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Finding a Scholarship to the School of Your Choice

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 18 May 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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Education is often at the top of a parents list from when their children are born right up to their late teen years, and most of the time it is the costs that are keeping mums and dads awake at night.

But it doesn't necessarily have to be that way. Around one fifth of children are eligible for financial assistance to pay for school fees, many of which are awarded scholarships or bursaries.These scholarships, or 'exhibitions' as they are sometimes referred to as, are usually reserved for those children with exceptional talent - typically in music or a similar art form.

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The majority of this type of funding is supplied to students attending secondary schools and even though there are a handful of scholarships available to primary school children, these are very rare.

The process of receiving a scholarship of bursary of this kind usually involves a competitive examination in the specific talent field, and the funding available does fluctuate in size rarely covering the schools fees.

Some schools in the UK have now also look at the parents means before awarding bursaries or scholarships to potential students. This is because the funding is only enough to cover around 50 per cent of the fees and the parents are eligible to contribute the outstanding amount.

If you don't want to place extra pressure on your child by making them sit an exam in order to qualify for a scholarship, you could apply for a bursary if your school offers one. These are sometimes awarded to children whose parents fall into a particular category, such as teachers or the armed forces.

Government Help

The government has also stepped up to the challenge of giving children a better education, and is offering more financial to those from low and middle income families.The aim of this funding is to get more children to aim for university education. It is becoming increasingly necessary for children to gain a degree as it opens many doors to them as far as a career goes.

So, with this in mind, the government are offering a third of students that are eligible a non-refundable grant of up to £2,835 and a further third a partial sum of this amount.

It is estimated that by gaining a degree most students will enter the working world almost £30,000 in debt, and for those from low-income families, this burden of debt can be tough. The government have realised, especially recently, that many youngsters are put off going on to study at university because of the financial worry and have introduced this grant system as a way of helping these people into higher education.

And they haven't stopped there. Since 2006, students entering university education have not had to pay tuition fees before their course begins, only having to start repaying the fee loan once they have left and are earning over a certain amount.

And students that started university this September (2008/09) are set to get an extra helping hand when they complete their studies and want to buy a house or start a family. They will be entitled to a five year repayment holiday on their student loan, provided they remain in university education until 2011.

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My daughter won a half scholarship for a private performing arts school last year but due to circumstances my partner is not able to work for 6 months so we can't afford to pay the rest of fees until he can return to work in 2 months time. The school have now said we have til June the 2nd to pay the outstanding fees or my daughter will have to leave. She is really upset about this so I'm looking for some help to clear the outstanding fees to let her continue to attend the school and persue what she loves best. Please can you help me find a way for help. Thanks for your time.
Reecey - 18-May-17 @ 4:31 PM
Jones82 - Your Question:
Hi my daughter has just been accepted into a private school. She is is very smart and not being challenged at all at her current school. She's 8 years old and would have been starting Year 5 in September. The school however only pay half the fees and I can't afford the other half. Where can I find someone who would pay the other half of the fees for her? She really wants to go and I'm afraid if she doesn't get this amazing opportunity she won't be challenged enough. She's constantly complaining how easy the work is and the tests.

Our Response:
It's very unlikely you will find funding for this unless there is a specific talent involved (such as music, sport). There are lots of bright children in state schools and trust us, many of them find tests easy at primary school. Once she gets to secondary school she will be challenged a lot more, especially at A level/university once she gets there.
GrantsExpert - 12-May-17 @ 2:21 PM
Hi my daughter has just been accepted into a private school. She is is very smart and not being challenged at all at her current school. She's 8 years old and would have been starting Year 5 in September. The school however only pay half the fees and I can't afford the other half. Where can I find someone who would pay the other half of the fees for her? She really wants to go and I'm afraid if she doesn't get this amazing opportunity she won't be challenged enough. She's constantly complaining how easy the work is and the tests.
Jones82 - 11-May-17 @ 1:10 PM
Bambanani - Your Question:
I am a single mum of grls my first born child is 9years old in grade 4, attending a private school and I find it hard to pay her fees since I am unemployed.i do not know where to get help,plz help

