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BU Bursaries

BU offers three types of bursaries intended for students in need of additional financial assistance; the BU Maintenance Bursary, the BU Care Leavers Bursary and the BU Student Carers Bursary.

Bursaries are generally available to students whose family or household income is £25,000 or below.

BU Maintenance Bursary and the BU Care Leavers Bursary applicants should refer to their year of entry in the drop down menus below for information relevant to their cohort.

Student carers can find out more information about the bursary, including the application form, on the BU Student Carers Bursary page.

Please note that there is a restricted allocation for some of our bursaries and you can check with AskBU with regards to up to date availability.

How are bursaries paid?

Your bursary will be loaded onto a pre-paid card. The money will be made available to you in nine instalments from October to June. You can only spend money that’s in your account, so you can’t go overdrawn, and you can receive up to 2% cashback on purchases at certain retailers. You will be advised of the full terms and conditions when you collect your card following enrolment at BU.

Further information

2017 Entry

BU Maintenance Bursary

If you are an eligible new student with a household income of £16,000 or below you will receive a £3,500 bursary to support your learning and living costs. You'll be awarded £1,300 in your first year, and £1,100 in your second and final years of study.

Honours Degree (BA/BSc/LLB) students and Foundation Degree students Year 1 Year 2 Final Year
Bursary payment to support learning and living costs £1,300 £1,100 £1,100
TOTAL £1,300 £1,100 £1,100

If you're a new student and your household income is between £16,001 and £25,000, you'll be eligible for a £3,000 bursary. You'll receive £1,000 in your first, second and final years of study.

Honours Degree (BA/BSc/LLB) students and Foundation Degree students Year 1 Year 2 Final Year
Bursary payment to support learning and living costs £1,000 £1,000 £1,000
TOTAL £1,000 £1,000 £1,000

How to apply for the BU Maintenance Bursary

The BU Maintenance Bursary is awarded to all eligible students*.

There is no need to apply as you should automatically receive the bursary if you meet the eligibility criteria, providing you have completed an income assessment as part of your student finance application, and given consent to share this information. If you believe you meet the criteria for our Maintenance Bursary but have not received confirmation from BU, then you will need to contact our Student Finance Team at AskBU@bournemouth.ac.uk.

The deadlines for completing the process of self-identification and the required income assessment are below. Please note that after these deadlines, you will not be able to receive an award even if you meet the eligibility criteria:

  • 31 January 2018 if you're joining us in September 2017
  • 31 May 2018 if you're joining us in January 2018

*You’ll need to apply for the bursary if you are studying any part-time course delivered at BU.

To be eligible for a BU Maintenance Bursary, you must: 

  • be a UK national, or have ‘settled status’ (no restrictions on how long you can stay) or be an EU national*; and
  • live in England or the EU, and have ordinarily been a resident in England or the EU for the last three years**
  • be a new full or part-time student studying a course (excluding HNC/HND) at BU or at Wiltshire College Salisbury***
  • be entering higher education for the first time
  • have a family income of £16,000 or less per year to qualify for the £3,500 bursary
  • have a family income of between £16,001 and £25,000 to qualify for the £3,000 bursary
  • have selected BU as your firm choice through UCAS.​

*Students from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are excluded from receiving the BU Maintenance Bursary due to alternative funding arrangements being available to them.

**Ordinarily resident has been defined as 'habitual and normal residence in one place.’ It means that you live in a country year after year by choice through a set period, apart from temporary or occasional absences, such as holidays or business trips. Living here totally or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education does not count as being ordinarily resident.

***Applies to: BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Film Production and Cinematography. If you're studying at one of our other Partner Colleges, you will need to contact them for information about financial support.


    BU Care Leavers Bursary

    This bursary has a value of £6,000 in Year 1 of your studies with potential for further support going into Year 2 and your final year.

    Care Leavers will be required to evidence that they have been in a ‘care’ environment for at least 3 months within the 5 years before joining BU.

    A full breakdown is shown below for Foundation* or Honours Degree (FdA/FdSc/BA/BSc/LLB) Care Leavers Students:
    (*Please note – Foundation degrees have a two year duration)

    Honours Degree (BA/BSc/LLB) students Year 1 Year 2 Final Year
    Bursary payment to support living and learning expenses £6,000 £5,000 £5,000
    TOTAL £6,000 £5,000 £5,000

    All care leavers are guaranteed a bursary.

    To be eligible for a BU Care Leavers Bursary, you must:

    • have been in care for a period of 3 months or more in the last 5 years
    • be a UK national, or have ‘settled status’ (no restrictions on how long you can stay), or be an EU national; and live in UK or the EU, and have ordinarily been a resident for the last three years*
    • be a new full or part-time student studying a course (excluding HNC/HND) at BU or at Wiltshire College Salisbury**
    • have a household income of £25,000 or less
    • have selected BU as your firm or first choice through UCAS.

