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National Scholarship Programme

 

National Scholarship Programme 2014

The National Scholarship Programme for the academic year 2014/15 has now closed.

All eligible students who have been identified have been notified of their award.

Assessment of students who were in their foundation year in 2014/2015 who have successfully progressed into Stage 1 in 2015/16 will begin in August/September 2015.

The University of Kent has joined the Government’s National Scholarship Programme (NSP) which has been established in order to support students whose household incomes are £25,000 (or less) as they commence their studies.

Kent has allocated additional funds in order to extend this package of support to include those whose household income is £42,620 or less.

The £6,500 financial support package for 2014* consists of:

  • A cash bursary of £2,500 for the first year
  • A further cash bursary of £2,000 in each of the years 2 and 3 (and 4 where relevant)

The cash bursary does not have to be repaid. Alternatively, you can opt to use the funding towards your tuition fees as a tuition fee waiver, however you will need to contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible if you wish to opt for this.

The NSP is awarded in addition to any funding you receive from Student Finance England, or any other support packages or scholarships you may be eligible for from Kent. Receipt of the NSP will not affect your entitlement to these.

In order to be eligible for the National Scholarship Programme package of support, students must fulfil the eligibility criteria below.

* Based on a full-time undergraduate three year degree programme. Students studying a four year programme will receive a further cash bursary of £2,000 for the fourth year.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to qualify, students must meet the National NSP criteria, as set out by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), points 64-72, plus they must meet ALL of the following criteria set by the University as below:

  • The student must be registered on a full-time undergraduate degree programme at the University of Kent and the tuition fees for that programme must be £9,000. Students on courses where the tuition fees are lower than £9,000, including students from franchise and associate colleges, will not be considered for an award.
  • The student must be ordinarily resident in England.
  • The student is from a household where the annual income is less than £42,620 per year.
  • The student must be state educated.
  • The student must have made an application to the University of Kent by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2014. Should sufficient funds be available, the University reserves the right to give consideration to those who submit an application after this date; at this point the University may take into account whether a candidate is the first in family to attend University.
  • The student must also meet ONE of the following criteria:
    • The students’ household is located in an area that traditionally has had low levels of participation in higher education as defined by HEFCE. A full list of postcodes and their classification by participation (POLAR) can be found on the HEFCE website. (See the zip file under: "Look-up between unit postcode and the POLAR3 and the HE-qualified adult classification of 2001 Census Area Statistics wards".) Awards are made to students who fall into quintiles 1, 2 and 3. If a student meets this criterion, they will automatically be considered for the award, there is no application form to complete.
    • The student lives in social housing. If the student does not meet the postcode criterion but lives in social housing, they will need to submit an NSP 2014 application form to the Financial Aid Office with evidence that they are living in social housing. The Financial Aid Office will verify that the landlord is registered with the Homes and Communities Agency. The information sheet and application form are now available.
    • The student is a Care Leaver under 25 as defined here, or was in a Foyer or 'homeless' before starting their course. They will need to complete an application form and be approved for the Care Leaver package before they will be considered for the NSP.
    • The student is in receipt of Disabled Students Allowances (DSA).

Students who meet the Care Leaver or Disabled Students Allowances (DSA) criteria DO NOT need to meet the household income or the state school criteria to be eligible for the NSP 2014. However, students must be income assessed by Student Finance England before any award will be made.

Evidence of these criteria will be collected from the candidate’s UCAS application and their student finance application to Student Finance England. Evidence should be maintained by the applicant to meet University audit requirements which may include in year spot checks. Successful applicants will be informed that they have met the University’s criteria for the financial support package once the University is in receipt of all relevant information.

If you meet the postcode criterion or are in receipt of DSA, there is no application form to complete.  As long as you have made your application to Student Finance England, you have been income assessed by them, and you and your sponsor(s) (the person(s) income assessed by SFE, where relevant) have given your consent to share your financial details with the University, you will automatically be assessed for your entitlement. Students who meet the social housing or care leaver criteria will need to complete the relevant application form before they will be considered for an award.

We will be writing to eligible students in late September 2014.

Candidates must remain in satisfactory academic standing, as set out in point 6.3.2 of the Undergraduate Scholarships and Bursaries Terms and Conditions, whilst at the University and demonstrate continued eligibility on the basis of household income as assessed by Student Finance England in order to receive the financial support package in subsequent years.

A self-assessment tool for financial support for 2014 is available online.

