It's important to ensure you have applied for all the funding you are entitiled to avoid financial hardship. However, if you do find yourself in a difficult situation we're here to advise you on your options. Every penny counts!
BU has a selection of bursaries available to undergraduate students as well as a selction of scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Your eligability will depend on your personal circumstances so please read the criteria carefully and get in touch if you are unsure if you would qualify.
All the funding available via BU can be found on their website.
We know that after paying your rent and bills you may find you have little left for course books, equipment and sometimes, even food. If you find your self in this situation then contact us for advice. Hardship funding provision is based upon your individual circumstances.
BU Financial Support Fund
The BU Financial Support Fund is a non-repayable source of support for students.Please note that EU (non-UK) and international students cannot apply for this fund. There is detailed information and guidance, including an application form, available on the BU website.
BU Disabled Students Allowance Support Fund
It will allow students who require financial assistance for their Educational Psychologist Assessment (£200) and/or contribution towards authorised/official DSA equipment (£200) quicker and easier access to this funding. Application avaliable here
Small Emergency Grant
The Small Emergency Grant is available to all students who require very short-term assistance who have no, or very little funding available to them. The typical award is £15 which is provided in the form of supermarket vouchers. The fund is extremely limited, and criteria include, but are not limited to:
- having less than £5 in your bank, having utilised or at least applied for an overdraft
- having no other sources of income
- in certain cases, having submitted an application to the BU Financial Support Fund.
Please be prepared during this application we will ask for evidence of your current bank balance and financial background to understand the best award for your circumstances.
Contact us if you would like to apply.
BU Emergency Loan
Essentially this is a short-term advance if your mainstream UK Government funding such as your Loan or NHS Bursary are late arriving. We can assist with day to day costs, but unfortunately due to budgetary constraints cannot assist with rent or housing. Check out the BU website for more information.
NHS Learning Support Fund
If you are a student on an NHS course which started in September 2017 or after, you may be eligible for additional NHS support from their Learning Support Fund. Part of the support the NHS offer is the Exceptional Support Fund for students facing financial difficulty. Please note if you wish to apply for the Exceptional Support Fund, you must have applied and received a decision from the BU Financial Support Fund first.
Trusts and Charities
There are educational trusts and charities that could be of assistance to you. You can search for the via the Turn2Us website. We are also aware of other trusts and charities that provide assistance based upon individual need, e.g. child involved, you or a family member has a disability. Contact us for details.
Study aboard grants
The Global Horizons Fund can provide up to £2000 in total or £2500 (17/18 figures) to help you complete a semester of your study in another country. Erasmus+ can also provide monthly rates between 280-330 Euro, plus a further 120 Euro a month for students from specific under-represented backgrounds.
Check out your Faculty pages on the Student Portal to find out about potential destinations or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find out what other students have done with this funding on the BU Undergraduate Blog.
There are also other international opportunities available via the Destination Summer School Programmes and Global Fesitval of Learning. Email email@example.com for more information.