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Undergraduate financial support

Undergraduate financial support

We recognise that sometimes you may need a little support. At BNU, we are proud to be a friendly and inclusive university and offer a package of scholarships and bursaries to make sure that everyone can reach their potential.

Scholarships and bursaries are financial grants which support specific students and you won’t need to pay anything back. Find out below if you could be eligible.

Accommodation Fund

 

The Accommodation Fund can provide up to £250 contribution towards rented accommodation. Applications and all evidence to be submitted no later than Friday 28th May 2021 at 5pm. Please note, there is no guarantee of an award and assessments made on a case-by-case basis. Late applications will not be accepted.

Eligibility

  • Students must be enrolled full time or part time on a Buckinghamshire New University undergraduate or postgraduate course
  • Students must be attending High Wycombe, Uxbridge or Aylesbury campuses as part of their studies and have attended campus in the month of May (SALTO data will be used to evidence this)
  • Students must be in BNU Student Halls or private rented accommodation (if in private rented accommodation, student must evidence rental contract)
  • Students must complete an Accommodation Fund Application Form
  • Students must provide evidence of hardship (examples: bank statements, rental payments in arrears, or utility bills in arrears)

Process

  • Student checks eligibility criteria to ensure they can apply
  • Student must complete the Accommodation Fund Application Form and provide all evidence via email to the Student Wellbeing and Engagement Team before the closing date
  • Following the closing date, the Student Wellbeing and Engagement Team will review the Application Form and based on the information supplied, an amount will be awarded
  • The student will be notified via email of the amount awarded. Students in BNU Student Halls will have this amount credited to their account and those in private rented accommodation can expect payment into their nominated account within ten working days

The Accommodation Fund Application form can be downloaded here.

BNU Emergency Allowance

 

The BNU Emergency Allowance (BEA) is to support students impacted by COVID-19 who encounter a financial emergency. The allowance provides immediate short-term relief and is not intended as a source of long-term funding. The allowance is designed to assist you with funds to help with changed circumstances due to COVID-19, This can include groceries and toiletries, bills, lack of WIFI or mobile phone data, or need for IT requirements/equipment. The maximum amount available per student is up to £250.

Applications and all evidence to be submitted no later than Friday 28th May 2021 at 5pm. Please note, there is no guarantee of an award and assessments made on a case-by-case basis. Late applications will not be accepted.

Eligibility

  • Students must be enrolled full time or part time on a Buckinghamshire New University undergraduate or postgraduate course
  • Students must complete a BEA Application Form for their claim to be processed
  • Students must provide evidence of hardship (examples: bank statements, bills in arrears)
  • Students must outline their change of circumstance and what they require their BEA for; this will assist the team in the allocation of funds.

Process

  • Student checks eligibility criteria to ensure they can apply
  • Students must complete an BEA Application Form and provide all evidence via email to the Student Wellbeing and Engagement Team before the closing date
  • Following the closing date, the Student Wellbeing and Engagement Team will review the Application Form and based on the information supplied, an amount will be awarded
  • The student will be notified via email of the amount awarded and to expect payment into their nominated account within ten working days

The BNU Emergency Allowance Application Form can be downloaded here.

Academic Achievement Scholarship

 

This scholarship is only available to new UK students who will be studying on courses directly provided by the Buckinghamshire New University and not its affiliated or associated educational establishments.

Buckinghamshire New University will offer you a £1,000 scholarship to support your studies if you meet all the below criteria:

  • are a UK student,
  • have applied to study a full-time Undergraduate programme at Buckinghamshire New University before 30 June 2021 via UCAS,
  • exceeded your predicted grades
  • and hold an unconditional or conditional offer from Buckinghamshire New University, and have met any conditions attached to that offer (including GCSEs, where applicable).

You will automatically qualify for this Scholarship if all conditions are met.