 

Part-Time Students

New part-time students starting in the academic year 2014/15 may be eligible for a pro rata cash busary in each year of study as part of the National Scholarship Programme. The value of the cash bursary available will depend on the student's level of study, i.e. if a student is studying 50% of a full-time course they would be eligible for a £1,250 bursary in their first year and £1,000 in subsequent years.

In order to qualify, students must meet the National NSP criteria, as set out by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), points 64-72, plus they must meet ALL of the following criteria set by the University as below:

  • The student must be registered on a part-time undergraduate degree programme at the University of Kent (excluding franchise colleges).
  • The student must be studying the equivalent of 25% or more of a full-time course.
  • The student must be ordinarily resident in England.
  • The student is from a household where the annual income is less than £42,620 per year.
  • The student must be state educated.
  • The student must have made an application to the University of Kent by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2014. Should sufficient funds be available, the University reserves the right to give consideration to those who submit an application after this date; at this point the University may take into account whether a candidate is the first in family to attend University.
  • The student must also meet ONE of the following criteria:
    • The students’ household is located in an area that traditionally has had low levels of participation in higher education as defined by HEFCE. A full list of postcodes and their classification by participation (POLAR) can be found on the HEFCE website. (See the zip file under: "Look-up between unit postcode and the POLAR3 and the HE-qualified adult classification of 2001 Census Area Statistics wards".) Awards are made to students who fall into quintiles 1, 2 and 3.
    • The student lives in social housing.
    • The student is a Care Leaver under 25 as defined here, or was in a Foyer or 'homeless' before starting their course. You will need to complete and be approved for the Care Leaver package before you will be considered for the NSP.
    • The student is in receipt of Disabled Students Allowances (DSA).

Part-time students will need to make an application and provide evidence of their household income to the Financial Aid Office if they believe they meet these eligibility criteria.

Applications can be submitted once students are registered on their course and have been in attendance for two weeks from 29 September 2014.

The information sheet and application form are now available.

Applicants will be informed whether they have met the University’s criteria for the financial support package once the University is in receipt of all relevant information.


For any further information please contact:
Financial Aid Office, Room G43 Registry.
Tel: 01227 823488 / 824876 / 823851
Email: FinancialAid@kent.ac.uk

 

Foundation Year Students

Students studying a degree with an integrated foundation year will still be eligible for the package of support, but will have the award deferred until they start Stage 1 of their course.

EU Students

Students who are EU nationals will be considered for the NSP, provided that they meet the ALL of the eligibility criteria outlined above.

In line with the national support that EU students receive (i.e. tuition fee loan only, and no maintenance loans or grants), the NSP will be delivered to EU students as a tuition fee waiver only.

In order to be considered for an award, EU students will need to have been income assessed by the Student Finance Services Non-UK Team by completing the EU14B form that has been sent out to them.

Students who have not been sent the EU14B form can contact Student Finance Services here.

Intermitting and Withdrawing

The NSP is paid in two instalments throughout the year, the first on 8th December 2014 and the second on 20th March 2015, providing that students remain on course for the whole academic year.

If a student intermits or withdraws part way through an academic year, any unpaid bursary will be cancelled.

If a student returns from intermission, providing that they still meet the household income element of the eligibility criteria, they will be eligible to receive ONLY parts of the award that they did not receive in the year that they suspended their studies, regardless of whether they are starting the year from the beginning again, or returning at the point from which they left.

Appeals

Students who have not been made an award from the National Scholarship Programme (NSP) can appeal against the decision.

However, appeals where students do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be considered.

All information already held regarding a student's NSP assessment, along with any additional information supplied with the appeal, will be reviewed by the Head of Student Financial Services, where an independent decision to the original assessment will be made. The Head of Student Financial Services' re-assessment will be communicated to the student by letter.

Any appeal must be made in writing, marked CONFIDENTIAL and sent to:-

Odette Collard-Woolmer
Head of Student Financial Services (NSP Appeals)
The Registry
University of Kent
Canterbury
CT2 7NZ

THE APPEALS PROCESS FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF KENT NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME 2013 HAS NOW CLOSED. NO FURTHER APPEALS WILL BE CONSIDERED.

 

All NSP Awards must have been approved by 10th July 2015 otherwise students will have lost their NSP entitlement.

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National Scholarship Programme 2013

The National Scholarship Programme for the academic year 2013/14 has now closed.

All eligible students who have been identified have been notified of their award.

