Scholarships, Bursaries and Financial Support

We have number of bursaries, scholarships and grants to offer further help for students who choose to study with us.

Please check the individual eligibility criteria to see if you qualify for our University Awards.

You can only qualify for one award at any one time, with the exception of the Sports and Music Scholarships.

2018/19 academic year

Once a student has confirmed their place at the University, eligible students shall be considered for the CCCU Grant.

Variable awards of up to a maximum of £1,000 per academic year will be allocated to students who meet the eligibility criteria.

Grant recipients living in Canterbury Christ Church University owned accommodation, in their first year, will have 50% of the award automatically allocated towards the cost of accommodation. There is also the option to allocate the total amount towards accommodation payment. 

Eligibility criteria

To qualify for the Canterbury Christ Church University Grant, students must:

  • have a household income of £25,000 per annum or less
  • be ordinarily resident in England or be an EU student
  • be paying fees in excess of £6,165 per annum if full-time, or £4,625 (studying at least 25% intensity) if part-time
  • meet any additional eligibility criteria for our scholarships or bursaries (including being on an appropriate course)

Where a fee above the basic fee of £6,165 full-time or £4,625 part-time applies, the amount of bursary paid will apply pro-rata, depending on the annual tuition fee charged for the course studied. Pro-rata arrangements will also apply to eligible part-time students.

Additional criteria

In addition to the standard criteria, eligible students must:

  • be an undergraduate or PGCE (Initial Teacher Training) student;
  • not be in receipt of government educational support of £5,000 or more per annum (this is other than maintenance grants or loans).

How to apply

The allocation of grants take place in the order that eligible students confirm their place at the University and provide Student Loans Company or other required income evidence. It is therefore essential that you provide the Student Loans Company with consent to share your household income information with the University.

Please note:

Awards are limited and eligibility does not guarantee receipt of award.

Canterbury Christ Church University is committed to working with its partner schools in Kent and Medway to make higher education a life-changing opportunity for all students.

Former students from our partner schools are eligible to apply for the Partner School Award to receive £500 per year of study.

Recipients of the Schools Award will also benefit from participating in paid outreach activities to promote university to students in schools and colleges in Kent and Medway, who might not otherwise consider accessing higher education.

How to apply

The application form and a list of our outreach partner schools can be found on our Outreach web pages.

Find out how Canterbury Christ Church University are providing extra funding support for Health and Wellbeing students from September 2017.

Awards of up to £1,500 per year.

Eligibility criteria

You could be eligible for a Sports scholarship if you are an elite level sports performer as judged by the Canterbury Christ Church University Sports Scholarships panel.

To apply you can be studying any subject but must be:

  • an undergraduate
  • full-time.

How to apply

Visit the Christ Church Sport pages to apply.

Eligibility criteria

Awarded to students in the Department of Music and Performing Arts.

General awards

Up to £300 are available to students on any of the School’s courses, and are designed to help you develop your professional practice. This may include support for travel, masterclass fees, or workshop fees for specialist sessions and lessons outside the University.

How to apply

Scholarships are awarded on a case-by-case basis throughout the academic year.

Entry scholarships

Worth £250 and a number are awarded each year to students entering the University. They are designed to encourage you to seek professional experience in support of your University learning from the very start. In particular, they support keen ensemble performers (in any of the music and performing arts disciplines), and are there to kick-start your ability to seek performing and creative platforms in and around Canterbury and Kent.

Second instrument scholarships

Awarded to a number of Music students in their first year of study. These awards are worth £300, which pays for 10 hours of teaching with one of our specialist instrumental teachers on a second instrument.

How to apply

Students are encouraged to apply for second instrument scholarships through audition in their first week on the BMus or BA Music courses.

Further information

For more information, email the Department of Music and Performing Arts.

No matter what you study, if you have the talent you can help form the professional heart of the University Chapel Choir and benefit from our £800 choral scholarships (£1000 for organists and conductors).

How to apply

Visit the Music and Performing Arts scholarships page for more details and to complete the application form.

