The Royal Veterinary College is able to provide some support to students in financial difficulties through its Hardship Fund, Bursaries and Awards.

RVC Student Support Fund

The RVC Student Support Fund are available to support current/enrolled students facing hardship or financial difficulty as a result of necessary course related costs or unexpected costs.

We encourage you to seek help as early as possible if you are struggling to meet the costs of studying or placements. Although we are not currently able to offer designated EMS assistance (please see the RVC EMS Bursary below for this) we would like to emphasize that such costs will be taken into account in an overall assessment of your financial situation.  Costs of travel to university and placements are also taken into account when applications are assessed. The RVC will try to support students who are experiencing difficulties meeting course costs.

Grants will be considered to support students with the following:

  • Exceptional but necessary course related costs - generally costs associated with exceptional accommodation / travel to and from placements/EMS/projects, etc
  • Unexpected costs relating to general living - accommodation, bills, childcare
  • Students experiencing financial hardship - unable to pay for food, rent or other essentials. Support will be given in circumstances where it is evident that the financing of such activities is placing a student in financial hardship.

The Student Support Fund is not able to assist with Tuition Fees.

Awards are made based on an understanding of your whole financial situation.  Students should have applied for and be receiving all of the funding available to them from statutory sources e.g. Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, US Loans, etc before applying to the RVC Student Support Fund.  Students must have less than £3,500 in all of their accounts combined to apply for help from the fund.

Whilst we acknowledge that many students struggle with the costs associated with their course, EMS and/or placements, it is the case that we will not be able to offer support to every applicant. Priority will be given to those applicants who demonstrate that their overall income (including Student Finance and any contributions from parents) is insufficient to meet their costs while studying.  

Other priority groups include: 

  • Students with children (especially lone parents)
  • Care leavers
  • Students from Foyers or who are homeless
  • Students receiving the final year loan rate who are in financial difficulty (including those who are unable to work because of academic pressure)
  • Mature students with existing financial commitments and priority debts.

The amount of support available is limited and the decision of the College is final. Please complete the application form available below and submit along with the requested documentary evidence.  Your application will not be considered if all supporting documents are not included with your application form. Note: Previous applicants for financial support should only reapply if their circumstances have changed and/or they are experiencing unforeseen or exceptional difficulties.

Who is eligible? All students enrolled at the RVC are eligible to apply for these funds.  You must be a current RVC student to apply for the Student Support Fund and must be accessing all of your statutory support e.g. maintenance loan, tuition fee loan, etc.

When to apply? The 2018/19 Student Support Fund is now open for applications.  Applications must be submitted, in full, before 5pm on Friday 19th July 2019 for continuing students or before 5pm on Friday 7th June 2019 for final year students. 

How do I apply? Please ensure you complete all sections of the Student Support Fund application form make sure to sign it and include all supporting documentary evidence necessary. Failure to include all evidence or complete the form fully will result in a delay to your application.  

Submitting an application:

Please ensure you send copies of ALL necessary supporting documents with your application.

If you have any queries about the fund, please e-mail moneymatters@rvc.ac.uk.

RVC EMS Bursaries

What are they?

The RVC Graduates Association has kindly provided funds to help support students with the cost of attending EMS placements. Approximately 10 - 15 awards will be made per year of up to £300.

Applications will be judged by a member of the RVC Graduates Association. Priority will be given to applicants requesting help with the cost of large animal placements in circumstances where it is clear that not only does the placement have academic merit, but also that the student would struggle to fund it without additional assistance. For this reason your application must be accompanied by a copy of your current Student Finance Breakdown.  Applications for small animal placements are unlikely to be considered.  If students wish to apply for help with an overseas placement, the applicant needs to demonstrate how they will fund the placement and what this grant would make a contribution towards.

Who is eligible?

This scheme is open to students studying Veterinary Medicine years 2, 3, 4 and 5.

When to apply?

There are two deadlines each year:

  • 1st December
  • 1st May

How do I apply?

Please complete the EMS Bursary Application Form .

Please ensure you send copies of ALL necessary supporting documents with your application.

Applications can be submitted directly to the Money Matters Team at the Advice Centre on either campus. Alternatively you can post the form and supporting documents to: Money & Welfare Adviser, Advice Centre, Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Herts, AL9 7TA

Southern Afghan Club Trust Bursary

This bursary is made possible by a generous donation from the Southern Afghan Club Trust.  The bursary aims to support student's with the costs associated with their studies.  Applications where students have undertaken a piece of research or a placement that has had a significant impact on animal welfare are desirable.  Awards between £100 - £500 each will be made to eligible students depending on the number and quality of applications received.  

