Students who receive a First Year UC fees scholarship for 2021 and are eligible for fees-free study in 2021 will have their UC scholarship payment deferred until 2022, meaning up to two years of fees-free at UC one funded by the Government, and one by UC.

What you need to do now?

You do not need to do anything now, UC will be in touch with you about your scholarship in 2021. To check your eligibility for fee free tertiary study, visit


What is a tuition fee scholarship?

Some UC scholarships contribute towards a student’s tuition fees and others pay cash or contribute towards other costs such as halls of accommodation. Each scholarship has regulations covering what it will pay for. Scholarship regulations are available online at

If fees are free, will I still get my tuition fee scholarship?

Tuition scholarships will still be awarded - if a tuition scholarship student is eligible for fees-free study, tuition scholarships will apply to the second year of study.

What does deferral to second year tuition fees mean?

Deferral means UC will pay your scholarship towards your tuition fees when you enrol in your second year of study instead of your first year. This approach is intended to ensure UC students are not disadvantaged, and to maintain a simple and equitable process for all UC students.

I have a scholarship that pays cash or other non-tuition fees, will I still get the scholarship?

All other conditions of all other scholarship will remain the same. If a scholarship was to be paid in cash, it will be paid in cash.

I'm an international student who has a tuition fee scholarship, what will happen to my scholarship?

International students are ineligible for fees-free study. Any students not eligible for fees-free study who have tuition scholarships, including international students, will benefit from their scholarship in their first year.

Why can’t I just have the cash instead of deferring my scholarship to second year?

UC has decided to defer payment to second year tuition fees because this extends the financial support to students over two years, does not disadvantage students and it maintains a simple and equitable process for all students.

I am getting a scholarship that is not for tuition fees, can I defer payment to my second year tuition fees?

Only scholarships that contribute towards first year tuition fees are affected by the fees-free scheme. All other scholarships will be paid as normal.

What will happen to my fee scholarship if I don't come back in my second year or if I change my programme of study?

If you do not return to study at UC in your second year you will still hold the scholarship in name and there will be no tuition fees to pay. If you change your programme of study you will still have your second year tuition fees covered by the scholarship as long as you meet the other scholarship criteria. The scholarship is only available at UC.

What will happen if I have been offered more than one tuition fee scholarship?

All conditions of the scholarship remain the same other than the timing of the payment of tuition fees. This includes any co-tenability clauses covering whether the scholarship may be held with another scholarship.

There are non-tuition fee components to my fee scholarship (e.g. leadership programmes, course-related costs, mentoring etc.), what will happen to these?

All conditions of the scholarship remain the same other than the timing of the payment of tuition fees.