We invite students provisionally offered a place to study at Aston University for 2021 to apply for an Alumni Undergraduate Scholarship worth £5,000.
We will award these scholarships to students with amazing ambitions, students wanting to create a better world through community activity or business ideas, or to those who have overcome significant barriers to study at Aston.
We have a limited number of scholarships available, and want to prioritise these to those who it could benefit the most.
Whilst they are only open to households with an income of less than £18,000 they will not be awarded on financial need or academic achievements alone. We want to hear your story.
Worth £5,000 (paid in instalments), our UK undergraduate means-tested scholarships are of higher value than other University Scholarships available at Aston. The list of University Scholarships that are available can be found on our funding page.
The scholarships are non-repayable and are in addition to the financial support you can receive from the government (such as the tuition fee loan or maintenance loan).
Alongside the scholarships, you'll have access to one-to-one support and advice sessions, mentoring opportunities, advice and guidance for want-to-be-entrepreneurs and networking events through the Enrichment Programme.
If you have never completed a scholarship application before, the process can feel quite daunting. There is some great advice about what to do or not do when submitting a scholarship application.
The scholarships are available thanks to the generous support from former students at Aston, as well as friends and commercial partners of Aston.
Applications for the UK undergraduate means tested scholarship for 2021 entry are now open/will open on 10th June, and will close on 5th July 2021.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
To be eligible to apply for an Alumni Undergraduate Scholarship, you must:
- Meet all of the eligibility criteria
- Apply by the deadline of 5th July 2021
Please remember there are a limited number of scholarships. Meeting the eligibility criteria and being able to apply does not guarantee that you will receive an award.
- You must be starting a new full time undergraduate degree programme at Aston University between 1st September 2021 and the 31st August 2022.
- You must be classified as a home fee payer and in receipt of UK student support funding.
- You must be qualified to receive student support funding as part of the finance arrangements for new students starting their degree programmes between 1st September 2021 and the 31st August 2022.
- If you have your fees paid by a sponsor you will not be eligible for an Aston Scholarship (eg a government grant to cover all or part of the tuition fees or a scholarship directly from business).
- You must come from a household with an annual income which has been assessed as being £18,000 per year or below. (Note that you can apply for this scholarship before your household income assessment has been finalised by Student Finance England).
- You will only be eligible to be considered for an Aston Undergraduate Scholarship approved on household income for an academic year if you have made an application to be income assessed fro the same year by Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or Student Awards Agency for Scotland. You can apply for a scholarship before your eligibility assessment has been finalised by the relevant awarding body.
- For 2021 entry, your income assessment, carried out by the Student Loans Company (SLC), must be finalised by 24 September 2021, with all required evidence submitted and received to SLC by 10 September 2021. This is so that the University is able to confirm you are eligible to receive any scholarship you have been provisionally awarded.
As well as meeting all of the above eligibility criteria, you must meet at least one of the below selection criteria. Please note, priority for scholarships will be given to those students who meet more than one of the selection criteria and whose essay questions are chosen by our assessors:
- Students who have progressed to Aston after successfully completing access routes (such as Pathway to Healthcare, Pathway to STEM, Pathway to Law, Pathway to Business, or a Foundation Year).
- Students from a home where neither parent has attended University (either home or abroad).
- Students whose studies have been disrupted by circumstances in their personal, social or domestic lives.
- Students who live in a geographical area with low levels of progression onto higher education.
- Students who have experienced time in local authority care or kinship care or who are estranged from both of their parents.
- Students who have a disability or are in receipt of a personal independence payment.
- Students who have recognised as a refugee by the UK government, or have been granted humanitarian protection status, or students who are the partner or child of someone who has been granted refugee or humanitarian protection status.
- Students from an underrepresented group (Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities, refugees, children of military families).
