Students on a geology tripBelow are answers to questions you may have about funding from Imperial (bursaries and scholarships) and funding from the UK government.

Imperial Bursary

The Imperial Bursary is the most generous financial support scheme of its kind of any UK university. It provides support on a sliding scale to Home students with annual household incomes of up to £60,000 for every year of their course. 

Find out more about the Imperial Bursary.

Student funding FAQs

When will my Imperial Bursary be paid?

If you have been awarded an Imperial Bursary, it will be paid in instalments from 7 November until 7 June each year:

  • Bursaries of £1,200 or less will be paid in one instalment on 7 November or the 7th of the month following registration if this is later. 
  • Bursaries of more than £1,200 will be paid in equal monthly instalments from 7 November or the 7th of the month following registration (if this is later) until 7 June.

Imperial Bursaries are normally paid directly into your bank account. If you wish to use your Imperial Bursary as an Accommodation or Tuition Fee Waiver instead, please contact us and we will arrange for this to happen.

All bursary payments are dependent on confirmation of your household income from the Student Loans Company.

You should provide your bank details securely through the ‘Student Funding’ tab in your Student e-Service portal. This can be done as part of registration.

Is it too late to apply for an Imperial Bursary?

No, though please be aware that there is no formal application process for the Imperial Bursary.

Bursaries are automatically awarded by the College to Home students whose annual household income falls below the £60,000 threshold according to the household income information that the College receives from the Student Loans Company via your local funding body (e.g. Student Finance England for students living in England).

You must therefore apply for government funding to be eligible for a Bursary, as we use the household income information that you give to your local funding body to assess what funding to award; there is no separate College application process.

The College must receive this household income information from the Student Loans Company by 1 May after the start of the academic year (e.g. 1 May 2018 for students starting in October 2017).

The earlier you apply for funding (we advise you to apply as soon as possible), the earlier we will be able to confirm what Bursary you will be eligible for.

Scholarships

Subject-related scholarships

We have a wide range of scholarships available for students studying at Imperial, including the President's Undergraduate Scholarships. Our Scholarships search tool is designed to help you search for all available scholarships in one place.

The application process is different for each scholarship, so make sure you follow the instructions carefully for each award and take note of the closing date.

Sports scholarships

If you are aspiring to be, or already are, competing at national or international level you may be eligible for a sports scholarship. These cover a mixture of financial and practical support.

Ash Music scholarships

Exceptional musicians (Grade 8 Distinction) may be eligible for an Ash music scholarship for the chance to have instrumental or vocal lessons at the neighbouring Royal College of Music.

Student Funding FAQs

When will my President's Undergraduate Scholarship be paid?

If you have been awarded a President's Undergraduate Scholarship, these are normally paid in one instalment on 7 November or the 7th of the month following registration if this is later. 

This will be paid directly into your bank account.

How do I provide my bank details for funding from Imperial?

All Imperial funding is paid by electronic transfer directly into your bank account.

You should provide your bank details securely through the ‘Student Funding’ tab in your Student e-Service portal. This can be done as part of registration.

Physics studentGovernment funding

There is a range of funding available from the UK government to help you with your tuition fees and living costs. The funding you are eligible for will depend on where you're living, where you study and your own financial circumstances. 

Find out more about government funding.

Government funding

When will my government grant/loan be paid?

If you have been awarded a Maintenance Loan/Grant or both from the UK government to help with your living costs these will be paid in three instalments throughout the academic year, so it's important to budget to make sure that you don't spend it all at once.

Take a look at the Managing your money section of our website for advice on budgeting.

Payments are made straight into your bank account, usually one at the start of each term.

How will the result of the EU Referendum affect funding for EU students?

Please see the College's dedicated EU Referendum webpage for the most up-to-date information.