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SOAS Progression Awards - for September 2012 entry onwards

Description:

The SOAS Progression Award has been created to support students who live in an area defined as a low participation neighbourhood. Priority will be given to students who are the first in their family to go to university.

Award value:

September 2014 entry - 30 awards will be allocated as follows:

£13,500 over the duration of your degree as follows:

£2,500 fee discount and £2,000 cash bursary in first, second or third, and final year (£0 in language year abroad)

September 2013 entry - all 28 awards were allocated with the following structure:

£13,500 over the duration of your degree as follows:

£2,500 fee discount and £2,000 cash bursary in first, second or third, and final year (£0 in language year abroad)

September 2012 entry - all 25 awards were allocated with the following structure:

£13,500 fee discount over the duration of your degree as follows:

£6,000 in first year, £4,500 in second year or third year, (£0 in language year abroad), £3,000 in final year

These awards (regardless of the year awarded) are not be available during a student's repeat year of study.

Application process:

You will be considered automatically. You do not need to make an application but you must apply for means-tested support from your funding authority via www.gov.uk/student-finance. When you make your application for student support, you must ensure you give consent for your information to be shared with us. If your parents are submitting their financial information, they must also ensure they give their consent. This will allow us to view your details on a portal at the Student Finance website. The portal will only provide the information we need to assess your entitlement to an Award.

Criteria:                       

  • You must live in an area of low higher-education participation. Priority will be given to students who are first in their family to go to university
  • You must meet or exceed our academic entry criteria
  • You must be undertaking your first undergraduate degree (students who currently hold a degree or who are transferring from another Higher Education degree will not be eligible).
  • You must ordinarily be resident in England
  • You must accept SOAS' offer of a place firmly by the relevant UCAS deadline
Notes

'First’ means an applicant’s parents, step-parents or guardians did not attend university.  This is self-declared data which  applicants include in their  UCAS application form. If you are the first generation in your family to attend a higher education institution you must declare this in your UCAS application to be considered for this award.

‘Low participation neighbourhoods’ are areas identified by HEFCE using data of the participation rate of young people in higher education by ward or region.  This information is provided on an applicant’s UCAS application form.

Please note that meeting these listed criteria alone will not guarantee this award as these are limited in number. 

Notification and Payment:

Candidates will be contacted individually, where possible, by email in the summer or during the autumn term. In addition we will start to send out notifications by post from November. If you have not received a letter from us by mid-January, please contact the Student Loans and Bursaries Officer: funding@soas.ac.uk

SOAS will deposit the cash bursary directly into the successful student's bank account as follows:

Cash bursary of £2,000
£1000by end of February - term 2
£1000by end of May - term 3

We will notify Student Finance directly regarding the fee discount and make any relevant adjustments to your tuition fee loan after enrolment each year.

If you have any questions about this award then please contact the Student Loans and Bursaries Officer: funding@soas.ac.uk.