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What is a bursary?
Bursaries are like grants and they don’t need to be paid back. It is a set sum of money awarded to any student who meets specific eligibility criteria (see the table below). They are designed to support students who may need additional financial support during their time at university.
BU’s investment
BU is committed to Widening Participation; to provide the opportunity of successful participation in higher education to everyone who can benefit from it, by offering financial support where appropriate.

BU’s bursaries include a funding allocation from the National Scholarship Programme (a Government scheme), as well as an additional amount of money given directly from the University.

Bursaries can be a significant part of your financial support package, for example this could be up to £16,000 (for an eligible student, throughout their studies with us). The amount you receive and how this is awarded will depend on your course of study and personal circumstances.

The bursaries outlined on these webpages are available to brand new applicants only. If you are a current student having joined BU pre–2015, please refer to the Student Portal.
BU’s Bursaries
BU offers two bursaries. The BU Maintenance Bursary, which is assessed by household income and other criteria (see below), and BU Care Leavers Bursary, which is awarded to students who have been in the care system for a period of three months or more in the last five years.
Am I eligible for a Bursary?
Take a look at the information below, to see if you may be eligible for a BU Bursary. You can only apply for one bursary, not both.
Eligibility criteria >> Care Leaver Bursary Maintenance Bursary
Is your family income less than £25,000* per annum?
Are you a new full or part-time** undergraduate student starting university for the first time in 2015, studying a course at BU or one of our partner colleges (please see exclusions below)?
Are you (and/or your family) responsible for your own fees and living expenses, and not sponsored by a company or charity?
Have you chosen Bournemouth University as your Firm/First choice through UCAS (i.e. your status on UCAS track is showing as U/F or C/F)?
Have you been in full-time care for a period of 3 months or more, in the last 5 years? Not applicable
Are you funded by the English, Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish Governments?
Are you an EU national who have been living in the UK for the last three years?
Exclusions >> Care Leaver Bursary Maintenance Bursary
Are you studying on a course that has been funded by the NHS?***
Are you from outside of the European Union (EU)?
Have you previously studied in Higher Education? (This will include you if you are enrolling onto a top-up degree).
* As per student finance data recorded as at 5 July 2014. Please ensure you have given permission for the Student Loans Company to share this with us - the official term is called ‘Consent to Share Income Information’

** Part-time students must be studying a minimum of 25% of the course in each academic year.

***Students studying on BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science are eligible for the Care Leaver and Maintenance Bursary.
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Bursary payments will be loaded on to your card in nine equal instalments from October to June.

You will be advised of the full terms and conditions when you collect your card following enrolment at BU.
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