We know that studying can be expensive and that changes to circumstances can often make it a struggle. We offer a limited number of grants and bursaries to students facing unforeseen financial difficulties as well as interest-free loans to those in need.

UCO Access Course Support Grant

The UCO Access Course Support Grant is available to students who are studying for our Access to Higher Education Diploma and are in receipt of a means-tested benefit. It is a grant of £300 towards maintenance costs.

Access Course Support Grant guidelines

For further information, please contact student support

UCO Bursary Fund – as part of our Access and Participation Plan 2019-20

UCO bursaries are designed to help undergraduate students cover the additional material and equipment costs associated with study, as well as helping students to cover their living and accommodation costs. We offer the following bursaries:

  • £500 to new undergraduate students on a household income under £25,000
  • £750 to new undergraduate students who have a household income of under £25,000 and have progressed from a relevant QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma (Osteopathic Sciences and Health Care) course
  • Students who are care leavers or young carers will be eligible to receive the bursaries outlined above, as well as an additional bursary of £3,000.

Students do not need to apply for the UCO Bursary as the UCO assesses whether a student meets the eligibility criteria after they register on the course using SLC data.

Bursaries are paid directly to the student in January upon successful completion of their first term, conditional upon their continuing to meet the criteria.

Access to Learning Fund (ALF) – as part of our Access and Participation Plan 2019-20

The ALF provides financial support in the form of non-repayable bursaries to full or part-time undergraduate and postgraduate students who are facing extreme unforeseen financial difficulty or unexpected financial crisis.

Access to Learning Fund (ALF) guidelines

For further information, please contact student support

Access to Osteopathy Scholarship – as part of our Access and Participation Plan 2019-20

The Access to Osteopathy Scholarship provides fully funded places for eligible students. Students are eligible if they:

  • are from a low-income household,
  • live in a low participation neighbourhood,
  • have long-term disability,
  • are care leavers or young carers.

Access to Osteopathy Scholarship guidelines

For further information, please contact student support

EU and International Hardship Fund 

The EU and International Hardship Fund provides financial support in the form of non-repayable bursaries to eligible EU and international students on our full-time and part-time undergraduate courses. MSc Osteopathy (pre-registration) students can also apply. The fund is there to support EU and international students who face extreme unforeseen financial difficulty.

EU and International Hardship Fund guidelines

For further information, please contact student support

UCO Welfare Fund

This is a one-off annual bursary awarded to students in financial need. The amount awarded is dependent on an applicant’s financial circumstances and may be divided between several applicants.

UCO Welfare Fund guidelines

For further information, please contact student support

UCO Student Loan Scheme

The UCO offers loans primarily to undergraduate students but also to students studying for our MSc Osteopathy (pre-registration) whose change in financial circumstances makes it difficult for them to pay their tuition fees. These loans are interest-free, repaid on completion of the course over 60 monthly installments.

UCO Student Loan Scheme guidelines

For further information, please contact student support

The Osteopathic Foundation

The Osteopathic Foundation is able to offer interest-free loans to students in the final two years of their undergraduate degree in osteopathy (on both full-time and part-time M.Ost courses). Postgraduate students on the MSc Osteopathy (Pre-Registration) are also eligible to apply for a loan. The amount of the loan for each academic year is dependent upon the fund available and the number of students requiring help. Priority will be given to students who find themselves unexpectedly in financial difficulties through no fault of their own and who, previously, had a reasonable expectation of being able to fund the course.

Osteopathic Foundation Loan guidelines

For further information, and to apply, please contact student support. The closing date for applications is Friday 26 July 2019

UCO Hardship Loan Fund

Short-term emergency loans of up to £300 are offered to students who find themselves in unexpected financial hardship and are unable to pay for everyday expenses such as travel to college, food, rent. Each individual case is assessed on student need and should be discussed with the Student Support Officer.

UCO Hardship Loan Fund guidelines

For further information, please contact student support