Due to a change in University policy, brought on by lobbying from the Students' Union, students will be able to claim both the Sussex Excellence Scholarship and First Generation Scholars' grant from September 2015.
Originally students would have to choose between the two grant schemes, meaning that some students from disadvantaged backgrounds were not able to make full use of the support available.
The Sussex Excellence Scholarship is a merit-based award recognising, and rewarding, undergraduate students who achieve at the highest level at A Level, BTEC or International Baccalaureate (plus other qualifications added in 2015.)
The Sussex Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 in your first year of study:
The First Generation Scholars Scheme is the scholarship scheme for students on the £9000 fee regime.
For first year students the financial support element of the scheme consists of a £2000 fee waiver or a £2000 University accommodation rent waiver, plus an additional £1000 scholarship paid directly to your bank account.
Continuing students receive the £1000 scholarship for each subsequent full year of academic study providing you still meet the eligibility criteria during that year.
Integrated master's students at Stage 4 will receive £3000 from 2015 onwards.
I am extremely pleased that the University has agreed to allow students to get financial support from both of these schemes simultaneously. This means that students from disadvantaged backgrounds will have even more of a reason to come to university, and will have even more financial aid whilst here, alleviating money worries and allowing them to focus on their studies.
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