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 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?

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.
Further details on application deadlines for the 2018/19 academic year of study can be found here.

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

FUND UPDATE - 11th April 2019

At the end of January the two schemes that fund the following groups of students were temporarily suspended: 

  • Postgraduate Students (excluding final year integrated Masters students) 
  • Undergraduate Students who fall into the following categories:
    • students in their NHS funded years
    • part-time students
    • second-degree students
    • PGCE students
    • students who started their course prior to 2006

We are pleased to announce that it has been possible to re-open the affected schemes.

If you were affected by this and continue to have a financial need, please consider applying to the appropriate fund. If you have any queries about the application process, please email