The Scholarship and Bursary Advisory Centre

Free information & advice on applying for fee assistance for children at independent schools in the UK

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Welcome to The Scholarship and Bursary Advisory Centre, the online guide for parents seeking scholarships, bursaries, assisted places, and other awards at independent schools in the UK. 

We cover independent day and boarding schools and colleges which teach pupils up to the age of 18.  This includes nursery schools, preparatory and junior schools, senior and secondary schools, and sixth form colleges in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 


Our new website will launch soon.   In the meantime, subscribe to our newsletter and we will let you know when you can access these services.



Search our unique directories for... 

  • Schools Offering Fee Assistance

  • Awards (scholarships, bursaries, assisted places etc)

  • Open Days at schools offering fee assistance

  • Case studies 

  • Schools which prepare pupils for scholarships & other awards

  • Educational Consultants

  • Educational Psychologists

  • Assessors

  • Teaches, tutors and coaches

  • Supporting Services helpful to parents seeking fee assistance

A lack of financial resources need not be a barrier to your child attending an independent school. 

Approximately a third of pupils at independent schools are in receipt of some fee assistance - that is over 170,000 pupils. 


Nearly a billion pounds are given every year in the form of scholarships, bursaries and other awards.


Each year, over five thousand pupils receive means-tested financial assistance of 100% of the fees. 


"My 4 children won 16 awards, from preparatory to senior level, enabling them to attend wonderful independent schools at which they thrived."

"My mission is to help others to access life-changing opportunities like these, whatever their financial circumstances."

Sally MacDonald, Director of

The Scholarship and Bursary Advisory Centre

For individual help on the process of applying for scholarships, bursaries & other awards, book a consultation with Sally MacDonald.


Explore our free resources which give you information and advice about making applications for fee assistance...

  • Experiences

  • Success Stories

  • FAQ

  • Tips

  • Factsheets

  • Articles

  • News


Subscribing to our monthly newsletter is free. 

Our newsletter will keep you up to date with... 

  • New entries to our directories, including the most recently added scholarships, bursaries and schools 

  • New contributions e.g. experiences, success stories, articles and news about fee assistance 

  • Important updates for those displaying their details on our directories.

"I'm a huge fan of independent education but get so frustrated by the lack of information out there on fee assistance. So many parents aren't even aware that they can apply for scholarships and bursaries and doors that have the possibility of opening, stay shut."


"The other side of the frustration is when I speak to schools who tell me they have bursaries available but no-one to give them to! I can't tell you enough how valuable I think your website will be and I will continue to pass the word on".


"Thanks again for providing what's going to be an invaluable resource. "


Education Consultant.


Signing up as a Site Member is free and is open to everyone.

It allows you to...

  • Contribute an Experience.

  • Contribute a Success Story.

  • Contribute a FAQ.

  • Contribute a Factsheet.

  • Contribute an Article.

  • Contribute a News Item.

  • Display your details in our directories.


Displaying your details in our directories.

We display information from...

  • Schools Offering Fee Assistance

  • Schools Preparing Pupils for Scholarships

  • Educational Consultants

  • Educational Psychologists

  • Assessors

  • Teachers, Tutors & Coaches

  • Providers of services of interest to parents who are seeking fee assistance (individuals, companies, organisations)

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