Assessment of students who were in their foundation year in 2013/2014 who have progressed into Stage 1 in 2014/15 will begin in August/September 2014.

The University of Kent has joined the Government’s National Scholarship Programme (NSP) which has been established in order to support students whose household incomes are £25,000 (or less) as they commence their studies.

Kent has allocated additional funds in order to extend this package of support to include those whose household income is £42,611 or less.

The £9,000 financial support package for 2013 consists of:

  • A fee waiver of £7,000 for the first year (i.e. the first year’s tuition fees reduced to £2,000)
  • A cash bursary of £1,000 for the first year
  • £1,000 credit on your Kent student account to assist with other costs

The fee waiver, cash bursary and credit do not have to be repaid.

The NSP is awarded in addition to any funding you receive from Student Finance England, or any other support packages or scholarships you may be eligible for from Kent. Receipt of the NSP will not affect your entitlement to these.

In order to be eligible for the National Scholarship Programme package of support, students must fulfil the eligibility criteria below.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to qualify, students must meet the National NSP criteria, as set out by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), points 44-52, plus they must meet ALL of the following criteria set by the University as below:

  • The student must be registered on a full-time undergraduate degree programme at the University of Kent and the tuition fees for that programme must be £9,000. Students on courses where the tuition fees are lower than £9,000, including students from franchise and associate colleges, will not be considered for an award.
  • The student must be ordinarily resident in England.
  • The student is from a household where the annual income is less than £42,611 per year.
  • The student meets ONE of the following criteria:
    • The students’ household is located in an area that traditionally has had low levels of participation in higher education as defined by HEFCE. A full list of postcodes and their classification by participation (POLAR) and be found on the HEFCE website. (See the zip file under: "Look-up between unit postcode and the POLAR3 and the HE-qualified adult classification of 2001 Census Area Statistics wards".) Awards are made to students who fall into quintiles 1 and 2.
    • The student is a Care Leaver under 25 as defined here, or was in a Foyer or 'homeless' before starting their course.
    • The student is in receipt of Disabled Students Allowances.
  • An application was made by the student to the University of Kent by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2013. Should sufficient funds be available, the University reserves the right to give consideration to those who submit an application after this date; at this point the University may take into account whether a candidate is the first in family to attend University and the type of school the applicant has attended.

Evidence of these criteria will be collected from the candidate’s UCAS application and their student finance application to Student Finance England. Evidence should be maintained by the applicant to meet University audit requirements which may include in year spot checks. Successful applicants will be informed that they have met the University’s criteria for the financial support package once the University is in receipt of all relevant information.

There is no need to make a separate application to the NSP.  As long as you have made your application to Student Finance England, you have been income assessed by them, and you and your sponsor(s) (the person(s) income assessed by SFE, where relevant) have given your consent to share your financial details with the University, you will automatically be assessed for your entitlement.

We will be writing to eligible students in late September 2013.

A self-assessment tool for financial support for 2013 is available online.

 

Part-Time Students

New part-time students starting in the academic year 2013/14 may be eligible for a pro rata fee waiver (£7,000 for full-time) in their first year of study as part of the National Scholarship Programme. The value of the fee waiver available will depend on the student's level of study, i.e. if a student is studying 50% of a full-time course they would be eligible for a £3,500 fee waiver in their first year.

In order to qualify, students must meet the National NSP criteria, as set out by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), points 44-52, plus they must meet ALL of the following criteria set by the University as below:

  • The student must be registered on a part-time undergraduate degree programme at the University of Kent (excluding franchise colleges).
  • The student must be studying the equivalent of 25% or more of a full-time course.
  • The student must be ordinarily resident in England.
  • The student is from a household where the annual income is less than £42,611 per year.
  • The student meets ONE of the following criteria:
    • The students’ household is located in an area that traditionally has had low levels of participation in higher education as defined by HEFCE. A full list of postcodes and their classification by participation (POLAR) and be found on the HEFCE website. (See the zip file under: "Look-up between unit postcode and the POLAR3 and the HE-qualified adult classification of 2001 Census Area Statistics wards".) Awards are made to students who fall into quintiles 1 and 2.
    • The student is a Care Leaver under 25 as defined here, or was in a Foyer or 'homeless' before starting their course
    • The student is in receipt of Disabled Students Allowances

Part-time students will need to make an application and provide evidence of their household income to the Financial Aid Office if they believe they meet these eligibility criteria.

