LSE Bursaries for continuing students

For students from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales who have already begun their undergraduate study and are eligible for a full or partial grant are also eligible for an LSE Bursary.

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Please note that the bursary amounts below are applicable to students who commenced their programmes in 2019/20 or before

LSE Bursary values (UK and EU students) 

Student's household income Grant status  LSE award per annum
 £0 - £18,000  Full grant  £4,000
 £18,001 - £25,000  Full grant  £3,500
 £25,001 - £30,000  Partial grant  £2,750
 £30,001 - £35,000  Partial grant  £1,750
 £35,001 - £40,000  Partial grant  £1,000
 £40,001 - £42,611  Partial grant  £750

You can use this Bursary to help with your living costs, to help pay your accommodation or even to help with your tuition fees. It is up to you how you choose to use your Bursary.

Please note that LSE Bursaries and LSE EU Bursaries are only available to LSE students. LSE does not provide financial support to those studying at other institutions.

UK students do not have to apply separately for the LSE Bursary. We will use the financial information you provide to the SLC for your grants and loans to determine your eligibility for and the value of your Bursary, provided you opt to be means tested. See the section on Applying for grants and loans for further information.

You will be notified around the start of your degree programme of your Bursary award. The Bursary will then be paid into your bank account in three termly instalments. The first instalment will be paid in the October of the first term after you have registered at LSE.

If you think you are entitled to an LSE Bursary but have not received notification of your Bursary by the end of the Michaelmas Term you should contact the Financial Support Office; we cannot award new bursaries after the end of Lent Term. 

Eligibility for the LSE Bursary is assessed annually (in line with annual assessments for maintenance grants and loans). There is no limit to the number of LSE Bursaries available. All English students who are eligible for an LSE Bursary will receive one.

The LSE Bursary does not have to be repaid.

If you are a UK student you may also be eligible for a Discretionary Bursary in addition to receiving an LSE Bursary.  

How to apply

If you live in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, you do not have to apply separately for an LSE Bursary. Please consent to share the information you and your parent or guardian provide to Student Finance so that it can be used by LSE and the value of your bursary will be calculated accordingly. If you are made a bursary award, you will receive a letter from Student Finance (on behalf of LSE) confirming the value of your LSE Bursary.

If you are an EU student, we will not receive any information from Student Finance. Instead, you must complete the Undergraduate Scholarship Form. We will write to you with the outcome of your application. You may apply during the academic year and for your second or third year of study, even if you have not previously applied. If you are a current EU undergraduate student who wishes to apply for an EU bursary, please contact the Financial Support Office.

Discretionary Bursaries

A number of Discretionary Bursaries will be available for LSE students who face exceptional financial needs. This might include, for example, caring responsibilities, financial need related to disability or an unavoidable requirement to live at home. The value of the award may vary according to need but is not expected to exceed a total of the maximum LSE Bursary amount. These bursaries do not have to be repaid.

Any UK or EU student who receives an offer of a place at LSE is eligible to apply for a Discretionary Bursary. Assessment for eligibility for the Discretionary Bursary will be made at the beginning of each year of study.

You should apply directly to the Financial Support Office, using the standard Undergraduate Scholarship Form. Please ensure that you complete Section 8 explaingin why you are facing exceptional financial need and why your family's income does not reflect their ability to support you. The deadline given for other awards does not apply to the Discretionary Bursary - forms should however be received by the end of August.

You will be notified of the outcome of your application for a Discretionary Bursary once we have had confirmation of your LSE Bursary entitlement, since you can not be awarded more than the maximum applicable bursary from both sources combined.

Payment of LSE Bursaries

LSE Bursaries are paid by electronic transfer directly into your bank/building society account. It is therefore essential that Student Finance have the correct details of your bank/building society account in order to make the payment. This information is required well in advance of your programme start date.

Bursary payments for the 2019/20 session are scheduled for the following dates:

Michaelmas Term: 11 October 2019
Lent Term: 31 January 2020
Summer Term: 19 May 2020

Each payment will take approximately five working days from the scheduled payment date to show your bank account.

If you applied late to Student Finance, did not agree to share the information you supplied to Student Finance with LSE, or you register or re-register after the start of term, there may be a delay with your payment. The final date to be considered for a Bursary for 2019/20 is 29 March 2020.

Your individual payment date will be clearly visible on your Student Finance record and contained in your LSE Bursary confirmation letter. 

Discretionary bursaries will be paid in the form of a cheque, any student being offered a Discretionary bursary will be given more information.


Your LSE bursary will be made automatically for your second and third year of study once the School receives confirmation of your eligibility from Student Finance. You need to apply to Student Finance each year of your study, and when you do so you need to make sure that you give consent for your  information to be shared with the School.