What is BGU Learning Fund?
The BGU Learning Fund is a source of means-tested and discretionary financial assistance available from the University. It is intended to help students access and remain in Higher Education.
Any help you receive from the Fund is usually non-repayable.
Who is Eligible to make an Application to the BGU Learning Fund?
Eligible home students studying undergraduate, postgraduate and part-time courses (studying the equivalent of at least 50% of a full-time course) can apply.
A home student is defined as a person who meets certain residency conditions. Usually this means you must have an unrestricted right to enter and remain in the UK, and you have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of your course. None of this time must have been wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education. Overseas students, and EU students who are eligible for tuition fee support cannot apply to the BGU Learning Fund.
If you require further information about the residency rules, please contact Student Advice.
You must have applied for and received the first instalment of the maximum student loan available to you before you can receive a payment from the Fund.
Assistance for Priority Groups
Whilst all eligible students experiencing financial hardship can apply for assistance, priority is given to the following groups:
- Students with children (especially lone parents)
- Mature students (especially those with existing financial commitments, including priority debts)
- Students from low income families
- Disabled students (especially where a DSA is unable to meet particular costs and the University has no legal responsibility to do so)
- Care leavers
- Young Carers
- Students from Foyers or who are homeless
- Students receiving the final year loan rate, who are in financial difficulty (including those unable to work due to a heavy workload)
You are welcome to apply to the Fund even if you do not fit into one of the above groups. There is no limit to the amount of applications you can make to the Fund in one academic year, although you will normally only need to make a further application if you need to demonstrate a change in your circumstances.
The Fund aims to support students who require financial assistance to meet extra costs that cannot be met through other sources of support.
Students who may be considering leaving higher education because of their financial situation are particularly encouraged to apply. You can apply to the Fund at any point throughout the academic year, including the summer vacation.
Making an Application
You can apply to the Fund once you have applied for and received the first instalment of the maximum student loan that is available to you.
Fill out an application form (available via Student Advice and the Student Advice area of Blackboard), completing all sections and providing appropriate documentary evidence to illustrate your circumstances – a list of basic documentary evidence is included at the back of the form.
If you are unsure how to complete any part of the form, or what details you should include, please contact Student Advice – we will be happy to assist you in making sure your application is effective as possible.
Getting an Application Form
Application forms are available from Student Advice Reception, or by visiting the Student Advice module on Blackboard. Guidance notes and further resources are also available.
Impartial advice on how to make an effective application is available from Student Advice.
BGU Leaning Fund Short-Term Loan
If your loan is delayed, it may be possible for you to obtain a short-term loan from the Fund that is repayable once your loan comes through.
If you think a Decision is wrong
Please contact Student Advice if you do not agree with the outcome of your application, particularly if you have some more information in support of the application. We will answer any questions you have and explain why the decision was made. We will revisit the application if it becomes apparent there are further circumstances which were not considered in the original decision.
If, having discussed the outcome with Student Advice, you remain dissatisfied with the outcome and you do not feel the decision is fair, you can make an Appeal using the BGU Learning Fund Appeal Form. The Appeals Procedure is set out in the accompanying document and both can be found on the Student Advice area of Blackboard or you can collect them from the Student Advice reception desk.
For more information about the BGU Learning Fund, please contact the Student Advice Team.