Funding and financial advice

Financial help for UK students

Financial help from the University

The University of Bristol bursary is designed to support students from low-income families.

If there is a delay to your first student loan payment ask the Student Funding Office about an emergency short-term loan. If you are struggling financially, the Financial Assistance Fund is a discretionary fund to help you access and remain in higher education.

Financial help from the government

Full-time students from England

There is still time to apply for your funding. Applications open in January / February each year, and you can apply to Student Finance England for financial support up until 9 months after your course starts.

You can apply for the following:

  • Student loan for tuition fees, a non means-tested loan of up to £9,250.
  • Student loan for living costs:
    • partially means-tested loan of up to £8,430
    • partially means-tested loan of up to £9,609 for students who qualify for benefits.
  • Supplementary grants to help with childcare, adult dependants or costs resulting from a disability.

Full-time students from Wales and Northern Ireland

There is still time to apply for your funding. Applications open in January / February each year, and you can apply for financial support up until 9 months after your course starts.

Apply to Student Finance Wales or Student Finance Northern Ireland for financial support. Your financial support may be different to the support offered to students from England.

Full-time students from Scotland

You have until the end of March 2018 to apply for funding. Contact the Student Awards Agency for Scotland. Your financial support may be different to the support offered to students from England.

Funding timetable

Funding timetable for new UK students starting in 2017
WhenActivity
September Access to Bristol: We contact graduates from this scheme to confirm eligibility for the Access to Bristol bursary (a household income of £25,000 or less). We advise on what to do next.
September to October You'll get your first government student loan payment three to five days after you fully register with the University.
Mid-September to December If you're eligible for a scholarship or bursary from the University, we'll email you details during this time.
December University of Bristol bursary: first instalment paid to eligible students.
January 2018 Second student loan payment.
March University of Bristol bursary: second instalment paid to eligible students.
April Third student loan payment.

Financial help for international and EU students

Financial help from the University

You need to have funds in place for your living costs before you start university. If you are in need of emergency financial help for a one-off cost, speak to the Student Funding Office about the International Hardship Fund.

EU students who meet the criteria for means-tested UK government support may be able to receive the University of Bristol bursary.

Financial help from the UK government

EU students are able to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England.

Help and advice

The Student Funding Office can help with:

  • Bursaries and scholarships
  • Hardship funds
  • Loans and UK government support
  • Budgeting advice
  • Emergency loans
  • Advice on how transferring courses, withdrawing or suspending can affect your funding.

Tel: +44 (0)117 331 7972
email: student-funding@bristol.ac.uk

Funding undergraduate study

Warning: phishing emails and messages

Be aware of phishing (scam) emails and text messages from fake student finance services.

Genuine loan companies will never email you directly asking for personal information. If you receive a suspicious email, don’t follow any enclosed links or disclose your details. Report it to cfs@slc.co.uk.

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