Can I get financial support?

Talk to our Student Money Advice Team

Can I get financial support?

From funding and tuition fees to budgeting we can help with your finance queries. 

Key information

Opening times

You can contact the Student Money Advice Team by phone and email from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (4.30pm Fridays).

Finances and Covid-19

We understand that you may have been financially impacted by Coronavirus – please read our financial guidance during Covid-19 page.

The latest information from BU can be found in our Coronavirus FAQs

BU is here to help if you require financial support. This could be helping you resolve problems with your funding provider, for example Student Finance England or the NHS, help with managing your money, or you are in financial difficulty and require additional funding. 

Visit our Financial Support pages for further information on bursaries and scholarships, where you can also find specific guidance about financial guidance during Covid-19. There are also various types of financial support funding available from BU including the Small Emergency Grant, Emergency Loan, Placement Opportunity Fund and the BU Financial Support Fund

Plus, the BU Laptop Support Fund, BU DSA Support Fund and placement year funding. Along with external funding guidance and the alternative guide to postgraduate funding. You can also find out about the loans and grants available for NHS coursesDisabled Students' Allowances, funding for students with children and dependant adults, as well as additional funding support for international students.

We’ve also put some support information together about Universal Credit for students, along with guidance around gambling awareness

If you want more details on any of the above or have other queries about student finance, you can contact or visit AskBU or SUBU Advice and we will try to help. 


If you are receiving funding from Student Finance England and you are continuing to study in the next academic year, you will need to wait until you are invited to apply online for funding. Depending on your circumstances some continuation students will be assessed automatically without the need to apply. Continuation students who do not have their assessments made automatically will be contacted during March and will be asked to apply online.

However, this may be different for other awarding bodies so please ensure you check with them as soon as possible. Your future entitlement for funding may be affected if you have had more than one year of previous degree study. Call Student Finance England on 0300 100 0607 for further information.

BU Financial Support Fund

BU Financial Support Fund

Non-repayable support that can help if you're having financial difficulties during your studies - contact us to apply.

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BU Laptop Support Fund

The BU Laptop Support Fund is intended to support BU students who do not have access to their own laptop.  

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BU DSA Support Fund

The BU DSA Support Fund offers non-repayable support for eligible students in financial difficulty. 

Emergency Loan

Emergency Loan

A short-term advance if your mainstream UK Government funding is late arriving - get in touch to find out more.

Small Emergency Grant

Small Emergency Grant

This is very short-term assistance for students who have no or very little funding available - get more information.

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BU Bursaries

BU offers a range of bursary and scholarship support intended for students in need of additional financial assistance.

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Placement Opportunity Fund

If you're worried about the cost of going on a placement, check if you're eligible for funding to help with your placement expenses.

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Placement year funding

The funding available for a placement year is significantly different to a normal study year - read our guidance for more information.