    *Ordinarily resident has been defined as 'habitual and normal residence in one place.’ It means that you live in a country year after year by choice through a set period, apart from temporary or occasional absences, such as holidays or business trips. Living here totally or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education does not count as being ordinarily resident.

    **Applies to: BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Film Production and Cinematography. If you're studying at one of our other Partner Colleges, you will need to contact them for information about financial support.

    How to apply for a BU Care Leavers Bursary

    The BU Care Leavers Bursary is awarded to all eligible students*.

    There is no need to apply as you should automatically receive the bursary if you meet the eligibility criteria, providing you have completed an income assessment as part of your student finance application, and given consent to share this information. If you believe you meet the criteria for our Care Leavers Bursary but have not received confrimation from BU, then you will need to contact our Student Finance Team at AskBU@bournemouth.ac.uk.

    The deadlines for completing the process of self-identification and the required income assessment are below. Please note that after these deadlines, you will not be able to receive an award even if you meet the eligibility criteria:

    • 31 January 2018 if you're joining us in September 2017
    • 31 May 2018 if you're joining us in January 2018

    *You’ll need to apply for the bursary if you are studying any part-time course delivered at BU.

    2016 Entry

    BU Maintenance Bursary

    If you are an eligible new student with a household income of £16,000 or below you will receive a £3,500 bursary to support your learning and living costs. You'll be awarded £1,300 in your first year, and £1,100 in your second and final years of study.

    Honours Degree (BA/BSc/LLB) students and Foundation Degree students Year 1 Year 2 Final Year
    Bursary payment to support learning and living costs £1,300 £1,100 £1,100
    TOTAL £1,300 £1,100 £1,100

    If you're a new student and your household income is between £16,001 and £25,000, you'll be eligible for a £3,000 bursary. You'll receive £1,000 in your first, second and final years of study.

    Honours Degree (BA/BSc/LLB) students and Foundation Degree students Year 1 Year 2 Final Year
    Bursary payment to support learning and living costs £1,000 £1,000 £1,000
    TOTAL £1,000 £1,000 £1,000

    How to apply for the BU Maintenance Bursary

    The BU Maintenance Bursary is awarded to all eligible students*.

    There is no need to apply** as you should automatically receive the bursary if you meet the eligibility criteria, providing you have completed an income assessment as part of your student finance application, and given consent to share this information. If you believe you meet the criteria for our Maintenance Bursary but do not receive confirmation from BU by Monday 31 October 2016 then you will need to contact our Student Finance Team at AskBU@bournemouth.ac.uk.

    The deadlines for completing the process of self-identification and the required income assessment are below. Please note that after these deadlines, you will not be able to receive an award even if you meet the eligibility criteria:

    • 31 January 2017 if you're joining us in September 2016
    • 31 May 2017 if you're joining us in January 2017

    *If you are studying a course delivered at our Partner Institution the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC), there is a maximum of five bursaries available.

    **You’ll need to apply for the bursary if you are studying FdSc Tourism Park Management at Kingston Maurward College, MChiro at the AECC, or any part-time course delivered at BU.

    To be eligible for a BU Maintenance Bursary, you must: 

    • be a UK national, or have ‘settled status’ (no restrictions on how long you can stay) or be an EU national*; and
    • live in England or the EU, and have ordinarily been a resident in England or the EU for the last three years**
    • be a new full or part-time student studying a course (excluding HNC/HND) at BU or one of our Partner Colleges***
    • be entering higher education for the first time
    • have a family income of £16,000 or less per year to qualify for the £3,500 bursary
    • have a family income of between £16,001 and £25,000 to qualify for the £3,000 bursary
    • have selected BU as your firm choice through UCAS.

    If you are studying a course that has been funded by the NHS you are not eligible for this award (the only exceptions to this are applicants for BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science and BA (Hons) Social Work).

    *Students from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are excluded from receiving the BU Maintenance Bursary due to alternative funding arrangements being available to them.

    **Ordinarily resident has been defined as 'habitual and normal residence in one place.’ It means that you live in a country year after year by choice through a set period, apart from temporary or occasional absences, such as holidays or business trips. Living here totally or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education does not count as being ordinarily resident.

    ***Applies to: BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Film Production and Cinematography delivered at Wiltshire College Salisbury, FdScTourism Park Management delivered at Kingston Maurward College and MChiro delivered at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic.


    BU Care Leavers Bursary

    This bursary has a value of £6,000 in Year 1 of your studies with potential for further support going into Year 2 and your final year.

