Access to Bristol Bursary: terms and conditions

Go to an overview of the Access to Bristol Bursary.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Access to Bristol support package, you must:

  • Have completed the Access to Bristol/Pathways to Health Sciences scheme
  • Be a new student in 2021/22
  • Be studying your first degree
  • Be a Home/UK student who is resident in England
  • Pay Home tuition fees
  • Apply for means-tested support through Student Finance England
  • Have been assessed by Student Finance England to have a household income of £25,000 or less
  • Select Bristol as your firm choice in UCAS

You are not eligible for a bursary if you are a part-time student or on any year of your course where you are entitled to NHS funding.

Students receiving the Access to Bristol Bursary cannot also be considered for the University of Bristol Bursary in the same academic year.

Only students who have successfully completed the Access to Bristol scheme (ie have attended the majority of sessions in one academic year) are eligible for the financial support. By joining and completing the Access to Bristol scheme you must satisfy a range of widening participation criteria including parental occupation, parental experience of higher education, domicile progression data and school performance, as stated in the Access to Bristol application form.

The Access to Bristol Bursary will be available to students who start their studies at the University of Bristol in the academic year following the completion of their A-levels or equivalent course, or one year later.

We understand that there are exceptional circumstances which may mean that students are unable to start their studies at the University of Bristol up to one year after completing the Access to Bristol scheme. Therefore, if you are expecting to start your studies outside of the above timescale you must contact schools-colleges-liaison@bristol.ac.uk before applying to the University of Bristol, to discuss your eligibility.

Award

You will receive a bursary for living costs of £3,855 per year for the duration of your programme. As part of this bursary, you are also eligible for a discounted Active Plus Sports Pass. 

If you are planning on undertaking a work placement overseas, please contact the Student Funding Office for advice on whether you are still eligible to apply for means-tested government student funding, which is a condition of this bursary.

The University will review the value of the Access to Bristol Bursary from time to time.

How to apply

All students who have completed the Access to Bristol scheme and select Bristol as their firm choice in UCAS will automatically be considered for this bursary. Eligible students must firmly accept their conditional or unconditional offer to go forward for consideration for the Access to Bristol bursary.

Any students confirming a place at the University will automatically be eligible for consideration for the Access to Bristol Bursary.

You will need to have applied for means-tested support from Student Finance England, and have consented to share your household income details with the University.

Award process

  1. After finishing the Access to Bristol scheme, you will be notified of successful completion and issued with a certificate. You will be invited to a graduation ceremony to receive your certificate.
  2. You will receive confirmation of your place at university from UCAS, on or after A-level results day.
  3. Once you are fully registered at the University, we will be able to generate the bursary payment.
  4. We would expect to do this by mid-October and contact you at that point.
  5. The Access to Bristol bursary element will be paid directly into your bank account in three termly instalments.
  6. Students are required to provide the University with the correct bank details to ensure timely bursary payments. Please follow these instructions: Entering Bank Details to receive payments by BACS (PDF, 654kB).
  7. The University reserves the right to use the bursary to offset any debt owed to it by the student.

Changes in circumstance

Withdrawal from a course

  • If you withdraw from your course before your next bursary payment date, you will not receive payments but the repayment of any previously paid instalments will not be sought. As long as you are in attendance on the date that bursary payments are made you will receive your bursary instalment.

Repeating studies

  • If you repeat a year, you may be entitled to the Access to Bristol financial package of support during your repeat year provided you continue to meet the household income eligibility criteria. If this applies to you, contact the Student Funding Office.
  • The bursary element will only be paid for the terms when you are in attendance.

Changing from studying full-time to part-time

  • If your faculty allows you to temporarily change from full-time study to part-time study due to medical circumstances, you will normally continue to be eligible for financial support through the Access to Bristol scheme.
  • As long as you continue to have a household income of £25,000 or less, the Access to Bristol bursary will be paid for those terms when you are in attendance on your course.
  • Support will be limited to one full-time equivalent year. For example, if you study at 50% full-time equivalent for one academic year, and another 50% during the following academic year, you will be eligible for support in both years, subject to the above conditions.

Change of course or course length

  • If you intercalate on a medicine, dental or veterinary science course, you will not be eligible for the Access to Bristol Bursary in your intercalation year.
  • After you have been notified of your bursary, if you transfer to a course that is longer than your original course (eg from a BSc to an MSci), you will continue to be eligible for the bursary.
  • If you transfer to the first year of a new course from the first year of your original course, you’ll receive the bursary for the duration of the new course. However, your bursary may be affected if you repeat your studies. If this applies to you, contact the Student Funding Office. 
  • If you transfer to the first year of a new course from the second or third year of your original course, you’ll only receive the bursary in some years of the new course. If this applies to you, contact the Student Funding Office. 

Change in household income

  • Students who are initially assessed as eligible to receive the Access to Bristol support package, but whose household income increases above £25,000 during the academic year, will stop being entitled to the Access to Bristol bursary.
  • Affect on bursary: the student would not be expected to repay any instalment of the bursary already paid prior to the household income increasing above £25,000, but any instalment of the Access to Bristol bursary not already paid would be cancelled.
  • Students who have graduated from the Access to Bristol scheme but who do not qualify for the Access to Bristol support package, on the basis of their household income, will have their entitlement reassessed if their household income falls below the qualifying threshold during the academic year.
  • Entitlement to the Access to Bristol package of support will be reassessed annually. Therefore graduates of the scheme who may not have been eligible in one year due to their household income being too high, may be eligible in future academic years if they subsequently meet the qualifying household income threshold.

University of Bristol Bursary

This bursary is only available to local students who have completed the Access to Bristol scheme.

If you have not completed the Access to Bristol scheme and your residual household income is £42,875 or under, please see the information on the University of Bristol Bursary.

Previous terms and conditions

Go to an earlier version of the Access to Bristol Bursary terms and conditions:
If you started from 2012/13 to 2014/15
If you started from 2015/16 to 2020/21

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