Student Hardship Grant

The Student Hardship Grant is provided by the UWE Bristol Fund.

About the grant

The UWE Bristol Fund can provide Student Hardship Grants of up to £500 to help students facing unexpected financial problems or additional expenses to remain on their course. 

All students can apply who are:

  • studying at any level and currently registered at the University
  • experiencing financial problems that could not reasonably have been anticipated.

The grant is not available to help pay course fees or rent.

How to apply

Please note: applications are now closed due to funds being exhausted.

How applications are assessed

The applications will be subject to the same scrutiny as those for other funds. If we identify spending patterns consistent with gambling, drug or alcohol addictions or other over spending habits the application will not be progressed.

As with our other funds we will offer access to support services, advice and guidance to help applicants better manage their spending and address any underlying causes. We would normally expect students to engage in any action plan or other requirements before we make any financial award. This does not preclude another application at a later date on completion of an action plan.

  • All applications are considered by the Funds Panel.
  • We aim to process all applications as soon as possible, but this may take longer during busy periods such as September and January.
  • Sometimes we have to request additional information which may result in a delay to processing.
  • We will contact you about your application via your University email address.

If you cannot access your University email address for any reason please contact IT Services to have this problem resolved. We ask in return that students in receipt of this grant help us with the promotion of the UWE Bristol Fund by giving us permission to use their stories (these will be anonymised on request), and/or their image, quotes etc.

"It’s admirable that donors share their hard-earned money to enable individuals like myself to fulfil their potential. I aspire to be in a position to be as generous and hope to pay it back some day. Thank you on behalf of all students struggling with funds."

Beth Ann, Social Work student and Hardship Grant recipient

Beth Ann Social Work student and Hardship Grant recipient

"You probably don't know the extent of how much this money helps people trying to make ends meet... the fact that there are people like yourself donating for this exact cause is amazing."

Mark, BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy student and Hardship Grant recipient

Mark BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy student and Hardship Grant recipient