Financial Assistance Fund

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Financial Assistance Fund

The Financial Assistance Fund is a discretionary fund to provide financial assistance to home (UK) students in order to help them access and remain in Higher Education.

Who is eligible?

Students can only apply for the Fund once they have registered and started their course. It is available to:

  • UK (home) students only.
  • Both full-time and part-time UK/home students.
  • Both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

What is it?

The fund supports students who need extra financial help to meet costs that are not met from other sources of support, or students who have particular financial emergencies and as a result are at risk of leaving Higher Education.

How do I apply?

Students who are currently registered at the University can find out more about the Financial Assistance Fund, including links to the application forms, from the Student intranet:

If you have any queries about the application process, please email

Please Note

The Fund exists to help any eligible student in financial difficulty, however, we can't guarantee there will be sufficient funds to meet every application we receive or all the costs a student might apply for. The Fund should not be seen as a main source of funding.

Applications are processed in date order and once funds are exhausted, no further awards are made.

When is the deadline?

Applications for the 19/20 academic year will open on 2nd September 2019.

You can apply for help at any time throughout the academic year until the advertised deadlines. Application deadlines vary by course and year of study.

All deadlines for the 2018/19 academic year have now closed.

In the 17/18 academic year, Bristol University supported 78 students with Financial Assistance Fund bursaries worth over £100,000.