Financial support from UWE

UWE students on Graduate Development Programme

As well as the UWE Bursary, there are a number of UWE funds to support postgraduate and undergraduate study. The funds outlined below are usually only available to students who have enrolled on their course. Details for the academic year 2014/15 will be added prior to the start of the Autumn term.

Funds available to UWE students

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

All application forms should be sent to Student Services at Frenchay Campus.

Hardship funds

If you are a UK student and have extra costs or financial problems while studying, there are UWE and government hardship funds available to help you.

UWE Summer Fund

The UWE Summer Fund is now closed, and we're no longer accepting new applications. If you are experiencing financial hardship, please contact a Funds and Finance Adviser.

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. Applications can only be considered after contacting a Funds and Finance Adviser.

Short-term loan scheme

All registered students are eligible to apply for a UWE short-term loan of between £50 and £300, repayable within 30 days. The Short-Term Loan scheme is provided by UWE to help students who find themselves with a temporary cash-flow problem caused by circumstances beyond their control. During periods of high demand it may be necessary to restrict the eligibility criteria further.

There are not sufficient funds to provide substitute overdrafts for students who find they have a general shortfall between their income and expenditure. The fund relies on students repaying their loans so that more students can be supported during the academic year.

Please note that short term loans are not issued during the summer vacation. Students experiencing serious hardship should contact a Funds and Finance Adviser.

Before applying, please note the following:

  • Short term loans are available only during your academic year of attendance. Students are eligible to apply once their official start date has passed and they are registered - at least provisionally - on their programme.
  • Loans are not normally given during the final two months of study at the university.
  • Loans will not normally be offered to students who already have an outstanding debt to the university, who have defaulted on a previous short term loan, or who have not exhausted other sources of funding available to them (including the use of bank funds to within £100 of any agreed limit, including overdrafts).
  • Students who do not repay their loan within 30 days may have their access to university facilities restricted and may be prevented from registering on the next year of their course.
  • Applications which do not indicate a source of funds which will enable repayment of the loan in the Repayment section will be rejected. Please note that post-dated cheques are no longer accepted as a repayment method.

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

  1. The applicant's 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 to Main Reception, Frenchay Campus, or post it to the Advice and Enquiry Service, 1D03, UWE Frenchay Campus, Bristol, BS16 1QY.

Download short-term loan application form.

We aim to inform applicants of the outcome by email to their UWE email address within 3 working days of receipt of a complete application (subject to workload).

Tuition fee and debt remission

There are three 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 the University's Waiver Policy for further details including eligibility and how to apply.

We administer many funds that support students financially while they study at UWE. However, we only have a certain amount of money and demand always exceeds our allocation.

Application information

All application forms should be sent to:

Student Services
Information Point (1D11)
University of the West of England
Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour Lane
Bristol BS16 1QY.

Telephone: +44(0)117 32 85678

Page last updated 13 March 2014

Copyright 2014 © UWE better together