Financial support from UWE Bristol

As well as the UWE Bursary, there are a number of UWE Bristol funds to support postgraduate and undergraduate study. The funds outlined below are usually only available to students who have enrolled on their course.

Funds for UWE Bristol students

Below is a brief outline of each fund, who is eligible to apply, and how to apply. Please note that demand for all funds is high and not all applications will be successful. Once funds are exhausted, no further payments will be made.

UWE Learner Support Fund

The UWE Learner Support Fund is now closed to applications as all funds have been exhausted. The fund will reopen in September 2017.

You will be able to apply if you are registered on a designated award for the 2017/18 academic year and charged tuition fees as a UK resident (or ‘home’) student. There will be both an online and a paper application form. Awards will be means-tested and given to students who are assessed as having a shortfall between their income and expenditure. Priority will be given to lone parents, students with disabilities, care leavers, carers and estranged students.

Summer Fund

The Summer Fund is now closed due to funds being exhausted. The UWE Learner Support Fund will re-open in September 2017. All hardship funds for the 2016/17 academic year have been exhausted.

If you are experiencing severe financial hardship, facing eviction or homelessness, please email with details of your situation.

Emergency Fund

This fund is used to make awards to EU and international students who have experienced substantial and unforeseen financial hardship since the start of the academic year.

The limited size of the fund means that students in even the most severe hardship are unlikely to receive more than £1,000. To discuss your eligibility, please email with a brief outline of your circumstances.

Short-Term Loan Scheme

The Short-Term Loan Scheme is provided by the University to help students who find themselves with a temporary cash-flow problem during the academic year, including delayed funding. The loan is interest-free, and is due for repayment within 30 days of receipt.

If your loan is agreed we will lend an amount to cover your immediate essential living costs, for example £50 per week for a single student (this can be increased to cover other costs ie childcare/travel).

Please note that short-term loans are not issued during the summer vacation. Students experiencing serious hardship during this period should contact a Money Adviser.

Before you apply

Before applying, please note the following:

  • Short-term loans are only available after the official start date of your course, and only if you have registered either provisionally or in full on your course.
  • Loans are not normally given during the final two months of study at the University.
  • Loans may not be offered if you already have an outstanding debt to the University, or if you have defaulted on a previous short-term loan.
  • Loans are not offered to students who have other sources of funding available to them (including the use of bank funds to within £100 of any agreed limit, including overdrafts).
  • Students will need to repay their loan within 30 days. If you are unable to repay during this period, please contact the Funds Team.
  • Unless you have the means to repay the loan, your application will not be successful.

How to apply

The application form asks for supporting evidence. In all cases this includes:

  1. your most recent bank statement
  2. a mini-statement dated within three days of the application.

To apply, please download, print out and complete the form below, and return it with supporting evidence (in person or by post) to the Money Advice and Funds Service, D Block Information Point (1D11), Frenchay Campus, Bristol, BS16 1QY.

Download the short-term loan application form.

We aim to inform applicants of the outcome by email to their UWE Bristol email address within three working days of receipt of a complete application (subject to workload).

Placement Costs Short-Term Loan

If your course requires you to attend placements for which you are able to claim reimbursement of the travel and/or accommodation costs, you may be eligible to apply for a placement costs loan.

A loan for placement costs is interest free and is usually repayable in 90 days. You can borrow up to the value of your claim for reimbursement. Please ensure that you submit your claim for reimbursement regularly during your placement if possible, so that you can repay the loan when funds are received.

How to apply

To apply, please download, print out and complete the form below, and hand it in with any supporting evidence to any Information Point. Alternatively, you can post the form to:

Money Advice and Funds Service (1D11)
UWE Bristol
Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour Lane
Bristol, BS16 1QY

Download a Placement Costs Short-Term Loan application form.

Please email or call +44 (0)117 32 85678 if you have any queries about the placement costs short-term loan scheme, or to confirm receipt of your application.

Tuition fee and debt remission

There are three discretionary schemes to support students facing exceptional financial circumstances and they each have their own eligibility criteria:

  • Tuition fee remission: for international or postgraduate students
  • Fee waiver: for students who have incurred fee liability due to exceptional personal circumstances (eg terminal illness or bereavement)
  • Debt write-off: for former students who have exceptional personal circumstances and long-term financial hardship

See our Waiver Policy for further details, including eligibility and how to apply.

UWE Bristol Go Global Bursary

The Go Global Bursary gives you the chance to apply for funding to help you undertake any of the following types of overseas opportunities*

  • A placement
  • An internship
  • Work experience
  • A volunteering opportunity

 *terms and conditions apply.

Find out more about the UWE Go Global Bursary.

Submitting your application form

All application forms should be sent to:

Money Advice and Funds Service
Information Point (1D11)
UWE Bristol
Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour Lane
Bristol, BS16 1QY

If you have a query about any of the funds listed above or require advice on what to provide with the application, please email or call the team on +44 (0)117 32 85678.

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