Terms and Conditions

  • £1,000 will be paid directly into the applicants' bank account.
  • Applicants must still be enrolled for payment on 30 November 2021 (30 April 2022 for February intake)
  • The University will make a single payment on the applicant's year of entry only
  • This scholarship can be combined with another bursary (subject to eligibility)
  • Applicants must be starting their first year (Level 4) at Buckinghamshire New University in September 2021 or February 2022
  • Applicants must be studying at Buckinghamshire New University on a full-time degree, funded by Student Finance England or self-funded
  • To quality the student must have applied to the University by 30 June 2020
  • At the time of application, applicants will not be holding sufficient qualifications to meet the published entry requirements for the course
  • Applicants will only be eligible for the Scholarship if the University makes them a conditional or unconditional offer.
  • Applicants must have enrolled by 30 September 2021 (September 2021 entry) or 28 February 2022 (February 2022 entry)
  • Applicants holding a deferred place for entry in 2021/22 or applying before 30 June for deferred entry in 2022/23 will not be eligible for this award
  • Applicants re-taking level 3 tariff pointed qualifications will only be eligible for the Scholarship if they applied to study at Buckinghamshire New University and were made an offer in the previous cycle
  • Applicants must have exceeded their predicted grades via the exam route
  • Predicted grades considered for the Scholarship will be those set out in the UCAS application form - only UCAS applicants are eligible
  • Predicted grades must be provided by school/college on UCAS application form. A change in predicted grades or qualifications submitted later by the school or college will not normally be accepted unless there are extenuating circumstances.
Care Leaver Bursary

 

This bursary is for Care Leavers

If you’re a Care Leaver, we will offer you £1,000 each year to help you during your studies (pro rata for those studying part time). We understand that you face additional challenges and we will do our best to support you at every stage of your studies.

In addition to the bursary we will offer you accommodation all year round, assistance with your university application and a mentor from arrival, to graduation.

To apply for this bursary, you can either disclose your status on your UCAS application or contact us once you arrive by visiting us at the Student Information Centre or by emailing bursary@bucks.ac.uk

Terms and Conditions

  • You must be aged 25 or younger
  • You must be a UK student
  • You must provide evidence from your Local Authority of your Care Leaver status
  • You need to select BNU as your unconditional firm offer
  • You will need to disclose your status on your UCAS form or after enrolment.
  • You must be studying an undergraduate degree or a degree with foundation year full-time or part time at one of our main campuses.
Estranged Student Bursary

 

This bursary is for estranged students

If you’re an estranged student, we will offer you £1,000 each year to support you during your studies (pro rata for those studying part time). We understand that you face additional challenges and we will do our best to support you at every stage of your studies.

In addition to the bursary we will offer you accommodation all year round, assistance with your university application and a mentor throughout your studies.

To apply for this bursary, visit us at the Student Information Centre or by emailing bursary@bucks.ac.uk

Terms and Conditions

  • You must be aged 25 or younger
  • You must be a UK student
  • You must be estranged from your parents or guardians
  • You need to select BNU as your unconditional firm offer
  • You must meet the eligibility criteria of Student Finance England or an equivalent funding body as an estranged student
  • You must be studying an undergraduate degree or a degree with foundation year full-time or part-time at one of our main campuses.
Gypsy Roma, Traveller, Showmen and Boater (GRTSB) Bursary

 

This bursary is for students from the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Showmen and Boater (GRTSB) communities

If you’re from the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Showmen and Boater (GRTSB) communities, we will offer you £1,000 each year to support you during your studies (pro rata for those studying part time). We understand that you may face additional challenges and we will do our best to support you at every stage of your studies.

In addition to the bursary we will offer you accommodation all year round, assistance with your university application and a mentor throughout your studies.

Charmaine, a Buckinghamshire New University student who is studying BA (Hons) Social Work, talks about the importance of the University’s GTRSB Bursary in a video you can access here.

To apply for this bursary, visit us at the Student Information Centre or by emailing bursary@bucks.ac.uk

Terms and Conditions

  • You will need to disclose you are a member of the GRTSB community on your UCAS form or after enrolment
  • You need to select BNU as your unconditional firm offer
  • You must be studying an undergraduate degree, a degree with foundation year or postgraduate degree full-time or part-time at one of our main campuses.
Vice Chancellor’s International Student Scholarship

 

We understand that you may face additional challenges and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

If you’re a self-funded International Student paying overseas fees, you may qualify for a scholarship of £1,500 on your first year of study with us.

Applicants must hold an offer from Buckinghamshire New University for a full-time degree programme, starting in September 2021.

You do not need to complete an application form to be considered for this scholarship.

The important information - Terms and Conditions

  • One off payment of £1,500 available to all applicants paying overseas fees on their first year of study
  • Applicants must be self-funded
  • Programme of study must be Level 4 or above
  • Programme of study must be at least one year in duration
  • The tuition fee charged must be at least £12,500
  • This scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with another scholarship or bursary offered by Buckinghamshire New University.
Social Work Bursary

 

If you are enrolled on a course leading to a registration as a social worker, you can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost in year one. You may also be eligible to receive support in the form of an NHS bursary.

BSc (Hons) Social Work tuition fees

The funding for students who study courses leading to a registration as a social worker is different to most university courses. However, you will still be expected to pay tuition fees. You can apply to Student Finance for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost in year one. You may also be eligible to receive support in the form of an NHS bursary for your second and third years, although the number who can benefit from this depends on the numbers cap provided by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA).

MSc Social Work tuition fees

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) on behalf of the Department of Health can provide some financial assistance in the form of a bursary, but the number of bursaries available is restricted and may not cover your full tuition fees. Therefore you may also wish to consider some of the other postgraduate funding options available, details of which can be found on our postgraduate funding page.

Financial assistance

Whether you are studying on the degree or master's programme, you should be eligible for financial assistance as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. This can be in the form of non-income assessed elements which include a basic grant and allowances for those with a disability.

In addition, you may be eligible, if nominated, to receive income -assessed grants (based on either your own, your parents' income, or that of your spouse or civil partner) that could include a maintenance grant and allowances to assist with certain living costs:

The exact criteria do vary, so we can only give general guidance here. For further up-to-date information please refer to:

Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Grant

 

If you are interested in studying a degree-level Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health course, you may be eligible for a government grant of at least £5,000 a year to help with living costs, which you will not need to pay back.

As part of the new government scheme to increase nursing numbers by 50,000 in the next five years, new and continuing degree students on these courses from September 2020 will be entitled to this grant.

Students will be eligible to benefit from at least £5,000 a year with an additional £3,000 for specific courses and circumstances, such as specialist courses needing further recruitment, additional childcare allowance and students from areas where course acceptance has been low over the last year.

This funding will not have to be paid back and students will also be able to continue to access funding for tuition and maintenance loans from the Student Loans Company. Read more on the Government’s website.

Eligible courses:

For continuing NHS Bursary applications for students who started their course in academic year 16-17, please visit the NHS Business Services Authority.

Like every course we offer, tuition fees are a key matter for all students. We believe it is important you are familiar with how to pay and what support may be available to you. For Information on how to apply for a student tuition and maintenance loan please follow the relevant links on the Government’s website.

Additional fees and funding help can be found on our dedicated section online or additionally you’ll find details of course fees, programme specifications and additional costs on our individual course pages for UK, EU and international students. Please use the course search facility on our website to look at the course you’re interested in.

If you are a prospective student, you may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary. If you are a current student and need any financial help or advice please contact the Students’ Union Advice Centre.

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Short term loans

Short-term Loans are available to United Kingdom students who are fully enrolled on a course of study at Buckinghamshire New University and who find themselves in financial difficulty due to a delay in the first payment of their statutory student funding.

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BNU Hardship Fund

The BNU Hardship Fund (BHF) provides discretionary financial assistance for students to help them access and remain in higher education. It is particularly aimed for those students who need financial help to meet specific course and living costs that cannot be met from other sources of support. 

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Performance Sport Academy

We are passionate about supporting exceptional athletes. If you are involved in sport at a regional, national or international level, then you can apply for our Performance Sport Support.

Useful websites to assist financial planning

If you are looking for further financial advice and guidance you can find out more information from the following:

Our terms and conditions

 

All decisions on bursaries and scholarships are final and all our bursaries exclude repeat years.

For our bursaries:

  • You must be studying at our High Wycombe, Uxbridge or Aylesbury campuses (please see individual eligibility criteria)
  • You need to select BNU as your unconditional firm offer
  • You must have Student Finance funding or provide evidence that your application is in progress/awaiting confirmation

For financial assistance, such as the BNU Hardship Fund or Short Term Loans, students can be studying both full-time and part-time.

Students are limited to one bursary per year of study, however they are eligible to apply for additional financial support including short term loans or the BNU Hardship Fund.

The bursary will be removed immediately if:

  • a student withdraws from a programme of study
  • a student is suspended or excluded from the University
  • a student has made any misrepresentation or acted fraudulently or dishonestly.