For full information, see Aston Universities Home Undergraduate Scholarship Eligibility Criteria 2021-22. This criteria provides further details for home undergraduate scholarships and the amounts awarded at each stage of the academic year and the implications of withdrawal or leave of absence on students' eligibility for scholarships.
When assessing the essay questions, we will be looking for scholars who demonstrate exceptional qualities in areas which could include ambitious career goals, entrepreneurial qualities, wanting to create a better world through community activity or business ideas, overcoming significant barriers, demonstrating resilience or academic performance.
We also want to hear how you envisage the Scholarship will make a difference to your University experience and ambitions.
If you have questions which are not answered in the scholarship FAQs, please get in touch.
If you have applied for the Alumni Undergraduate Scholarship for 2021 entry, here are some key dates in the Scholarship process:
- 10 June - Application opens
- 5 July - Application forms close
- August - all provisional, reserve and unsuccessful applicants will be contacted with the result of their application
- September/October - income assessments finalised
- October/November - first scholarship payment
To apply, please complete the application form and submit it on or before Monday 5th July.
The application form will go live on the 10th June.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
- What is a scholarship?
A scholarship is a competitive and prestigious award given to students based on certain criteria. At Aston, we have two types:
1 - Automatic scholarships
2 - Scholarships you need to apply for
For further information on our scholarships, visit our funding page.
- I'm intending to study as a postgraduate, can I apply for the Alumni Undergraduate Scholarship?
The Alumni Undergraduate Scholarships are only available for undergraduates. For further information on Postgraduate Funding visit our funding page.
- How much are the Alumni Undergraduate Scholarships worth?
Successful applicants will be awarded £1,500 in the first, second and final year of their degree, with an additional £500 in the first year to go towards initial University costs, totalling £5,000.
- How do I apply for a scholarship
You apply via an online application form which will include three short essay questions. We are accepting applications from 10th June to 5th July.
- When is the deadline to submit my application?
The deadline for the application form is Monday 5th July. We are not able to accept any application forms after this date.
- How many scholarships are available at Aston?
There are a limited number (approximately 30) of Alumni Undergraduate Scholarships available. A full list of all the undergraduate scholarships can be viewed on our funding page.
- I didn't know that these scholarships existed, will late applications be accepted?
Late applications cannot be accepted for Alumni Undergraduate Scholarships. The application form will be on our webpages from 10 June 2021 until 5 July 2021 to give you plenty of time to apply.
- I haven't applied for means-tested government funding (student loan) - does this matter?
To be considered for an Alumni Undergraduate Scholarship we will need the final assessment of your household income from the government to confirm your financial eligibility to receive an award. You can still apply for a scholarship before you have applied for means-tested government funding, however, we cannot make any payments until your household income assessment has been received by the funding team.
For 2021 entry, your income assessment, carried out by the Student Loans Company (SLC), must be finalised by 24 September 2021, with all required evidence submitted and received to SLC by 10 September 2021. This is so that the University is able to confirm you are eligible to receive any scholarship you have been provisionally awarded. Failure to meet these deadlines could result in any scholarship offer being withdrawn.
- Do I need to have an offer to study at Aston before I can apply for a scholarship?
Yes, you will need an offer to study at Aston before you can apply for the Alumni Undergraduate Scholarship.
- Who is considered a home fee payer?
A student who qualifies to be considered for a tuition fee loan and grants and loans for living costs from the UK government. The rules about qualifying as a home student depend on nationality, the immigration status of you and your family members and where you have all been living.
- Why in the eligibility criteria is the household income set at £18,000
We have a very finite number of scholarships, therefore we want to prioritise these scholarships to those who it could benefit the most.
- I'm an international student - am I eligible to apply for a scholarship?
The Alumni Undergraduate Scholarships are open to Home students. We also offer a range of scholarships designed exclusively to support our international students.
- Who can I contact if I have any questions about the scholarship and the application process?
Please read the details of the eligibility and selection criteria about, as well as the FAQs. If your question isn't answered, please contact the Scholarships Team