    Care Leavers will be required to evidence that they have been in a ‘care’ environment for at least 3 months within the 5 years before joining BU.

    A full breakdown is shown below for Foundation* or Honours Degree (FdA/FdSc/BA/BSc/LLB) Care Leavers Students:
    (*Please note – Foundation degrees have a two year duration)

    Honours Degree (BA/BSc/LLB) students Year 1 Year 2 Final Year
    Bursary payment to support living and learning expenses £6,000 £5,000 £5,000
    TOTAL £6,000 £5,000 £5,000

    All care leavers are guaranteed a bursary.

    To be eligible for a BU Care Leavers Bursary, you must:

    • have been in the care of a Local Authority (Looked After) for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14 and have been looked after at some time after your 16th birthday
    • be aged 24 or younger on 30th September of your year of entry to BU
    • be a UK national, or have ‘settled status’ (no restrictions on how long you can stay), or be an EU national; and live in UK or the EU, and have ordinarily been a resident for the last three years*
    • be a new full or part-time student studying a course (excluding HNC/HND) at BU or one of our Partner Colleges**
    • have a family income of less than £25,000 per year
    • have selected BU as your firm or first choice through UCAS.

    If you are studying a course that has been funded by the NHS you are not eligible for this award (the only exceptions to this are applicants for BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science and BA (Hons) Social Work).

    *Ordinarily resident has been defined as 'habitual and normal residence in one place.’ It means that you live in a country year after year by choice through a set period, apart from temporary or occasional absences, such as holidays or business trips. Living here totally or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education does not count as being ordinarily resident.

    **Applies to: BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Film Production and Cinematography delivered at Wiltshire College Salisbury, FdSc Tourism Park Management delivered at Kingston Maurward College and MChiro delivered at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic.

    How to apply for a BU Care Leavers Bursary

    The BU Care Leavers Bursary is awarded to all eligible students*.

    There is no need to apply** as you should automatically receive the bursary if you meet the eligibility criteria, providing you have completed an income assessment as part of your student finance application, and given consent to share this information. If you believe you meet the criteria for our Care Leavers Bursary but do not receive confirmation from BU by Monday 31 October 2016 then you will need to contact our Student Finance Team at AskBU@bournemouth.ac.uk.

    The deadlines for completing the process of self-identification and the required income assessment are below. Please note that after these deadlines, you will not be able to receive an award even if you meet the eligibility criteria:

    • 31 January 2017 if you're joining us in September 2016
    • 31 May 2017 if you're joining us in January 2017

    *If you are studying a course delivered at our Partner Institution the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC), there is a maximum of five bursaries available.

    **You’ll need to apply for the bursary if you are studying FdSc Tourism Park Management at Kingston Maurward College, MChiro at the AECC, or any part-time course delivered at BU.

    2015 Entry

    BU Student Carer's Bursary

    In 2015/16 we will be running a pilot scheme to consider and support the needs of students who are carers. A carer is defined as anyone who cares, unpaid, for a family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

    This bursary has a value of £600 and you can claim this as well as other BU bursaries. For more information visit the BU Student Carer's Bursary page.

    Undergraduate students 2015/16
    Bursary payment to support carer's additional costs £600
    TOTAL £600

    BU Maintenance Bursary

    Please note: We have now awarded the full allocation of 434 BU Maintenance Bursaries for 2015/16 entrants and we also have significant numbers of students on our ‘reserve list’. The application window for 2015/16 maintenance bursary entrants has therefore now closed.

    This bursary has a value of £2,000 in Year 1 of your studies.

    Honours Degree (BA/BSc/LLB) students and Foundation Degree students Year 1 only
    Bursary payment to support learning and living costs £2,000
    TOTAL £2,000

    BU Care Leavers Bursary

    This bursary has a value of £6,000 in Year 1 of your studies with potential for further support going into Year 2 and your final year.

    Care Leavers will be required to evidence that they have been in a ‘care’ environment for at least 3 months within the 5 years before joining BU.

    A full breakdown is shown below for Foundation* or Honours Degree (FdA/FdSc/BA/BSc/LLB) Care Leavers Students:
    (*Please note – Foundation degrees have a two year duration)

    Honours Degree (BA/BSc/LLB) students Year 1 Year 2 Final Year
    Bursary payment to support living and learning expenses £6,000 £5,000 £5,000
    TOTAL £6,000 £5,000 £5,000

    All care leavers are guaranteed a bursary.

    2014 Entry

    BU Maintenance Bursary

    Please note: The current situation is that our entire 444 allocation of bursaries has now been awarded in full. 

    This bursary has a value of £2,000 in Year 1 of your studies with potential for further support going into Year 2 and your final year.

