Other; Mixed – White and Black Caribbean; Mixed – White and Black African; or Other mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other)
  • Hold an offer to study English or a related subject with us
Find out more and apply by clicking here

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