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University of Bristol Financial Assistance Fund

Financial Assistance Fund is a University of Bristol sponsored hardship fund that provides a non-repayable grant to help students who may be in financial difficulties. The fund provides support to students experiencing financial hardship and it is designed to help students that may be forced to withdraw from their studies due to financial difficulties to complete their studies.

The Financial Assistance Fund is intended to act as a safety net for students who experience unexpected or unavoidable financial problems. It is available to undergraduate, postgraduate taught/research, home and EU/international fee-paying students. The fund will not accept applications from pre-sessional, visiting or exchange students. Applicants are to note that this fund is limited and cannot substitute a main source of income.

Applications to the fund are considered consistently in accordance with the fund eligibility criteria, with awards made at the discretion of the University of Bristol.

Eligibility Requirements

Only a University of Bristol student can apply and such student must also:

  • Be in financial difficulty that puts him at risk of withdrawing from university
  • Have access to less than £100 across all bank accounts
  • If you are a home student, receive the government maintenance loan (unless exempt).

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Available Awards

There are three possible payments available from the Financial Assistance Fund:

  • Level 1 – £250
  • Level 2 – £500
  • Level 3 – £750

The assessors will decide which award you will receive based on the information you provide.

How to apply

Sign in here and process your application.

Before you apply:

  • provided us with your bank details.
  • have prepared screenshots or statements showing the current balance (as of the date of your application) for all accounts that you hold funds in.

No applicant should submit more than one application during per term unless his circumstances have changed significantly and he believes he meets the criteria for an increase in award level.

Financial Assistance Fund Application Windows for the 23/24 Academic Year

Term 1: 18 September 2023 – 7 January 2024
Term 2: 8 January 2024 – 9 June 2024
Summer: 10 June 2024 – 15 September 2024

For more information about the Financial Assistance Fund visit the official website or email the hardship team at hardship-fund@bristol.ac.uk.

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