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School Fee Assistance and Bursaries

ISC schools are strongly committed to widening access and are make strenuous efforts to increase the amount they can offer in bursaries.

Search for Scholarships and Bursaries

Use the ISC School Search to find schools offering scholarships, bursaries, hardship awards and other types of school fee assistance.

The search also allows users to search by other requirements such as location and school type.

The Educational Grants Advice Service

ISC does not provide assistance with funding but you may wish to telephone The Educational Grants Advice Service, which offers information and advice on a variety of routes into finding fee assistance.

  • The Educational Grants Advice Service +44 (0)1932 865 619 (9am-11am, Monday - Friday)

To provide more places for disadvantaged children, many independent boarding schools are also working closely with;

The Educational Grants Advice Service offers information and advice on a variety of routes into finding fee assistance.

Help with school fees

Many ISC schools have fundraising programmes so that they can offer more help to hard working families who may not otherwise be able to afford the fees.

ISC schools increased the value of means tested bursaries by 4.8% in 2017 valued at £362 million.

There are 43,563 pupils receiving means tested assistance, with 41.6% of these pupils having more than half their fees remitted. There are 5,483 pupils at ISC schools who pay no fees at all.

Bursaries are means-assessed on a financial basis and will require a parent or guardian to complete a declaration to establish whether the student meets the necessary criteria. This is usually re-assessed each year that the bursary is required.

There are 43,400 pupils on means tested assistance at ISC schools.

Scholarships

Scholarships are also available for pupils who are particularly strong either academically, or in music, sport or art. Both scholarships and bursaries can be awarded to children at the same time.

Parents or guardians should contact the admissions department of the individual schools you are interested in directly, as schools will have their own fee assistance programmes. To find schools with financial assistance options please use our School Search. Information about bursaries will be on the Bursaries and Scholarships page, often in the Admissions section of a schools’ website.

Scholarships are also available for pupils who are particularly talented.