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Undergraduate financial support

Undergraduate financial support

We recognise that sometimes our students need a little support. At BNU we are proud to be a friendly and inclusive university, offering an impressive package of scholarships and bursaries to make sure that all our students 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.

Partner and apprenticeship students are not eligible for these hardships and bursaries and should contact their own institution.

Before you arrive

Before arriving at Buckinghamshire New University, there are a range of scholarships and bursaries that you could apply for. Click below to find out more about each scholarships or bursary and explore the full terms and conditions.

 

This bursary is for Care Leavers.

If you’re a Care Leaver, we will offer you £1,100 each year to help you during your studies. 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.

You can find more information on Care Leaver Status and Student Finance on the UCAS Website.

The important information - 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 Bucks 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.

Students are limited to one bursary. This excludes the following list of support packages: Bucks Future Success, BNU Hardship Fund, Disability Assistance.

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. 

 

This bursary is for estranged students.

If you’re an estranged student, we will offer you £1,100 each year to support you during your studies. 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   

You can find more information on Estranged Students and Student Finance on the UCAS Website.

The important information - 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 for a minimum of 3 years.
  • You need to select Bucks 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 at one of our main campuses 

Students are limited to one bursary. This excludes the following list of support packages: Bucks Future Success, BNU Hardship Fund, Disability Assistance.

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. 

 

This bursary is for estranged students and students from the Gypsy Traveller and Roma community. 

If you’re from the Gyspy, Traveller and Roma community, we will offer you £1,100 each year to support you during your studies. 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.

The important information - Terms and Conditions 

GRTSB students 

  • You will need to disclose your ethnicity of GTR on your UCAS form or after enrolment  
  • You need to select Bucks as your unconditional firm offer 
  • You must be studying an undergraduate degree or a degree with foundation year full-time at one of our main campuses 

Students are limited to one bursary. This excludes the following list of support packages: Bucks Future Success, BNU Hardship Fund, Disability Assistance.

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. 

 

BNU Learning Resource Fund (formerly BNU Future Success) is here to help you get the most out of your course during your time with us. This package gives you the funds to buy goods specific to your study needs at a better value for money than other online stores. 

  • This will be offered to all new first year students during the September 2022 and February 2023 enrolment period.
  • Each student will be given £150. This can then be spent on a range of goods and resources, applicable to your course, from the John Smiths student store.  
  • You will have 3-4 years depending on your degree time to spend this money.  
  • You will be able to access specialist equipment, module related books and recommended resources.  

The Important Information – Terms and Conditions 

  • You must be a UK/Home student.
  • You must be studying on a full-time undergraduate course.

 

This bursary is for students from low income families or high deprivation areas.

Money should never be a barrier to education. If you are from a low-income family, an area with high levels of deprivation or an area where very few students go to university, then we will offer you up to £1,100 each year of your course to support you with your studies and living costs.  

The Important Information – Terms and Conditions 

To apply for this bursary, you must be a UK student and: 

  • Have a combined household income of less than £25000; or 
  • Live in a low participation postcode, you can check here (POLAR4 quintiles 1 and 2); or 
  • Live in high deprivation area, you can check here (Index of Multiple Deprivation 20% most deprived) 

We will give priority to students from the following backgrounds: 

  • First in the family to go to university 
  • Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority students 
  • Young carers 
  • Students from military families 

If you want to apply for this bursary, simply complete this form and visit us at the Student Information Centre or email your application to bursary@bucks.ac.uk.

You will also need to supply your entitlement letter that clearly displays your maintenance loan allowance from Student Finance or equivalent funding body. 

Students are limited to one bursary. This excludes the following list of support packages: Bucks Future Success, BNU Hardship Fund, Disability Assistance.

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.

 

These bursaries are available to some students who are studying a course linked to the NHS.

If you are a student studying a course linked to the NHS, we recommend you visit this NHS website to explore what bursaries are on offer and information on how to apply.

 

The BNU Financial Aid Fund exists to support students through the cost of living crisis who encounter a financial emergency and is separate to our Bursaries and Scholarships. The allowance provides immediate short-term relief as emergency payments that do not need to be repaid. This can include (but not exclusive to) new caring responsibilities, debt due to travelling home, lack of WIFI or mobile phone data, or a need for IT requirements/equipment.

The maximum amount available per student is capped at £200. Please note, there is no guarantee of an award and assessments are made on a case-by-case basis.

To Apply you must be a Home/UK or E.U student (in receipt of Student Finance England Funding) and complete the linked application below providing a brief outline of your circumstances and completing all mandatory fields.

E.U Students will need to upload a copy of their tuition fee funding confirmation from Student finance along with their supporting evidence.

Please use your university email address to complete this application: https://forms.office.com/r/2Z9Um9bxVQ

This is not intended as a source of long-term funding. If you wish to apply for more substantial assistance from the Financial Aid, please contact the Students' Union Advice Centre, the telephone number is 01494 603016.

RCN Foundation (Nursing and midwifery staff)

The RCN Foundation have a number of exciting grants open for applications this autumn. Applicants do not need to be an RCN member to apply; for further eligibility details, see the individual grant pages.

Hardship grant: RCN Foundation Benevolent Service

This fund exists to help nurses, midwives and health care support workers make ends meet during times of financial hardship. Whether you’re retired, unemployed or in work, we can provide support. Grants can be offered no more than once per calendar year.

Open year-round: Apply now.

RCN Healthcare Support Worker Grant

LV= General Insurance and the RCN Foundation have teamed up to provide education grants up to £1,600 that enable healthcare support workers to develop their practice across health and social care. The programme opened for applications on Nursing Support Workers Day, 23 November 2022.

The grants will support training and educational opportunities across a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, phlebotomy, cannulation, wound care, taking an ECG and the deteriorating patient. The roles this grant covers include the following:

  • nursing support worker
  • healthcare assistant
  • care home assistant
  • maternity support worker
  • registered nursing associate

The grant is not open to anyone studying an apprenticeship. Applicants should be working under the supervision of a nurse.

You do not need to be a member of the RCN to apply. Closing date is 23 January 2023. Apply here.

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Once you get here

Once you arrive at BNU, we have a range of financial support available to you, including disability assistance and a hardship fund, which you can learn more about below.

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BNU Financial Aid Fund

The BNU Financial Aid Fund 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.

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Disability Assistance

The government offers Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) to help meet the extra costs of studying that some students face as a direct result of a disability, mental health difficulty, specific learning difficulty or chronic medical condition.

If you need extra financial help in addition to student funding, please contact the Students’ Union Advice Centre

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: