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16 - 18 Bursary Fund

We are pleased to offer a number of bursaries to assist Foundation Diploma in Art and Design students aged 16-18.


  • Home or EU fee status
  • Studying a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design which starts in September 2018
  • Aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August 2018


The 16-18 Bursary Fund is provided by the Government, via the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). By following general rules set by the ESFA, we are able to consider applicants under the following four categories:

Vulnerable Student Bursaries

These are worth up to £1,200 and are paid to students in the following defined categories:

  • Young people in Local Authority Care
  • Young care leavers
  • Those receiving Income Support (or Universal Credit in its place)
Disabled students receiving Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) / Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) / Personal Independence Payments (PIP).
"Free Meals"These awards of £500 are paid to students who are (or whose parents are) receiving specific state benefits as listed on the application form.
Discretionary BursariesThese are paid to students who do not qualify for the Vulnerable Student Bursaries (above), but who demonstrate financial need. These bursaries are assessed based on household income, and the amounts awarded vary on this basis. Students with a household income over £25,000 per year will not qualify for a Discretionary Bursary.
Residential BursariesA contribution towards the cost of accommodation for any students that move to London in order to study at UAL. Students with a household income over £25,000 per year will not qualify for a Residential Bursary.


The 16 - 18 Bursary Fund will open for applications end of August 2018 and the final date that applications will be accepted is 27 April 2019.

Applicants will be contacted by email inviting them to apply and will receive a decision by email within 28 days.

Receiving payment

Students whose application is successful must be enrolled onto their course before they can receive their bursary payment.


If you have any questions about the 16-18 Bursary Fund, please contact the Student Funding Service at or 020 7514 8080.