We have grants, scholarships and bursaries to help make University affordable and living costs achievable. Unlike student loans, you don't need to pay back these awards.

When you confirm your place at CCCU and have applied for your Student Loan you will be automatically allocated a grant of up to £600 a year if you meet the qualifying criteria set out below.

It’s therefore essential that you provide the Student Loans Company with consent to share your household income information with the University.

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

  • have a household income of £25,000 per year 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 if part-time 
  • meet any additional eligibility criteria for our scholarships or bursaries (including being on an appropriate course)
  • be an undergraduate or PGCE (Initial Teacher Training) student
  • not be in receipt of government educational support of £5,000 or more per year, including the Government Grant for Health, and Department for Education Bursaries and Scholarships (but excluding Student Loans Company maintenance grants or loans)

Students who meet the eligibility criteria and are paying the standard full-time undergraduate tuition fees of £9,250 will be entitled to the full £600 grant.

If you're studying a course where tuition fees are less than £9,250, a foundation year or foundation degree, then the amount you receive will be less than £600. The exact sum will be calculated on a pro-rata basis depending on the fee you're paying.

If you're a part-time student studying a course with tuition fees in excess of £4,625, the amount you receive will be calculated on a pro-rata basis depending on the fee you're paying.

Please note: If you live in our University-owned accommodation, 50% of the grant you receive will be automatically allocated towards the cost of your accommodation. There is also the option to allocate the total amount towards your accommodation payment.

You'll be contacted by the Student Fees team with information about the option to allocate the total amount of your Grant towards your accommodation payment once you start University.

Once you've been awarded a Canterbury Christ Church University Grant, you will be notified of the amount and when your Grant payments will be made to you.

We offer a Care Leavers Bursary of £3,600 cash award over your first three years of study (£1,200 per academic year). 

To qualify, 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 a household income below £25,000
  • not be in receipt of other Canterbury Christ Church University financial support, including the Canterbury Christ Church University Grant.


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

How to apply: 

Please email: studentwellbeing@canterbury.ac.uk 

Are you a former student from one of our partner schools?

If you are, then you can apply for an award of £500 a year when you study with us.

Students who benefit from 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

Government Grant for Health

Recognising the vital importance of NHS recruitment, the government has decided to provide extra financial help in the form of a grant of at least £5,000 per year (subject to government review for subsequent years). Students on the following courses will be eligible to receive this grant: 

  • Diagnostic Radiography 
  • Adult Nursing
  • Child Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Operating Department Practice
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Paramedic Science
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy 

Students studying on our Mental Health Nursing and Diagnostic Radiography courses will also receive an additional £1,000 per year from the government. Additional funding will also be available for childcare. You do not have to pay this money back in future.

Find out more from the NHS BSA 

Apply for funding from the NHS Learning Support Fund (NHS LSF)

Canterbury Christ Church University Advantage Package

The Canterbury Christ Church University Advantage Package currently includes:

  • uniforms 
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Occupational Health costs, including immunisation. 

You can find out more about the faculty uniform policy here

Please check the information on your course page to see whether your course is included. 

In addition to this, health students can apply and may be eligible for other University awards.

Please note: This package is only available for students who are enrolling on a qualifying health course in September 2020. We reserve the right to withdraw this package in the event of a student not successfully completing the enrolment process.

Extra support for childcare costs 

In addition to other support which may be available, eligible students attending a full time pre-registration healthcare course may also be able to claim further financial support for childcare costs from the NHS.

Find out more about the Health Students Child Dependants Allowance at nhsbsa.nhs.uk

What happens if I already have a first degree?

Students who are planning to undertake nursing, midwifery and allied health professional subjects (except paramedic science) as a second degree will currently be able to access the standard student support system, on the same terms as students studying for a first degree. Please check the NHS website for eligibility and the latest funding information.

We work in partnership with The Archdeacon of Canterbury (Canterbury Cathedral) under the Article 26 Project to enable those seeking asylum to progress to higher education through the Sanctuary Scholarship. Applications are open from April. 

Awards of up to £1,500 per year.

We are dedicated to supporting student athletes in both academic and sporting success through our Sport Scholarship programme.

The University is recognised by Sport England’s Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) as a Dual Career Accredited Site.

This acknowledges a high level of academic flexibility allowing talented athletes to balance their studies alongside a sporting schedule.

To apply for the award you can be studying any subject, but must be:

  • competing at county level or above in your sport
  • a current or prospective student at Canterbury Christ Church University. 

How to apply: 

Visit the Christ Church Sport pages to apply. 

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 (£1,000 for organists and conductors).

How to apply:

Visit this page for more details and to complete the application form.