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Bursaries and Funding

Access the information you need when applying for bursaries and funding as a Care Leaver, Estranged Student, Refugee or Asylum Seeker or Young Adult Carer.

The University of Bath offers eligible undergraduate students a non-repayable bursary of £1,000 per academic year plus £1,000 to help with start-up costs and a further £1,000 on graduation – a maximum of £7,000 over a 5-year programme including a year on placement.

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If you are a current student you can book an appointment with us via the link: Student Retention and Success Appointments

Process to Apply for the Care Leaver/Foyer or Estranged Student Bursary

  1. Complete the Student Support Bursary Application.
  2. Collate evidence. The evidence can be a signed letter/document on headed paper from a 3rd party to verify your eligibility for the relevant bursary. This will be dated within the last 12 months. This evidence could be from:
    • Care Leaver/Foyer: Social Worker
    • Leaving Care team at Local Authority/Foyer.
    • Estranged: Former teacher or school/college adviser, GP/health practitioner, Support organisation or charity.
  3. As an applicant send the evidence with your Applicant ID number to: ugadmissions-care@bath.ac.uk. As a registered UoB student send the evidence with your Student ID number to: studentsuccess@bath.ac.uk.
  4. Check you are eligible by reading the terms and conditions here: Care Leaver/Foyer and Estranged Student.

If you are not sure if you meet the criteria for these bursaries please contact us via studentsuccess@bath.ac.uk so we can discuss your situation.

Process to Apply for the Refugee Undergraduate Student Bursary

  1. Once you have been offered a ‘Firm’ or ‘Insurance’ offer for 2023/4 on an Undergraduate course at the University of Bath, complete the bursary webtask on Bath Application Tracker declaring your Refugee status and uploading evidence.
    The evidence can be:
    • Home Office / UK Government Letter confirming your Refugee or HP Status
    • Copy of Passport confirming your Refugee or HP Status
    • Biometric ID Card confirming your Refugee or HP stats
  2. Complete the Student Support online bursary application form.
  3. Any questions regarding the admissions process or your fee status contact: admissions-progression@bath.ac.uk
  4. Any questions regarding completing the bursary webtask on Bath Application Tracker contact: undergraduatefunding@bath.ac.uk
  5. Check your Household Income is £42,875 or below with your Student funding body and you have consented to share this information with your chosen University. Find out more about applying for household income assessments.
  6. Check you are eligible as those with Refugee or Humanitarian Protection status:
    • must be ordinarily resident in England on the first day of the first academic year of your course;
    • and must have been recognised as a refugee or granted HP by the UK Government, or be the spouse/civil partner/child of a person with that status, and have remained ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands since then. Check the Terms and Conditions

Process to Apply for the Young Adult Carer Bursary

  1. Complete the Student Support Bursary Application.
  2. Collate evidence. The evidence can be a signed letter/document on headed paper from a professional person (e.g. teacher, GP, social services, local authority) to verify your eligibility for the relevant bursary. This will be dated within the last 12 months.
  3. As an applicant send the evidence with your Applicant ID number to: ugadmissions-care@bath.ac.uk. As a registered UoB student send the evidence with your Student ID number to: studentsuccess@bath.ac.uk.
  4. Check you are eligible by reading the Young Adult Carers Terms and Conditions.

If you are not sure if you meet the criteria for these bursaries please contact us via studentsuccess@bath.ac.uk so we can discuss your situation.

Government Funding and Tuition Fee Status

If you have Refugee status, you are classed as having independent status or if you have been self-supporting for three years prior to the start of the course and can evidence this (Care Leavers, Estranged) you will be able to claim the maximum funding from Student Finance. If you think this applies to you, please arrange to meet a member of Student Money Advice.

Find out more about government funding from:

Refugee Status If you hold UK refugee or HP status the University will charge the Home level of tuition fees instead of the Overseas fee level. Click for further information on Understanding your tuition fee status.

Asylum Seeker Status If you hold UK asylum seeker status the University will charge the Home level of tuition fees instead of the Overseas fee level. If you are seeking asylum, you cannot access student finance. See UCAS for further information.

Students without Refugee/HP status You may be eligible for government funding without Refugee/HP status, for example via Long Residence criteria. We recommend checking your eligibility for government funding via the UKCISA. If you are not eligible for government funding, then you will need to investigate other options such as scholarships. Student Action for Refugees STAR is a good starting point. See Refugee & Asylum Seekers Support Organisations and Charities

University Scholarships, Bursaries and Other Funding

You may be entitled to additional funding as part of the Undergraduate Scholarships Bursaries and other Funding Packages, which includes:

We recommend that you apply asap via Bath Application Tracker. Funding for 2023 entry may be subject to change.

If you are an undergraduate student that has been assessed as Refugee/HP or a Estranged Student by your funding body, you will automatically be assessed for The Bath Bursary scholarship from the University of Bath. If eligible you could receive both.

You need to request a household income assessment to be completed by your student loans awarding agency, even if you are not planning on taking out a maintenance loan. Find out more about applying for household income assessments.

Budgeting

To review the total amount of scholarships available at the University of Bath, click Students Budgeting Tool.

If you encounter financial difficulties whilst at University you can also apply to the University of Bath Hardship Fund.

Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarship – Asylum Seeker

If you are an asylum seeker living in the UK, applying for an undergraduate degree you may be eligible for the Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarship to cover your tuition fees and a bursary of up to £5000 per year.

One Scholarship is available for full time undergraduate applicants who are seeking asylum in the UK, and who are not able to access UK Government Student Finance (tuition fee loans or maintenance loans/grants) by virtue of their immigration status.

Postgraduate Sanctuary Scholarship – Asylum Seeker

If you are an Asylum Seeker in the UK and applying for a postgraduate taught programme, you could apply for the PG Sanctuary Scholarship and be paid up to £15,609 and have your course fees waived to help with course and living costs.

Find out more about the Sanctuary Scholarship and whether you’re eligible to apply. Sanctuary Scholarships are limited in number each year and there is no guarantee you will be made an award.

We also have a limited number of free Duolingo English language tests available for postgraduate taught and research offer holders who hold one of these statuses.

Postgraduate Student – Refugee Status

If you are applying to become a postgraduate taught student and you have Refugee or Humanitarian Protection status you will be eligible for the same support as is provided to Home postgraduate taught students. That is access to government loans and to other University and external funding opportunities, subject to eligibility criteria being met.

If you are applying for a PhD at Bath, please research the different funding opportunities. You could be considered for a studentship or scholarship to help you study at Bath.

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