A £3,600 cash award over the duration of study (£1,200 per academic year).

Eligibility criteria

Students must:

  • be in care, or a care leaver, in the UK who is under 25 years of age and who is, or was, looked after under a Care Order when age 16 for at least 13 weeks (status must be verifiable);
  • have an income background below £25,000
  • not be in receipt of other Christ Church financial support


  • be recognised by the Foyer Federation, or have otherwise been homeless; status must be verifiable.

How to apply

For more information on support for those who are, or have been, in care please email:

Student Support, Health and Wellbeing administer Canterbury Christ Church University’s Access to Learning Fund (ALF), which provides discretionary financial assistance for UK students to access and remain in higher education.

Undergraduates must have applied for their maximum student funding entitlement and have received the first installment before submitting an application.

ALF monies can be awarded as a Short Term Loan of up to £400 in instances whereby receipt of student funding is delayed. Alternatively, ALF can be awarded as a grant. The amount awarded will depend on your individual circumstances and the number of applications received throughout the year.

It is important to note that ALF is intended to act as a safety net for those in financial difficulty, rather than a main source of income.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants for ALF must be a ‘home student’ registered on an undergraduate course - either full or part-time, including part-time distance learners following a higher education course, including sandwich courses and any periods of placement or study abroad.

CCCU gives priority to particularly vulnerable groups of students when deciding how to allocate the funding.

How to apply

Students must meet with a Student Support and Wellbeing Adviser who can assist them with their applications and advise on the most appropriate funding option.

For further enquiries or to make an appointment, please contact the Student Support and Wellbeing team.

Canterbury Christ Church University works in partnership with The Archdeacon of Canterbury (Canterbury Cathedral) under the Article 26 Project to enable those seeking asylum to progress to higher education. Successful applicants for the Article 26 Award at Canterbury Christ Church University will be provided with:

  • Tuition Fee Support: Successful students will be offered a tuition fee waiver until such time as they are awarded status that entitles them to access statutory student support. The fee waiver will not extend to repeat years of study.
  • Study and Travel Support: Successful students will be offered an annual bursary totalling £1000.00 to assist with study and travel expenses. This bursary is contributed by both Canterbury Christ Church University and The Archdeacon of Canterbury’s Office. The bursary is not means‐tested and is paid directly into the student’s bank account in three termly instalments (Term 1 = £250; Term 2 = £250; Term 3 = £500). The bursary will not be paid for repeat years of study.
  • Personal Support: Support will be developed for each student to enable them to identify and overcome barriers to achievement on their degree course.

The University is unable to provide any financial support for accommodation. Students should only apply if they are able to support these costs themselves for the full duration of their university course.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be:

  • An asylum seeker or the partner/dependant of an asylum seeker; OR
  • An asylum seeker/partner/dependant who has been granted Discretionary Leave to Remain (DLR) or some other form of temporary status


  • Have a conditional or unconditional offer of a full-time undergraduate place at Canterbury Christ Church University (NB Postgraduate applicants are ineligible)
  • Have applied to UCAS before the deadline of 15 January in the year you intend to commence your studies
  • Have applied for asylum in the UK before applying to UCAS
  • Currently attending a school, college, community or voluntary group which can provide a reference in support of your application
  • Unable to access statutory student support
  • Live within commuting distance of the University
  • Not require support funding accommodation

Applicants must meet these strict eligibility criteria and be in a position to verify their circumstances in order to apply.

  • Following initial assessment, the University will contact you to let you know whether or not your application will progress to the next stage of the selection process.
  • If your application is taken forward, you will be invited to an interview to verify the information you have provided in your application.
  • If you are successful in being offered an Award you will be informed within ten working days of your interview.

How to apply

Applications closed on 30 April 2018. 

If you have any questions about whether or not you should apply for an award please  email our Student Support and Wellbeing Advisers or call us on 01227 9222675.

We will require verification from Student Finance England of income before we offer an award. Students who are in default of a previous loan with the Student Loans Company (Student Finance England) will not qualify for university financial support.


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