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Estranged Student Bursary terms and conditions

The terms and conditions of the Estranged Student Bursary for new undergraduate students from the UK who are irreconcilably estranged from their parents.

Terms And Conditions

This bursary is for new undergraduate students from the UK who are irreconcilably estranged from their parents.

The Standalone definition states that: an Estranged Student is someone that has not had verbal or written contact with both of their biological, adoptive parents or their only living parent for a significant period of time and this will not change. A significant period of time is usually considered twelve months or longer, but this can also depend on their circumstances.

To be eligible, you must also:

  • be enrolled on a full-time undergraduate or foundation degree and registered as a student at the University of Bath
  • started your course here in the 2016/17 academic year or later
  • be aged 25 years or under at the start of the course.

Students are requested to complete an application for the Estranged Student Bursary and evidence must be in the form of an original letter by an independent person with good standing in the community (e.g. teacher from school/college or GP). This person should normally have known about their situation for a substantial amount of time, and can verify that they do not have contact with their biological, adoptive or only living parents.

  1. The Bursary is worth £1000 per academic year of study, plus £1000 to help with start-up costs and a further £1000 on graduation – a maximum of £7,000 over a 5 year programme including a placement year.
  2. You cannot be considered for an award if you have not responded to our requests for and provided appropriate proof of your estrangement.
  3. Awards cannot be claimed retrospectively for previous academic years.
  4. Awards will not normally be terminated nor repayment required on the basis of academic failure.
  5. Awards will be paid for one repeat year or part-year only. Students who have more than one year of repeat study, will need to evidence mitigating circumstances in order to be considered for additional support.
  6. The University reserves the right to terminate an award and demand repayment of funds already paid in the case of disciplinary action against an award-holder. Cases will be considered on an individual basis by the Director of Student Support.
  7. The University reserves the right to withdraw a Bursary from anyone who is found to have misled the University about any aspect of their eligibility and to seek repayment of any monies already paid by appropriate means.
  8. The Bursary is paid in two instalments each academic year: normally December and March. Eligible students will be asked to complete and sign a bank payment form.
  9. Please note Student Support may pass on your details to other parties within the University to ensure you receive the appropriate support and advice, if you have any concerns about this please contact us to discuss further.
  10. Students cannot receive more than one Care Leaver, Estranged student and Refugee Bursary. If you meet the eligibility criteria for more than one of these Bursaries then it will be at the discretion of Student Support which Bursary you receive. All of these bursaries provide the same financial support.
  11. If your situation or status changes during your studies, and this could affect your entitlement to the bursary, you must let the Student Retention & Success Team know as soon as possible via email to


If you have any questions, please contact us.

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