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BU Hardship Fund

The BU Hardship Fund offers non-repayable support that can help you if you are having financial difficulties during your degree. Funds can help with childcare, travel, accommodation, as well as books and equipment. Please note that EU (non-UK), Channel Islands, Isle of Man and international students cannot apply for this fund.

You will not usually be required to repay this fund. Read the full details in the BU Hardship Fund Guidance (pdf 347kb).

Eligibility for UK undergraduate and NHS funded students

  • You must have applied for and be in receipt of your full maintenance loan (and grant if appropriate) before we can assess any BU Hardship Fund application. You also must have been means tested by your awarding authority (usually Student Finance England)
  • NHS Funded students must have had their NHS bursary assessed before any BU Hardship Fund application can be considered
  • You have to demonstrate by submitting bank statements that you have little or no funds remaining
  • You must be enrolled on a Bournemouth University course
  • If you are enrolled on to a part-time course, you must be in study for at least 50% of the full-time equivalent. This is generally 60 credits.
  • Applications can be considered if you can demonstrate a shortfall between your income and your essential outgoings. We can also take in to account any one-off or unexpected essential costs.

Eligibility for UK postgraduate/Master’s students

  • You have to demonstrate that you have attempted to fund the course yourself by applying for a Professional Career Development Loan or the Postgraduate Loan.
  • You have to demonstrate by submitting bank statements that you have little or no funds remaining
  • You must be enrolled and actively participating in your studies
  • If you are enrolled on to a part-time course, you must be in study for at least 50% of the full-time equivalent.

How much may I be eligible for?

If your application is successful, the maximum award for undergraduate students in 2017/18 is £3,500. For successful Postgraduate/Masters students the maximum is £1,000. However it is important to note that the amount awarded will depend on your circumstances and your year of entry to university.

Full details on the BU Hardship Fund criteria can be found on the application form which is available from AskBU.

How is it paid?

We will normally try to make one award taking into account the entire academic year. If your financial circumstances change, you may reapply for additional support provided you haven’t already received the maximum award based on your student status.

NHS Learning Support Fund

If you are a student on an NHS course which started in September 2017 or after, you may be eligible for additional NHS support from their Learning Support Fund.  Part of the support the NHS offer is the Exceptional Support Fund for students facing financial difficulty. Please note if you wish to apply for the Exceptional Support Fund, you must have applied and received a decision from the BU Hardship Fund first