Applications can be submitted once students are registered on their course and have been in attendance for two weeks from 30 September 2013.

Information and guidance notes can be downloaded here

Application forms can be downloaded here

Applicants will be informed whether they have met the University’s criteria for the financial support package once the University is in receipt of all relevant information.


For any further information please contact:
Financial Aid Office, Room G43 Registry.
Tel: 01227 823488 / 824876 / 823851
Email: FinancialAid@kent.ac.uk

 

Foundation Year Students

Students studying a degree with an integrated foundation year will still be eligible for the package of support, but will have the award deferred until they start Stage 1 of their course.

Intermitting and Withdrawing

The NSP is paid in instalments throughout the year, providing that students remain on course for the whole academic year.

If a student intermits or withdraws part way through an academic year, any unpaid bursary or student account credit instalments will be cancelled, and the fee waiver will be pro-rated according to the fees they are being charged.

If a student returns from intermission, providing that they still meet the household income element of the eligibility criteria, they will be eligible to receive ONLY parts of the award that they did not receive in the year that they suspended their studies, regardless of whether they are starting the year from the beginning again, or returning at the point from which they left.

Appeals

Students who have not been made an award from the National Scholarship Programme (NSP) can appeal against the decision.

However, appeals where students do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be considered.

All information already held regarding a student's NSP assessment, along with any additional information supplied with the appeal, will be reviewed by the Deputy Director of Finance, where an independent decision to the original assessment will be made. The Deputy Director's re-assessment will be communicated to the student by letter.

Any appeal must be made in writing, marked CONFIDENTIAL and sent to:-

Mr Frank Richardson
Deputy Director of Finance (NSP Appeals)
The Registry
University of Kent
Canterbury
CT2 7NZ

 

THE APPEALS PROCESS FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF KENT NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME 2013 HAS NOW CLOSED. NO FURTHER APPEALS WILL BE CONSIDERED.

 

 

All NSP Awards must have been approved by 11th July 2014 otherwise students will have lost their NSP entitlement.

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National Scholarship Programme 2012

 

The National Scholarship Programme for the academic year 2012/13 has now closed.

All eligible students who have been identified have been notified of their award.

Assessment of students' continued eligibility for the 3rd year's award will begin in August/September 2014.

The University of Kent has joined the Government’s National Scholarship Programme (NSP) which has been established in order to support students whose household incomes are £25,000 (or less) as they commence their studies.

Kent has allocated additional funds in order to extend this package of support to include those whose household income is £42,600 or less.

The £9,000 financial support package for 2012* consists of:

  • A fee waiver of £4,000 for the first year (i.e. the first year’s tuition fees reduced to £5,000)
  • A cash bursary of £1,000 for the first year
  • A further cash bursary of £2,000 in each of the years 2 and 3 (and 4 where relevant)

The fee waiver and cash bursary do not have to be repaid.

The NSP is awarded in addition to any funding you receive from Student Finance England, or any other support packages or scholarships you may be eligible for from Kent. Receipt of the NSP will not affect your entitlement to these.

In order to be eligible for the National Scholarship Programme package of support, students must fulfil the eligibility criteria below.


* Based on a full-time undergraduate three year degree programme. Students studying a four year programme will receive a further cash bursary of £2,000 for the fourth year.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to qualify, students must meet the National NSP criteria, as set out by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), points 40-48, plus they must meet ALL of the following criteria set by the University as below:

  • The student must be registered on a full-time undergraduate degree programme at the University of Kent and the tuition fees for that programme must be £9,000. Students on courses where the tuition fees are lower than £9,000, including students from franchise and associate colleges, will not be considered for an award.
  • The student must be ordinarily resident in England.
  • The student is from a household where the annual income is less than £42,600 per year.
  • The student meets ONE of the following criteria:
    • The student's household is located in an area that traditionally has had low levels of participation in higher education as defined by HEFCE. A full list of postcodes and their classification by participation (POLAR) and be found on the HEFCE website. (See the zip file under: Look-up between unit postcode and the POLAR2 and the HE-qualified adult classification of 2001 Census Area Statistics wards.) Awards are made to students who fall into quintiles 1 and 2.
    • The student is a Care Leaver under 25 as defined here, or was in a Foyer or 'homeless' before starting their course
  • An application was made by the student to the University of Kent by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2012. Should sufficient funds be available, the University reserves the right to give consideration to those who submit an application after this date; at this point the University may take into account whether a candidate is the first in family to attend University and the type of school the applicant has attended.

