Resources for Low Income and First Generation Students

Are you the first in your family to study at a university? Do you have a lower than average income or are you facing financial difficulty while you study? In that case, we would like to inform you about the various avenues through which you can apply for financial support, such as scholarships and funds.

This page has been set up by the Diversity Committee at UCU, and if you have suggestions about additional resources that could be featured, we would love to hear from you. In that case please contact

Before starting at UCU

Student may apply for financial support together with their application to UCU. Please note that to be considered for a UCU scholarship, you must apply with the early group by 1st December. For more information: UCU Scholarship Procedure. Depending on which nationality you hold, other options might be available to help fund your studies. Please check here for more information.

While studying at UCU

The Student Aid Fund can help with some course related expenses such as books and field trips. Find out more

Did you notice an expensive book on the reading list of the course you want to take? Consider asking the teacher if they could order it for UU, or make a purchase suggestion.

If you have significant shortfall with your financial resources and are unable to make this up with student financing, loans or part-time work, you might be able to apply to the Interim Grants Fund.

DUO Student Finance

After enrolling you may be eligible for a DUO Student Finance. For more information about eligibility and more please click here to check the official website, or see the webpage of UU on the subject here. If you have difficulty in filling out the form, your tutor might be able to help. New for the 2023-24 academic year, DUO has reverted to providing students with a grant rather than a repayable credit for some components of the financial support. Also recently the working requirements for EEA and Swiss students have been reduced to be eligible for the grant. Please visit the DUO website for more information.

First Generation Students

If you are the first in your family to go to university, you might be eligible for a First Generation Fund Grant. Also please check out the support group Pioneers for first generation students.