International Student Support Fund

This fund is to provide extra financial support for EU, International and Offshore students to remain in higher education.

About the fund

The International Student Support Fund is used to make awards to EU, International and Offshore students who have sufficient funds to cover tuition fees and general living costs but require additional financial support for extra costs or financial problems. It offers non-repayable grants to students who we assess as having a higher expenditure than their available income. The limited size of the fund means that awards are limited to a maximum of £1200.

You will be required to meet the minimum required provision (MRP), (once tuition fees have been accounted for) before an assessment can be made for financial support. This must be at least 80% of your composite living costs (CLC) + utilities + monthly rent over the 39-week academic year.

For example, a student with a 39-week assessment period and rent liability of £500 per month will have a minimum required provision of: 

  • CLC: £95 x 39 = £3,705 
  • Utility bills (if gas and/or electric liability): £23 x 39 = £897
  • Rent: £500 x 9 = £4,500 
  • Total MRP is £9,102 – 20% = £7,282


The International Student Support Fund is now open and you can apply online via the InfoHub form below.

The fund closes to applications on Friday 7 June 2024 but may close earlier if funds are exhausted before this date.

An application will only be assessed once the following three criteria are met:

  • The online application form is completed in full and submitted.
  • The student has completed an appropriate module on Blackbullion and achieved an 100% pass mark on the Final Challenge, if applicable.
  • Supporting evidence is provided. 

We will not look at the application until all these criteria have been met.

Apply for the International Student Support Fund

Processing applications

Applications are processed by the Funds Team.

Once the application is submitted and evidence is received by the Funds Team, the application will go into a queue. It will then be looked at within four weeks.

The applicant will then be notified of the decision or any further information we need by email to their UWE Bristol email address (ending or

Applications are processed in line with the rules of the International Student Support Fund (ISSF), which are decided by the Funds Team in agreement with the Funds Team Manager and informed by the guidelines produced by the National Association of Student Money Advisers

Download the Student guide to the ISSF assessment (PDF)

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, the applicant must be:

  • fully registered on their course
  • an International, EU or Offshore student (see determining your fee status for more information on fee status)
  • on a UWE Bristol course, or a fully franchised course at a partner institution
  • receiving all the student funding they are entitled to (if applicable).

If you’re unsure if your course is eligible, you can find out by emailing Student Money Service team at

In the meantime, if you are experiencing exceptional financial hardship which will prevent you from attending or continuing your course, please contact a Money Adviser.

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