UCAT Bursary Scheme: What is it? How to Apply for it?

UCAT

2020-03-16

Today on the Medify blog, we’re talking about the UCAT Bursary Scheme. We’re looking at what it is and who’s entitled to it, in a bid to help you find out if you can get some monetary help ahead of the test.

Let’s face it, educational fees can be expensive and any help you’re entitled to can make the process of applying for the UCAT test even more appealing. 

What is the UCAT bursary scheme?

UK and EU candidates in financial need may be able to sit the UCAT for free, thanks to the UCAT Bursary Scheme. It’s easy to apply for a bursary voucher, too. The process won’t take long and applications will be processed fast. If you’ve already paid for your test, you can still apply for a bursary voucher.

Opening on Wednesday 1st July 2020 (9am), the application deadline for the Bursary Scheme is Thursday 1st October 2020 at 4pm, with your voucher expiring on Friday 16th October 2020.

Who is eligible for the UCAT Bursary?

If you’re wondering if you’re eligible for the Bursary Scheme, the UCAT site has all the information you need. Essentially, you must meet one of the criteria listed via the link above (and in the bullet points below), as well as providing one piece of evidence to support your application.

The criteria include being eligible for free school meals, receiving a 16 to 19 Bursary (England) or Maintenance Allowance (EMA) in Scotland, Wales or Northern Island, or receiving learner support (FE 19+) or the equivalent funding for Scotland, Wales or NI. 

You are also eligible if you receive:

  • A grant from Student Finance England or Maintenance Loan (full-rate)
  • A Student Finance Wales or Northern Ireland Grant full rate)
  • Income Support
  • Universal Credit
  • Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Working or Child Tax Credit
  • Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA)
  • EU State Benefit
  • Asylum Support.

What evidence do I need to apply for the UCAT Bursary Scheme?

If you receive free school meals, you must provide a recent letter from your school or college, which confirms your receipt of free school meals which are funded by the local authority only.

For students with a 16 to 19 Bursary (England) or Education Maintenance Allowance in Wales, Scotland or Northern Island, remember to send your official award letter. This will be for the academic year 2019/20 or 2020/21; they will not accept evidence that relates to bursaries or scholarships at fee-paying or independent schools.

People who receive Learner Support (FE 19+) or the equivalent funding for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland should upload their official award letter. This should be for the academic year 2019/20 or 2020/21.

For the evidence you require for all other criteria listed in the bullet-pointed list above, please head here.

How do I apply for the UCAT Bursary Scheme?

To apply for the Bursary Scheme, you are required to complete the application form as seen at the bottom of this page. Scroll all the down the page and you’ll see the “Apply for a Bursary” button, as pictured above. When applying, you must also either upload, email or post your evidence to the UCAT Consortium.


Feeling a bit overwhelmed and anxious? Please don’t worry, head over to our UCAT 2020 Online Course and we’ll get you signed up to guide you through this whole process.

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