Financial support available at university

Upfront student financial support is delivered to students who may otherwise struggle to take up a place at university or stay on their course due to a lack of funds. Students are usually assessed on household income to see if they are eligible to benefit from additional support. Student financial support at the University of Leeds comprises the automatically awarded Leeds Financial Support (LFS) funding and a complementary portfolio of widening participation scholarships.


The finance package is evaluated annually to assess its impact on recruitment and retention, and this continues to show that financial support is having a positive impact on a significant proportion of the university’s students.

In the most recent survey of students, 91% of respondents said that Leeds Financial Support had impacted in some way on their student life and/or any decisions they had to make. 74% said the awards had changed - positively - the way they felt about their ability to stay on their course. Of those who were aware of LFS before registering at Leeds, 78% said the level of financial support potentially available to them was either ‘very important’ or ’important’ in their decision to study at the university. The lower the household income the more likely students were to rate this aspect ‘very important’ when considering their decision.


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