The UCO offers a limited number of grants, loans and bursaries to help students access our courses and provide support in times of unforeseen financial hardship. The following sources of financial support are available in 2020-21.

Access to Higher Education Diploma Bursary

Offered as part of our Access and Participation Plan 2020-21

The Access to HE Diploma Bursary funds full course fees for eligible students studying on the UCO's Access to Higher Education Diploma (Osteopathic Sciences and Health Care) course. Students are eligible if they:

  • live in a low participation neighbourhood and are from a low-income household or,
  • are care leavers or;
  • are young carers.

Access to Higher Education Diploma Bursary guidelines

For further information, please contact studentsupport@uco.ac.uk

UCO Bursary Fund 

Offered as part of our Access and Participation Plan 2020-21

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 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.

For further information, please contact studentsupport@uco.ac.uk 

Young Carers and Care Leavers Bursary

Offered as part of our Access and Participation Plan 2020-21

The Young Carers and Care Leavers Bursary provides eligible students with full course fees and an £3,000 bursary payment each year for the duration of their undergraduate course.  Students are eligible if they:

  • are care leavers or;
  • are young carers.

For further information, please contact studentsupport@uco.ac.uk .

Access to Learning Fund

Offered as part of our Access and Participation Plan 2020-21

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. 

For further information, please contact studentsupport@uco.ac.uk

Students with disabilities 

In addition to the ALF, students with disabilities are offered further financial support which may contribute to the costs of psychological assessment for dyslexia.

Our Student Support team will be able to provide further information at studentsupport@uco.ac.uk

UCO Excellence Bursary

Offered as part of our Access and Participation Plan 2020-21

The Excellence Bursary offers £3,000 to enable students to meet the requirements of the course.  Students are eligible if they:

  • live in a low participation neighbourhood and are from a low-income household or,
  • are care leavers or;
  • are young carers.

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

For further information, please contact studentsupport@uco.ac.uk

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 & International Hardship fund guidelines

For further information, please contact studentsupport@uco.ac.uk

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 studentsupport@uco.ac.uk

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 instalments.

UCO Student Loan Scheme guidelines

For further information, please contact studentsupport@uco.ac.uk 

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.

The Osteopathic Foundation Loan guidelines

For further information, and to apply, please contact studentsupport@uco.ac.uk. The closing date for applications is Friday 30th July 2021.

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 guidelines

For further information, please contact studentsupport@uco.ac.uk