    Honours Degree (BA/BSc/LLB) students Year 1 Year 2 Final Year
    Bursary payment to support learning and living costs 1 £2,000 £1,000 £1,000
    TOTAL £2,000 £1,000 £1,000

    1 EU (non-UK) students will receive the bursary as a tuition fee discount (£2,000 in Year 1, £1,000 in their second and final years), other means of support do not apply. UK students can select a tuition fee discount if they wish.

    Foundation Degree (FdA/FdSc) Students Year 1
    Bursary payment to support learning and living expenses 1 £2,000
    TOTAL £2,000

    1 EU (non-UK) students will receive the bursary as a tuition fee discount (£2,000 in Year 1), other means of support do not apply.


    BU Care Leavers Bursary

    This bursary has a value of £6,000 in Year 1 of your studies with potential for further support going into Year 2 and your final year.

    A full breakdown is shown below for Foundation* or Honours Degree (FdA/FdSc/BA/BSc/LLB) care leaver students:
    (*Please note – Foundation degrees have a two year duration)

    Honours Degree (BA/BSc/LLB) students Year 1 Year 2 Final Year
    Bursary payment to support living and learning expenses, or tuition fee discount 1 £6,000 £5,000 £5,000
    TOTAL £6,000 £5,000 £5,000

    1 When applying for the bursary, we ask you to let us know if you would like the bursary payment or tuition fee discount.

    All care leavers are guaranteed a bursary.

    2013 Entry

    BU Maintenance Bursary

    Please note: The current situation is that our entire 530 allocation of bursaries has now been awarded in full.

    This bursary has a value of £3,000 in Year 1 of your studies with potential for further support going into Year 2 and your final year.

    Honours Degree (BA/BSc/LLB) students Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
    Cash 1 £400 £300 £300
    Accommodation discount or tuition fee discount 1,2 £2,000
    Living and Learning vouchers 1,3 £600 £200 £200
    Living and Learning vouchers or fee discount 1,4 £1,000 £1,000
    TOTAL £3,000 £1,500 £1,500

    1 EU (non-UK) students will receive the bursary as a tuition fee discount (£3,000 in Year 1), the accommodation discount, cash element and Living and Learning vouchers do not apply.

    2 For UK students, when applying for the bursary, we ask you to let us know if you would like an accommodation or tuition fee discount for the first year - the accommodation discount only applies to the following:

    3 Living and Learning vouchers from major retailers are given to help students with their living expenses.

    4 In Year 2 and 3, BU Bursary holders can select a ‘fee discount’ or extra ‘Living and Learning vouchers’

    Foundation Degree (FdA/FdSc) Students Year 1
    Cash 1 £1,000
    Living and Learning vouchers or tuition fee discount 5,6 £2,000
    TOTAL £3,000

    5 When applying for the bursary, we ask Foundation degree applicants to let us know if they would like Living and Learning vouchers or tuition fee discount.

    6 EU (non-UK) students will receive the bursary as a tuition fee discount (£3,000 in Year 1), the accommodation discount, cash element and Living and Learning vouchers do not apply.


    BU Care Leavers Bursary

    This bursary has a value of £6,000 in Year 1 of your studies with potential for further support going into Year 2 and your final year.

    A full breakdown is shown below for Foundation* or Honours Degree (FdA/FdSc/BA/BSc/LLB) care leaver students:
    (*Please note - Foundation Degrees only have a two year duration)

    Accommodation discount or tuition fee discount 1,2TOTAL

    Accommodation discount or tuition fee discount 1,2TOTAL

    Honours Degree (BA/BSc/LLB) students Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
    Cash 1 £900 £300 £300
    Accommodation discount or tuition fee discount 1,2 £4,500 £4,500 £4,500
    Living and Learning vouchers 1,3 £600 £200 £200
    TOTAL £6,000 £5,000 £5,000

    1 EU (non-UK) students will receive the bursary as a tuition fee discount (£3,000 in Year 1), the accommodation discount, cash element and Living and Learning vouchers do not apply.

    2 For UK students, when applying for the bursary, we ask you to let us know if you would like an accommodation or tuition fee discount for the first year - the accommodation discount only applies to the following:

    3 Living and Learning vouchers from major retailers are given to help students with their living expenses.

    All care leavers are guaranteed a bursary.

    2012 Entry

    BU Maintenance Bursary

    Please note: The current situation is that all 333 available bursaries have now been awarded. 

    BU has a maximum of 333 bursaries available worth up to £3,000 each in the applicant’s first year of study, which are available to students whose family or household income is £25,000 or below. Years 2 and 3 awards are worth £1,500. This is made up of assistance towards accommodation together with cash and voucher payments.


    BU Care Leaver's Bursary

    We also offer an unlimited number of bursaries to care leavers which have a value of up to £6,000.