Discretionary Student Support Fund (DSSF)

The Discretionary Student Support Fund (DSSF) is part of Bath’s undergraduate financial support framework for UK Home undergraduate students who took up a place to study at the University of Bath from 2012 onwards and are paying fees at the £9,000 level or £7,500 for Foundation Degrees. It is paid in the form of non-repayable bursaries to students who meet specific criteria dependent on their year of entry.

Please note: If you are already in receipt of the University of Bath Bursary you are not eligible to apply. Students who are recipients of an Income Related Scholarship are also ineligible.

 Eligibility for DSSF

If you are repeating a year due to personal or mitigating circumstances and you received a University bursary award in the previous year you may qualify for a DSSF award. You will need to verify your circumstances before an award will be considered. 

If you are a care leaver or estranged from your parents, you may be eligible for an additional year of funding from the DSSF if you are repeating a year of your studies.

If your household income has dropped to below £16,000 (2012 & 2013 entrants), below £20,000 (2014 & 2015 entrants) or below £22,000 (2016 & 2017 entrants) since starting your studies and you also meet specific widening participation criteria you may also be eligible for an award.

The household income, widening participation criteria and DSSF award exactly mirror those of the University of Bath Bursary, which is determined by the year you started your course. Please select your year of entry on the bursary webpage to view your applicable criteria and relevant award amounts:

How and when to apply

You can collect an application form from the Student Services Centre (4 West), or by contacting Student Money Advice. Please complete and return the form to the Student Services Centre.

A decision will normally be made within 4 weeks of submitting your application, provided that the application form has been fully completed and all documentary evidence has been received.

A Funding Panel will consider applications submitted on grounds of mitigating circumstances.

You can only apply once per academic year and you will need to make a new DSSF application for each academic year, subject to eligibility and funds available.

This is a discretionary fund and therefore students do not have an entitlement to receive an award. In addition, the DSSF is limited in its available funds and so not all applications may be successful. There is no right of appeal and the University’s decision is final in relation to your eligibility and entitlement.

For full Terms and Conditions please contact Student Money Advice

Social Work Discretionary Fund (SWDF)

The Social Work Discretionary Fund (SWDF) is a fund for undergraduate Social Work students who are not in receipt of the NHS Social Work Bursary and who meet certain criteria.  More information on the Social Work Discretionary Fund.