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Students given financial support at University

26 March 09


According to a report published today (Thursday 26 March) by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA), the University of Bradford has spent almost a quarter of its fee income (£1,481,000) on bursaries, giving back financial support to its students.

In 2007/2008, 76% of students studying at the University were eligible for a bursary. Of all eligible students 98.1% have accessed their bursary - above the national average of 90%. 

The University of Bradford bursary pays up to £2,100 for students on a three year degree programme.  In 2009/10 students with a family income of up to £60,000 will be eligible for some level of bursary.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Geoff layer said: "Bradford continues to excel in providing university opportunities for lower income families. Not only does the University have one of the highest proportions of students from the lower social economic group, in the UK, it also awards a greater number of bursaries than many other universities.

"We are delighted with the results of the report and are committed to the scheme to ensure that students are not deterred from studying at the University on financial grounds."

Student Bursaries Officer, Sarah Verbickas said: "The University is proud of its bursary scheme which is simple to understand and is unique, as the amount of financial support rises as the student progresses through their course. The bursary team works hard to identify all students who might be eligible for a payment to ensure that they get the money that they are entitled to.  This is why our bursary take-up rate is one of the best in the country."

26 March 09

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