BOVTS Student Hardship Application form

Please note that the next scheduled Hardship Fund Committee meeting is on Thursday 9th of May 2024. You need to apply before 12 NOON on Monday 6th May to be considered for this meeting. You can still apply now If you have immediate financial concerns please contact me directly. In the meantime please remember that you can apply for the UWE Student Support Fund - details can be found here

If you need any help filling out this form or would like to talk to someone before you apply please contact me, Marchia Abokie at or call me on 0117 9809252
The Bursaries and Hardship Funds are there to assist students who, due to unforeseen circumstances, find themselves in temporary financial hardship.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is a registered charity and these bursary funds are donated to the school specifically for the proposes of awarding bursaries to students in financial hardship

The Panel considers hardship to be where a student does not have sufficient funds to cover basic living costs such as food and rent in the immediate future and has no recourse to other funds.

The Committee Panel comprises:
• Principal
• Head of Finance 
Director of Drama
• Higher Education Admin and Student Support Manager
• Access and Participation Officer
• Admissions Manager (Chair and non-voting member)
The Panel will meet as often as necessary for the timely consideration of applications, usually once a term. It will also consider emergency applications when necessary outside the main meetings.
Applicants must be fully-enrolled students of the School registered on:

• a validated higher education programme for undergraduate or postgraduate basis.
These funds are not available to “visiting students” or participants on other courses offered by the School not stated above.
Priority Groups:

The priority groups for the Fund are:
• Lone Parents
• Disabled students
• Care leavers
• Estranged students
• Carers
• Second degree students
Application process:
The panel is empowered to make small cash awards in emergency situations (up to £700 per month).
All applicants must complete the hardship fund application and provide supporting evidence of hardship including recent bank statements showing current balance, Student Loan Company documentation, and other sources of income.

A student may be expected to meet with a member of the panel (or nominee) either in advance of applying or as part of confirmation of an award.
Please note: before you make an application you must have exhausted all sources of finance including bank overdrafts; loans from relatives or friends; career development loans; income from part time job; and be within £100 of any agreed bank limit including overdrafts.
This form asks you to provide evidence in support of your application. 
in ALL cases this must include:
1, Your most recent bank statement (dated within a week of the application)
2, Copy of your accommodation mortgage or rental agreement
3, Student Loan paperwork - if applicable

Your details

Your circumstances

Have you applied for hardship funds before? *
Have you applied for student funding? *
Dependents - do you have any children who are financially dependent on you? *
Are you on any type of government benefits? like Universal Credit etc., *

Please provide details of your income for the current academic year

Please privde details below of your income for the current academic year

Please provide details of your expenditure for the current academic year. Please note this is per month

Declaration - please read and confirm at the end
I declare the information given above is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge.
I understand that the information I supply may be verified by the School and that my application will not be processed if I have not enclosed the necessary supporting evidence.
I understand that giving false information will automatically disqualify my application and may lead to disciplinary procedures.
Please sign to confirm you have read and understood the above *
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