Access Postgrad fee waivers: terms and conditions

Go to an overview of the Access Postgrad fee waivers.

Eligibility

To receive an award in 2021/22, students must meet the following eligibility criteria.

Students must: 

  • Have undertaken an undergraduate course at the University of Bristol in 2020/21.
  • Have completed the University of Bristol’s Access Postgrad scheme, comprising a programme of mentoring and skills development.
  • Be a Home (UK) fee-paying student.
  • Be undertaking a one-year full-time postgraduate taught programme at the University of Bristol.

Notification of fee waiver

  • Successful students will be notified of their award by 30 June 2021.
  • If a successful recipient withdraws their application to study, their award will be redistributed to another candidate.

Acceptance of the fee waiver

  • Once notified that they have been successful in receiving the fee waiver, recipients must follow the instructions given in the award notification email within 14 days of receipt to confirm that they wish to accept the fee waiver.

Value and payment of the fee waiver

  • The fee waiver is valued at up to £5,000.
  • If your tuition fees are less than £5,000, the remainder of the fee waiver cannot be taken as a cash bursary.
  • If your tuition fees are less than £5,000, but you are required to pay bench fees as part of your programme (in addition to your main tuition fee), any remaining fee waiver balance can be put towards your bench fee liability.
  • The fee waiver will only be set up once the recipient is registered on their programme.
  • The fee waiver will be set up against the recipient’s tuition fee bill and will reduce their own tuition liability by this amount. 
  • The recipient will be liable to pay any remaining tuition fees due after the fee waiver deduction has been applied.

Change of circumstances

Suspension

If the fee waiver recipient suspends their studies, it may be necessary to adjust the level of fee waiver paid, in line with any adjustments to the tuition fee.

If the student restarts their studies the following year, any balance of fee waiver not paid in the first year may be taken in the second year of studies, but no more than the original fee waiver awarded will be paid over the duration of the recipients studies, up to a maximum award of £5,000.

Deferral

The award is for the 2021/22 academic year only.

If, following the award of the waiver, the recipient decides to defer the start of their studies to 2022/23, their fee waiver award offer will be rescinded and redistributed to a reserve candidate who is starting in the 2021/22 academic year. 

Repeat study

If the recipient is required to repeat any part of their studies, the fee waiver will not be applied again during the repeat period.

Withdrawal

If a recipient withdraws from their programme their tuition fees may need to be adjusted by the University depending upon the timing of the withdrawal.

If, upon withdrawal, the tuition fees are reduced to less than £5,000, the fee waiver will be reduced to match the fees being charged so the recipient has no remaining fee liability.

If, upon withdrawal, the tuition fees are reduced from the original fee level but remain greater than the value of the recipient’s fee waiver (up to a maximum of £5,000), the full fee waiver awarded will remain in place. However, the fee waiver recipient will be liable to pay any remaining tuition fees over the value of their fee waiver.

Further information

If you have any questions about the scholarship, please email postgraduate-recruitment@bristol.ac.uk.

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If you have any questions about the scholarship, please email postgraduate-recruitment@bristol.ac.uk.

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