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low income going to private school

i'm from a low income family but i go to a top 30 private school with an academic scholarship and 100% bursary.
would the low income background be considered at all (like giving me a boost) jn my university application since i have had the privilege to access private education and support throughout secondary school?
Original post by Aijahdj
i'm from a low income family but i go to a top 30 private school with an academic scholarship and 100% bursary.
would the low income background be considered at all (like giving me a boost) jn my university application since i have had the privilege to access private education and support throughout secondary school?


It depends on how the unis you apply to evaluate contextual offers, as there isn't a standard formula. It can be based on school, postcode, household income, parental education, etc. Have a look through the websites of some of the unis you are considering applying to for details of how they operate their contextual offer schemes.
Reply 2
Okay thanks guys
Generally it’s incredibly rare for contextual admissions to be based on household income - that information isn’t available in your application (they can get it from students from SLC).

Do you know if your postcode is low participation (POLAR4) or deprived (IMD)?

Are you eligible for Free School Meals?

Do NOT mention your scholarship in your PS. That information should be in your reference not your PS.
Original post by PQ
Generally it’s incredibly rare for contextual admissions to be based on household income - that information isn’t available in your application (they can get it from students from SLC).
Do you know if your postcode is low participation (POLAR4) or deprived (IMD)?
Are you eligible for Free School Meals?
Do NOT mention your scholarship in your PS. That information should be in your reference not your PS.

Thanks, PQ, you’ve more professional experience in this area. I’ll delete that suggestion in case anyone else is following this thread.
Original post by Aijahdj
Okay thanks guys

Very well done in gaining your scholarship and bursary. Best wishes for a successful future in your chosen field!
Reply 6
Original post by PQ
Generally it’s incredibly rare for contextual admissions to be based on household income - that information isn’t available in your application (they can get it from students from SLC).
Do you know if your postcode is low participation (POLAR4) or deprived (IMD)?
Are you eligible for Free School Meals?
Do NOT mention your scholarship in your PS. That information should be in your reference not your PS.

nope not low participation
i used to be on fsm but not anymore because it's only available to those attending state schools

oh well, iwas just curious. i'll just work hard and forget contextual admissions. thank u for the response
Reply 7
Original post by Antique1
Very well done in gaining your scholarship and bursary. Best wishes for a successful future in your chosen field!

thank u 🙏

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