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Evidence for the bursary and payment

If you accepted an offer to UWE Bristol for the academic year 2019/20 and you meet the eligibility criteria, you will automatically be considered for the UWE Bursary through the Higher Education Bursaries and Scholarships Scheme (HEBSS).

We will contact you during your first term to notify you of this. If you feel that you meet the criteria for the Enhanced Bursary or please provide the required evidence, as described below.

The Enhanced Bursary

Care leavers

If you indicated that you are a care leaver on your application to Student Finance, you will automatically considered be for the UWE Cares Enhanced Bursary. Please email us at uwe.bursary@uwe.ac.uk if you’d like to discuss this further.

Find out more about support and funding available for care leavers.

Estranged students

Applicants will usually be assessed by Student Finance as estranged. To do so you will

  • need to provide evidence that you are permanently estranged from your parents (ie have had no contact with them) and that this has lasted for over a year and
  • be under 25 years of age on 1st September 2018.

You must provide a copy of the evidence that you supplied to Student Finance for your assessment as an independent applicant. This will include a copy of your supporting letter from a third party, eg a teacher.

Please contact us at uwe.bursary@uwe.ac.uk to discuss the third-party evidence that you can provide to confirm your status. This will be the same evidence that you will need to provide to Student Finance England (SFE) to establish independent status. This is usually a letter from a GP, teacher or other professional.

Read about support and funding available for estranged students.


Carers will need to provide an award notice for the qualifying benefit (dated 2019/20) for the person that you provide care for.

If you are unable to provide this then please provide a letter from your relative confirming that you are providing care, plus a letter from you that details the care you provide.

If you are having any difficulties providing the evidence, or if the relative that you provide care for does not receive one of the benefits, please email us on UWE.Bursary@uwe.ac.uk to discuss your situation.

View more about support and funding available for carers.

Low Income Bursary

You will not need to provide any income details to us – this will come directly from Student Finance and we will not require any further evidence from you.


We aim to allocate the bursaries during the first term. We will be in touch with you over the summer and in the first few weeks of term if we require any information from you to help with our allocation.

Bursary payments

2019/20 bursary payment dates

The UWE Cares bursary are paid in three equal instalments.

For September intake these dates are:

  • 18 November 2019
  • 3 February 2020
  • 11 May 2020

For the January/February intake these dates are:

  • 9 March 2020
  • 8 June 2020
  • 12 October 2020

The £500 Low Income bursary will be paid in one instalment.

  • For September intakes this will be on 3 February 2020.
  • For January/February intakes this will be on 8 June 2020. 


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