Our Response:
You could apply to get her into a state school if you can't afford private school fees?
GrantsExpert - 14-Feb-17 @ 10:38 AM
I am a single mum of grls my first born child is 9years old in grade 4, attending a private school and i find it hard to pay her fees since i am unemployed.i do not know where to get help,plz help
Bambanani - 12-Feb-17 @ 7:12 PM
Plz i am a boy of 13 years i need secondary school scholarship because my parents cannot afford my fees plz help me. I will be grateful prince
Casey - 23-Jan-17 @ 7:23 PM
Hello, iam in primary 7,iam looking for a sponsor to join secondary level, my bursary for primary level has ended, please help me to connection me to secondary sponsors of education. hope tohear from you,
patie32 - 26-Dec-16 @ 10:08 AM
Am a single mum of three, I had three children in primary level, but now one who is charity who has finishes primary level is to go to secondary next year. During primary level in was hard for me to manage school fees for 3 in that sometimes they would be chased away from school until I got the balance. Am just here seeking for help for them to complete their education, if there can be any sponsorship or bursaries. Will appreciate, because with my job(self employed, no steady income) am seeing their education will be interrupted some how.
Mum - 26-Dec-16 @ 7:00 AM
Dora - Your Question:
My daughter is attending a preschool at a private school and would love to send her to the school when she starts in reception I'm interested in scholarship and bursary how do you qualify or find out if you can have help with fees

Our Response:
Check the school's website or ask the head teacher/admissions manager. They will be able to give details of any bursaries or scholarships available (these are often means tested). Scholarships are generally offered to those with outstanding talent in a particular area.
GrantsExpert - 11-Jul-16 @ 10:16 AM
My daughteris attendinga preschoolat a private school and would love to send her to the schoolwhen she starts in receptionI'm interestedin scholarshipand bursaryhow do you qualifyor find out if you can have help with fees
Dora - 8-Jul-16 @ 10:51 AM
Hello, I have a child who has a half scholarship to a private drama school which finishes when it goes to secondary level. They do not allow current pupils to reapply for further scholarships , being disabled I am unable to afford further costs, my child has had frequent time off school due to a chronic health problem which could be termed a disability. What options can I explore please ? thanks
Gaia - 13-Jun-16 @ 9:14 AM
Plz am a girl of 13 years in junior secondry 2 from Nigeria plz my parents can not afford my school fees and i need to study to make them proud am a obedient and good girl plz help me plzzz
Preciouzy - 12-Jun-16 @ 4:12 PM
My son is in year 6 and he is talented and in top groups in his class. I want him to get a scholarship for year 7 and I wonder if he needs to do the 13+ Exam in order to apply for independent secondary school. His was born in 2004 and is going to a state school but very keen on education. Can you advise me on how to get a scholarship and which schools do offer this kind of help and also whether he is eligible to set for the 13+ pls? Many thanks.
Helen - 10-May-16 @ 8:07 PM
Hey ,am called leila ,from uganda and am longing for someone to pay my sons school fees ,he is 5 years in top class.I am not working ,and am his second mother, his mother got lost no one knows where she isso he stays with me and my parents are not working .he is very smart.please I need your help.thanx
leila ali - 26-Apr-16 @ 10:18 AM
Judi - Your Question:
How can I get a grant or funding to pay for my daughters performing arts class? I need some help finding the rite sites or info. So please HELP ANYONE?

Our Response:
Is she expectionally talented? That's likely to be the best chance of gettting some kind of scholarship or bursary. You have not given us your daughter's age so we can't give any concrete information. Try this link
GrantsExpert - 24-Mar-16 @ 2:06 PM
How can I get a grant or funding to pay for my daughters performing arts class? I need some help finding the rite sites or info.So please HELP ANYONE?
Judi - 22-Mar-16 @ 3:19 PM
My forth child has passed the entrance exam in the uk for an independent school which my other three children attended. She had a letter of congratulations but no help with fees. I have no other family and and a single mum of four. My two boys are at university. I am devestated for my child as she has had a very hard life with bereavements and a mentally ill father. Please help me we have to know by next week. Yours in Christ
Julia - 4-Mar-16 @ 9:51 PM
tina - Your Question:
I am a Ugandan, single mum with two wonderful children (4yr old girl in year 2 of kindergarten and 11yr old boy in Primary 6), seeking for advice on where to get school fees scholarships for my kids. I have not had a full time job for about 4yrs even though I now have a Masters degree. I live with my retired parents and my kids in Kampala. The little I earn from the few part time jobs I get, (mostly typing or secretarial work) , plus my dad's pension, helps us to cover the basic expenses like food and utilities. I have tried to change them to cheaper private schools but am still stuck. School started 22 feb 2016 and they are still at home just like when they missed half of last year's term III. Lucky enough, they are smart, that they managed to be promoted to the next classes. Please help me with advice. I need them to get the best education they can, and not miss a single term of the school's academic year. tina

