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All you need to know about BU bursaries

Bursary terms and conditions

We award the BU Maintenance Bursary and BU Care Leavers Bursary based on the information you have supplied to UCAS and Student Finance England.

Your eligibility for the bursaries will be automatically reassessed and confirmed by email before the start of each year. If your eligibility is not re-confirmed then you will not receive any more payments.

If you participate in a placement year as part of your course then you will not receive bursary payments during that year, but payments will recommence when you return to complete your studies, subject to you continuing to meet the other eligibility criteria.

You will only receive a bursary while you study an undergraduate course; if you are taking an Integrated Master’s degree, then you will not be eligible for a bursary in your final year.

You must be fully enrolled at the time that the bursary payment is due. No payment will be made to you during any period where you interrupt or suspend your studies. If you withdraw prior to the payment date, you will not be entitled to a pro-rata payment. Enrolment status is checked by the Finance and Performance Team on a monthly basis before triggering the card payment.

If your assessment by Student Finance England comes through after the start of term, you will be awarded a lump-sum back payment, followed by the remaining instalments. Any September starters whose financial assessments come through after 31 January (or 31 May for Jan/Feb starters) will not be eligible for the current academic year, but will be automatically assessed for a bursary in the following year.

How are the bursaries paid?

Your bursary will be loaded onto a pre-paid card. The money will be made available to you in nine instalments from October to June on the following dates for 2020/21 entry:

  • 5-7 October 2020
  • 2-4 November 2020
  • 7-9 Decemer 2020
  • 4-6 January 2021
  • 1-3 February 2021
  • 1-3 March 2021
  • 6-8 April 2021
  • 4-6 May 2021
  • 7-9 June 2021

You can only spend money that’s in your account, so you can’t go overdrawn, and you can receive up to 2% cashback on purchases at certain retailers. You will not be able to withdraw cash on the pre-paid card. You will receive a copy of the full terms and conditions when you collect your card following enrolment at BU and can also access these from the Finance section of our ‘important information’ area of the website.

Your spend on the pre-paid card may be monitored by the card issuer and by BU and should you be found to be in breach of the terms and conditions of the card, you may have further bursary instalments suspended and/or spend on the card blocked and you may be required to attend a meeting with the Student Support Manager and be subject to disciplinary action in line with the BU Student Disciplinary Procedure under Conduct and welfare section of the Important information page.

The BU Maintenance Bursary and BU Care Leavers Bursary do not need to be paid back.

How will I receive my card?

For the majority of students living in the UK (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), your pre-paid Award card will be sent to your home address ahead of the start of term. If you have not received your card before travelling from your home address to Bournemouth, please make arrangements with a Parent/Guardian for you to collect it from them or for them to arrange delivery to you at your local term address.

For students living in the UK (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) who have not received their pre-paid card at their home address, the card will be sent to the local term address you have provided to Bournemouth University.

For those students with a home address in the EU, your card will be sent to your local term time address after your course has started. Please make sure that your contact address details are up-to-date when completing online registration and thereafter by visiting myHub.