The Southern Afghan Club offers advice to owners of Afghan Hounds and they organise annual shows.  They also dedicate significant resources towards the rescue of Afghan Hounds in the South East of the UK.  The donation they have given to the RVC aims to support students studies and animal welfare.  You are encouraged to discuss a piece of research you will be or have undertaken or a placement you will be or have attended which focuses on animal welfare.  Some examples might include: 

  • research into animal welfare or funded by an animal welfare charity
  • research into diseases affecting animals
  • a placement with an animal welfare charity in the UK or abroad

Who is eligible?

This bursary is open to all undergraduate or postgraduate students, excluding those in the first year of their studies.  You must be a current, enrolled RVC student to apply for the bursary.  

When to apply?

We are still awaiting confirmation of this funding from the Southern Afghan Club Trust and hope to be able to open the fund as soon as possible. 

When is the deadline?

We are still awaiting confirmation of this funding from the Southern Afghan Club Trust and hope to be able to open the fund as soon as possible. 

How do I apply?

Once the fund has re-opened, the application form will be available here.

Please ensure you send copies of ALL necessary supporting documents with your application.

Applications can be submitted directly to the Money Matters Team through the Advice Centre. Please mark envelopes for the attention of the Money & Welfare Adviser. Alternatively you can post the form and supporting documents to the address on the form.  

If you have any queries about the fund, please e-mail moneymatters@rvc.ac.uk.

RVC Burrows Bursaries

What are they?

The Burrows Bursary scheme is made possible as a result of generous bequest made to support students training to become veterinary surgeons.

The Bursary is intended to support students facing financial hardship, and for this reason you will need to submit evidence of your financial situation. A list of the documents you will need to send can be found at the end of the application form.

It is hoped that eight awards of £1,000 each will be made each year.

Who is eligible?

Applications for the award are invited from UK students who will be graduating from the BVetMed Accelerated degree programme in July 2020 i.e. students studying on the 4th year of the BVetMed programme in the 2018/19 academic year.

When to apply?

Students can now submit applications to the fund but applications will only be considered after the closing date of Friday 7th June 2019.

How do I apply?

Burrows Bursary Application Form

Please complete the application form and submit it with all supporting documents before 5pm on Friday 7th June 2019 to the Advice Centre at either campus or by posting it to: Money & Welfare Adviser, Advice Centre, Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Herts, AL9 7TA.

Please ensure you submit copies of ALL necessary supporting documents with your application.

If you have any queries about this fund, please contact moneymatters@rvc.ac.uk.

LIVE Student Presentation Prize

Each year the LIVE Centre gives undergraduate students the chance to win some funding to assist them with attending conferences and symposiums.

Undergraduates are encouraged to write abstracts and posters to present at upcoming conferences and then submit them to the conference body for consideration. If successful, the LIVE Centre will then offer the students up to £250.00 towards their conference registration or travel fees. 

One award for each term will be given. For more information, please visit the LIVE website: http://www.live.ac.uk/our-work/live-student-presentation-prize

The Homfray Awards

What are they?

The Homfray Awards are made available because of a generous donation from The Mary Homfray Charitable Trust, via Mary’s grandson, Matthew Homfray.

The fund is intended to support students facing financial hardship, and for this reason you will need to submit evidence of your financial situation. A list of the documents you will need to send can be found at the end of the application form.

It is hoped that five bursaries will be made each year to a value of £1,000 each.

Who is eligible?

Applications for the award are invited from students who meet all of the following criteria: 

 UK or EU students
 Students accessing all loans and grants for the UK government (i.e. SFE, SFW, SFNI or SAAS)
 Students in the final year of the BVetMed
 Students experiencing hardship

Successful applicants must be willing to provide a short report if their application is successful.

When to apply?

Students can now submit applications to the fund.  Applications will be considered after the closing date of Friday 14th December 2018.

How do I apply?

Homfray Award Application Form 2018 19

Please complete the application form available above and submit it with all supporting documents before midnight on Friday 14th December 2018 either in person or by post to: Money & Welfare Adviser, Advice Centre, Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hertsfordshire, AL9 7TA.  You can drop applications and supporting evidence to the Advice Centre on either campus.

Please ensure you send copies of ALL necessary supporting documents with your application.

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