Our Response:
This site only deals with UK issues unfortunately.
GrantsExpert - 24-Feb-16 @ 12:03 PM
I am a Ugandan, single mum with two wonderful children (4yr old girl in year 2 of kindergarten and 11yr old boy in Primary 6), seeking for advice on where to get school fees scholarships for my kids. I have not had a full time job for about 4yrs even though i now have a Masters degree. I live with my retired parents and my kids in Kampala. The little i earn from the few part time jobs i get, (mostly typing or secretarial work) , plus my dad's pension, helps us to cover the basic expenses like food and utilities. I have tried to change them to cheaper private schools but am still stuck. School started 22 feb 2016 and they are still at home just like when they missed half of last year's term III. Lucky enough, they are smart, that they managed to be promoted to the next classes. Please help me with advice. I need them to get the best education they can, and not miss a single term of theschool's academic year. tina
tina - 23-Feb-16 @ 10:11 AM
My daughter has secured a place in form one at Eldevile Girls Seconday School , Embakasi on the outskirts of Nairobi. I have a difficulty inpaying her school fees which amounts to nearly kshs 100,000 per year. place advice
zub - 15-Feb-16 @ 6:02 AM
Hi I cashed in my pension and received £24,000 which I've spent exclusively on my grandson's education.He was 6 and had had an extremely traumatic little life and I felt it best he attend private school with small classes and a more intimate atmosphere. This worked well.I have paid for almost 3 years and run out of money.I'd hoped, despite my age, to find work to enable me to keep paying for him but this has not happened.Anyone know of any organisations that offer financial help for 9 year olds.He has caught up well with his studies and you rarely see him without a book.He loves his school.
Ursula Conway - 8-Dec-15 @ 12:16 AM
Hi I have my child who has learning disability I want him to go privet school.am looking the school have scholarship (bursaries) and finances help and who accept whith learning disability.if you know give me advice please.
Sam - 10-Nov-15 @ 2:55 PM
I have a daughter in primary six called Nanyonjo Pauline here in Uganda - Africa. She is so bright and well brought up. His father is a drug addict who has never given me a single coin for his daughter, ive been hassling as a single mother but apparently am pressed to the wall. Am financially unstable and am scared that she may not finish her primary seven. am requesting for a sponsor to help me out. i will be glad. thanks
GLO - 30-Sep-15 @ 9:33 AM
Hi My 4 year old son is about to start reception in September. He is really smart he has been going to a private nursery and they have been sending him to their private primary school to attend year 1 class because he's on a 6 year old level of thinking. He already reads and writes at 4. They want to enrol him at their private school but unfortunately we aren't able to meet up with the £500 per month fees. Is there any assistance I can get somewhere be it scholarship or other which I can be met halfway? Where and how can I apply for one? Thank you.
Mrs G - 7-Aug-15 @ 1:53 PM
My son just finished year 3 but even when in year 3 his teacher normally take him to year 6 to receive lecture because he is so intelligent especially in maths he does maths of year 7 when in year 3. The school advised me to work out scholarship for him. Im a single mum with 3 kids i cant afford private school. Please can you help me out with a scholarship for him . Thanks
grazzy - 15-Jul-15 @ 10:00 AM
@sherlie. What kind of scholarship? Does he have a specific talent that means you want to send him to a particular private school? School is free to UK citizens so you should be able to find a state school near where you live that will take him.
GrantsExpert - 20-May-15 @ 11:43 AM
Am a single mum and my son is in grade two. Am new here and am looking for a scholarship for my son. He stays with my mum since the salary am getting is not enough to support us both and to educate him. Please assist me in paying my son's school fees.
sherlie - 16-May-15 @ 7:20 PM
@Annie - Firstly ask at the dance school itself - they may have bursaries that can be allocated to those who cannot afford to pay the fees. Here are a few other organisations you could try:
Dance and drama awards
The council for dance education and training
the Turn 2 us website
GrantsExpert - 10-Dec-14 @ 10:03 AM
Hi, my granddaughter has just been offered a place at a dance & performing arts school to start in year 7. She had to audition, unfortunately they have not offered a scholarship. is there any way we can get help for her. Regards Yvonne Turner (nana)
Annie - 9-Dec-14 @ 1:11 PM
@dilly. Scholarships for reception age children are rare. You would have to contact individual schools in your area to see what's available in the private sector. Otherwise maybe your MP could help you. It may also be that if your local school is performing poorly - that special measures will be in place and it will turn out to be one of the better performing schools in the area.
GrantsExpert - 15-Jul-14 @ 11:32 AM
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