The UWE Bursary (for first year students)

View details of the funding available to UWE Bristol students who started their course in the 2016/17 academic year.

Information for current first year students who started their course in the 2016/17 academic year

Bursaries are non-repayable and designed to support students with essential costs while they study such as travel, course materials and food. The amount of bursary students receive depends on their circumstances.

Bursary allocation

We have prioritised bursary allocation to students with little or no family support, with caring responsibilities and those on a low income.

We assess students in their first year and their bursary eligibility remains with them for the duration of their course.

You will be notified by email (this will be to your UWE Bristol email account) after the start of term if you have been allocated a bursary.

Application process

There is no application process for the UWE Bursary. If you accepted an offer to the University for the academic year 2016/17 you will be automatically considered for the UWE Bursary, providing you meet the eligibility criteria.

There are two kinds of bursary for new first year students:

  • 80 full-time students will receive an Enhanced Bursary of £3,000
  • 1,300 students will receive a £500 Low Income Bursary.

Please note: all the Low Income Bursaries have now been allocated.

Students are only eligible to receive one bursary each, eg a student cannot receive both an Enhanced Bursary and a Low Income Bursary even if they meet the criteria for both.

The £3,000 bursary will be paid in three instalments and the £500 will be paid in one lump sum. See more details about evidence and payment.

Part-time first year students

Part-time students are only eligible for the £500 bursary. View information on proving income as a part-time student.

Bursaries for 2016/17

What bursaries do we offer? How many do we have to allocate? Eligibility Payment dates  
£500 Low Income Bursary 1300    
Low income below £30,000 December 2016
£3,000 Enhanced Bursary 80 Low income 
Care Leaver
Estranged students
Income below £25,000
Three instalments
Friday 18 November 2016
Friday 17 February 2017
Friday 19 May 2017

Who is eligible for the UWE Bursary in 16/17?

Eligible students

Eligible students will be:

  • an English-resident student entering into year 1 of an undergraduate degree at UWE Bristol – this includes level 0 of a foundation degree
  • entitled to funding for fees and living costs from Student Finance England
  • from a household with an income of £25,000 or less as assessed by Student Finance England
  • entitled to and have taken out the full tuition fee loan for 2017/18
  • without any HE qualification such as a certificate of Higher Education, a Foundation Degree, HND etc.

Previous study at UWE Bristol

If you transfer between courses at the University and register on year 1 of a course again, you will not be entitled to the 2017/18 bursary as your entitlement (or not) to a bursary is set in your first year of study with us.

If you withdrew from your previous course and re-applied via UCAS for your new course at UWE Bristol, you will be considered for the 2017/18 bursary automatically.

We have a limited number of bursaries and meeting the above criteria does not guarantee entitlement. Allocation will be according to our bursary priorities.

Excluded students

UWE Bursaries will not be available to students who are:

  • funded by Student Finance Wales, Student Finance ni or by the Student Awards Agency Scotland
  • undertaking a postgraduate qualification, including PGCE courses
  • studying on a NHS-funded course
  • part-time, studying less than 30 credits per year
  • have their fees paid for (in part or in full) under a sponsorship arrangement with their employer (such as the Ministry of Defence)
  • students registered on any type of continued professional development course.

EU students

EU students are eligible for the UWE Bursary if they receive living cost funding from Student Finance England. If you are only entitled to fee support, you are not eligible for the UWE Bursary.

Further information

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