The Life Long Learning Bursary seeks to encourage mature students who might otherwise be unable to undertake Undergraduate study, to apply to and successfully complete an Undergraduate degree.
Mature students are under-represented within the Brunel University London student population and as such, Brunel is committed to supporting mature students in entering higher education.
The bursary is available to Home fee paying applicants who will be the age of 25 or over on the course start date, and who are beginning Undergraduate courses at Brunel University London and the Brunel Pathway College (BPC) in September 2023.
Priority in allocating the award will be given to students who at the time of application are residents of the London Borough of Hillingdon, Care Leavers, or are residents in an area of deprivation (as defined by the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) 2019 Quintiles 1 and 2).
Eligibility for The Life Long Learning Bursary
To be eligible for a Life Long Learning Bursary an applicant must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be aged 25 or over on the course start date.
- Must hold an offer of a place on a full time Undergraduate course starting at FHEQ Level 4 (including Foundation year, Placement routes and Undergraduate Integrated Masters programs).
- Offer must be ‘Unconditional Firm’ (UF) by the date the Scholarship Allocation Panel make their awards in October (i.e. applicant must have met all offer conditions and firmly accepted the place).
- Must commence the course in the upcoming academic year (applicants for deferred entry will be considered for a scholarship in the year they start their course and not in the year of their course application). The applicant must submit a fresh application in the year they intend to start the course.
- Have been assessed as a Home fee payer for fee purposes based on the UK government regulations. Applicants who are unsure of their fee status should note Brunel uses the information they have provided in their application form to assess fee status against regulations set by the UK government. For information on these regulations please visit the independent organization UKCISA’s website.
- Must have submitted a completed scholarship application by the 31 July 2023 deadline. Late applications will not be considered.
How to Apply
- To be considered applicants must complete an application form, which requires a supporting statement of 250 words explaining why they would be a suitable recipient of the bursary.
- Applicants will additionally be required to submit evidence of postcode in the form of a council tax bill.
- Evidence of care leaver status will be required, however this can be provided after the point of application if not yet available. Full details of the evidence required can be found below in section 2(c) ‘Proof of Eligibility’.
Benefits of The Life Long Learning Bursary
- Full fee waiver for each level of study.
- The bursary will only be paid once for each eligible level of study, subject to normal progression criteria having been met (additional payments will not be made during a repeating year, regardless of the reason for repetition).