Evidence of these criteria will be collected from the candidate’s UCAS application and their student finance application to Student Finance England. Evidence should be maintained by the applicant to meet University audit requirements which may include in year spot checks. Successful applicants will be informed that they have met the University’s criteria for the financial support package once the University is in receipt of all relevant information.

There is no need to make a separate application to the NSP.  As long as you have made your application to Student Finance England, you have been income assessed by them, and you and your sponsor(s) (the person(s) income assessed by SFE, where relevant) have given your consent to share your financial details with the University, you will automatically be assessed for your entitlement.

We will be writing to eligible students in late September 2012.

Candidates must remain in satisfactory academic standing, as set out in point 6.2.2 of the Undergraduate Scholarships and Bursaries Terms and Conditions, whilst at the University and demonstrate continued eligibility on the basis of household income as assessed by Student Finance England in order to receive the financial support package in subsequent years.

A self-assessment tool for financial support for 2012 is available online.

 

Part-Time Students

New part-time students starting in the academic year 2012/13 may be eligible for a pro rata fee waiver (£4,000 for full-time) in their first year of study as part of the National Scholarship Programme. The value of the fee waiver available will depend on the student's level of study, i.e. if a student is studying 50% of a full-time course they would be eligible for a £2,000 fee waiver in their first year.

In order to qualify, students must meet the National NSP criteria, as set out by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), points 40-48, plus they must meet ALL of the following criteria set by the University as below:

  • The student must be registered on a part-time undergraduate degree programme at the University of Kent (excluding franchise colleges).
  • The student must be studying the equivalent of 25% or more of a full-time course.
  • The student must ordinarily reside in England.
  • The student is from a household where the annual income is less than £42,600 per year.
  • The student meets ONE of the following criteria:
    • The students’ household is located in an area that traditionally has had low levels of participation in higher education as defined by HEFCE. A full list of postcodes and their classification by participation (POLAR) and be found on the HEFCE website. (See the zip file under: Look-up between unit postcode and the POLAR2 and the HE-qualified adult classification of 2001 Census Area Statistics wards.) Awards are made to students who fall into quintiles 1 and 2.
    • The student is a Care Leaver under 25 as defined here, or was in a Foyer or 'homeless' before starting their course.

Part-time students will need to make an application and provide evidence of their household income to the Financial Aid Office if they believe they meet these eligibility criteria.

Applications can be submitted once students are registered on their course and have been in attendance for two weeks from 24 September 2012.

Information and guidance notes can be downloaded here.

Application forms can be downloaded here.

Applicants will be informed whether they have met the University’s criteria for the financial support package once the University is in receipt of all relevant information.


For any further information please contact:
Financial Aid Office, Room G43 Registry.
Tel: 01227 823488 / 824876 / 823851
Email: FinancialAid@kent.ac.uk

 

Foundation Year Students

Students studying a degree with an integrated foundation year will still be eligible for the package of support, but will have the award deferred until they start Stage 1 of their course.

Intermitting and Withdrawing

The NSP is paid in instalments throughout the year, providing that students remain on course for the whole academic year.

If a student intermits or withdraws part way through an academic year, any unpaid bursary or student account credit instalments will be cancelled, and the fee waiver will be pro-rated according to the fees they are being charged.

If a student returns from intermission, providing that they still meet the household income element of the eligibility criteria, they will be eligible to receive ONLY parts of the award that they did not receive in the year that they suspended their studies, regardless of whether they are starting the year from the beginning again, or returning at the point from which they left.

Appeals

Students who have not been made an award from the National Scholarship Programme (NSP) can appeal against the decision.

However, appeals where students do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be considered.

All information already held regarding a student's NSP assessment, along with any additional information supplied with the appeal, will be reviewed by the Deputy Director of Finance, where an independent decision to the original assessment will be made. The Deputy Director's re-assessment will be communicated to the student by letter.

Any appeal must be made in writing, marked CONFIDENTIAL and sent to:-

Mr Frank Richardson
Deputy Director of Finance (NSP Appeals)
The Registry
University of Kent
Canterbury
CT2 7NZ

THE APPEALS PROCESS FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF KENT NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME 2012 HAS NOW CLOSED. NO FURTHER APPEALS WILL BE CONSIDERED.

All NSP Awards must have been approved by 12th July 2013 otherwise students will have lost their NSP entitlement.

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