Bucks Hardship Fund

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Award info

  • Award values:
  • The Fund can only help with the payment of fees if you are a continuing PT undergraduate home student in receipt of the AFSS, who is studying for atleast 50% of a FT equivalent course (or 25% in the case of disabled students)
  • Award type:
    • Hardship/poverty scholarship
    • Disability
    • Scholarship to part time students
    • Scholarships applicable to mature students
  • Award coverage:
  • Varies
  • Award level:
  • All
  • Number of awards:
  • All eligible students
Application info

  • Nationality:
  • UK only
  • Gender:
  • Both
  • Eligibility requirement:
  • The Bucks Hardship Fund (BHF) has replaced the Access to Learning Fund and provides extra financial support to UK students who have serious financial difficulties. It is there to meet particular costs that are not covered by other grants and can offer support if you’re in financial hardship or facing an unexpected financial crisis. Payments are usually given as grants, which do not have to be repaid. Full and part-time students who are in receipt of their maximum financial statutory support package are eligible to apply. Part-time students must be studying the equivalent of 50 per cent of a full-time course. The 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. The Fund can provide emergency payments for unexpected financial crises. Students who may be considering leaving higher education because of financial problems are particularly encouraged to apply. You can apply for the BHF at any time during the academic year from 1 October to 31 July or until the funds are used up. Help with tuition fees - The Fund cannot help with paying for tuition fees. If you are a full-time or part-time undergraduate student you can apply for help from Student Finance England. The Fund can only help with the payment of fees if you are a continuing part time undergraduate 'home' student in receipt of the Additional fee support scheme (AFSS), who is studying for at least 50% of a full time equivalent course (or 25% in the case of disabled students). Who can apply: The Bucks Hardship Fund is for home students registered on a course in one of the following categories: undergraduate students, either full time or part time, including part-time distance learners, following a higher education course, including sandwich courses and any periods of placement. Postgraduate students, either full-time or part-time, following a course of higher education at a level above first degree, including those who are writing up their thesis and not therefore attending the institution. Postgraduate students must be able to demonstrate that they have explored and applied for grants to fund their course. A ‘home student' is defined as a person who meets certain residency conditions, usually this means you must have an unrestricted right to enter and remain in the UK, and you have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of the course. None of this time must have been wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.
  • Application details:
  • You can apply for the BHF at any time during the academic year from 1 October to 31 July or until the funds are used up.

Awards from this institution

Study Tour Bursary
Students may be eligible for a bursary of up to £500 to cover the cost of any study tours related to their course.
Bucks Scholarship Programme
1000 Recipients will be entitled to a financial award of up to £1000 in their first, second and third years of study (up to a maximum of three years in total).
Social Work Bursary
The bursary covers tuition fees cost. for 1 Academic year
Bucks Advantage Bursary Scheme (BABS)
Payments are usually given as grants and do not have to be repaid.
Placement Travel Bursary
This placement travel bursary offers up to £500 to help you cover the cost of travelling to a placement that you have secured during your studies.
Sports Excellence Scholarship - Bronze Award
Bronze Award (three places) up to £500 per year.
Sports Excellence Scholarship - Silver Award
Silver Award (two places) up to £1,500 per year.
Sports Excellence Scholarship - Gold Award
Gold Award (two places) up to £2,000 per year.
Operating Department Practice bursary
UK and EU students studying on the DipHE Operating Department Practice programme will have their tuition fees paid in full by the Department of Health.