Bursaries

Access Bursary

 

Why do we have an Access Bursary?

The gospel is for all people, and in the church there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male or female, for we are all one in Christ. Too often though, in-depth theological training is only accessible or affordable to a smaller minority.

So at Oak Hill we want to provide training for all who are called to ministry, regardless of ethnicity, sex, and economic or social background, and we long that our life together at College reflects the breadth of God’s people and plans. We have more progress to make, but we hope that the Access Bursary allows us to take one more step in that direction.

To that end, our Access Bursary is designed to increase the breadth of our student body and to provide support for those from under-represented or disadvantaged groups. 

What does it cover?

For a full time applicant, the bursary covers your tuition and Middlesex University registration fees for the duration of your programme, and a means-tested grant for up to 50% of your annual budget for living costs. The means-tested grant will be reviewed annually but the intent is to ensure students are supported throughout their time at Oak Hill.

For a part time applicant, the bursary covers your tuition and Middlesex University registration fees for the duration of your programme.

Who is it for?

The Access Bursary is for new Independent students applying to study at Oak Hill on one of our full time or part time programmes. If you are a) female, or b) from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background, or c) are from a low socioeconomic background (see below), and you’ve received an offer of a place to study at Oak Hill, you would be eligible to apply for an Access Bursary. We recognise that people from these groups may suffer disadvantage connected to these characteristics and/or may be disproportionately represented at Oak Hill.

If several of the following statements are true of you, and assuming that any current income and assets don't significantly change your circumstances, then you would be eligible to apply for an Access Bursary on the grounds of your socioeconomic background. If there are other circumstances that you think would be relevant, there will be opportunity for you to tell us about them on the bursary application form. Given the number of variables, we will assess applications on a case by case basis.

  • You are/were in receipt of free school meals
  • You attended a non-fee paying school
  • You are part of the first generation in your family to attend university
  • You are under 25 and living with one or both of your parents or dependent on them, and the household income is less than £25,000
  • You are currently in, or have spent time in, the local authority care system
  • You grew up in, or now live in, one of the more deprived areas of the UK, defined as your home postcode being in Quintile 1 of the government's Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) database. There are separate indices for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

+ If you live in England, please enter your home postcode here and click ‘get deprivation data’. The data for your postcode will be available as an xlxs file. Open this file in Excel. Column E of the spreadsheet indicates your Index of Multiple Deprivation rank. You are eligible if the value is 6568 or less;

+ If you live in Scotland, please click here to download the Scottish IMD look up file (an Excel spreadsheet). Enter your home postcode in column A. You are eligible if the rank shown in column C is 1395 or less;

+ If you live in Wales, please enter your home postcode here, tick the reCAPTCHA checkbox, and click ‘go’. You are eligible if your area is ranked 381 or less;

+ If you live in Northern Ireland, please enter your home postcode here and click ‘search’. You are eligible if the Multiple Deprivation Measure (deprivation rank) at the top of the page is 178 or less.

 

When and how can I apply for an Access Bursary?

Read about the admissions process and how to apply to study at Oak Hill. When you get to the stage of having received an offer of a place to study here, if you accept the offer, you are also asked to complete and return a Financial Assurances Form (FAF). This is your way of showing us what financial support you have, actual or pledged, for the first year of study.  

At the point of accepting an offer of a place to study at Oak Hill you are able to apply for the Access Bursary. The Access Bursary Application Form has two parts.  Part A is for applying for the tuition and registration fees part of the bursary;
Part B is for applying for the means-tested grant towards living costs (for full time applicants). You will have the option of applying for just Part A, or Part A and Part B at the same time, or Part A followed by applying for Part B later on when you’ve had time to pursue other funding sources. If you intend to apply for Part B, you will be required to submit your FAF at the same time.

Access Bursary applications are reviewed by the Bursary Committee, and decisions signed off by the Leadership Team. We aim to let you know the result of your application within three weeks of submitting it. You will receive a letter which will be emailed to you by our Admissions Office.

What information would I need to submit with a bursary application?

When you complete the application form, you will be asked to submit your budget as well as provide details of your current financial situation – income, expenses and assets. You may therefore want to spend some time putting together a realistic budget for your own situation.

Are there a limited number of bursaries on offer?

For September 2021 entry, there are bursaries available for approximately 10 full time and 10 part time applicants.

Are there other ways you can help me fundraise for training at Oak Hill?

Yes, we have put together a guide below to help you think about how to go about raising financial support. It will start to give you a feel for the fact that, where individuals and churches are concerned, it’s about asking them to partner with you rather than just giving you money. 

To help you think about this further, watch this mini-series of videos produced by Stewardship called ‘What I wish I knew before I started support raising’ (about 1 hour in total). It will give you much food for thought and prayer, as well as help you think about whether to do their fuller training. Read more about their training here.  

If you would like to have a conversation about your situation or how to access the training, please contact the Oak Hill Admissions Office and we'd be very happy to chat with you.

Download our 'Raising Financial Support' guide (PDF)

 
 

The gospel is for all people, and in the church there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male or female, for we are all one in Christ."

Watch the Access Bursary video here